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WMC Fall Retreat: Watering the Seeds of Joy

The Washington Mindfulness Community invites you to join us to water your own and others’ seeds of joy as part of our annual Fall retreat, held this year the weekend of October 3-5, 2003, at Charter Hall Retreat Center. Come enjoy this beautiful old house surrounded by water on three sides. Share in the simplicity of cooking meals together, participating in a tea ceremony, building a bonfire, canoeing with friends, singing songs, practicing together with morning and evening sits, deep relaxation, touching the earth, stargazing, inspiring conversations, delicious silences...

All ages are welcome. Each family or person joins with others to plan and prepare a meal for the sangha. All share in cleanup. Children are woven into the community for much of the time, invited to share in practices such as chanting before meals, creating a tea ceremony, outdoor walking meditation and other age-appropriate activities. Dharma discussion and two periods of sitting and walking meditation each day are planned for adults, with special emphasis on writing as a practice.

Where: Charter Hall Retreat Center, about 1.5 hours north of D.C.

When: Fri. eve., Oct. 3, to Sun. after lunch, Oct. 5

Cost: $50 adults, $25 teens, 12 and under free

More info: Jeanine Cogan, 202-543-3842, <ZenoftheBody(at)aol.com>

Registration: Send name, e-mail, phone number and check to:

Washington Mindfulness Community
c/o Jeanine Cogan
609 10th Street NE,
Washington, D.C. 20002


Deer Park Needs Help for Winter Retreat

The monastics of Deer Park Monastery have issued a request for financial support for their upcoming Winter Retreat, to be held Jan. 3 through April 2, 2004, at Deer Park Monastery, Escondido, Calif. The community faces several specific financial challenges to be able to bring members of the Plum Village Sangha in France to California and to make it possible for mindfulness practitioners in the United States to participate in part or all of the retreat as well.

The group hopes to fund airline tickets for 145 monastics from Plum Village, plus 24 monastics from mindfulness centers in Vermont. Also to be done: rebuilding or upgrading wooden cabins and one meditation hall, improving the monastery’s old water lines and constructing a new meditation hall for the large number of visitors expected during this retreat season. How you can help: offer a tax-deductible donation, provide an interest-free loan, send a prepaid fee for the 2004 winter retreat, help the monastics secure grant funding, contribute frequent-flyer miles or Internet frequent-buyer points to assist with airfares. To offer assistance, ideas, or questions, contact: <deerpark(at)plumvillage.org>

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