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.
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.
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, event tent, and yurt.
The total cost of the retreat is made of two parts: the cost of the program, and the cost of accommodations.
Program Cost – Sliding scale: Adults: $180 – $260 and Children: $60-120 (you decide based on your life circumstance)
Accommodations – Camping cost is $20 per tent-site for the whole retreat. Rooms at MorningSun are limited and offered on a first come first serve basis. 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). Please see registration form for details and prices (ranging from $35-50/bed/night).
Commuters have no accommodation cost from MorningSun.
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 program cost. If you would like to request financial assistance, please CLICK HERE and fill out the Financial Assistance Application. We will then contact you regarding your request for support. Thank you. (If you fill out the Financial Assistance form you do not need to fill out the Registration Form below)
Register for this retreat with the form below. Full details and information on the retreat will be provided later in a confirmation letter.