2014 English and Vietnamese Speaking Retreat Staff
We need mindful, happy and peaceful friends helping us host these coming retreats in September.
Greetings from the mountains of Deer Park! The monastic Sangha of Deer Park need help from our lay practitioners during these general retreats. We wish for the retreats to be successful and a transformative experience for all who come. We are looking for support by experiences practitioners in the Plum Village tradition. Previous experience at Deer Park is also necessary.
The accepted staff members will have an opportunity to settle into the life of the monastery, to share together in Dharma sharing, to enjoy hiking together on the mountain, and to practice and to work together in mindfulness. It is an opportunity to deepen our practice, develop our capacity to build togetherness and help make the preparations and retreat flow smoothly.
There are two staff periods. One for the English Speaking Retreat and another for the Vietnamese Speaking Retreat. Friends are also welcome to stay for both retreats to be on staff.
for English speaking retreat: Friday, September 5, afternoon arrival - Monday, September 15 departure after lunch
for Vietnamese speaking retreat: Monday, September 15, afternoon arrival - Monday, September 22 departure after lunch
Some concrete aspects in considering staff volunteers application are:
- daily practice of meditation and participate in local Sangha
- have received the 5 or 14 Mindfulness Trainings
- have participated in several retreats at Deer Park or other practice center in the Plum Village tradition
- previous staff experience
We require at least one reference, preferably a monastic at Deer Park or at another center, or someone we know well.
Thank you for your practice and willingness to serve.
A lotus for you, a Buddha to be,
The Deer Park Staff Program Coordinators