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Philadelphia, PA- Ancestry in Progress; Cultivating The Bridge Between Our Past, Present and Future

  • Chamounix - West Fairmount Park 3250 Chamounix Drive Philadelphia, PA, 19131 United States (map)

In Collaboration with Many Faces Sangha

Given the Fall date of our retreat, Many Faces chose the theme of Ancestry in Progress to reflect the seasonal practices of connecting with the past, our ancestors and also the transformation of our environment into a winter time of reflection.

Many Faces Shares: “As the daylight hours become shorter, the weather cools, and animals begin to hibernate we felt that an October retreat was a perfect time to practice transformation through intentionally cultivating a bridge between the past, present and future in both a literal and figurative sense. The term Ancestry in Progress originates from a Zap mama (Afro-Belgian vocalist) album describing her practice of incorporating her families’ past history with West African slavery to her contemporary travels around the world and in particular African-American contemporary soul and hip hop vocalists. We thought this was a fitting theme for our retreat as we incorporate mindfulness-based activities and aesthetics that support this process. As Many Faces Sangha continues to build a robust mindfulness community, we have found that there is a great need for spaces of retreat to deepen our collective practice. Many Faces Sangha seeks to fill that need by creating and facilitating our first weekend long retreat at the historic Chamounix Mansion in Philadelphia, PA. Nestled in the woods of the Wissahickon, this hostel is one of the few places within city limits to hold a residential retreat.

During the weekend of October 25th to the 27th, we will create space for diverse and marginalized communities to deepen their practice through meditation, dharma talks led by Dr. Larry Ward and Dr. Peggy Rowe Ward and mindful art practices that connect with our theme of ancestry and healing.

The retreat will have a max of 50 participants not including staff, with a focus on centering POC, gender non-conforming/fluid folx and young practitioners on the east coast.

It won't be limited to folx who share those identities, but seeks to save space for a majority of participants in those intersections. It will be wheelchair accessible.

We are so grateful for the work and inspiration of ARISE in shaping our thinking/being/doing.



If you’d like to donate to the scholarship fund to make this retreat accessible to as many people as possible, please do so below, thank you!