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Seasonal Celebration Spring – 2013

Red Bluff Park – 3/23/2013
We had our Seasonal Celebration at the Park on Saturday March 23rd.
We had the opportunity to place a “mobile hall” where the Hall is going to be built. It was a great day with lots of talks, activities, exchanges and we were able to do the Service Ceremony and the Well Being Ceremony in our tent.
It felt very good and it was inspiring and in a high emotional spirit. Afterwards we had dinner with everyone and at night we watch the “Healing of Suffering” projected inside the walls of the tent.
A great experience altogether.

Spring Seasonal 2013

Hudson Valley Park – 3/23/2013
On March 23rd, 2013, we gathered at the Hudson Valley Park for our Spring Seasonal Celebration.
It was a great day among friends, new and old! The Park was beautiful and covered with a few inches of snow but because it was sunny it was not cold. So we were able to walk in the forest and down by the waterfall. One person was inspired by the stream and crossed it in his bare feet.
There was lots of good conversation and a meditation of Well-Being as well as a feast of diverse food. Now we’re just waiting for the warm weather and the blossoming of the forest!
a big hug

Retreat on the Principles

Red Bluff – 11/3/2012
This retreat is intended to be held for one day (8 hours).
– Framework:
The meaning of this retreat is to try to deepen the understanding of our lives and our actions, and strengthen the development of a new attitude in life, based on valid action to achieve internal unity and increasing coherence in front of life. In this retreat we will have the opportunity to work on these three topics.
The Principles are a key element of Silo’s Message, and its daily practice as basis for the liberation of the Mind.
During the retreat, the only issue is our own work and the right attitude is of kindness, good humor, sincerity and internal opening. We go deeper within ourselves and learn from others.
Mental Fence:
During the retreat we are in a “different mental space” where we do our work. We set a spatial limit around us and “suspend” everyday time to enter a temporary space given by the rhythms of our work. The mental fence allow us to concentrate energy and maintain a good attentional level. It is implemented by starting with an office.
How the retreat works:
We all participate in the same way and someone takes the role of coordinating the times. It is recommended to observe punctuality regarding agreed schedules for activities, and also it helps to develop the retreat without hurrying (Paradox).
– Development:
– It starts with an office.
– Listen to chat: “The most important thing”
– Reading on the formative theme “The Principles”, the Manual for Messengers. When reading the principles one by one, some time (short) is allowed in between for people to reflect individually and take notes. After reading the first 6, take a break, and leave about an hour to exchange in groups about what each has been observed. Groups of 3 or 4 people.
– Lunch (1 hour approx.)
– Study of the principles 6-12. Same as above, with interchange.
– Personal work. Reflect on what is the most important principle for the situations that I’m living at this moment in my life. See how to get in touch with the register of that principle, define an “image” to help me guide my action towards the unitive, toward coherence. Write a brief summary in one or two sentences, in a way that is significant for myself (for this exercise is recommended to work with narrow limits of time and “force” the intuitive over the “rational”).
– Group interchange: Each participant reads their synthesis (of course this is not mandatory).
– Team work: Form again small groups (3 or 4 persons) Each group elects one principle, and prepares a skit with the theme, showing coherence and incoherence in action.
– Closing: Closing Ceremony: office or imposition….