Winter Mindfulness Retreat, Feb. 15 to 19

Friends,

Sam Ewalt from the Bluewater Community of Mindful Living writes:

Winter Mindfulness Retreat
Song of the Morning Yoga Retreat Center
Vanderbilt, Michigan

Wednesday, February 15 to Sunday February 19, 2017

Come just for the weekend or for all five days. We will enjoy sitting and walking meditation, mindful eating, deep relaxation, dharma sharing discussions, a recitation of the Five Mindfulness Trainings and other practices with ample time for personal rejuvenation.

The cost is around fifty dollars for a bed in the dormitory dome including delicious vegetarian meals. Song of the Morning now offers special reduced rates for full time students and those experiencing financial hardship. Some private rooms and deluxe suites are available at their regular rates. Please see their website for more information:

http://www.songofthemorning.org/accomodations

To register and reserve accommodation please contact the Office at Song of the Morning, office@songofthemorning.org, 989-983-4107.

For questions about our retreat practices please contact:
Sam Ewalt of the Bluewater Community, ewalt@glis.net or Carla Thomas of the Detroit Lotus Sangha, carla@detroitlotussangha.org

We hope to see you up north!

Future dates:

Spring Mindfulness Retreat, May 31 to June 4, 2017
Song of the Morning Yoga Retreat Center, Vanderbilt, Michigan

Fall Regional Mindfulness Retreat, October 13-15, 2017
Camp Skyline, Almont, Michigan (Lapeer County)

Weeklong retreat with Shaila Catherine May 6-13

Still Mountain Buddhist Meditation Center of Ann Arbor has announced an upcoming meditation retreat with teacher Shaila Catherine from Insight Meditation South Bay in Silicon Valley.

Dates: May 6 to May 13, 2017
Where: Colombiere Retreat Center, 9075 Big Lake Rd, Village of Clarkston, MI 48346
Cost: between $530 and $600 depending on your lodging choice. For those who find the cost a barrier to attending, the Still Mountain Sangha is providing funds (discount) to make this retreat more accessible.
Teacher: Shaila Catherine
Retreat details: Here
Registration: Here
You can also download the Retreat flyer

Breathing in, I know I am alive

Breathing In, I know I am alive:
The Buddha’s Discourse on Awareness of the Breath:
Tools for dealing with difficult times & challenging relationships

A day of Mindfulness led by Dharma Teacher Jack Lawlor
Saturday, Apr. 9th, in Grand Rapids

Withered Tree Mindfulness Meditation Community welcomes Chicago-area Dharma Teacher Jack Lawlor to Grand Rapids to lead a Day of Mindfulness on Arpil 9th. The day will include sitting and walking meditation and instruction; time for reflection; and Jack will speak about the Buddha’s teaching on breath awareness as a toolkit available to aid us in times of need.

Jack was is ordained in 1992 and given the name True Direction; he is one of only a few Dharma Teachers that represent Thich Nhat Hanh. In addition to facilitating Lakeside Buddha Sangha (or ‘meditation group’) in the Chicago area, has led numerous retreats and Days of Mindfulness in the Midwest and northern Rocky Mountain States. He has been married for thirty-five years and has two adult children.

Jack has a warm personal style and the ability to bring humor and fun to the teachings. He also has a gentle approach, such as inviting practitioners to adjust their posture if they become uncomfortable while sitting in meditation. This is a unique opportunity to practice mindfulness in Thich Nhat Hanh’s tradition with such a skillful teacher.

A vegetarian lunch will be served. A donation of $20 to cover expenses is encouraged. Meditation instruction provided, please bring your cushion or bench; chairs and some cushions will be available.

9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Holistic Care Approach
3368 E. Beltline Court NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49525

Space may be limited, please contact Eric at 616-666-9443 or erickorsedal@gmail.com to register or for more information.

Zazenkai retreat at Great Wave Zen Sangha, Nov. 10

Great Wave Zen Sangha of Ludington will hold a traditional one-day zazenkai retreat on November 10. Participants will have an opportunity to deepen and clarify the experience of zazen, practice liturgy, receive private instruction from resident teacher Gendo Sensei, and to hear a Dharma talk. We request a donation of $30.

Day of Mindfulness with Jack Lawlor, Nov. 2

The Lansing Area Mindfulness Community and The Vietnamese-American Buddhist Association of Lansing (V.A.B.A.L.)

Invite you to a Day of Mindfulness in the tradition of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, with dharma teacher Jack Lawlor.

Jack will offer a dharma talk regarding “Mindful Communications, Mindful Relationships”

We will enjoy sitting & walking meditation, chanting of the Heart Sutra, and a group dharma discussion.

Saturday, November 2, 2013
9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
at the Van Hanh Temple
3015 S. Washington Street (close to McLaren Hospital)
Lansing MI 48910

Suggested Donation: $20 ($10 for students) All checks made to V.A.B.A.L.

Please bring a blanket and/or sitting cushion, plus shoes for outdoor walking meditation. Chairs will be available. Vegetarian lunch provided by the Vietnamese community. (Participants with special diets may bring their own meals.)

Register by email Tara Scott: dharma_yoga@hotmail.com, or by telephone: Carolyn White (517) 351-5866

*** There will be an opportunity to receive The Five Mindfulness Trainings (5 precepts). ***
Please contact Tara or Carolyn for further information if you wish to receive the Trainings.

Fall retreat offered September 11-15

Sam Ewalt from the Bluewater Community of Mindful living writes:

The Bluewater Community of Mindful Living from Port Huron is continuing to sponsor mindfulness retreats in the Plum Village tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh at Song of the Morning Yoga Retreat Center in Vanderbilt north of Gaylord about a four hour drive from Detroit or Grand Rapids.

Song of the Morning is now offering accommodation in the “Domes” on a “suggested donation” basis. You may offer payment for a bed in the “Domes” as your pocketbook allows.

Song of the Morning is a beautiful, 800 acre retreat in the woods along the Pigeon River and is ideal for meditation.

We will enjoy sitting and walking meditation, morning walks to greet the day, silent meals of gratitude, dharma discussions, yoga and other activities. The sangha is the teacher.

Our fall retreat this year will be held September 11-15. Please join us for the weekend, for all five days, or just for the afternoon. The cost is a suggested fifty dollars a night or less for a bed in the dormitory “Domes”. Please feel free to offer what you can easily afford.

Some private rooms and more deluxe suites are also available at their regular rates.

Camping is an affordable option and is encouraged.

To register please visit

http://www.songofthemorning.org/accomodations.html
(please scroll down for suggested rates)

Review your choices for accommodation and register online or directly with the office at Song of the Morning, 989-983-4107. The office is closed on Mondays. Please discuss your payment options with Song of the Morning. Additional membership discounts are available.

For details please contact Sam Ewalt, ewalt@glis.net or 810-388-1419. Please note that Sam Ewalt will be on retreat elsewhere for the remainder of August and will not be available for emails and phone calls until after September 3.

The Bluewater Community of Mindful Living
http://www.bluewaterbuddhist.org

Great Wave to host seven day Sesshin

Great Wave logoRebecca Mott from Great Wave Zen Sangha writes:

Please join us for our upcoming Seven-day Sesshin, a wonderful opportunity to deepen and clarify our meditation, practice liturgy, receive private instruction from resident teacher Gendo Sensei, and hear Dharma talks.

Participant numbers are limited, so register early if you can to insure your place. For purposes of planning, we ask that you register no later than MONDAY, JULY 22. It is important and necessary for all to register by this date so plans can be made regarding the menu, the purchase of food and service positions.

The sesshin begins Monday evening, July 29 at 8 p.m. and ends Sunday morning, August 4 around 10:30 a.m. Your sesshin donation may be given in up to four installments with a $30 deposit made at the time of registration.

Spring Retreat with Bluewater Community of Mindful Living

The Bluewater Community of Mindful Living from Port Huron is continuing
to sponsor mindfulness retreats in the Plum Village tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh at Song of the Morning Yoga Retreat Center in Vanderbilt north of Gaylord.

Song of the Morning is now offering accommodation in the “Domes” on a “suggested donation” basis. You may simply offer payment as your pocketbook allows.

Please consider offering more than the suggested amount if you able to to do so to encourage this generous offer. Some private rooms and more deluxe suites are also available at their regular rates.

Song of the Morning is a beautiful, 800 acre retreat in the woods along the Pigeon River and is ideal for meditation.

We will enjoy sitting and walking meditation, morning walks to greet the day, silent meals of gratitude, dharma discussions, yoga and other activities. The sangha is the teacher.

Our spring retreat this year will be held May 15-19. Please join us for the weekend, for all five days, or just for the afternoon. The cost is around fifty dollars a night for a bed in the dormitory “Domes.” Camping is an even more affordable option and is encouraged.

To register please visit Song of the Morning accomodations. Please scroll down for rates.

To review your choices for accommodation and register online or directly with the office at Song of the Morning, 989-983-4107 or email office@songofthemorning.org. Please discuss your payment options with Song of the Morning. Additional membership discounts are available.

For additional details please contact Sam Ewalt, ewalt@glis.net or 810-388-1419. Sam will be on retreat and unable to answer emails or phone calls until May 3.

Mindfulness Retreat in Watervliet, June 14-16

Heather Storeng writes:

“You are invited to attend a Mindfulness Retreat at the beautiful Ronora Lodge in Watervliet, Michigan, during the weekend of June 14-16, 2013. Together we will discover the ingredients for living deeply in the present moment and realize peace and freedom through the practice of mindfulness.

Through mindful breathing we will practice stopping, quieting and looking deeply at the seeds or qualities that open the ‘heart of love.’ We will explore how to develop our true presence – the best gift to give ourselves and others. Together we will learn how to ‘selectively water’ the seeds of loving-kindness, compassion, joy and equanimity.

The intention of this retreat is to encourage a shift in energy and awareness toward a level of love. Practicing with others, you can invite a fresh direction with guidance (teaching) and observation (example) of an assembly of highly disciplined practitioners.

Our teacher, Jerry Braza, Ph.D., is a Dharma teacher in the Thich Nhat Hanh lineage and former Central Michigan University professor and author.”

For more info, check the Event Calendar or head directly to http://www.invitingtheheart.org/

“The Way of Silent Illumination” Silent Retreat October 12 – 14

The Grand Rapids Buddhist Temple and Zen Center present their fall retreat, “The Way of Silent Illumination”, Octobor 12 – 14.

This silent retreat will include periods of seated, walking, and guided meditation, as well as periods of solitude. Participants should have Buddhist or Zen meditation experience. The retreat will begin at 5:00 p.m. Friday with the evening meal. Participants may arrive late, but should arrive no later than 8:00 p.m. Friday. Early departure is permitted, but not earlier than Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m.

The retreat will be held at Song of the Morning Retreat Center in Vanderbilt, MI. Contact Song of the Morning at (989) 983-4107 for registration. Please also notify Ven. Deok Wun Sunim of the Grand Rapids Buddhist Temple and Zen Center of your registration at (616) 822-2465. Registration costs $100 and includes lodging and meals.

For more information, please contact Ven. Deok Wun Sunim at (616) 822-2465

Days of Mindfulness with Dharma Teacher Jack Lawlor

The Bluewater Community of Mindful Living writes:

This fall Dharma Teacher Jack Lawlor will come to Michigan for two Days
of Mindfulness and offer dharma talks and instruction in mindfulness
practice.

September 22, Grand Rapids, 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Withered Tree Sangha, 1409 Robinson Ave SE at Lake Street, Grand Rapids, Michigan. A twenty-dollar donation is suggested. Includes a vegetarian lunch. Please contact Eric Korsedal, erickorsedal@gmail.com to register in advance or for more information.

November 3, Lansing, Jack’s annual visit sponsored by the Lansing Area Mindfulness Community at the Van Hanh Buddhist Temple. There will be an opportunity to receive The Five Mindfulness Trainings in the Plum Village Tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh. Please contact Tara Scott for necessary information about preparing to receive the Trainings or to register. < a href="mailto:dharma_yoga@hotmail.com">dharma_yoga@hotmail.com

Ninth annual Fall Mindfulness Retreat announced

The Bluewater Community of Mindful Living is happy to announce our ninth annual Fall Mindfulness Retreat in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh.

Ninth Annual Fall Mindfulness Retreat
September 12-16 Wednesday to Sunday
Song of the Morning Yoga Retreat Center
Vanderbilt, Michigan 49795

Come join us just for the weekend or for all five days.

Mindfulness practice in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh is easy to learn and follow. Beginners are welcome and meditation instruction will be offered.

Song of the Morning offers eight hundred acres of forest land on the banks of the beautiful Pigeon River. Surrounded by thousands of acres of state forestland, the retreat is deeply quiet and ideal for meditation.

The retreat begins on Wednesday afternoon and ends with a festive dinner on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. Come when you can and stay as long as you like. It is expected that most people will come just for the weekend.

There will be a regular schedule of meditation and other activities on all five days.

We will enjoy sitting and walking meditation, the Five and the Fourteen Mindfulness trainings, some silent meals, early morning walks to greet the sunrise, yoga, dharma discussions and other activities.

  • Delicious vegetarian meals
  • Clean and modern accommodations
  • Around fifty dollars a night plus tax, including meals. Private rooms slightly more.
  • Discounts for accommodation on Wed and Thurs.
  • Memberships with further discounts available.

Please see the Song of the Morning website for more information about the accommodations: http://www.songofthemorning.org (please click on “Amenities” to review the accommodations available)

Students receive a 25% discount and there is plenty of room for tents and campers. Camping is encouraged and is only thirty-five dollars a night plus tax. Additional camper, twenty dollars a night.

Please register for the retreat by telephoning the Song of the Morning office at 989-983-4107. The office is now closed on Mondays. Their email address is office@songofthemorning.org. Payment in advance is requested. Please talk with the office to discuss membership and payment options.

Song of the Morning is located nine and a half miles east of Vanderbilt, Michigan, one exit north of Gaylord on I-75, about a four hour drive from Detroit or Grand Rapids.

We look forward to a wonderful retreat this fall. See you up north!

Sponsored by the Bluewater Community of Mindful Living, Port Huron, Michigan
http://www.bluewaterbuddhist.org/