All-Night Sit 2014


Sponsored All-Night Sit

raising money for Tree Aid

Saturday 18th January    //    Various locations


£2,707 raised by all-night sit so far (as of February 8th)

An enormous thanks to all those who took part in and supported the all-night sit to raise money for Tree Aid – an environmental charity working with local communities in Africa.

Meditators in Devon, Brighton, Bristol, Cornwall, London and Milton Keynes, all sat together in solidarity for a very special night of practice and dedications.

If you would like to support the cause, please visit the sponsorship page – it’s still active…


Join us for an all-night gathering at Gaia House, or in Bristol, Brighton, London or Milton Keynes – to support Tree Aid, an environmental charity working with local communities in Africa. With sitting and walking, Dharma reflections and dedication of blessings, this will be a wonderful opportunity for us to practise together in an expression of kindness, generosity and solidarity.

If you, your Sangha or Sitting Group would like to take part; or if you’d like to find out more about ‘All-Night Sits’ happening in Bristol, Brighton, London or Milton Keynes – please contact Jane at

If you would like to offer donations or sponsor those taking part please visit

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5 Responses to All-Night Sit 2014

  1. Kristin February 25, 2014 at 6:35 pm #

    Very interested to see how the vigil last night went. Will anyone be doing a write up? We’re creating a page on One Earth Sangha to share events and activities (past or future) from the DANCE community and would love to share an summary of this event.

    With gratitude for your efforts!

  2. Ramiro February 25, 2014 at 6:37 pm #

    Beautifully held, from the lighting of the candles and the chanting, at the beginning, to the final ceremony with the beat of the drum. All night sitting, with a group of friends, with a noble intention in mind. Only words of gratitude for your support, in whatever way you chose, to make that happen.

    Thanks, love Ramiro, Gaia House All Night Sit

  3. Jane February 25, 2014 at 6:37 pm #

    It was a really beautiful All Night Sit here at Gaia house, and lovely to be together again in the main hall, which had been out of action for a few weeks for painting and re-decoration. Kirsten held the night beautifully, with Mark reading out wonderful messages of support through the night and starting off some heartful chanting whilst we all lit candles; Emma nurturing us with chai and power cookies; Ramiro offering a lovely opening talk; Justin leading a mindful movement yoga session; and local friends coming for the night and joining together with coordinators and yogis on personal and work retreats. It felt very much a Sangha evening…with a wonderful atmosphere of generosity and goodwill. It was hugely supportive knowing that friends across the country were sitting too, and so encouraging feeling the blessings and generosity of many kind supporters.

    Thank you so much, metta and gratitude Jane, Gaia House sit

  4. James February 25, 2014 at 6:38 pm #

    All night meditation for Tree Aid: we did it

    On 18-19 January, five members of the London Insight community practised from 10pm to 6am to raise money for the charity Tree Aid.

    The all-important sixth member of the team was Margaret, who decided she didn’t want to sit with us, but generously gave us the use of her house in north London. After making sure we had everything the all-night meditator could need – candles, blankets, space for yoga, breakfast waiting in the kitchen, and advice about where we could practise outdoor walking meditation at 4am without alarming the neighbours – she headed off with an overnight bag to stay with a friend.

    Earlier in the day we had exchanged messages of support with the other groups of meditators around the country, and so come 10pm we were ready to go.

    We followed advice to break the night into half hour alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation; getting outside when we could to feel the benefit of the fresh air; and keeping hot drinks coming. This proved to be good advice, making the whole exercise, if not exactly easy, then very doable. Yet of course there was a sense of achievement and some relief when we sounded the bell for the end of the final sitting period at 6am. All members of the team completed the 8-hour session without succumbing to the temptation to head off for a snooze.

    Would I do it again? Yes, given a good enough reason, such as raising money for an excellent charity like Tree Aid. Would I do it again soon? No. But I feel it’s a very achievable thing for anyone who has (a) sufficient motivation (b) reasonable health and (c) enough experience of meditation to respond appropriately to the challenging states of mind and body that can begin to arise.

    Personally, I took part in this in order to explore taking my meditation practice into unknown territory; but, more importantly, to show some public commitment to the work of Tree Aid in addressing poverty and malnutrition in Africa. Many thanks to everyone who has already offered sponsorship to the team – and indeed the teams round the country. Knowing of your support was another crucial ingredient in getting us through the small hours. If anyone else feels inspired to respond to our commitment with your own contribution, please do, via this Justgiving page set up by Gaia House.

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  5. nic oestreicher February 25, 2014 at 6:39 pm #

    It was a beautiful night of sitting here in Brighton by the light of candles and a roaring open fire which we kept stoked all night. We read everyone’s messages and some poems through the night but otherwise kept it simple, just sitting and walking in the gardens, with the odd cup of chai thrown in. At 4am I ministered some personal tree aid to the fresh raw stump of a cypress that had fallen in the Gardens during the big storms, it looked so sad, it was such a beautiful tree. I really loved the whole night, it was beautiful to be raising money for trees, it felt very sacred and it was lovely to think about all of you around the country doing the same. Thank you all for your company.

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