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Treasure of Life All Ages Retreat

July 29 @ 5:00 pm - August 2 @ 2:00 pm

The Treasure of Life


Usually in our daily lives we so become busy, stressed, and overwhelmed with work, relationships, and all we think we need to do in order to survive that we miss the miracle and the challenge of true presence. So let us come together to renew and strengthen our capacity to draw nourishment from wonder and beauty. Let us choose to grow our stability and freedom, and take time to nourish and protect the relationships that are truly meaningful and important to our happiness, our joy, and our peace.

Held in a peaceful and joyous community atmosphere, we will share meditation, mindful meals, group discussions, walking meditations in the forest and listening to teachings on mindfulness in the Plum Village tradition. Together we will explore how to to bring mindfulness practice into our daily lives.

The beautiful property also offers a chance to enjoy quiet time in nature or refresh yourself on the pond.

Our annual Ceremony of Compassion will be held on Saturday evening and is open for outside guests to join us, it will include chanting and releasing prayers with floating candles onto Blueberry Pond.

We hold a ceremony to transmit the Five Mindfulness Trainings early on Sunday morning if there are requests to do so.

Children’s Program

A separate children’s program will be available for families with children 5 and older during most of the adult program time.  If children younger than 5 are able to flow along with the program in a way that doesn’t disperse the program focus then they can join the program with the supervision of one of their parents or caregivers. There is also some activity time that is specifically designed for the whole community so adults and children of all ages can enjoy practicing together.  In between program time parents are responsible for their children. The program will blend meaningful mindfulness practice and time in nature with games, creative projects and summer fun.


Arrival for the retreat is Wednesday, July 29th, from 3pm to 6pm
Departure is on Sunday after lunch on August 2nd, at 2pm.

There are three parts to the program cost:

  1. The program itself (offered on an affordable sliding scale ($150-270/adults and $60-100/child))
  2. Accommodations (costs vary from camping ($30) to beds in dormitory rooms ($150/adult and $60/child))
  3. Dana (sliding scale contribution towards the compensation of the facilitators (suggested range $50-150))

Please begin to fill out the registration form to calculate your total retreat cost.

Financial Assistance: Anyone who wishes to attend the retreat will be welcomed, no matter of financial ability. If the lowest tier is still too high for you, you may make a Financial Assistance Request from within the Registration Form.

All Ages Retreat July 29 Aug 2 2020 Registration Form

All Ages Retreat July 29 Aug 2 2020

Plan to arrive at 5pm on Wednesday and to depart at 2pm on Sunday.

Program and Meals Contribution

(sliding scale) Includes full program and meals from Wednesday dinner through Sunday lunch.
(sliding scale) Includes full program and meals from Wednesday dinner through Sunday lunch.

Accommodation Cost

Dana (generosity)

Beyond the program fee, (which covers facilities, staff, administration and food) we ask for an additional contribution to directly support the retreat teachers. They guide and support the retreat in the spirit of selfless giving, to benefit all people, and they depend on this generosity for their livelihood. Our generosity also allows them to continue offering their service in the future. With a financial contribution we recognize that learning to bring mindfulness and compassion into our lives, and into our work, is one of the most important things we can do in the world.
Please consider making a contribution that is both substantially supportive to our facilitators and is one you can afford.

As a guide for an appropriate contribution, we suggest an amount between $50-150.

Total Cost

If this total is too much for you to afford, try adjusting your program, accommodation, and dana selections. If it is still too much for you to afford, please request financial assistance by checking the Financial Assistance Request box below. If you have already completed a Financial Assistance Application and received confirmation of your award please check the Financial Assistance Award box below.
(Please double check that you have selected the lowest sliding scale options for program and accommodation before making a Financial Aid Request.)
What level of assistance are you requesting?
If you require more than a 40% reduction, please make a note of your program, accommodations and dana costs, and then skip to the link at the bottom of the page labelled "Financial Assistance Application". (Do not continue with this registration form.)
(award cannot exceed total cost of retreat)
Continue registration with financial assistance applied? *
(You must check this box to confirm your request and receive the Financial Assistance you requested.)

Financial Assistance Application


July 29 @ 5:00 pm
August 2 @ 2:00 pm
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MorningSun Mindfulness Center
81 Rose Apple Lane
Alstead, NH 03602 United States
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