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Festival, Cafe, Retreats, land & community
Festival, Cafe, Retreats, land & community

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Added photos to Women’s Retreat: Breaking the Spell.

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Every day, through our habitual actions, especially our thoughts, we weave spells that keep us trapped and separate us from what we most long for. We’ll be investigating our direct experience to break spells and find a new freedom. The retreat will include plenty of silence and time in nature, and optional yoga and dance/movement.

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This unique event is a wonderful opportunity to come together on a Buddhafield camp for up to 500 people, at our old festival site on the glorious Blackdown Hills. We will have the chance to connect with the land, to re-learn forgotten skills and to explore pathways towards a sustainable future. The Camp will feature a workshop programme of green crafts, offering the chance to make something beautiful with our own hands and learn new but traditional skills; social change workshops and ecology talks, helping us to face difficult truths about ourselves and the world; Meditation, rituals and Dharma talks giving us the spiritual context in which to explore those truths and help us grow and change together. We can all become what the world needs now — alive, aware, in touch with the earth, connected.

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The Buddhafield Café tent has been to many festivals and seen many things. It’s housed and sheltered many people, been a safe and secure space holding the wide breadth of experience that working for Buddhafield encompasses. It’s got a bit battered in over 10 years of adventures; over the last couple of years holes have started appearing, and more and more spots of rain are getting through.

So, on the 25th January 2014, 6pm–10pm, the Buddhafield Café will be holding a fundraiser at Hamilton House, on Stokes Croft in Bristol to raise money to pay for a new canvas to be sewn, and hopefully for some new décor as well. We will be running a Dharma Dance session, and an auction where you will be able to bid on a range of items including:

• A pair of full price tickets for each of the remaining events of the Lovedance Chakra Series 15 February / 15 March / 19 April. Worth £120!
•2lbs of Mayan Lavalove Guatemalan Cacao hand selected by Keith Wilson the chocolate shaman. Worth £40!
•One 2 hour Deep Shift shiatsu session with Matthew Greenwood (studied with Bristol School of Shiatsu, with over 10 years experience). Worth £50/ph!
•3 hours gardening from Cath Dixon.
•A  hamper of homemade goodies from Alison.
•Two buddhist hampers: one has some books, a ceramic rupa, a blanket, some candles and holders and incense; the other has a 12” high wooden rupa, some books and candle holders.
•Cassi and Lina offer a massage session.
•A wooden spoon carved by Lief.
• 2 Original woodland landscape drawings by Satyadarshin.

Doors open at 6pm; dancing your heart out starts about 6.30; 8.30 auction starts. Café open all evening for cake and chai.

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Throughout the 90s Clear Vision produced a VHS newsreel that was distributed around Triratna (then know as the FWBO) urban teaching Centres. This is a piece from late 1996 about a revolutionary new event, The Buddhafield Festival.

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A full-length documentary film by Theo Sparks about the Buddhafield Festival 2013

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Short documentary video about the Buddhafield Festival 2103 by filmmaker Theo Sparks.

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We'd like to invite you to a Buddhafield Working Weekend at Trevince House, Hittesleigh, Devon.

The weekend will include periods of work on Buddhafield equipment and may include cleaning, packing and storing, loading vehicles, etc., so please bring appropriate clothing. 

We'll start with dinner at 6pm on Friday evening, ending after lunch on the Sunday. We'll also be meditating, doing puja together and applying some aspect of the Buddhadharma to both our work and sitting practice. If you can offer to stay any longer than the weekend, or arrive earlier, please let us know.

We can arrange lifts to and from the nearest railway station, Yeoford, which is a request stop (!) on the Exeter–Barnstaple, Tarka Line. (There's no workable bus route to Hittisleigh.) Let us know in advance if that's what you need.

We're sorry, but on a short work weekend we won't be able to cater for complex special diets. Please, no children or pets.

Basic familiarity with the Triratna meditation practices of Mindfulness of Breathing and Metta Bhavana will be assumed. We will be living and working under retreat conditions and following the 5 Buddhist Precepts, or training principles, of :
abstaining from harming living beings
abstaining from taking the not given
abstaining from sexual misconduct
abstaining from false speech
abstaining from taking intoxicants.

We have parking for a small number of live-in vehicles, so if you intend to bring a live-in please let us know. Contact Andy via www.buddhafield.com/index.php?page=contact&to=4&about=5
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