Tomorrow I’m off to the House of Danu Lughnasadh Gorsedd. The retreat center at Pema Osel Ling is beautiful – just spending a weekend there would be enough. But the main benefit I got when I went last year was three days away from everything: work, home, church, news, entertainment – everything that fills up most of my days. Instead, I spent three days with my fellow Druids, enjoying the community that comes from gathering with like-minded folks. I spent months afterwards talking about it, and I’ve been looking forward to this year’s version ever since it was announced.
A couple years ago I took a one-day class in Buddhist meditation. The class was good, but what I remember most was the recommendation for building a successful practice: daily personal practice, weekly group practice, quarterly mini-retreats (one-day or half-day classes) and annual full retreats.
So I’m headed to California again. As a full member of the Druid grade I’ll be taking an even larger part than I did last year – I’m looking forward to that too.
I’ll have a “trip report” and pictures when I get back next week.