Please note we can accommodate 50 fully vaccinated BIPOC friends, including a booster shot, if due, at least 2 weeks before arrival for this residential retreat. The monastery will not be open for any other unrelated individual and/or group retreats during this time. Live streaming may be considered, depending on the pandemic situation.
Magnolia Grove Monastery is hosting its inaugural BIPOC residential retreat as an expression of its commitment to creating a safer, nourishing, affinity space for members of our spiritual family who self-identify as BIPOC. We understand that BIPOC people face specific issues due to their racial/ethnic identities, and that cultivating affinity spaces is a necessary step and offers a beautiful opportunity for nourishment and healing, rest and restoration, and the cultivation of clarity and joy.
“I’m a person of color.”
~ Venerable Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, “Thay” (2004)
During this retreat, our time together will focus on firmly rooting ourselves in – the practice of self-care as self-love; building of kinship with each other; acknowledging our diverse historical roots and spiritual ancestors; and embracing the Dharma as a foundation for stability, liberation, and “love in action.”
“Beloved Community Garden,” Magnolia Grove Monastery
BIPOC practitioners, new or more experienced, are welcome to join us at Magnolia Grove Monastery (MGM). MGM is home to about 25 Monastics, the majority of whom are BIPOC of Vietnamese descent, and is in a state where nonviolent civil rights campaigns in the 1960s grew out of the mud of white supremacy. Then and now, the struggles for social justice and the search for the “beloved community” espoused by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. continue to serve as brilliant North Stars.
“Working within community …
we are able to experience joy in struggle.”
~ bell hooks (1994)
We welcome you.