Meredith Little

with the support of Jeremy Thres, Roger Duncan

& Silvia Talvera

 

If only there were evil people somewhere else insidiously committing evil deeds,

                               and it were simply necessary to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them.

But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being.

And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?

                                                                                         —Alexander Solzhenitsyn

Sept 1st 3pm – Sept 6th 12pm 2016
High Heathercombe Centre, Dartmoor, Devon, England.
Cost: £635, Includes full board (shared rooms or camping), some bursary places available by application. (local b and b also available).  Deposit £100.
Imagine you live in a community that has its own “Death Lodge,” a place where a dying person can rest and receive the visitors who come to say goodbye.  This is the natural place of “making it good” with your people so you can cleanly move on, and they can let you go in the fullness of completion.  An old hospice teaching says that to complete a relationship five things must be said: “I forgive you”; “you forgive me”; “thank you”; “I love you”; and “goodbye.”  This is the sacred work of the Death Lodge.
One of the great challenges we all face in life is to do this work now, when it is most needed, rather than waiting until the last days of our dying.  Call this the work of “the Life Lodge.”  If we don’t step into this lodge, if we don’t keep our relationships current, we risk being weighed down by a lifetime of woundings, angers, and regrets that make it more difficult to surrender to our death, or to the fullness of our life.  For most people, the hardest part of Life Lodge work or Death Lodge work is the giving and receiving of forgiveness and apology.  Too often we become stuck in the mire of too much memory, or we hide from ourselves in the secret of trying to forget.  But by steering clear of the Life Lodge, we risk turning into yet another cycle of anger, vengeance and victimization.
In this gathering we will explore together what the four shields of the Life Lodge (or Death Lodge) have to teach us about restoring a personal and communal balance that embraces the wounds of the past.  Where is it that we are likely to get stuck in the turning of this wheel?  And when might we forgive too soon, or apologize too shallowly?  Jewels to be found in these lodges are godlike qualities: mercy, compassion, essential self-respect, and maybe even the grace to forgive the “unforgivable.”  If you listen, today more than ever, you can hear a cry for this kind of healing—be it in the lives of individual friends, or in the biggest stories of our time.  That cry is calling for each of us to do the wrenching work of self-reflection and personal healing, which evokes the deeper levels of our humanity, offering the possibility of a reconciliation with self and others that is sacred, humbling, and ultimately life-changing.
For booking enquiries contact Jeremy Thres: landtime1@gmail.com 01647 221444
Please mention the Wilderness Foundation UK when inquiring