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REGIONAL EVENTS 

(scroll down for events here in Michigan, including our Regional Retreat at Camp Skyline, and to the bottom for nearby events with Dharma Teachers)


Our 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 Plum Village website:

https://plumvillage.org/news/thich-nhat-hanh-arrives-in-vietnam


Recorded videos of Thay's dharma talks from previous years can be found online. 

http://vimeo.com/plumvillage


http://www.youtube.com/user/plumvillageonline


Michigan Events

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 30-June 3, 2018

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 transformational.

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 available.

Camping is now offered on a "sliding scale" for those with budgetary restraints.

To register please review the accommodations at their web site:

http://www.songofthemorning.org/accomodations/

You can register online or directly with the office at Song of the Morning, 989-983-4107 or office@songofthemorning.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, ewalt@glis.net or 810-388-1419.



A Day of Mindfulness with Dharma Teacher Jack Lawlor (tentative)

Saturday November 3, 2018  "Topic to be announced"

Lansing, Michigan
Sponsored by Lansing Area Mindfulness Community

Contact  info@lamc.info

 A 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
Newark, Ohio
Sponsored by The Blue Heron Sangha, Columbus, Ohio

Contact Sandy Coen for information scoen@columbus.rr.com or 614-268-0838

A 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 the enthusiastic support of "retreat encouragers" we can now offer a reduced scholarship rate of just $20 for those with limited incomes. See your local sangha or contact Sam Ewalt for details.ewalt@glis.net
 
******Due to a scheduling problem there is no retreat this year, 2018*****

The regular fee is $75. A limited number of private two-person rooms are available for an extra fee of $20 per room.

 Scholarships are available for anyone who needs one, just send in $20 and you qualify.  The camping fee is $15.  Day visitors are welcome on a donation basis.

Please send your registrations with a check or money order made out to "Regional Retreats"to:

Sam Ewalt
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 birthday 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 enjoy and would like to share.

                     *********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 couples.

The camp has a limited number of linen service packages available with all
of the above items for an additional charge of eight dollars for the
weekend.

3. YOUR CONTRIBUTION of either ONE BREAKFAST or ONE DINNER ITEM or SOMETHING for the SNACK TABLE. (food items need not be elaborate, something 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 small
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.

Mindfulness Retreats at Song of the Morning

The Bluewater Community and the growing statewide sangha are continuing to offer five day mindfulness
retreats at Song of the Morning Yoga Retreat Center in Vanderbilt, Michigan.
www.songofthemorning.org

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 encouragement.

Song of the Morning is now offering beds in the "Domes" on a sliding scale
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 the springtime.

We have confirmed dates for 2018.
February 14-18, 2018
May 30-June 3, 2018


 Please contact Sam Ewalt ewalt@glis.netfor details.