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Nourishing a Peaceful and Spacious Heart – Educator Retreat

July 3 @ 5:00 pm - July 7 @ 2:00 pm

Dear friends, registration is now closed. Thank you so much. Please email us at morningsunoffice@gmail.com to join our waitlist.

MorningSun is so happy to offer this retreat for classroom teachers, administrators, social workers, others in the field of education, and basically anyone who works with youth/young people.

Our lead facilitators will be Dharma Teachers Richard Brady and Fern Dorresteyn, and Wake Up Schools educator Elena Cardo. We invite you to join these longtime educators and wonderful Dharma Teachers from the tradition of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh for this special retreat. (see below for bio details)

This is a Wake-Up Schools Level I Retreat.  For more information, visit wakeupschools.org (there is a lot of inspiring material available on their site!)


This year we will also hold a Completion Ceremony for Wake-Up Level II participants. YAY!

3 CEU’s available: Please remember that if you are currently employed as a teacher you may be able to have your retreat cost covered by your employer as this is an accredited CEU program. For more information and to apply, please email Bobbi at bobbi.schnorr@gmail.com.

The retreat will offer participants a chance to refresh themselves and cultivate their own personal mindfulness practice as a base for any sharing of mindfulness with others. It will support them to have an experiential understanding of the practices, and develop the language and skills needed to bring the practice back to the communities they serve. They will also learn effective methods to enhance presence and connection with others, attention, kindness, and emotional well-being inside and outside the classroom.

The retreat center at MorningSun offers an intimate setting in nature that pleasantly supports our communal practice of mindfulness. The modest retreat size is a precious and powerful opportunity that allows for every participant to have personal contact with facilitators.

We are excited to welcome you to our community of practice!

Practices during the retreat will include:

  • Sitting and Walking Meditation
  • Eating Meditation and Deep Relaxation
  • Circle Sharing, Loving speech & deep listening
  • Beginning anew (conflict resolution)
  • Stopping, Pausing, and Looking Deeply
  • Bells of Mindfulness in Daily Life

The retreat will also include:

  • Workshops for sharing mindfulness practice with youth
  • Ways to develop mindful communication
  • Inspiration to support mindfulness practice among co-workers and school staff
  • And more…

Lead Teachers:

Richard Brady is a retreat leader, writer, educational consultant, and coordinator of the Wake Up Schools Level II Program in North America.  He is a founder of the Mindfulness in Education Network, an international organization with 1,700 participants. In 2001, he received lamp transmission from Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh to be a Dharma teacher in his tradition with a special focus on cultivating mindfulness in young people.  Richard has lead retreats and offered workshops for educators in the US, Italy, and Germany. He is an editor of Tuning In: Mindfulness in Teaching and Learning (2009). Other writings are available at www.mindingourlives.net.

Fern Dorresteyn is a Dharma teacher in the Plum Village tradition, a founder of the Morning Sun Mindfulness Community, and a mother of three.  She lived in Plum Village monasteries for nine years, training in the meditative arts as a nun for seven. While in Plum Village she worked with the Plum Village community and Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh to organize and offer meditation retreats around the world. She has been organizing and leading children’s programs and mindfulness retreats for families in  the Plum Village tradition since 1996.  In 2006 she completed a training at Sophia’s Hearth Family Center for caring for young children and families.

Elena Cardo is a public school teacher and retreat leader who began practicing mindfulness in the Plum Village tradition in 1998. A high school art teacher for 25 years, Elena has infused mindfulness into her classroom, and ultimately into her school. Since creating a mindfulness room where students and staff are invited to breathe, Elena has taught Mindfulness classes to students and offers professional development workshops to teachers and staff.
Now a Wake Up Schools Level II facilitator, Elena has led retreats and workshops for educators. She is inspired to support  educators to embody a peaceful, happy presence through the practices of mindfulness, so they may in turn share these practices with colleagues and students in their school communities.


Arrival for the retreat is Wednesday, July 3rd, from 3pm to 6pm. Departure is on Sunday July 7th, after lunch at 2pm. Please provide your own transportation to and from MorningSun.

This is a small retreat and spaces are limited. The intimate nature of this small retreat is rare for educators retreats, and registration will likely be closed well before the retreat begins.  You will receive confirmation of your space upon registration and receipt of payment.


  • 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 (offered on an affordable sliding scale: $260 – 500)
  • Accommodations (costs vary from camping ($60) to dormitory rooms ($220))
  • And to apply for CEU credit please email Bobbi at bobbi.schnorr@gmail.com.

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 can self-select some financial assistance from within the registration form.  If you need a full scholarship please contact us.

Dear friends, regarding accommodations: There is one open bed in the women’s dorm, two open beds in the men’s dorm room, and the rest of the dorms are full. The Ruby Yurt has space for one-two guests. There is also still space for camping and commuting! Please email us at morningsunoffice@gmail.com if you would like to be on the waitlist or have any questions. Thank you so much. 


1A 2024 Educator Retreat Registration

Educator Retreat July 3-7 2024

Plan to arrive between 3 and 6pm on Arrival Day and to depart after 2pm on Departure Day.
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.

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For more questions, please email us at morningsunoffice@gmail.com



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