Wake Up Retreat from 23. to 30. September on Mindfulness, Deep Ecology and Permaculture at the EIAB in Germany
Let us wake up together, let us move from being homo sapiens to homo conscius! Conscious of the state of our environment, we young people will come together in this 7-day retreat to cultivate collective awakening and explore Deep Ecology, our nature of Interbeing. We will look deeply to see that the world and its creatures are nothing less than an extension of ourselves.
Together we will enjoy the conditions for happiness available in the present moment and learn how take care of our inner and outer environment through mindful breathing, walking, sitting, eating, smiling, relaxing, playing and cultivating brotherhood and sisterhood. We will discover concrete ways to establish an intimate conversation with Mother Earth and apply the insight of Interbeing into our own daily lives. We will do this through presentations, sharings and workshops on the Five Mindfulness Trainings, Deep Ecology and Permaculture. Trees will be planted at the end of the retreat to express our love and gratitude towards Mother Earth, our ancestors, present and future generations, and all beings.
June 8-12th, Retreat at Blue Cliff Monastery, New York
When we are young, we often have a dream or aspiration of how to live our life - beautifully, with openness, helping others and our planet, following the deepest values of our heart. Yet as we grow older, we and those around us do not know how to keep this aspiration alive and fresh. Work and finances, security concerns, and cynicism take their toll. This year we will come together and learn how to nurture, refresh and maintain our dreams through mindfulness, meditation, relaxation, creative expression and sharing. Together, we will see that it is far more easy and joyful to live our dream than to drift along in slumber.
We're very happy to announce that Plum Village will be hosting our annual young people's retreat again this Summer, in the Upper Hamlet, and this year it will be a full week long - starting on the afternoon of Monday August 22nd and finishing on the afternoon of Monday August 29th.
Take a break from stress and busyness, and come and join us in the beautiful nature of South-Western France, where several hundred young monks, nuns, young men and young women will together create a joyful, refreshing and peaceful retreat. You will have the chance to learn and experience the arts of sitting meditation, deep total relaxation and walking meditation on our legendary paths through fields and forests. We will learn how to really be there for ourselves and for each other, and to really listen to our own hearts and to one another. We will live together simply, healthily and joyfully - with music, dance, sport, hikes and bonfires.
What more could we possibly want?
Register online now, at the Plum Village website: http://register.plumvillage.org/youthretreat/youth2011
How best could we start the summer than with a Youth Retreat? Getting together, in a wonderful setting in the mountains, to take care of ourselves, of our bodies and minds; to take care of each other; to take care of our society and the Earth...Taking the time to stop and breathe, to play and relax, to walk and hold each others hands.
To register, and for more info, contact us at