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Laughing Mountains – A Treasure of Life All-ages Retreat

July 24 @ 5:00 pm - July 28 @ 1:00 pm

An all-ages retreat with an emphasis on families and children!

(Please note there is will NOT be a Teen Program for this retreat – please check the Floating Clouds retreat July 14-18 for the Teen Program)

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN! (form is below)

Come together to renew and strengthen our capacity to draw nourishment from simple things, to care for the tender places in our hearts, and to celebrate the wonder and beauty of summer.  This retreat is a 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 and compassion 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 prayer lanterns onto Blueberry Pond.

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

The Two Promises
I vow to develop understanding, in order to live peacefully with people, animals, plants and minerals.
I vow to develop compassion, in order to protect the lives of people, animals, plants and minerals.

The program of the retreat will flow in and out of activities designed for the whole community to practice together and activities for separate age groups (when the Children Program program will separate off from the adults to enjoy their own practice, fun and activities).

The Children Program will be available for families with children 6 and older.  If younger children (3-5) 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. The program will blend meaningful mindfulness practice and time in nature with games, creative projects and summer fun.

Please note, that in between children program activities, parents and guardians are responsible for their children.

Logistics: Arrival for the retreat is WEDNESDAY July 24th between 3 and 6pm. Departure is on SUNDAY  July 28th, after lunch, at 2pm.  After you complete the registration process you will receive the full information for the retreat, like what to bring and schedule details, etc.


  • Dormitory Beds:  We have several rooms available in El Cielo (our retreat building) (beds for 10-14 people depending on whether folks are alone, or couples, or in a ‘pod’).  We also have a few dormitory beds available in our simple living yurt.
  • Camping:  Our campground is primitive, with flat sandy sites, outdoor showers and composting toilets. You must provide your own tent and camping equipment. Campers will also have access to the first floor toilet and clothes washing machine in El Cielo.
  • Commute: You may also choose to commute in and out if you live locally. Please register for the program below (as a commuter), and also book your local accommodations separately (you need to do both).
    • A retreat guest space at MorningSun – the Ruby Yurt, is a rental hosted within the MorningSun community. You can check availability and details here: http://rubyyurt.com
    • You may also book at other hotels and rentals offered by airbnb, vrbo, etc in the area. Please note that you need to provide your own transportation to and from MorningSun during your program if you register as a commuter.

Cost: There are two parts to the program cost:

  • The program itself (offered on an affordable sliding scale ($260-500/adult and $90/child) Please note: The program for children 4 years and younger is free).
  • Accommodations (costs vary from camping ($60/site) to yurt dorm ($140/adult $90/child) to beds in El Cielo rooms ($220/adult and $90/child))

Financial Assistance:  Anyone who wishes to attend the retreat will be welcomed, regardless of financial ability. If the lowest tier is still too high for you, you may self-select a percentage for financial assistance within the registration form.  If you need a full scholarship please contact us.


1A 2024 All Ages Retreat Registration

All Ages Retreat 2024

Plan to arrive between 3 and 6pm on Arrival Day and to depart after 2pm on Departure Day.
Please Select Your Program
You should receive a short confirmation email immediately, and our Program Team will follow up with a full confirmation and program details closer to the retreat start date.

Contact Information


Personal Information

Please list everyone you are registering (including yourself).
(for room assignment purposes, for example: "male, female, inter, or another")
(for example: "trans", "man", "woman", "non-binary", "cis", or another)
(For example: "she, her, hers", "they, them, theirs", or another)

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MorningSun Mindfulness Center
81 Rose Apple Lane
Alstead, NH 03602 United States
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