On Tuesday 28 July to Sunday 2 August, 2020
What if we could bring the nuns and monks of the Plum Village tradition right into our homes? This is the invitation of this online family retreat: to turn our home into Plum Village, Deer Park, Blue Cliff, and Magnolia Grove for six days, so that, as a family, we can sing practice songs together, play games, listen to the Dharma (for kids and parents), practice Dharma sharing, and enjoy tea meditation and Beginning Anew, right where we are at home.
This is an experimental retreat—we’re only just learning how to offer the essence of our family retreats online. Senior Dharma teachers Brother Pháp Dung, Sister Thệ Nghiêm, Sister Đẳng Nghiêm, Brother Pháp Không, Brother Pháp Lưu, Sister Bội Nghiêm, and other monks and nuns will offer teachings to parents, teens and children on how to practice mindfulness with our loved ones, how to reconcile conflict, and how to create conditions for happiness and peace in our family. Monks and nuns from centers in North America, Europe, and Asia will facilitate sessions for children, with circle songs, games, and central Plum Village practices like mindful breathing, how to become a bell master, pebble meditation, and the Two Promises. We will also have hangout sessions for teens with games and informal sharing.