Domaine de la Garde
Bourg-en-Bresse, France

On 7-11 September, I was invited by Friedrich and Margareta von Kirchbach to an interfaith retreat at their beautiful Chateau de la Garde in an extensive domain on the outskirts of Bourg-en-Bresse, France, on the theme of everyday spirituality. I spoke on "public engagement and spirituality: initiatives for creating a more spiritual society" in which I shared my efforts to help young people to discover spirituality through the book I am now writing, described the interfaith courses on sustainable development and on climate change which we developed through the International Environment Forum and the Wilmette Institite, and gave an overview of Baha'i-inspired community activities. Other participants included a Buddhist monk from Sri Lanka, a Sufi sheikh from Kashmir and UK, a German pastor, a couple into anthropophosy and another following Ramakrishna, and a former Swiss Secretary of State for Environment who writes about spirituality in nature. The exchanges were very rich. This was the second such event that I had attended at La Garde, after one in 2025.

Group 2016 . Group 2016
Group attending the retreat

group consultation . group consultation . group consultation
Meetings for consultation and sharing experiences and approaches to spirituality

group consultation . group consultation

consultation in nature . exercises .
Spirituality in nature; and through exercise

Arthur Dahl and participants . Sheikh Mahmood . sharing
Jacqueline, Arthur and Margareta; Sheikh Mahmood; François and Helena sharing experiences

Meeting with the local community . meeting with the local community
Meeting with the local community, including two Baha'is (on the right); evening meeting with the community

group with Polish workers . walk to the forest . at the cross
Group with Polish workers restoring the chateau; walking to the forest; at the cross in the forest

at the cross . at the cross . von Kirchbergs at the cross
Group at the cross in the forest; Friedrich and Margareta von Kirchberg enjoying their domaine

Philippe Roch at the cross . at the cross . Pastor at the cross . at the cross
Meditating at the cross in the forest

Domaine de la Garde
Chateau de la Garde . Chateau de la Garde and stables . Chateau de la Garde
Chateau de la Garde
Domaine de la Garde . Domaine de la Garde . Domaine de la Garde
Domaine de la Garde from the cross

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