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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.
Regional Mindfulness Retreat in the tradition of
Thich Nhat Hanh
Camp Skyline Retreat and Conferance Center
5650 Sandhilll Rd
Almont, Michigan 48003
October 13, 14& 15, 2017
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 $15 for those with limited incomes. See your local sangha or
contact Sam Ewalt
discount fee: $60 until August 31, after that the regular
fee is $75. A limited
number of private two-person rooms
are available for an extra fee of $20 per room.
fee: $15. Scholarships are
available for anyone who needs one, just send in $15 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
or one dinner and a contribution for the Mindful Nourishment Tea Table.
We will be sharing food preparation and cleanup for our potluck meals.
********If your birthday falls on an
even-numbered day please bring a dinner contribution. If your birthday
falls on an odd-numbered day please bring
a breakfast contribution.*********
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. Refrigeration and
cooking space is limited. Crock pots and coolers suggested. Free ice
will be available. 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
to a defined period on Saturday afternoon.
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
*********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 and
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 2 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 2018.
May 30-June 3, 2018
Please contact Sam Ewalt email@example.com details.
Mindfulness Retreats with
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.
Day of Mindfulness with Dharma
Saturday November 4, 2017
Five Day Retreat with Dharma Teachers Larry Ward and
Sponsored by Lansing Area Mindfulness Community
"Theme to be announced"
March 21-25, 2018, Wednesday to Sunday
Saints Peter and Paul Retreat Center
Sponsored by The Blue Heron
Sangha, Columbus, Ohio
Sandy Coen for information firstname.lastname@example.org