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Family Retreat (June 26-30)

Touching joy, peace and togetherness.
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When Jun 26, 2013 02:00 PM to
Jun 30, 2013 02:00 PM
Where Deer Park Monastery
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Contact Phone 760-291-1003 x100
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Dear Friends, the organizing team for the Family Retreat has decided to close registration for this retreat, as of June 20.

Our annual Family Retreat is a celebration in mindfulness, joy and peace! Many families has been coming for many years already to this retreat and many families come for the first time. This retreat is a time when the community comes together to practice as a large spiritual family. We help each other out through coming to the activities, supporting washing up after meals, playing with the children at the retreat. Our minds and bodies slow down, relax and open up. Where does my family end and yours begin? Mindfulness, joy and peace will bring us together and makes our lives more colorful and fragrant.

family hikeWith the practice of mindfulness as the base, we shall learn to practice deep listening and loving speech to nourish true harmony within our families. During this retreat, we shall learn to practice together as an extended family and to support each other at home, in the work place, and in school. At times, the parents and children will be together and at other times, they practice separately. It is a precious chance for the whole family to be in a practice setting and learn new ways of being with one another. We encourage both parents to join the whole duration of the retreat with their children. No partial attendance.

There will be a program for children (6-12 yrs old) and teens (13-18 yrs) during part of the day. Monastic and lay staff will help lead the program and we will ask support from parents to assist the groups during the retreat.

For the children's program we are trying a new way to divide the children into groups. On the registration online and the registration form there are four themes:

  • Theater and Music
  • Visual Arts and Crafts
  • Nature
  • Movement & Sports

We ask that you mark which group your child/ren would like to participate in.

We are aware that due to limitations in capacity (mostly our facility) we have closed the registration for this retreat a couple of weeks before the retreat for the last couple of summers. We hope that you will be able to register soon to be assured a place in the retreat. Thank you for your understanding.

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