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K18028-A: Coming out, coming home – coming together LGBTIQ+ Retreat *

22.03.2018 - 25.03.2018

With Steffi Höltje, Margret de Backere, Jan-MichaelEhrhardt, Georg Lolos, Geraldine Pillaert and others

We are happy to announce that, for the first time in the EIAB, we will be offering a retreat to everyone practising in the Plum Village tradition, who identifies under the LGBTIQ+ umbrella.

We want to get to know each other; be visible, support and encourage each other;to acknowledge both our own uniqueness and our connectedness; and to honour and celebrate the diversity of life.
Lovingly embracing our individual expression we find true acceptance of the dividuality of others.

During these days together, we wish to co-create spaces of mindful encounter,characterised by openness and loving kindness- spaces where we can equally share our pain and our joy, and just enjoy being together.

Carried by our shared practice of mindfulness we nourish and deepen our understanding,compassion, and our love for ourselves, for all beings and for our spiritual path.

Please bring your favorite songs, poems, stories, dances, musical instruments,etc. to share during our "Celebration of Life" tea ceremony!

(Calligraphy Thay)



If you have questions regarding the retreat, please contact Jan: jm.ehrhardt@gmx.de or
Margret and Steffi: steffi-margret@t-online.de

You will find information about the organising team in the 'course instructors'section.

Retreat language: German/English (when necessary we can also offer translation into Dutch)

* Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans, Inter, Queer +

Georg Lolos

Georg Lolos

Georg Lolos, a respiratory therapist, teaches meditation and is working as a television journalist. He is a member of the Order of Interbeing and lived in Plum Village from 2000 to 2003....


Jan-Michael Ehrhardt

Jan-Michael Ehrhardt

Jan-Michael Ehrhardt (True Practice of Harmony) practiced in the Intersein Center in Hohenau from 1998 to 2005. In 2001, he joined the Order of Interbeing. Since 2005, he has lived in an interfaith community, the Friedenshof, near Hanover, where he is working as an art therapist. In 2012 he was ordained as a Dharma teacher by Thay....


Margret de Backere

Margret de Backere

Margret de Backere, a qualified teacher, came into contact with the teachings of the Buddha in 1988 and initially practiced Vipassana. In 1993 she met Thay who became her teacher of the heart.

For 20 years Margret and Steffi have shared the same path through life. From 1994–1996 they lived in Plum Village and were accepted into the Order of Interbeing during their time there. They o...


Steffi Höltje

Steffi Höltje

Steffi Höltje is a trainer in non-violent communication in the tradition of M. Rosenberg and was ordained as a Dharma teacher by Thich Nhat Hanh in 2011.

For 20 years Steffi and Margret de Backere have shared the same path through life. From 1994–1996 they lived in Plum Village and were accepted into the Order of Interbeing during their time there. They offer courses and retreats, ...



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