Bearing Witness 5

Bearing Witness Trip to India

December 2015

In the Zen Peacemaker tradition of Master Bernie Glassman, this will be Ven. Pannavati’s fifth “bearing witness” compassionate-wisdom retreat. Rather than thinking of an “I” who is doing something for someone, we simply go to India as tourists, following three rules:

  • Not knowing;
  • Bearing witness to what is there; and
  • Responding skillfully to what we encounter.


  • Arrive in Southern India individually on Tuesday, December 8, 2015
  • Travel and work with villages in the State of Tamil Nadu, especially in the Tiruvannamalai District
  • Tour ends Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Please make your flight plans accordingly. Each traveler is responsible for arranging and paying for their own transportation to and from India. The destination airport is Chennai International Airport (abbreviation MAA). A round trip flight to India from the USA, according to, is currently approximately $1,000 US.


The total retreat cost of $1,800 US includes 3 meals/day, transportation in India, lodging in a quality Western style hotel*, daily activities and sightseeing excursions. Flexible daily activities include morning meditation, visiting the “untouchable” villages, with time to relax in the late afternoon, evening meditation and fellowship, and free time to enjoy spa services and local culture. We will visit ashrams, sacred sites and see the hidden Buddhist treasures of southern India. An in-depth yogic training the Buddha practiced until his enlightenment — light and form meditation — will be offered, here, at the foot of the majestic Arunachala sacred mountain.

Since it is essential that we book our rooms no later than July 30, please confirm your intention to be part of this year’s trip no later than July 25, 2015.

A non-refundable deposit of $300 is required in July to reserve your space. Payments may be made by check mailed to:

                  Embracing Simplicity Hermitage
                 PO Box 1838
                 Hendersonville, NC 28793

…or by credit or debit card through our website at (Be sure to enter “India 2015” in the memo line if paying through our PayPal processor. Please add a 3% processing fee for each electronic transaction.)

A suggested payment schedule would be:
            July 2015 – Initial deposit of $300 or more
            August 2015 – $500 payment
            September 2015 – $500 payment
            October 2015 – payment of $500 balance

Cancellations will be honored through October 31st less the initial $300 non-refundable deposit.

For information regarding our upcoming trip set for December 2015 and future dates please contact