Here are some impressions of the Jordan Tour last April, enjoy!view whole article
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Here are some impressions of the Jordan Tour last April, enjoy!view whole article
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29 days to go before we hit the road again and bring a smile to people’s faces as we share meditation, music, dance, and self-development workshops!
We have some exciting opportunities coming up, working with lots of great NGOs and partnering up with University College of London for an interdisciplinary research project. Stay tuned for more info!view whole article
A Green Hand for all of Lebanon
The beauty of Meditate to Regenerate is that because it shows how to bring inner development at the core of every organisation, it can work in a wide variety of contexts. Therefore today we held a workshop with Green Hand, an environmental, social and cultural NGO that works at the heart of communities all over Lebanon.
Attending our workshop were members of Green Hand’s staff, as well as members from other NGOs and local government which were sharing offices. The session was held on the top floor of the building and the wide windows allowed us to enjoy the lively scenery: hustling traffic in the town’s busy streets, red rooftops protecting the dwellers from a baking sun and in the background, the majestic silhouettes of the lebanese mountains. After the presentation, guided meditation, and a few songs, all the volunteers paired up with the workshop participants to ensure they could all achieve this peaceful state of meditation. In the end, each one of them had experienced something new, something peaceful, something regenerating.
We’re on MTV!!! (actually… it thankfully stands for Murr Television)
Once again, Meditate to Regenerate was invited to go back on TV, and so we sent four of our members to the MTV studio in Beirut. This time, it was to be invited on one of Lebanon’s most popular breakfast show – a show that is broadcasted live all over the Middle East. After being asked about the NGO, the meditation it promote and what were their impressions of Lebanon, our delegates guided the viewers through a short meditation and Ambika sang a very beautiful indian composition. Contrasting with the cosy sofas from the first show, this time the team was in a glossy stools in a high-tech studio full of bright lights and colors. To our great surprise, straight after the show we started receiving emails from people in Kuwait, Syria and Egypt asking us when we would come and do programs in their countries. A really successful start to the last day of the tour.
Second AUB workshop
Because our first workshop at the AUB (American University of Beirut) had been so popular, we had to change the location of our second workshop due to the high number of student and professors that had signed up to guest list. We ended up in the campus’ sports centre in a large dance studio with shiny mirrors. Even though some of the students got lost along the way, we had a very good turn out with over 50 participants. The program was very special not only because it was our last session in Lebanon, but each and every participant was truly able to experience a deep state of thoughtless awareness. Their tired and stressed out expressions all smoothed away and their faces became fresh with a peaceful, satisfied smile. We asked them to fill out our feedback questionnaire and one of the participant wrote “I now know how one can remove all the ugliness and anger in the world. I now want to practice this meditation every day”. This was a perfect testimonial confirming that what we came to do definitely worked. It worked all over Lebanon with people from all sorts of different backgrounds. It worked all the way from palestinian refugees to university professors. After three weeks of hard work, we all went back to College Mont La Salle with a great sense of satisfaction and we enjoyed one last night together before leaving, each one back to our own country.view whole article
On the 18th day of the tour we finally had a chance to perform outdoors on Manara seaside next to American University of Beirut! The municipality of Beirut was very friendly to us and gave their permission to perform in this crowded place, where a lot of tourists and Lebanese people spend their Sunday evenings. In fact, we had to go to the municipality 4 times to get this permission, but eventually they gave it to us as an exception, saying that normally they don’t allow such performances.
We had a very good sound system so we could be heard very well and right after we started playing we were surrounded by 150 people who were clapping, screaming and dancing with the songs. After 2 songs we presented our NGO and showed a short meditation exercise which all the people enjoyed. A volunteer from the crowd helped us with the language translating everything into Arabic. We were performing in this manner for around 4 hours with little breaks, and people were coming and going so in the end approx. 800 people experienced meditation for the first time! We invited all of them to local meditation classes, as many showed their interest and wanted to know more. We were absolutely happy and exhausted after this amazing program, and a footsoak in the sea concluded the day.
19th day was really spontaneous! We arranged a program in Druze orphanage just a week in advance. We were in an internet cafe in Beirut calling different organizations to invite them to our programs. The person from the orphanage hardly spoke English but nevertheless invited us to come, so we were a bit confused and couldn’t imagine how great the program would be! We came late as the driver couldn’t find the way, and all the teachers and kids were welcoming us as the bus approached the orphanage. The hall for the performance, as well as the whole place was beautiful and big, and this orphanage turned out to be the largest and one of the most famous Druze orphanages in the area. We didn’t expect we would have the sound system, so kids had to patiently wait for about 30 minutes for us to set up the equipment and get ready.
The atmosphere was very soft and friendly, and it was really nice to see all those kids enjoying the performance, clapping with the rhythm of the songs and gradually getting used to their guests from many different countries and . There were about 80 children present, as the other 400 were home or at summer schools. They were mostly very small, but some were of school age. After a couple of songs the dancers did a short meditation exercise in the form of a story coupled with a dance, and the children followed, asking their inner tree of life to grow very big! They seemed to enjoy the change a lot, and it was so nice that the teachers also tried and then helped their students to do everything properly. We had to finish the program soon as it was time for children to have a lunch and we had started later than we supposed to, but even this time was enough for both children and artists to enjoy the program! We hope this little meditation experience will help these children as they all now have a very useful method to balance themselves and stay in peace no matter what happens outside.view whole article
Today was definitely one of the big highlights of the tour. After hearing the exiting news the day before that we were asked to hold an interview on the Tele Liban TV channel which broadcasts to most to the Arab world we sent four of our members to the TV station. The rest of us made our way to a Juvenile boys prison that had also just recently granted our team access to their facility. Most of the boys were between the ages 14 to 18 and were really polite and respectful and helped us with the set up. The program there was very unique and completely different to all the others we had as we didn’t have any sound system and our singing was barely audible behind the enthusiastic cheering, clapping and dancing of the audience. Even during the meditation they surprised us with their truthful effort to try reaching inner silence. So even though half of these boys were thieves or even murderers, by the end of our stay I think every single one of us had really learned to love them leaving us with tear filled eyes. By then we had already heard the news on how great the 15 minutes live interview went and that it had aired to many thousands of people.
To continue the spectacular day we drove to our next program organized with Caritas in the Odin Theater. After our set up we were completely thrown back as we peeked through the curtains to find over 400 children waiting for us on the other side even though we were only expecting about 100. The program was a real success and left all of the audience with a smiling face. To close this remarkable day we were invited to a magnificent Lebanese restaurant by the Swiss ambassador were they stuffed us with delicious traditional Lebanese dishes.view whole article
Yesterday we had a workshop at the head quarters of AIE Serve a youth-based organization with the goal of spreading love, respect and acceptance via increasing awareness, education and voluntary service. There were about one dozen people attending the workshop and nearly all of them were very interested in meditation and had been looking for an opportunity to try it out. Throughout the whole program we had a very peaceful atmosphere followed by many joyful chit chats with the participants and the NGO members. After the workshop we all had great fun roaming the close by streets, doing some late night gift shopping, trying out some traditional Lebanese dishes and enjoying some rare time on the Internet.
Today we finally had the awaited 2nd big program at the beautiful AUB (American University of Beirut) campus. We had sent out many invitations to different NGO’s and also handed out quit a few flyers taking the time to speak individually to any interested people about the upcoming program. We were pleasantly surprised to see how many people took the time to enjoy another amazing program with us at the end joining us on stage taking group photos with the dancers and our members. To complete the beautiful day we went to the beach in the dark enjoying the calming sounds of the ocean.view whole article
Today a concert was given to Children from the AMEL organization.
The program was conducted in a school, for the president of AMEL works as a Headmaster in this school. We had about more than 200 Spectators for the Music, Meditation and Dance Program, with all the neighbors watching from there Balconies. The Headmaster liked it so much that he wanted to organize a Concert for his pupils, not sure is we can make this happen, as we are leaving on the 21st of September.
As you can see the children fully enjoyed and participated in the program. As always the dancers where the stars, specially for the small girls.view whole article
Probably the most amazing concert so far. When we arrived, a good time earlier than we expected, we where greeted by the locals, humans and animals alike. The YMCA camp in Lebanon is great, the view is breathtaking, during day as by night.
At our arrival we where greeted by the camp Manager. She immediately invited us to stay for the night because there was a big party planed for the night. After a short discussion we agreed to stay for the night. We where offered the choice of stage, in or outdoors.
We gladly performed outside under the trees and it turned out to be one of the most amazing concerts so far. The audience was very receptive to the Meditation experience that we offered multiple times during the concert.
After the amazing concert the YMCA invited us for dinner and the night. It started with a Karaoke night and ended as party with YMCA and Meditate to Regenerate people dancing as one big group.
A huge bonfire was lighted and potato where thrown in only to be consumed at a later point.
Siting around the bonfire stories where shared and a few rounds of the “Mafia Game” where plaid.
After that we went to bed in Tents in the middle of nature.
At the next morning the stay ended with a generous breakfast, goodbyes and the desire by both parties to
stay in touch.
Another day of extraordinary events, waking up at 4am surprisingly worked really well so we could leave on time after a relaxed rehearsal . After a 3 hour bus ride from Beirut to the north east we arrived at the Palestine Refugee Camp in Baalbek. After the usual coordination delay (our driver calling the local contact and finding the right way to go to meet) we arrived at the Camp. We where invited to wait at …. Center while the sound system was set up in the hall. The hall was medium sized and the decoration from yesterdays wedding reception was still set up. After additional delays in setting up the sound system and the sound check. We were ready to start with a very joyful and extraordinary concert. The audience gathered and the program started with an Indian dance…..
The local audience, over 100 people made up mainly of children and youth, enjoyed the program very much and joined the songs by clapping and cheering. After the show the kids had the chance to meet the performing artists, which was greatly appreciated by the local girls, that used the opportunity to learn some new dance moves. The concert ended at a high with another program being arranged.