Desert Creek House

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Presentation of the past themes (most recent ones only)
Since 2016

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DateTheme
2021 - diverse themes
26-28 February 2021Relationship with the Land
The recent fires have shown how the Earth is suffering from our materialistic contempt and from our ignorance of her spiritual wealth. We have to learn to listen to the Land and find a new way to relate to it. We do not own it but we belong to it.
As First Nations People have taught us, the Land is the expression of our heritage and of a deeper invisible Reality. The land is not a good to exploit but the source of Life: the incarnation that makes the Ground of Being visible?
The workshop is about learning to better read into the landscape and to observe how the land is a living entity that teaches us the main laws of life. We learn also through experience how we can discern the different energies in different places and find our own place in a given location.
The workshop consists mainly in practical exercises.
Download and read the main document of the workshop (2.4 Mb in pdf format)
2020 - diverse themes
27-29 November 2020Harmony - Searching for the Ground of Being
Harmony consists mainly in adaptation to the laws of the Universe. But it is also the path how to readjust our sense of meaning of Life and to discern the presence of the Ground of Being in the most mundane aspects of daily life. Because our society has lost the awareness of this sacred dimension of Life, it has also lost the leading thread.
We looked at different spiritual traditions and observed how they provide complementary instructions to help us recognise the deeper Reality in what we see, and how to meet God as a personal yet invisible relationship. For instance the Christian metaphor of the Trinity guides us to distinguish a rather discrete Presence from the many imposing illusions that try to mimic it.
Download and read the main document of the workshop (445 kb in pdf format)
22-24 May 2020True Wealth: what is the next step after the fires and Covid-19?
Wealth is nowadays mainly understood as material ownership. Yet it encompasses so many other much more essential aspects of our lives.
We will see how money gives us access to goods we could not afford, by lack of time, skills, resources or energy and how it changes therefore our perception of value and need or forces us into passivity.
Most of the workshop focuses on how we experienced the last months and what we learned from this experience. We investigate some different traditional or possible approaches and practices which may help us to focus on the essential.
Download and read the main document of the workshop (685 kb in pdf format)
21-23 February 2020Living in the Truth
In our postmodern era everybody wants to follow their own truth and any opinion seems acceptable. Diversity of beliefs constitutes a wealth, but it does not mean we can adapt truth at will. An unfathomable Truth exists which is the Reality that shapes our world. Today we have lost in great part our faculty to remain rooted in it.
We will observe how science, knowledge and our own experience are incomplete means but may yet serve as guides. We will investigate how our egocentric perception has to develop into an all-encompassing hetero-centric vision and how we may find a consensus concerning our common future despite our differences. We will also examine ways of how to live in the Truth and how to accept the consequences of such a choice.
Download and read the main document of the workshop (170 kb in pdf format)
2019 - diverse themes
22-24 November 2019The Tipping Point Alliance: A manifesto and Covenant for a Menaingful Life in a Fracturing World
Go to the page about the Alliance!
27-29 September 2019Surrender or Fight
Awareness means clear-sightedness and discernment. We know that, in order to live in peace, we need to accept the world as it is and to love what is. Yet we cannot tolerate injustice and oppression. How do we then find the right balance between discernment and judgement, between surrender and fight? This is a fine line.
The workshop investigates what is meant by "will of God" (if such a thing exists) and which role evil plays in our lives. What is authentic surrender? When do we have to discern? When do we have to judge the actions of others? How do we distinguish between the persons and their attitudes or acts? When do we have to fight and resist? When to forgive or forget? Trust, faith and hope are evidently dimensions of this form of authentic surrender.
Download and read the main document of the workshop (1'550 kb in pdf format)
24-26 May 2019Going deeper: Money - Work - Generosity (2nd stage)
Some participants had asked to go back to some themes of previous workshops in order to deepen the material that had been provided and to see how to practise what had been expressed or discovered. The workshop comes back to the material of the previous workshop about Money, Work and Generosity (document to be found here). This topic is one of the most urgent themes today that involve action in our daily lives.
In this second stage we look at ways how to translate into practice (into new ways of living) the precious values we have discovered, which are so much in contradiction with the general trend of our society, geared to egocentric greed, competition and wish for accumulation.
The process consists mainly in reflecting and sharing on the same material presented in the previous workshop. This is precisely the purpose of deepening. If you did not participate in the first workshop, it is no problem. You will nevertheless get more out of the next workshop if you are a bit familiarized with the material.
Download and read the main document of the workshop (682 kb in pdf format)
22-24 February 2019The Power of the Powerless
Inspired by a text by Vaclav Havel (ex-"dissident" and ex-President of the Czech Republic) the full text to be downloaded from our website (47p) - extracts (6p) in the document here below.
Our true power is not imposing; it relies on our ability to live in the Truth. It is not very different if we live under a totalitarian system or if we live in a materialistic society, whether our search is focused on a social-political level or on a metaphysical-spiritual path. The price to pay is certainly not the same in these different cases, but these are the same desires and forms of attachment that prevent us from finding simplicity and freedom. When we are free to live within the Truth, we acquire the simple power of the powerless.
The workshop investigates how to find a leading vision or guide for our life and we will search together for tools how to live in the Truth and to become free.
Download and read the main document of the workshop (202 kb in pdf format)
2018 - diverse themes
17-18 November 2018Individualism, Friendship, Community; what is true love?
We live in a society which promotes individualistic values and our economic system (market, welfare state) has totally taken charge of us: either we are consumers or workers or assisted people.
In this context that seems to reject our creativity and reduce us to simple cogs, what are then our potentials and roles as full beings to develop true human relationships of solidarity?
The workshop investigates how our market exchanges have replaced direct human relationships and reciprocity; or how our possibilities for true relationships with friends seem to be rather limited to "leisure time" (sharing a meal / holidays / sport games) that remains only at the periphery of our everyday life.
How can we dare to develop links of solidarity which may involve us together in a common "work" that could build true community? a community which may allow us to better decide about our daily conditions of life; in which we may, each of us, be valued for who we are (unique); and how can this experience of community become the place where we learn what Love is truly?
Download and read the main document of the workshop (232 kb in pdf format)
21-22 July 2018Money, Work, Generosity
We usually have very preconceived ideas about what role money, work and generosity play in our lives. They seem to be linked but also opposed.
The workshop investigates how these three energies are supporting each other when we dare to recognise their respective true functions and meanings.
This new recognition may help us to be more in tune with the laws of the Universe than with the laws of market, with new attitudes for every day.
This is less about stuff, and more about being: we belong more than we own!
1) Download and read the main document of the workshop, (585 kb in pdf format)
2) Download also the addenda about the ecological footprint (165 kb in pdf) - borrowed from www.footprintnetwork.org
19-20 May 2018Observation, most powerful tool
We live in an incarnated world that seems to hide the invisible Reality. Yet we can learn how it also reveals this mystery to us when we become able to observe with detachment. Observation is the most powerful tool to help us to see what is as it is truly. We may then be set free from our false representations… and from suffering.
This workshop intends to investigate how we can apply the tool of observation to the outer world, to the laws that rule our daily lives, to others, to our own inner states of mind and discover how the false constructs in our mind may hopefully dissolve and how this may open us to a new vision of Reality.
1) Download and read the main document of the workshop, (888 kb in pdf format)
2) Download also the questions that go with the main document (zip file - 181 kb)
The parts of the main document are numbered with 00-... or 01-... etc. The attached documents are also numbered and each of their numbers refers to the part with the same number in the main document.
17-18 February 2018Listening to the Voice
In our everyday life we never stop being guided.
Yet we need to learn how to listen to this discrete inner voice which is so subtle and remains too often unheard.
This worlshop intends to investigate the many ways of listening: to other people, to nature, to the inner voice, to the many gifts of the Spirit;
and make us aware how it can deeply change our life when we live rooted in this inner inspiration.
1) Download and read the main document of the workshop, without the many added documents (827 kb in pdf format)
2) Download the main text and all accessory documents that can be useful if you intend to lead the same workshop (zip file - 1.71Mb)
The parts of the main document are numbered with 00-... or 01-... etc. The attached documents are also numbered and each of their numbers refers to the part with the same number in the main document.
2017 - diverse themes
18-19 November 2017Mythical reading of sacred texts
There are many different ways to read sacred texts (such as the Upanishads, the Sutras, the Bible, the Quran):
these texts can be understood literally, historically, symbolically, mythically.
We read a few of them and develop our ability to get different understandings, on these different levels.
This workshop intends to open us to a more subtle understanding of traditional teaching that goes beyond words and representations.
Reality cannot indeed be described with words. We have to learn how to open to our imagination and our intuition (our spirit).
1) Download and read the main document of the workshop, without the many added documents (71 kb in pdf format)
2) Download and look at all the documents of the workshop (zip file - 6.5 Mb)
The parts of the main document are numbered with 00-... or 01-... etc. The attached documents are also numbered and each of their numbers refers to the part with the same number in the main document.
19-20 August 2017True Self / False Self
The true self reveals our deeper nature that is impossible to grasp but remains the core of our being.
It is too often prevented to lead us because our false self wants to keep control and shine.
With the help of Richard Rohr and Thomas Merton we will examine how these two antagonistic energies cohabit in us
and how we can recognise them despite the many subterfuges the false self uses; and how we can feed and free our true self.
1) Download and read the main document of the workshop, without the many added documents (52 kb in pdf format)
2) Download and look at all the documents of the workshop (zip file - 1.7MB)
3) Download and listen to the audio file as additional attached document 07b (audio file - 2.4MB)
The parts of the main document are numbered with 00-... or 01-... etc. The attached documents are also numbered and each of their numbers refers to the part with the same number in the main document.
20-21 May 2017Listening to the call for meaning in our hearts
Inspired by Viktor E. Frankl, Viennese psychiatrist (and young contemporary of Freud),
who tested his thoughts on humankind’s need and search for meaning in the crucible of his experiences in Auschwitz,
we examine how we, too, can resist the fear messages of today’s public debate and media, develop resilience
and discover our innate will to meaning and its freedom through the uniquely human capacities of self-transcendence and self-detachment.
1) Download and read the main document of the workshop, without the many added documents (52 kb in pdf format)
2) Download and look at all the documents of the workshop (zip file - 418 kb)
The parts of the main document are numbered with 00-... or 01-... etc. The attached documents are also numbered and each of their numbers refers to the part with the same number in the main document.
18-19 February 2017A time to find new ways of living
When we believe that life is sacred, we discover new priorities:
this is a radical change of mind. And we feel the need to adapt our ways of life to this truth.
We have to learn how to do this and it is not always that evident!
Luckily matter is a great teacher to make visible what happens in our relationships with our surroundings
and to help us find more adapted ways of living.
We investigate why we behave as we do under the pressure of conformism in very practical issues of our daily life,
such as (true) needs, resources, work, nature, land, technology.
Then we explore how a change in our values, attitudes and behaviours can bring more peace and happiness into our being.
We look at these different aspects of our life in a very practical and playful way. It is all about joy, not guilt!
1) Download and read the main document of the workshop, without the many added documents (54.3 kb in pdf format)
2) Download and look at all the documents of the workshop (zip file - 1.06 Mb)
The parts of the main document are numbered with 00-... or 01-... etc. The attached documents are also numbered and each of their numbers refers to the part with the same number in the main document.
2016 - diverse themes
16-17 July 2016Pulling ourselves apart playfully to find a new wholeness
Who am I? Body, mind, memory, spirit, false or true self, ego, consciousness, etc?
We are made of so many and conflicting parts that we have difficulty bringing them together to build a harmonious whole.
We look at each of our parts to know more accurately what they mean for us and how we can better deal with them, take a stand and see the whole.
This is a playful approach that should help us to reconcile with our many gifts and flaws.
1) Download and read the main document of the worshop, without the many added documents (96.3 kb in pdf format)
2) Download and look at all the documents of the workshop (zip file - 2.30 Mb)
The parts of the main document are numbered with 00-... or 01-... etc. The attached documents are also numbered and each of their numbers refers to the part with the same number in the main document.

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