Morning Sun is a Mindfulness Practice Center and multigenerational community in the Plum Village tradition. Our mission is to practice, develop, and share the capacity to live in peaceful and harmonious relationship with ourselves, other people, organizations, and with the Earth.
Ongoing Practice Schedule
We USUALLY host a Day of Mindfulness every Sunday. HOWEVER, please join our email list to be notified of any cancelation.
Please arrive at 9:45 for a 10am sitting meditation. We will have sitting meditation, outdoor walking meditation, practice guidance and sharing and a vegetarian potluck meal until 2pm. Sign up for our Weekly E-Letter for details and updates of our practice schedule.
An Introduction to MorningSun
Through our shared practice of meditation and mindfulness practices for all moments and situations of daily life, we strive to be a resource for people working to create a better world by sharing practices that can build peace, and develop vital and thriving relationships between individuals, organizations and the Earth.
Through an active and caring relationship to people, animals, plants and soils in the region, we are examining our actual needs and our desire for comfort, and changing our patterns of consumption, in order to develop sustainable and even regenerative livelihoods and lifestyles. When we are truly happy, we need very little, and our time and energy can go towards serving others.
All of this comes together in the unique programming that MorningSun provides bringing a spiritual dimension to the work of developing a sustainable culture for people of all ages.
We do not believe we have all the answers. Rather, we aim to be constantly learning and developing new practices that better meet the needs of our world. We hope that through experimenting with ways of living and practicing together, we will be able to contribute toward the creation of a peaceful, just and ecologically balanced world.
Our community is small and rural, located in southwest New Hampshire. While we live in a beautiful place, we are not removed from the suffering of the world. We can see that the roots of all of society’s problems exist as seeds within each of us and that any community will have to face them. We aspire to use our community life as a laboratory to experiment and develop new practices to do so.
This is a whole-bodied response to consumerism, climate change, faltering education systems, and violence in its many forms (domestic, sexual, racial, and terrorism and war). These issues can be overwhelming. They can seem insurmountable. They can cause us much stress, suffering and despair. However, with a stable foundation of peace and clarity in our minds, hearts and bodies, and our collective strength, we can understand more deeply and find new and skillful responses, helping us to transform.
Our community’s strength and happiness come from a simple, mindful life of shared practice. Time in nature. Our relationships with one another. And our determination to steadily grow our awareness of all that connects us, rather than that which might divide us. We invite all who wish to experience a different way of being to come and practice with us, whether that is for a day of mindfulness, a community weekend, a retreat, or for a lifetime in our residential community.
We are currently hosting programs mainly in the warmer season, with camping as the primary accommodation. We have already received approval of our residential and mindfulness center plans, and are in the process of designing the campus. If you want to help with this aspect, please click on one of the support links on the left. Once retreat center facilities are up, year-round programming will become part of daily life in the community.