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Active compassion organizes annual street retreats.


Year 2007 Street Retreat Schedule


April 13-14, 2007 - Baltimore, Maryland

September 1-2, 2007 - Baltimore, Maryland

September 22-23, - Annapolis, Maryland



About the Street Retreat -


Street Retreat is a powerful practice of not-knowing and bearing witness, where the unpredictable life on the streets is the main teacher. It is a time of raw intimacy, a plunge into a side of life we look at only rarely. Our last street retreat was in April 2006. We go on the streets with no money and just the clothes on our back. We eat in soup kitchens and beg for money or food at times when soup kitchens are not open. We sleep outdoors or in abandoned housing, though not in shelters since there are not enough beds. We don't say we're homeless; we're simply living on the streets for several days, relying on the generosity of the streets to take care of us. While at times we break up into smaller groups, we come together several times a day to share our experiences in a council practice.We also spend our nights together.

We raise the funds to do the retreat. Amount of money raised varies from retreat to retreat. All money is donated. Two-third to homeless organizations and one-third to Active Compassion to support its social action mission.