2024 Summer Retreat

“Be there for each other, Listen to each other”

Children and Teens are welcomed to join with parents

This retreat is for all who would like to explore the practice of mindfulness and learn ways to deal with their everyday circumstances in life.

We might all know that there are so many things in life that make ourselves and people around us unhappy and stressed. We are just so busy and we don’t have time to take good care of ourselves or to even pause to look back at ourselves and the situation we are facing. Often times, when we encounter something unpleasant, we would find different means to run away from it, but according to the Buddha’s teachings, this is not a good solution.

We can see that most problems we are facing now come from our lack of mutual understanding and love in communication amongst family members, colleagues, etc …Whether we are married or single, it seems that we are facing the same things. Let’s explore together the practice of mindfulness and learn how to cope with problems with more calm and clarity, bringing more positive values to our relationships in daily life.

In this retreat, we will have the chance to learn teachings and practices of mindfulness to cultivate peace and happiness, inspiration and insight, which are 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 paths, and the flowers around us. We will listen to Dharma talks and participated in group sharing on how to live fully in the present moment, to deal with negative emotions, and to cultivate togetherness, making our presence a precious gift to our partner, family members, and friends.

Through different practices of mindfulness in this retreat, we have opportunities to be present for ourselves and listen to ourselves. Then we will be more able to be there for others and to listen deeply to others.

Talks will be in English, with simultaneous translation to Cantonese and Mandarin. Children Program and Teens Program will be provided separately.

 The tentative schedule is as follows:

Date/Time Wed Jul 17 Thu Jul 18 Fri Jul 19 Sat Jul 20 Sun Jul 21
5:15   Wake Up
6:00   Sitting & Slow Walking & Reading Discourse Outdoor sitting & breakfast 5 Mindfulness Trainings transmission ceremony
7:00   10 Mindful Movements & Walking Meditation
8:00   Breakfast
9:15   Working Meditation Packing up & working meditation
10:30 Singing Meditation & Lectures Questions & Answers & Closing Circle
12:30 Lunch

Lunch

 

Farewell & Happy Continuation of the practice at home

14:00 Registration Check-In Total Relaxation
15:00 Group sharing
16:30 Break
17:00 Exercise / hiking / games Exercise / Hiking / games Exercise / Hiking / Games / Consultation
18:00 Dinner
19:30 Orientation “Touching The Earth” Presentation & Practice “Beginning Anew” Presentation & Practice Performance
21:30 Rest – Noble Silence  

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).

Children aged 10 or below will stay with their mom / dad / guardian in the same dormitory. For aged 11 or above, they will stay in the dormitory according to their sex.

Room Type (5 days, 4 nights) Dormitory (HKD)
Adults (18 years or above) 2,500
Teens (13 – under 18 years old) 2,100
Children (6-under 13 years old) 1,800

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

How to register:  Please press “Registration Linkage” 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 five days after you received the email and attached your pay-in-slip copy by return. If payment is not received after five days, your registration will be cancelled.

If you find out there is mistake on your filling up the registration, please email to retreats@pvfhk.org and tell us the details.  Please do not register again.

Closing date for registration: 05 July 2024. Payment is not refundable for cancellation after 05 July 2024. Cancelation is subject to a 20% cancellation fee. For enquiries, please contact us by email: 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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