Morning of Mindfulness on Saturday 3 December from 9.30am to 2pm

“Most of us experience a life full of wonderful moments and difficult moments. But for many of us, even when we are most joyful, there is fear behind our joy…. Fearlessness is not only possible, it is the ultimate joy. When you touch nonfear, you are free.”

Thich Nhat Hanh, Fear: Essential Wisdom for Getting Through the Storm

We live in troubled times. Who knows what the future holds? The narrative of despair, fear, lack, antagonism, impending catastrophe grows with every newscast. Yet deep down we know that another future is possible. And the future begins in the present moment. Only by living in trust, faith, beauty, and joy can we create the future we want.

True joy is possible only when we acknowledge and accept the pain of living—grief, fear, rage, sorrow. Sometimes it is easier to do this in the company of compassionate friends. We will spend a day together exploring what gets in the way of joy, and experiencing joy through meditation, walking in nature, singing, and sharing from the heart.

“When you stay fully present with your feelings, your sensations, and the world around you, even when it seems dark and cold, joy will arise. Joy and suffering are two sides of the same coin.”

Cuong Lu, Wait: A Love Letter to Those in Despair

HALF DAY OF MINDFULNESS: Saturday 12th November from 9am – 1.30pm


Dear Friends

A wee reminder about the upcoming morning of mindfulness which will be led by Gill and Jess.

The focus will be on autumn and impermanence.

“The lifespan of a leaf and the powers of a leaf are like those of a Buddha, immeasurable. The same can be said for each one of us”

Thich Nhat Hanh

We will follow Interbeing practice with guided, walking, and silent sitting meditations along with touching the earth and dharma sharing.

Please bring some vegetarian food to share.

Autumn blessings to all from the Wild Geese Sangha.

Mindful Peace Walk @ Lauriston Castle, 26 June 2022

Jointly organized by the Edinburgh International Centre for Spirituality and Peace, EICSP, Scottish Charity, SC038996, and the Edinburgh Sangha of the Community of Interbeing.

  • Venue: Lauriston Castle, 2 Cramond Road South, Edinburgh. EH4 6AD.
  • Date: Sunday 26 June 2022.
  • Time: 12 noon. Gather in front of Lauriston Castle for 12 noon.
  • Event Description: This silent walking meditation is an open event. It will be led by the lay members of the Edinburgh Sangha of the Community of Interbeing, who follow the practice and teachings of Zen Buddhist Master, Thich Nhat Hanh. Before the walk begins there will be a brief introduction to mindful walking as a meditation practice. This is not a protest or a campaigning event, so please do not use any banners. Children are welcome when accompanied by adults. Please remember to wrap up warmly.

‘We walk just for walking. We walk with freedom and solidity, no longer in a hurry. Let us enjoy every step we make.’

Thich Nhat Hanh

Retreat with Murray Corke + Dene Donalds Tuesday 13 – Friday 16 Sept 2022 @Wiston Lodge

Nature Connection Retreat in South Scotland: Exploring our Global Footprint: Plum Village Tradition: Touching the Earth in Mindfulness

We shall draw on Thich Nhat Hanh’s Zen and the Art of Saving the Planet and his Love Letter to the Earth.

Based in glorious woodland setting of Wiston Lodge – an hour south of both Edinburgh and Glasgow – this is an opportunity to reflect on our place in the natural world.

All food is vegan and home cooked. Bring real money for a wonderful bookstall, Dana for our programme leaders plus footwear and water-proofs for Mindful Walking in the grounds.

One booking / person – simply book a second place same way. Three days and nights’ accommodation + full board at Wiston: Shared Room £225 / Single Room £255 / Camping £145. For how pay please contact David by email.

Dharma Training Programme Retreat : EARTHING OUR PRACTICE : 20-23 October 2022

Join us at Kilgraston School for the Scottish Dharma Training Programme retreat for 2022 with Dharma teachers Martin Pitt and Susanne Olbrich.

This retreat will concentrate on deepening our fundamental practice of mindfulness (Sati). We will look deeply at what it means to practise meditation, drawing on the teachings and insights of the Discourse on the Four Establishments of Mindfulness (Satipatthana Sutta) and the Discourse on the Full Awareness of Breathing (Anapanasati Sutta). We will be guided to strengthen our approach to meditation and deepen our mindfulness across many forms of practice, such as sitting, breathing, slow walking meditation as well as chanting and touching the earth. We will also explore what it means to fully integrate mindfulness into our everyday activities such as eating, working and interacting. We will look specifically at how to apply these practices to strengthen our connection with nature and Mother Earth in the context of our current ecological and climate crisis.

Dharma Teachers

Martin first visited Plum Village in 1987 inspired by Thich Nhat Hanh’s teachings on engaged Buddhism. He joined the Order of Interbeing in 1990 and became a Dharma Teacher in the tradition in 1994. Over many years he helped establish the UK Community of Interbeing and has led many meditation retreats and workshops. He lives in Devon with his wife and son and works as a researcher in the Medical School at Exeter University.

Susanne discovered Plum Village and Thay’s teachings in 1996; in 2007 she became a member of the Order of Interbeing with the Dharma name True Ever-present Stability. Susanne lives in the Findhorn community in the North of Scotland where she co-founded the Northern Lights Sangha. As a pianist and music teacher she enjoys encouraging deep listening and creative expression in people of all ages. Her special interest is in offering mindfulness retreats with the themes of creativity and music.

Location: Kilgraston School, Bridge of Earn, Perthshire, PH2 9BQ

If you have any questions, please email Lindsay or Paloma

Love in Action: Mindfulness Retreat, Friday 24th June from 6pm – Sunday 26th June 2022

Touching the Earth Sangha in Banchory are delighted to invite you to a special Hybrid retreat at The Burn, near Edzell, during the last weekend of June 2022. Led by Mhairi McLuskie (True Action of Loving Kindness) Mhairi (pronounced Vari) discovered Thich Nhat Hanh in 1990 and was ordained as a lay Dharma teacher in 2012. She has applied her mindfulness practice during the ups and downs of family and work life, including the sudden deaths of her parents and the premature death of a beloved friend.
Mhairi has shared mindfulness in many settings – including courses for female offenders, victims of sexual abuse and for organisations, as well as through Plum Village UK retreats and the Be Calm, Be Happy courses which she co-developed. She enjoys offering mindfulness retreats and courses on the themes of transformation and healing and cultivating love. Mhairi was born in Scotland and is currently living in the West Midlands.

On this short retreat, we have the opportunity to refresh ourselves by nourishing peace, understanding, love and togetherness. We can slow down and look deeply into the elements of true love, supported by each other and by our natural surroundings. We can gain fresh insights on how to deepen love in ourselves and how this will serve our world.

The retreat will run from 18.00 on Friday 24th June (arrival at the Burn from 16.00) until 15.00 on Sunday 26th June 2022. Although, our facilitator is a lay teacher of the Plum Village Tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh, the weekend will be run in a largely secular manner. For beginners as well as for those with experience, this is a rare chance to enjoy learning about mindfulness through practice in a most beautiful environment. Everyone is welcome including those from all religious traditions as well as agnostics and atheists.

We are anticipating a high demand for this retreat so we recommend early booking using the attached form.

🇺🇦 Ukraine Appeal

As a Sangha we want to help alleviate the suffering that is occurring in Ukraine. It would be inefficient for us to collect money and pass it on ourselves, not least because this removes any opportunity to add Gift Aid to a donation. For the time being we will therefore not be collecting donations at our meetings but asking everyone to make a contribution directly to the Disasters Emergency Committee, Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal. We can do this for a while but will eventually need to return to asking for donations to cover the cost of renting the church. In the medium term we expect the rent to go up because of the increase in fuel prices – partially caused by the conflict. Let’s give something while we can.

Breathing in I know you are suffering.
Breathing out I am here with you.

16th Annual Mindful Peace Walk, 20 March 2022 @ The Botanics

For the sixteenth time we are going to walk in peace at the Royal Botanic Garden in an event organised in collaboration with Edinburgh International Centre for Spirituality and Peace, EICSP.

Please join us at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, John Hope Gateway, Arboretum Place, Edinburgh, EH3 5NZ on Sunday 20 March 2022 at 10am for 10.15am-11.15am.

This silent walking meditation is an open event. Before the walk begins there will be a brief introduction to mindful walking as a meditation practice.

This is not a protest or a campaigning event, so please do not use any banners. Our silence and togetherness in nature says it all at this time.

May the Sound of this Bell
Penetrate deep into the Cosmos
Even in the darkest spots
Living Beings are able to hear it clearly
So that all suffering in them cease
Understanding come to their hearts
And they transcend the path Of Sorrow and Death

The Universal Dharma Door
Is already open
The Sound of the Rising Tide is heard clearly
The miracle happens
A beautiful child appears in the heart of a Lotus flower
One single drop of this Compassionate Water
Is enough to bring back the refreshing
Spring To our Mountains and Rivers

Listening to the Bell I feel the afflictions in me begin to dissolve
My mind calm, my body relaxed
A smile is born on my lips
Following the Sound of the Bell
My breath brings me back to the safe Island of Mindfulness
In the Garden of my Heart
The flowers of Peace Bloom beautifully

Children are welcome when accompanied by adults.

Please remember to wrap up warmly and note that no animals except Registered Assistance Dogs are permitted within the Garden. Please maintain social distancing, and follow all recommended COVID-19 protocols.