2013 Family and Teen Staff Application
go as a river - experience the joy and growth of togetherness and service
Our staff program for these retreats is a great opportunity for us to come together as a four fold community. We will practice to nourish our joy and peace and to serve the friends that come to us to discover the wonders of the present moment.
This year we offer a special program for those members of the greater Sangha who apply and who are accepted to serve as staff for these retreats. Everyone that has been accepted as staff is invited to come to stay complimentary of the monastery the Friday before the retreat begins.
Concretely these dates are:
- Family Retreat: June 21 - July 1
- Teen Camp: July 5 - 15
This year we will try to organize the children's program during Family Retreat based on interest and will have four groups:
- Theater and music
- Visual arts and crafts
- Movement and Sports
We see each of these full-ten-day programs as a thorough course in training where we deepen our practice and learn to share our happiness and joy in the Dharma with friends both young and old. They are also rare opportunities for the two folds of the greater Sangha—the lay and the monastic—to join together in harmony to organize, to clean, to chant, to smile and to just be together.
As part of the five days before the retreatants arrive we will meet regularly to shape aspects of the retreat according to our vision and our capacity. These days make up essential “nowhere to go, nothing to do” time, so that we may transmit a grounded energy to all our friends upon their arrival. If you are unable to make it for the whole of the staff program, then we encourage you instead to join us for the Family Retreat (or Teen Retreat if you are a teen) as a
If you would like to join us for the entire staff program for either Family Retreat or Teen Camp or both please fill out the short questionnaire below, so that we may better get to know you.
Thank you for your interest in offering service to our growing community. After submitting the form, if you receive no response from us within two weeks, please e-mail us.
We will let you know if you have been accepted as a staff member no later than May 14, 2012.
A lotus for you, a Buddha to be,
Brothers and Sisters at Deer Park Monastery