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root teacher, the Most Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh is now happily living
at Plum Village Thailand. A recent visitor relates that he seems
surprisingly healthy, enjoying the community and especially the koi
fish swimming in the lotus pond outside his comfortable hut. He smiles.
Thay was recently
able to visit Vietnam again for a few days. The visit included
a stop at the temple in Hue where he began his monastic training in
1942. He has now returned to Plum Village Thailand where he will
continue to live.
You may read
news about Thay's activities and condition at the
Thay's dharma talks from previous years can be found online.
This coming year many different Dharma
Teachers in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh will conduct retreats in
Michigan or within easy driving distance in Ohio,
Illinois, and Ontario. We are lucky to have these wonderful
opportunities to practice.
We will also be continuing
our periodic five day mindfulness retreats at Song of the Morning Yoga
Retreat Center in Northern
Michigan. And of course we can always practice right here, right
now, wherever we might be.
Spring Mindfulness Retreat at Song of the Morning Yoga Retreat Center
Vanderbilt, MI May 29-June 2, 2019
You may come just for the weekend, for all five days, or as your schedule allows.
Our spring retreat has become an anticipated event for many who enjoy
the deep quiet and beauty of the north woods in spring. Everyone is
welcome, beginners and experienced meditators alike.
We sit. We walk. We breathe. We enjoy the nourishment of food and friends.
Our lives are often busy and complex. Mindfulness practice is an
opportunity to slow down, focus, and enjoy our lives. Everyone from is
cordially welcomed to join us for these days together. The practice is
simple, easy to follow, and of benefit to all.
Allowing yourself to enjoy peace and quiet in beautiful, natural
surroundings with the companionship of spiritual friends can be
Song of the Morning offers 800 beautiful, wooded acres along the
pristine Pigeon River and is ideal for meditation. We will practice
sitting and walking meditation, enjoy some noble silence, yoga, the Ten
Mindful Movements, dharma sharing discussions, early morning walks to
greet the day, and other activities from the Plum Village tradition of
Thich Nhat Hanh.
Song of the Morning provides delicious vegetarian meals and a wide
variety of comfortable accommodations at varying rates. The cost will be
around fifty dollars a night or less for a bed in the "Dormitory Dome",
meals included. More deluxe rooms, some with private baths are
Camping is now offered on a "sliding scale" for those with budgetary restraints.
To register please review the accommodations at their web site:
You can register online or directly with the office at Song of the Morning, 989-983-4107 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The easiest way to register is by telephone so that you may discuss your payment options. The office is closed on Mondays.
Students with ID receive a twenty-five percent discount. Memberships which offer other discounts are also available.
For details about our practices at the retreat please contact Sam Ewalt, email@example.com or 810-388-1419.
Day of Mindfulness with Dharma
Howell Nature Center, Howell, Michigan
Saturday October 27, 2018
"The Meaning of Metta"
Contact Carla Thomas for information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Four Day Retreat with Dharma Teachers Larry Ward and Peggy Rowe
"Topic to be announced"
March March 29-April 1, 2019, Thursday to Sunday
Saints Peter and Paul Retreat Center
Sponsored by The Blue Heron
Sangha, Columbus, Ohio
Sandy Coen for information email@example.com
Regional Mindfulness Retreat in the tradition of
Thich Nhat Hanh
Camp Skyline Retreat and Conferance Center
5650 Sandhilll Rd
Almont, Michigan 48003
October 18, 19& 20, 2019 No retreat until ***next year***
Friday, Saturday, Sunday
This beautiful location is the highest point in Lapeer County, just off
I-69 and just over an hour from Metro Detroit and Port Huron. Thanks to
support of "retreat encouragers" we can now offer a reduced scholarship
of just $20 for those with limited incomes. See your local sangha or
contact Sam Ewalt
******Due to a scheduling problem there is no retreat
at Camp Skyline this year, 2018***** An alternative location has been
found at The Howell Nature Center in Howell, Michigan. Contact Carla
Thomas, firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
fee is $75. A limited
number of private two-person rooms
are available for an extra fee of $20 per room.
available for anyone who needs one, just send in $20 and you qualify.
The camping fee is $15. Day visitors are welcome on a
Please send your registrations with a check or money order made out to
50 Mack Ave Lot 44
Marysville, MI 48040
Food Arrangements and
What to Bring to Camp Skyline
We will enjoy mindful, potluck meals at the retreat with everyone
encouraged to bring a vegetarian contribution for either one breakfast,
one dinner or a contribution for the snack table.
We will be sharing food preparation and cleanup for our potluck meals.
********If your birthday falls in the
first ten days of the month please bring a dinner contribution. If your
falls in the second ten days of the month bring a
breakfast contribution. If your birthday is in the last ten days
of the month bring something for the snack table.*********
Please do not bring bread or store bought muffins of any type as
we have been over-supplied with those items.
We will enjoy breakfast at 10 AM and dinner at 5 PM. Your contribution
can be as simple as a some fruit or nuts as complex as a prepared dish
of your choosing. Food should be prepared at home. We now have ample
refrigeration space and
available ovens to reheat things. Crock pot dishes also appreciated.
Rice and oatmeal will be provided. Hot water for tea
and coffee will be available at the snack table throughout the weekend
along with your snack table contributions. This year we are renaming
the "snack table" the "Mindful Nourishment and Tea Table" and suggest
you practice being aware of what you are offering to others there and
what you are consuming yourself. To preserve the fabric of mindfulness
during the retreat social conversation at the Tea Table will be limited.
As some of us feel strongly about our diets please label vegan or
gluten free dishes as such if there might be confusion about their
contents. It will be assumed that dishes not labeled might contain
eggs, cheese, other dairy products or gluten.
Please try to be mindful of the sources of your foods and please be
mindful that we will be a diverse group with many different food
preferences and opinions. Please bring food you think is healthy and would like to
*********What to Bring***********
1.YOUR OWN BOWL/PLATE, CUP, CUTLERY and NAPKIN. We will not be providing
these items. Everyone will wash their own dishes.
2.YOUR OWN PILLOW, PILLOWCASE, SHEETS, BLANKETS or SLEEPING BAG and
TOWELS. The camp does not normally provide these items. The beds are
twin size except for the extra double beds in the rooms reserved for
The camp has a limited number of linen service packages available with
of the above items for an additional charge of eight dollars for the
3. YOUR CONTRIBUTION of either ONE BREAKFAST or ONE DINNER ITEM or
SOMETHING for the SNACK TABLE. (food items need not be elaborate,
simple would be fine)
4. YOUR MEDITATION CUSHION or BENCH if you have one. Some cushions
and plenty of chairs will be available.
5. YOUR YOGA MAT if you want to join the optional yoga practice. The
floor is carpeted.
6. YOUR GOOD INTENTION TO PRACTICE FOR THE BENEFIT OF ALL BEINGS.
You may arrive anytime after 4 PM on Friday, having had dinner
elsewhere. No dinner will be served on Friday but snacks will be
available when you arrive.
Please come to the big building at the top of the hill when you arrive
for your room assignment.We will begin the the retreat with Orientation
and Meditation at 7:30 PM. The retreat will conclude after lunch on
Sunday, perhaps by 1 PM.
We will be doing some outdoor walking meditation so bring comfortable
walking shoes, a jacket, hat and what you need to be comfortable. A
flashlight is handy in the shared rooms at night and an alarm clock
might be useful.
Please co-operate mindfully with your roommates and if you're
nimble please take an upper bunk as needed.
Skyline Camp Retreat and Retreat Center
5650 Sandhill Road
Almont, Michigan 48003.
The camp phone number is 810-798-8240.
Retreats at Song of the Morning
The Bluewater Community and the growing statewide sangha are
continuing to offer five day
retreats at Song of the Morning Yoga Retreat Center in Vanderbilt,
Please come join us for the weekend, all five days or just an
afternoon. Song of the
Morning is beautifully located deep in the north woods along a
pristine river and is
ideal for deepening your practice and enjoying friendly support and
Song of the Morning is now offering beds in the "Domes" on a sliding
basis, including meals. Please offer whatever you are able for
accommodation in the
"Domes". Some private rooms and de luxe suites are also available at
their regular rates.
Camping is also encouraged. Actually, for the February dates it would
be more accurate to
say "camping allowed, but not encouraged", but certainly encouraged in
We have confirmed dates for 2019.
May 29-June 2, 2019
Please contact Sam Ewalt email@example.com details.