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Summer Retreat – “Be Free Wherever You Are”
July 1, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - July 5, 2018 @ 2:00 pm
Home is a place for us to come back to after a long day of work and study. It is also a place that we can feel peace, loving warmth and care from our beloved. Yet sometimes the stresses from our work and study and society take away our inner peace, leaving us feeling homeless.
The “Be Free Wherever You Are Summer Retreat” at Magnolia Grove Monastery offers us an opportunity to come back to ourselves, releasing tension, learning how to listen deeply, using loving speech, taking mindful steps and peaceful in-breaths and out-breaths in order to rebuild and nourish our haven – home sweet home. Each family member may strengthen the capacity to offer loving smiles and joy to one another after a hard day of work and study, and as a result, there is more positivity and energy to begin anew each day.
The Brothers and Sisters would like to invite all of you to return to the world of peaceful present moment.
We welcome families, couples and individuals of all ages, and all nationalities, to join us during this joyful and colorful time of living mindfully together. The Summer Retreat is a time to be nourished by deep yet accessible teachings, the peace and splendor of the summer countryside and the joy of community. We will use the practices of mindfulness to touch the miracles of life in the midst of the mundane. The retreat includes daily teachings on mindfulness and sessions of walking meditation, sitting meditation and eating meditation. We will also have the chance to strengthen our capacities for deep listening and loving speech through the practices of Deep Relaxation, Touchings of the Earth, Beginning Anew, and Dharma sharing.
The Magnolia Grove Monks and Nuns will offer programs for all ages including, children (ages 6-12) and teens (ages 13-17). The retreat is open to all, including beginners, those who have previously attended retreats, and families with children. The first part of the Dharma talks is normally dedicated to children. Parents are welcome to participate/volunteer to help out in the children’s program if they would like.
This is an opportunity to come together as a spiritual family and cultivate togetherness. Also, to refresh our relationships with not only our families, but also our relationship with Mother Earth and our ancestors. It is a wonderful retreat for those new to mindfulness practice in the Plum Village tradition, as well as for anyone interested in mindful community life. We welcome the participation of people from all backgrounds. We are committed to fostering a practice environment where all may touch the Dharma and find healing and nourishment.