Watering Seeds of Compassion, Clarity, and Courage
A retreat for young adults (ages 17-35ish)
What are the most precious qualities of our hearts and minds that we wish to nurture and grow strong? How do we care for the pain and despair that we see in ourselves and the world around us? How can we build a deep inner resiliency, both individually and communally, to fearlessly engage our tumultuous world? And how do we walk a path that offers true love and bright possibilities for future generations and our precious planet?
Through peer led practices and daily teachings from seasoned practitioners, we will dive into these paramount questions of our lives, and discover new insights and strengths within using the timeless practices of sitting, walking, and eating meditation, deep listening, and conscious arts, music, and movement. Here at MorningSun, and as a community of young people, we will take refuge in each other and nature, exploring the power of mindful living and spiritual community to compassionately embrace our lives and ever-changing world.
COVID-19: Due to the pandemic, we will still uphold safety measures at MorningSun. This retreat is open to adults who have been fully vaccinated, (if you are not vaccinated yet, or do not intend to be, please contact us to talk more about your options). During the retreat, most activities will be outdoors to allow for safe distancing, and when indoors, all participants must be masked. Participants will be required to sign a Covid waiver several days before attending (ensuring that there has been no contact with Covid cases in the previous week).
Accommodations: We have several rooms available in “The Barn” (beds for 7-12 people depending on whether folks are alone, or couples, or in a ‘pod’), and also camping. Our campground is primitive, with flat sandy sites, outdoor showers and outhouses. You must provide your own tent and camping equipment. Campers will also have access to the first floor toilet and clothes washing machine in The Barn. You may also choose to commute in and out if you live locally.
Retreat Conduct: There will be periods of silence and periods to enjoy conversations with others. To create a gentle and quiet retreat atmosphere, we practice with the Five Mindfulness Trainings. Meals will be vegetarian, and we do not drink alcohol, ingest intoxicants or any recreational drugs. Firearms and other weapons are not permitted in the Mindfulness Center.