August Retreat 2015
Lighthouse Center® Poland
From 15-23 August 2015, the Lighthouse Center Poland was turned into a different place: people from 18 different countries visited the European Centre and actively participated in the daily life as well as specially organised activities. With so many helping hands, astounding projects were accomplished, such as 150 heart-shaped cushions for charity purposes, or a 300 m long walkway in the new park landscape. Besides the meditation tent and the dining facility, the chai tent and the LCP shop seemed to be the most popular places. During the last days of the retreat, an event organised by the HSI took place, including a charity activity for a homeless shelter in the local area, and a big farewell party with lots of surprises. Below you find some visual impressions and comments of the participants:
Retreat Scenes & Locations
MEDITATION & DINING TENT, SHOP, CHAI TENT, GUEST SERVICES, KITCHEN & MORE
Besides the meditation tent and the dining facilities, which were obviously well used, the chai tent and the LCP souvenir shop were very popular too.
“The lovingly prepared facilities at the LCP were resonating with a harmonious atmosphere and a cheerful lightness, and this captivated me from the first moment. Especially the chai tent with the outdoor seating arrangements invited us to sit and relax together with the other participants and exchange thoughts and impressions. The organisers had made a huge effort to ensure that everything ran smoothly and that there were no shortcomings. I was able to recharge my batteries, gain new energy, which still carries me through my everyday life.“ Guest, Germany
There were a number of different activities for the participants to choose from, depending on their individual skills, capacities and preferences.
GARDEN & STRAWBERRY PLANTING
HAY COLLECTING ON THE 7 HECTARES
The weather conditions were just perfect to take care of the hay on the seven hectares of land.
HERB SALT FROM FRESH LCP HERBS
The freshly cut herbs were used to make herb salt or other products such as lavender bags.
SEWING HEART, SHEEP CUSHIONS AND LCP PRODUCTS
In the sewing workshop, over a hundred sheep and heart-shaped cushions were made for charity, and a lot of other beautiful handicraft products were created to be sold at the LCP souvenir shop.
LANDSCAPING: BUILDING A PATHWAY FOR THE LCP PARK AREA
The project of building a pathway through the new LCP park area was also successful. While a core group of strong volunteers worked on it throughout the entire retreat, more than 80 retreat participants joined them for a couple of hours. Together they were forming a bucket brigade to spread the fine gravel for the top layer.
HSI Event & Homeless Shelter Charity
During the last two days of the retreat, an event organised by the Holosophic Society International (HSI) took place, which included a big charity activity for a homeless shelter. The manager of the accommodation, who had built it up from scratch through his own initiative, gave a speech to the participants at the event.
After that, everyone helped to pack the donated items like food and cleaning material etc. for the shelter into boxes. They also prepared some small, nicely wrapped personal gifts for each one of the approximately 60 inhabitants.
No successful event should be without a farewell party. The celebration at the end of this amazing week was enjoyed by everyone, including about 35 Polish neighbours and friends who joined us. It was an evening full of surprises, including bright, illuminated decoration, a delicious vegetarian barbecue, sumptuous desserts, and to top it all off, flamenco dancing for all!
“It was the first time for me that I was in a retreat with so many people at the same time and it was a fantastic experience. I left the retreat with the confirmation in my heart that it is really possible to live the unity in the diversity, in peace and harmony with everybody, whatever their culture, language, habits or origins may be. It was an event which I hope will soon be organized again!” Guest, Spain
TRANSFORMING THE PREMISES
Since the beginning of August, guests had been arriving to help with the retreat preparations. However, the most visible changes were implemented just a few days before the event: The tents and other facilities were put up first and then equipped and decorated.