October 25-28 Retreat Information

We’re happy to announce that registration is open for the fourth New England Regional Retreat October 25-28, 2018 at the Hulbert Outdoor Center in Fairlee, Vermont. New and experienced mindfulness practitioners are welcome. Coming together as a regional community is a beautiful opportunity to energize our practice of mindfulness, deepen our understanding of transformational teachings, meet new people and reconnect with old friends. As noted below, thanks to the generosity of the Thich Nhat Hanh Foundation there are scholarships available to help underwrite the registration fees. Details on applying for scholarships are found here.

Much of our time together will be in Noble Silence. However, there is also time created for sharing mindfully in conversation.

This year we will be working with the theme:

Touching the Reality of Interbeing and Non-Fear.”

Three beloved Dharma teachers in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh, Michael Ciborski, Fern Dorrensteyn and Richard Brady will be our guides. They offer this description of the retreat’s theme:

“Non-fear is the fruit of slowly ripening understanding. As we stop, calm, and look deeply exploring our true nature of impermanence and interbeing, we grow stable and free.

 During our time together, as we practice sitting, walking, eating meditation and mindful dialogue, we will deepen our capacity for letting go of obstacles and misperceptions, celebrating moments fully and deeply lived in the present moment.”

Michael and Fern are former Plum Village Monastics and founders of Morning Sun Mindfulness Community in Alstead New Hampshire. Richard Brady is the founder of the Mindfulness in Education Network.

The Hulbert Outdoor Center, located on Lake Morey and surrounded by woodlands will be a beautiful Fall foliage venue for our retreat. There are six four-room heated cabins, a dormitory, and camping sites to choose from. The Center will offer a vegan menu.

The format will be similar to that of the previous NE Regional Retreats and is roughly outlined below:

  • Thursday arrive in the afternoon and get settled before dinner. Evening orientation and meditation followed by noble silence through the end of the dinner on Friday.
  • Friday morning: meditation; dharma talk; walking meditation. Friday afternoon: deep relaxation; dharma sharing. Friday evening; panel discussion on 5 MTs. meditation
  • Saturday morning: meditation, dharma talk, walking meditation. Saturday afternoon: deep relaxation; dharma sharing. Saturday evening: Tea Ceremony; meditation
  • Sunday morning: transmission of 5MTs; dharma talk; walking meditation; Sunday early afternoon: closure and drive home.

The all inclusive sliding scale costs for the retreat, which includes meals from Thursday evening through Sunday lunch, range from $175-$250 for dormitory lodging, camping or commuting to $350-$400 for double rooms. thanks to the generosity of the Thich Nhat Hanh Foundation there are scholarships available to help underwrite the registration fees. Details on applying for scholarships are found here. Please note that Dana for the Dharma teachers is not included in the fees.

Click here to download a registration form. Please print out and complete the registration form and mail it to the Hulbert Outdoor Center (address on registration). Please note that you if you are using a credit card you can register online by sending a handwritten completed registration form as an attachment to an email or by using “Adobe Sign”. The email address for the Hulbert Registrar is Lynn_daly@alohafoundation.org. There is the option to pay for linens and towels on the registration, but otherwise, please bring your own sleeping bag, pillow and towels. Refrigeration is provided for those with special dietary needs they will need to bring with them.

Questions? Email us here at this link.