Earth Day at Camp Gaea

April 22nd, 23rd, and 24th. 2016.

I will be dwelling in the land of the pagans again, for the first time this year. It will be the 5th time (I think) that I’ve been on a pagan retreat. I’ll be gone into the wilderness for the weekend. It’s still just over two weeks away, but I’m thinking about it now.

I will be celebrating nature, dancing around a fire, reveling with friends (old and new), and running around naked in the forest.

It will be a wonderful time.

Pagan retreats aren’t the same as Buddhist ones. There’s a lot more celebration and a lot more noise.

But, just like a Buddhist retreat, it helps to put everything down for a couple days and step away from normal life. It helps to just go somewhere and be really FREE. Going on a retreat is like entering a hole in the universe.

I’ve said before that I think that Buddhism could use a little more celebration and excitement. We could learn a thing or two from our pagan brothers and sisters.

It will be my first time camping alone. I am excited to reconnect with my friends, and with the earth.

I always like to remind everyone. The Buddha didn’t attain Enlightenment in a temple. He attained Enlightenment sitting under a tree. When I go to pagan camp I do try to keep that in mind.

See you soon, my friends.

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About Daniel Scharpenburg

Daniel Scharpenburg is an independent dharma teacher living in Kansas City. He gives online teachings through the Open Heart Project, the largest virtual mindfulness community in the world. His writing has appeared in Lion's Roar, Patheos, Tattooed Buddha, and Elephant Journal.

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