Join together in simple, gentle practices that bring us Home, to our True Nature, one conscious breath at a time. Experience the beauty and bounty here on our planet and practice the miracle of walking on this earth aligned with the coming of spring.
The offerings for the day: 10:00am Mindful Qi Gong infused Hatha Yoga 11:00am Intentional sharing circle 11:30pm Walking Meditation 12:00pm Mindful Eating Meditation 12:30pm Solo time in Nature~Deep listening 1:30pm Dharma talk and sharing circle 2:30pm Sitting Meditation 3:00pm Closing circle and singing/chanting meditation Suggested Donation $45: includes Qi Gong class, programming, and a charitable contribution to the Thich Nhat Hanh Foundation. Please bring a healthy, prepared dish and serving utensil for a pot luck lunch serving about 10 people. We request that you bring a vegetarian/gluten free offering. (We have plates, bowls, eating utensils and stoves for warming food. ) Advanced reservations requested: http://www.ntnretreats.com/reservations/ Spend the night: You may spend the night in our shared co-ed bunk room in Mt Pleasant Lodge, hostel-style, for an additional $54 per night. On Saturday we have a Spring Clean Up day on the land, an opportunity to volunteer and support the retreat center. Create an enriching weekend retreat by coming NTN Friday night, volunteer and sauna on Saturday and stay for the spring celebration Day of Mindfulness on Sunday! You may stay for one, two or three nights--customize your own getaway. Contact us at Getaway@ntnretreats.com spend the night. You may save and share space in the lodge or book your own private yurt or cabin. (Two night minimum for a cabin or yurt) More details about our Day of Mindfulness~ Mindfulness in Daily Life "Mindfulness is the energy of being aware and awake to the present moment. It is the continuous practice of touching life deeply in every moment of daily life. To be mindful is to be truly alive, present, and at one with those around you and with what you are doing. We come together in a way that nourishes our joy as well as our sense of shared humanity. Mindful Eating Meditation Eating a meal together is a meditative practice, offering our presence for every meal. Serving food to ourselves, we can already begin practicing. We realize that many elements, such as the rain, sunshine, earth, air, and love, have come together to form this wonderful meal. In fact, through this food we see that the entire universe is supporting our existence. Eating in silence, the food becomes real with our mindfulness and we are fully aware of its nourishment. After twenty minutes of silent eating, the sound of the bell will be invited. We may then start a mindful conversation with our friend or get up from the table. Dharma Sharing Dharma sharing is an opportunity to benefit from each other’s insight and experience in the practice. It is a special time for us to share our experiences, our joys, our difficulties, and our questions relating to the practice of mindfulness. By practicing deep listening while others are speaking, we help create a calm and receptive environment. By learning to speak out about our happiness and our difficulties in the practice, we contribute to the collective insight and understanding of the community. Sitting Meditation Sitting meditation is like returning home to give full attention to and care for our self. We sit upright with dignity, and return to our breathing. We bring our full attention to what is within and around us. We let our mind become spacious and our heart soft and kind. Sitting meditation is very healing. We realize we can just be with whatever is within us–our pain, anger, and irritation, or our joy, love, and peace. We are with whatever is there without being carried away by it. Let it come, let it stay, then let it go. No need to push, to suppress, or to pretend our thoughts are not there. Observe the thoughts and images of our mind with an accepting and loving eye. We are free to be still and calm despite the storms that might arise in us. These above words and practices have been adapted from Blue Cliff Monastery and writings from Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh to share the practice of mindful living~ http://www.bluecliffmon