A Mindfulness Retreat with Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh
"HEALING YOURSELF IS HEALING THE WORLD" ENGLISH RETREAT
September 24-29, 2013
Please join Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh and the International Delegation of monks and nuns from Plum Village, Deer Park and Blue Cliff Monasteries for a Mindfulness retreat at Magnolia Grove Monastery, our newest center in the United States. The monastery is located one-hour away from Memphis, Tennessee, and it is situated in a spacious 120 of acres peaceful and beautiful oak forest.
These are some of the practices that we will engage in during this retreat, led by Thich Nhat Hanh and the monks and nuns:
• daily Dharma Talks by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh • sitting meditation - a time to be still and to look deeply into our situation with the support of a community of practitioners [who are also doing the same thing.] • outdoor walking meditation as a community through the sacred oak forest • mindful meals in silence - taking the time to truly enjoy the food and the company of other practitioners • Dharma Sharing in small groups – practicing loving speech and deep listening, sharing our experiences with the practice of mindfulness • Singing practice songs that will nourish our seeds of joy and peace • Total Relaxation - learning how to rest and relax our body and our mind • Service Meditation - working together in harmony and with ease • Observing Noble Silence – from after the evening activity until after washing up for breakfast - Being in deeper communication with our body and mind in quietude and repose
We welcome the participation of people from all backgrounds, regardless of ethnic origin, race, cultural background, socio-economic class, age, gender and sexual orientation. We are committed to fostering a practice environment where all may experience positive transformation and healing.
The retreat is open to all, including beginners, those who have previously attended retreats, and families with children. The first part of the talks are normally dedicated to children. The nuns, monks and staff members will lead a mindfulness practice program for teens (ages 13-17). Some parents will be invited to help other monks, nuns and laystaff with a similar program focused on children (6 to 12 years old). Children under 6 are welcome to join the retreat under the care of their parent.
Families with children and teens are warmly welcome to this retreat. Normally, the first part of the Dharma talk is dedicated to the children. Children’s Program will be offered for ages 6 to 12. Young monks and nuns, with the help of volunteered parents, will lead the children in joyful play and mindful practices. Teen’s Program will be offered for ages 13 to 17. Special activities such as separate Dharma sharing, creative activities and sports will be offered to address the needs of these young people.