Educators Retreat 2024 – The Way Out Is In

Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh taught how to invite the small bell at the Day of Mindfulness for Educators,
Education University of Hong Kong 2013 (photo by Kelvin Cheuk)

 

The theme of the retreat is The Way Out is In, which guides us to go back to ourselves, to look deeply into our body, feelings, emotions, and thoughts. Looking deeply from within, we can see causes of challenges that we are facing and find ways to cope and overcome them. 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.

Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh (Thay) held a Day Of Mindfulness for Educators at Education University of Hong Kong (formerly Hong Kong Institute of Education) in 2007, 2010 and 2013. As an effort to bring mindfulness into education, Thay and the Plum Village Sangha established the Wake-Up School initiative and set up a structured mindfulness training program for teachers. The objectives of the Wake-Up school is to help educators take care and cultivate peace and happiness within themselves in order to help their students and colleagues to do the same. A detailed Wake-Up School program was written in the book “Happy Teachers Change the World.”

In this retreat, we will have the chance to learn teachings and practices of mindfulness to stop and calm ourselves, to look deeply from within, to cultivate peace and happiness, 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.  31 Jul

Thur.  01 Aug

Fri. 02 Aug

Sat. 03 Aug

Sun. 04 Aug

5:15

 

Wake Up

6:00

 

Sitting & Slow Walking & Reading Discourse

Outdoor walking, sitting & breakfast

7:00

 

10 Mindful Movements & Walking Meditation

8:00

 

Breakfast

9:15

 

Working Meditation

10:30

Dharma Talk

Questions & Answers

12:30

Lunch

 

Lunch

Closing Circle
Fare well & Happy Continuation of the practice at home

14:00

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

Sitting mediation – Touching the Earth

Five Mindfulness Trainings Presentation

Beginning Anew

21:30

Rest – Noble Silence

 

Retreat will conducted in English with Cantonese translation.

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

Room Type (5 days, 4 nights) Dormitory (HKD)
Adults 2,500.00

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 like: setting up the meditation hall and dining hall, washing up after meals… Participants will be grouped into Dharma discussion groups and will work together in the same groups to help in the retreat.

How to register: Please click “Registration Linkage” button which is on a first-come-first served basis.  For means of payment, details will be sent along with the acknowledgement of registration 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-skip copy by return.  If payment is not received on or before your payment closing date, your registration will be cancelled.

If you find our there is mistake on your registration after submitted, please email to retreats@pvfhk.org and tell us the updated data.  Please do not register again.

Closing date for registration: July 24, 2024. Payment is not refundable for cancellation after July 24, 2024. 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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