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Musician’s Retreat

December 8, 2023 @ 5:00 pm - December 10, 2023 @ 2:00 pm

Musician’s Retreat: music as a practice, letting go of performance

Music, song, and chanting can be a wonderful practice opportunity and a vehicle to offer our communication, aliveness, healing and connection. For many, we may have a “story” that says we aren’t “good enough” or that we are “too much,” which can silence/block us in painful ways. You are invited to join recording musical artists, Order of Interbeing practitioners Lynn Deeves and Honey Bear for a weekend of joyful practice, inquiry and heart-song as we co-create the possibility of accompanying and befriending our inner and outer voices.

Musicians of all levels are welcome to attend.

Practices will include:

Sitting meditation
Walking meditation
Mindful eating
Touching the Earth
Deep Relaxation
Circle Sharing
Loving Speech/Deep Listening

Also at this retreat, practices may include:

Embodied exercises
Dyad sharing
Deep Looking


Music Guides and Facilitators for the Retreat

Lynn Deeves is a mindfulness practitioner, OI member & Maine-based, singer-songwriter. Music has been a constant from top-40 rock stages to most recently, the release of “Songs from a Peaceful Heart,” recorded at Morning Sun with soulful and heartfelt contributions from Michael Ciborski, Lark Holmes and many lay/monastic friends. Lynn offers music in 2 sangha’s and in connecting with the 3-5 year old children with special needs whom she is blessed to work with. She has co-lead retreats in Maine, NH and Vt. Dharma teacher/NVC trainer Peggy Smith shares: “Songs from a Peaceful Heart was the only music that my nervous system enjoyed during the pandemic/lockdown.”  https://lynndeeves.hearnow.com

Gary Brain often to referred to as Honey Bear lives in Morning Sun with his best friends Mary Beth and Jaxi. Practices NVC, baking, and works in the 12 step community frequently. He practiced for many years in the Bay Area and was ordained an OI member in 2009 as a sibling in the Mountain family. Music gave form and voice to feelings and thoughts he didn’t know words for. He has practiced with The Guitar Circle of North America and played backing moods to countless events, tracks, and campfires.

Logistics: Arrival for the retreat is Friday Dec 8th between 4 and 6pm. Departure is on Sunday after lunch on Dec 10th, at 2pm.  After you complete registration process you will receive the full information for the retreat, like what to bring and schedule details, etc.

Cost: There are two parts to the program cost:

  • The Program itself (offered on an affordable sliding scale ($180-380/person))
  • Accommodations (beds in dormitory rooms ($100/person) or commuting which is free)

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 self select a percentage for financial assistance within the registration form.  If you need a full scholarship please contact us.

Accommodations:  We have several rooms available in “El Cielo” (beds for 10-14 people depending on whether folks are alone, or couples, or in a ‘pod’), and also camping.   You may also choose to commute in and out if you live locally (or book a hotel/airbnb).

Dear friends, in keeping our retreat size small and connected, registration has been closed. Please email us at morningsunoffice@gmail.com if you’d like to be placed on our waitlist. Thank you so much.

2023 Musicians Retreat Registration

2023 Musicians Retreat Registration

Musicians Retreat Dec 8-10 2023

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

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December 8, 2023 @ 5:00 pm
December 10, 2023 @ 2:00 pm
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MorningSun Mindfulness Center
81 Rose Apple Lane
Alstead, NH 03602 United States
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