“Cultivating Peace and Happiness in Education” 2023 Retreat for Educators 2023-08-02 to 06 — FULL

Registration linkage will be open on June 21, 2023 18:00

The theme of the retreat is Cultivating Peace and Happiness in Education. This retreat is open to those who are involved in teaching and training, including teachers, school counsellors, trainers and staff of formal or informal educational and trainings organizations. Teaching is an exciting field, where transmitting and exchanging of knowledges have inspired many generations, bringing peace and happiness to teachers and students alike. Yet it is also quite exhausting, with heavy teaching loads, the responsibilities of taking care both the studying and emotional needs of students, and the pressure of achieving a highly competitive success rates for students and schools.

Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, Day of Mindfulness for Educators, Education University of Hong Kong 2013

In this retreat, we will have the chance to learn teachings and practices of mindfulness to cultivate peace and happiness, inspiration and insight, which already existing in us. We will practice mindfulness as a way of life, where everything we do like breathing, walking, eating, smiling …. is an act of mindfulness. We will enjoy the beautiful sky, the trees, the walking path, the flowers around us. We will listen to Dharma talks and participated in group sharing on how to live fully in the present moments, to deal with negative emotions, and to cultivate togetherness, making our presence a precious gift to teachers and students alike.

The tentative schedule is as follows:

Date/Time Wed.  02.08 Thurs.  03.08 Fri. 04.08 Sat. 05.08 Sun. 06.08
5:15   Wake Up
6:00   Sitting & Slow Walking & Reading Discourse Five Mindfulness Training Transmission Ceremony
7:00   10 Mindful Movements & Walking Meditation
8:00   Breakfast
9:15   Working Meditation
10:30 Dharma Talk Questions & Answers
12:30 Lunch
LunchClosing Circle
Fare well & Happy Continuation of the practice at home

15:00 – 17:30

Registration Check-In

Total Relaxation
15:00 Group sharing
16:45 Exercise Hiking Exercise / Consultation
18:00 Dinner
19:30 Dharma Talk Five Mindfulness Trainings Presentation Beginning Anew Presentation Performance
21:30 Rest – Noble Silence  

Retreat will be conduct in English with Cantonese translation.

Accommodation and cost: Accommodation for this retreat is limited to dormitory-room. Participants will be housed in dormitories (bunk beds).  Pillows, bedlinens, and blankets are provided.  The cost per person is listed below (in HK Dollars).

Room Type (5 days, 4 nights) Dormitory (HKD)
Adults 2,000.00

Working Meditation: Because the retreat is held in the monastery, all the preparation and cooking will be done bythe monastics and some volunteers. During the retreat, we need help from participants in preparation works like:setting up the meditation hall and dining hall, washing up after meals… Participants will be grouped into Dharmadiscussion groups and will work together in the same groups to help with the retreat.

How to register:  Please press “Register” button which is on a first-come-first served basis. For means of payment, details will be sent along with the confirmation email to those who completed online registration within three working days. Please make payment within one week after you received the email and attached your pay-in-slip copy by return. If payment is not received within a week, your registration will be placed on the waiting list.

Closing date for registration: July 24, 2023. Payment is not refundable for cancellation after July 24, 2023. Cancelation is subject to a 20% cancellation fee. For enquiries, please contact us by e-mail: retreats@pvfhk.org . 

Please note:  we shall communicate with you via email. Please check your email mailbox regularly as not missing any message.

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