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Our root teacher, the Most Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh happily has been able to return to the temple in Viet Nam where he ordained as a monk in 1942. He will live out his remaining years there surrounded by his monastics. When his health allows he continues to interact with the community and enjoys being home in the present moment.

Thay recently celebrated his 93rd continuation day at the Temple in Hue. News about his current health and activities can be found on the Plum Village web site:

Plum Village Articles and News

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

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.

Winter Mindfulness Retreat at Song of the Morning Yoga Retreat Center
Vanderbilt, MI  February  12-16, 2020

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:

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

A Day of Mindfulness with Dharma Teacher Jack Lawlor
Saturday, November 7, 2020

Van Hanh Temple
3015 S Martin Luther King Blvd
Lansing, Michigan 48910

Sponsored by the Lansing Area Mindfulness Community

Contact Susan Lundberg: or 517-272-1373

 A Five Day Retreat with Dharma Teachers Larry Ward and Peggy Rowe 

Larry and Peggy will not be coming to Columbus in 2020. Perhaps they will return in the future.  Information about retreats with Larry and Peggy can be found at https://the   

A Regional Mindfulness Retreat in the tradition of
                                                                     Thich Nhat Hanh
Camp Skyline Retreat and Conferance Center
5650 Sandhilll Rd
Almont, Michigan 48003

October 2,3&4, 2020
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
The regular fee is $85. A limited number of private two-person rooms are available for an extra fee of $30 per room.

 Scholarships are available for anyone who needs one, just send in $25 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
951 Woodlawn Ave
Ann Arbor, MI 48104


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  think is healthy 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

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.


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.

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 2019.  

February 12-16, 2020

 Please contact Sam Ewalt ewalt@glis.netfor details.