Title: "Fasting for Peace - Are Gandhi's Ideas of Nonviolence still relevant?"
Period: 25 - 27 January, 2013
Place: Meeting house "Siddhartha", Tremelo, Belgium
During the "Fasting for Peace" weekend the relevance of Gandhi's teachings for us today were discussed. Furthermore, inspiration by Gandhi was sought through silence, prayer, handwork and fasting, which form elements in a nonviolent life. Language was Dutch and English. The event was attended by 15 people from Belgium and Germany.
Friday, 25 January 2013
After arrival the participants were introduced and a meditation was held. Afterwards participants sat together in front of the fireplace for an exchange.
Saturday, 26 January 2013
After the morning tea participants engaged themselves in handicrafts, reading or meditation. Every full hour participants gathered for a common break of songs, short readings and contemplation. In the afternoon Peter Rühe presented the audio visual show NAMASTÉ - A journey across India following the footprints of Mahatm.... He reported about his own life dedicated to the promotion of the life and work of Mahatma Gandhi and his experiences in this field. It was followed by a short walk and a tea break. In the evening Peter Rühe presented a film about Gandhi's Salt March and discussed the sense or nonsense of nonviolent activities with the participants. The day ended again in frot of the cosy fireplace.
Sunday, 27 January 2013
After the morning tea participants engaged themselves in handicrafts, reading or meditation. Every full hour participants gathered for a common break of songs, short readings and contemplation. In the afternoon a candle was passed from participant to participant in front of the fireplace giving each one the opportunity to say a few personal words about the weekend. Afterwards the fast was broken by a 'Just meal' consisting of fruits, serials, nuts, yoghurt, juice and tea.