Nourishing Our Togetherness – 2023 Spring Retreat

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You are invited to attend a retreat, celebrating the Lunar New Year/Spring Festival of the year 2023, at AIAB – LotusPond Temple. The theme of this retreat is Nourishing Our Togetherness, which helps to cultivate the peace and happiness that we can offer to ourselves and to others with our presence.

This is our first retreat held at AIAB – Lotus Pond Temple since the Covid-19 pandemic, which had prevented us from holding on-site retreat since 2020. We are happy to welcome you and to be with you in this retreat for a simple reason: to be aware of our presence. Life is available and is wonderful when we are present in the here and now.

In this retreat, 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 dharma sharing on how to live fully in the present moments and to cultivate togetherness, making our presence a precious gift to ourselves and others.

The tentative schedule is as follows:

Date/Time Thur. Jan. 26 Fri. Jan. 27 Sat. Jan. 28 Sun. Jan 29
5:15   Wake Up Wake Up Wake Up
6:00   Sitting & Slow Walking & Reading Discourse Outdoor walking, sitting & breakfast
7:00   10 Mindful Movements & Walking Meditation
8:00   Breakfast Breakfast
9:15   Working Meditation Working Meditation Working Meditation
10:30 Dharma Talk Dharma Talk Questions & Answers
12:30 Lunch Lunch Lunch,Closing Circle,
Fare well & Happy Continuation of the practice at home
14:00 Total Relaxation
15:00 Registration Group sharing Group sharing
16:45 Exercise Exercise / Consultation
18:00 Dinner
19:30 Dharma Talk Touching the Earth Beginning Anew
21:30 Rest – Noble Silence

Retreat will be conducted 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, bed-linens, and blankets are provided.  The cost per person is listed below (in HK Dollars).

Room Type (4 days, 3 nights) Dormitory (HKD)
Adults 1,500.00

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 ofpayment, details will be sent along with the confirmation email to those who completed online registration within two 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 one week, your registration will be placed on a waiting list.

Closing date for registration: Jan 15, 2023. Payment is not refundable for cancellation after Jan 10, 2023. Cancelation is subject to a 20% cancellation fee. For enquiries, please contact us by e-mail:

Important Note:

  • Participants must have been fully vaccinated, i.e. having received the third dose, in accordance with the Hong Kong Government’s stage three Vaccine Pass requirements (those being exempted from the vaccination requirements may present documentary proof).
  • Please note that participants are required to observe Covid-19 precautionary measures in place during the retreat.

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