Mindfulness, Compassion, and the Joy of Being Alive:
A Retreat for All Ages
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 swimming and canoeing 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.
A children’s program will be available for families with children. It will blend meaningful mindfulness practice for young people with creative projects and summer fun.
Most of us will be camping, with a few rustic rooms available. Healthy vegetarian meals will be served from our outdoor kitchen and usually eaten on picnic tables at the beach. Outhouses and hot-water showers are available. Gatherings will be held in our straw-bale meditation hall, a picnic tent, and the yurt. There is also the possibility of staying at a nearby eco-bed-and-breakfast for those who would prefer (follow this link for more information on this option).
The total cost of the retreat is made of two parts: the cost of your meals and program, and the cost of accommodations.
- Adults – $220
- Children (age 5 and up) – $90 per child (children 4 and under are free yet require parent supervision at all times)
- Accommodations –
- $20 per tent site for the retreat
- Please contact us about our limited indoor spaces (they are on a first come first serve basis, registration form for details).
- Commuters have no accommodation fee
Please do not let finances deter you from attending the retreat. We offer two levels of scholarship, one at 25% and one at 50% of the total cost of the retreat. If you would like to request financial assistance, please CLICK HERE and fill out the Financial Assistance Request Form. We will then contact you regarding your request for support. Thank you. (You do not need to fill out the Registration Form below)
A 50% deposit is required upon registration. Full details and information on the retreat will be provided in a confirmation letter.