October 11-16 | Mindfulness Retreat in English | Deer Park Monastery
The English retreat, with the theme Finding Our True Home, is one of five retreats that are being offered in our practice centers in the US in 2013.The retreat will be led by Thich Nhat Hanh along with the monks and nuns of Deer Park Monastery, Magnolia Grove Monastery, Blue Cliff Monastery, and Plum Village.
Dear Friends, the REGISTRATION and the WAITING LIST for this retreat are CLOSED.
Please join Thich Nhat Hanh, monastics, and lay friends in the mountains of Deer Park Monastery to practice caring for ourselves and our world. We will practice as a community, as a spiritual family, learning the art of tending the gardens of our mind and body. We will learn and practice how to breathe, sit, and walk freely and peacefully, so we may enjoy the present moment and be present to the wonders of our world that are always available. Being a happy human being is the greatest talent and the most needed skill that we can offer to ourselves and our loved ones. It is an important gift to our world and an essential element to our efforts to preserve our planet.
The retreat is open to all, including beginners, those who have previously attended retreats, and families with children. The first part of the talks are normally dedicated to children. The nuns, monks and staff members will lead a mindfulness practice program for teens (ages 13-17). Some parents will be invited to help other monks, nuns and laystaff with a similar program focused on children (6 to 12 years old). Children under 6 are welcome to join the retreat under the care of their parent.
We welcome the participation of people from all backgrounds, regardless of ethnic origin, race, cultural background, socio-economic class, age, gender, sexual orientation, or physical ability.
We are committed to fostering a practice environment where all may touch the Dharma and find healing and nourishment.
These are some of the practices that we will engage in during this retreat:
- Daily Dharma talks by Thich Nhat Hanh
- Sitting meditation together
- Outdoor walking meditation as a community
- Mindful meals in silence – taking the time to truly enjoy the food and the company of other practitioners
- Dharma Discussion in small groups – practicing loving speech and deep listening, sharing our experiences with the practice of mindfulness
- Total Relaxation – learning how to rest and relax our body and our mind
- Service Meditation – working together in harmony and with ease
- Observing Noble Silence – from after the evening activity until after washing up for breakfast
Families with children and teens are warmly welcome to this retreat. Normally, the first part of each Dharma talk is dedicated to the children. A Children’s Program will be offered for ages 6 to 12, with joyful play and mindful practice adapted to our young friends. The program will be lead by a monastic and lay practitioner with the help of parents. A Teen’s Program will be offered for ages 13 to 17.
Below is a list of the usual daily activities at a retreat. Actual times will be set just before the retreat. We usually start the day at around 5:30 am and end the day at around 9:30 pm.
Afternoon & Evening Activities
Lunch and Rest
Five Mindfulness Trainings Presentation, Beginning Anew Presentation, Total Relaxation, or Touching the Earth.
All meals will be vegan. We regret that we are unable to cater to individual dietary needs. Everyone who comes to practice is requested to observe the Five Mindfulness Trainings that are the very foundation of our being together here as a community of practice – Sangha. They are the guidelines that help us move in the direction of goodness and beauty. No smoking, no drinking, and no sexual practice are allowed on the grounds of the monastery. Please respect the community’s effort in this observance. A full text of the Five Mindfulness Trainings will be sent along with the retreat confirmation package after you have registered and can be found on our website (see below). There will be an opportunity to formally receive the Five Mindfulness Trainings with Thây (normally on the last day of the retreat, Sunday morning). If you cannot attend the retreat but would like to receive the Mindfulness Trainings, please contact Deer Park Monastery.
The retreat begins with check-in from 1 to 5pm on Friday, October 11th, dinner served at 5:30 pm, and an orientation talk by Thây at 7:30 pm. The retreat will end after lunch on Wednesday, October 16. Please plan to attend the entire retreat.
Our dorm rooms are limited but there is plenty of outdoor space for tents. We will rent trailers for additional dormitories. Please register early to reserve a room as spaces fill up quickly. Through contributing on the higher-end of the sliding scale and through contributing to our scholarship fund we can offer our generosity and resources to help others with more limited means to join us for this retreat. Some scholarships plans will be available for those with financial need. Please contact us for a scholarship application form.
Medical / Health Situation: Should you have any functional or medical disabilities; recent surgery; or inpatient stay at an institution; require medical or psychiatric resources; regularly take any controlled/prescription medications; please contact the registration office, 760-291-1003 x100, so we may better support you.
- Couples will be housed separately in dorm rooms, but can stay together in tent.
- Registration is a sliding scale for adult registration (prices below)
- Student Discount, 25% (18-26 yrs), only for tenting.
- Scholarships are available to those in need. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 760-291-1003, ext 100 for an application form.
- For people with limited mobility or special needs, please contact us at email@example.com or 760-291-1003, ext 100 so we may better serve you.
Contributions are per person and include food, lodging, and tuition.
Dorm (6-people per room):
Age 18+: $650-$750 SOLD OUT
Age 13-17: $400 SOLD OUT
Age 6-12: $325 SOLD OUT
Trailer Dorm (13 people per trailer)
Age 18+: $475-$575 SOLD OUT
Age 13-17: $375 SOLD OUT
Age 6-12: $300 SOLD OUT
Tent – bring your own tent
Age 18+: $375-$475 SOLD OUT
Age 13-17: $300 SOLD OUT
Age 6-12: $275 SOLD OUT
This is a residential retreat and no commuter registration is available.
- 31 days prior to arrival: 85% refunded
- 15-30 days prior to arrival: 75% refunded
- 8-14 days prior to arrival: 50% refunded
- 7 days prior to arrival: no refund
- No refund of any portion of the registration fee is available for late arrivals or early departures.
As with all our retreats, we encourage participants to share rides wherever possible in order to reduce the environmental aspect of traveling. More information about getting to the monastery is available at Getting to Deer Park Monastery. Please use the commenting system below to make connections with other participants to offer rides and insights on reducing the impact.