Who We Are
Morning Sun is a Mindfulness Practice Center and multigenerational community in the Plum Village tradition. Our mission is to create change through developing and sharing practices that foster peace and harmony within individuals, relationships, organizations and the world.
Ongoing Practice Schedule
We host a Day of Mindfulness every Sunday.
Please arrive at 9:45 for a 10am sitting meditation. We will be sitting, walking, sharing and eating until 2pm.
Morning Sun Wish List
If you want to support MorningSun with specific items, you can visit our Wish List.
We are so grateful for the permanent home of MorningSun, 240 acres of beautiful land in the southwest corner of New Hampshire. Granite boulders rising out of hills and shallow valleys. Streams meandering through birch, maple and beech forest. Small lakes housing turtles, fish, beavers, frogs and dozens of other species. Rose quartz, feldspar and mica sparkling in the sunlight. Ospreys and herons soaring overhead. The sound of wind and birdsong rising and falling with the inhale and exhale of the living organism that is our new home.
MorningSun was founded in response to the many challenges of modern society. Consumerism and addiction, climate change and economic collapse, a faltering education system, the threat of food and water scarcity, violence in its many forms (domestic, sexual, racial prejudice, terrorism and war) – all the imbalances and life-denying priorities that characterize mass society. We hope to be a resource for people working to create a better world by sharing practices that can create peace and harmony within individuals, relationships, organizations and the world.
We do not believe we have all the answers. Rather, we aim to be constantly learning and developing new practices that better meet the needs of our world. We hope that through experimenting with ways of living and practicing together, we will be able to contribute toward the creation of a peaceful, just and ecologically balanced world.
Our community is small and rural, located in southwest New Hampshire. While we live in a beautiful place, we are not removed from the suffering of the world. We can see that the roots of all of society’s problems exist as seeds within each of us and that any community will have to face them. We aspire to use our community life as a laboratory to experiment and develop new practices in creating and maintaining dynamic harmony.
Our community’s strength and happiness come from a simple, mindful life of shared practice. Time in nature. Our relationships with one another. And our determination to steadily grow our awareness of all that connects us, rather than that which might divide us. We aspire to use our practice to take care of our relationships and learn from the inevitable conflicts that are part of being in relationship.
Our intention is to invite all who wish to experience a different way of being to come and practice with us, whether that is for a day of mindfulness or for a lifetime in our residential community.
For reasons of local planning processes and availability of resources, MorningSun is growing in a sequential fashion. We are currently hosting a Day of Mindfulness every Sunday and retreats around the US. These are beautiful opportunities to deepen our practice together. We are also navigating the local planning process in order to be able to build retreat center facilities and housing for new members. We have already received preliminary enthusiastic approval of our residential and education center plans from the town, and are in the process of finalizing the design of the community and improving the road up to town standards. If you want to help with this aspect, please click on ‘Help Build the Road’ on the left. Once retreat center facilities are up, year-round programming will become part of daily life in the community.