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Northern New England Regional Mindfulness Retreat
February 6, 2014 @ 12:00 pm - February 9, 2014 @ 10:00 am
A 4 Day Mindfulness Retreat in the Tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh
Hosted by Upper Connecticut River Valley Sanghas – Heart of the Valley MPC (White River Junction VT), Mountains and Rivers Mindfulness Community (Putney VT), and MorningSun Mindfulness Center (Alstead NH) with Dharmateachers in the Plum Village tradition Richard Brady and Michael Ciborski.
Winter in New England is a time when the life of the forest and hills are quietly renewing themselves in preparation for the coming Spring. This winter we will gather to do the same, taking time to let go of busyness, to be still and reflect deeply on our lives, to enjoy the warmth of the hearth and the presence of each other, to renew our aspirations, and to draw strength from Dharma teachings and the Sangha gathered around.
The program will include sitting and walking meditations, dharma teachings and discussions, mindful meals, and the quiet beauty of New England winter. We will also have the opportunity to take the Five Mindfulness Trainings, or to renew our commitment to these core principles of the Plum Village Tradition. Held at Wonderwell Mountain Refuge in picturesque Springfield, NH, the setting and facility are extremely nurturing and supportive. Built in 1911 by the Stoddard Family of Washington DC, the house sits high on a hillside with sweeping views of sky and mountains. On one end of the building is a Great Room, now a meditation hall, with an oak balcony encircling the room above and two field stone fireplaces. Housing rooms are plush and comfortable, lending to a sense of ease and gentleness.
We invite all who are interested to join in this special gathering in order to hold and nourish the energy of mindfulness, deepen our connections, and strengthen our regional Sangha community. We all know how precious it is to enter deeply into our practice, to grow and gain new insights, and to build meaningful spiritual friendships. Gathering together in retreat can become a foundation stone for strengthening our Sanghas, deepening the practice and relationships of both regular and new Sangha members. It is truly a cause to celebrate!