Photo: Brian Downs

...We go as a river

 

Peace in oneself, peace in the world...

Join us on retreats that include mindful travel in a culture different from our own,

as we learn to see ourselves in the eyes of those we meet along the way.

 
 

Loving Work Retreat, 2020  (Viet Nam)

Participate in community building through service-oriented

work projects that support the health and wellbeing of

Vietnamese children and families.

INCLUDED IN LOVING WORK RETREAT FEE:

  • All Accommodations

  • All Meals (Plant-Based)

  • All Domestic flights

  • All Ground Transportation

  • All Airport Transport Services

  • All Entrance Fees

  • All Tips 

 

NOT INCLUDED IN LOVING WORK RETREAT FEES:

  • International Travel Costs

  • Cost of Travel/Medical Insurance (Required)

  • Viet Nam Visa ($45 - $90, dependent on Type)

  • Additional Nights in Hotel (pre or post retreat)

  • Personal Shopping; Laundry; Mini-Bar

  • Tip for Coordinator

  • Dana for Practice Leaders

  • The MINIMUM Required Donation of USD 400

  • Clearing Empty Land Ajacent to Tam Binh Center, Hue

  • Gardening (Planting Flowers & Fruit Trees), Tam Binh Center

  • Constructing Bamboo Tea House, Tam Binh Center

  • Storytelling/Singing/Delivering Supplies to Rural Kindergartens

  • Assisting Individual Families in Quang Tri Province, Under the        auspices of Project RENEW

  • Work-Day with Peace Trees International, Quang Tri Province

  • Loving Work Service Projects: 2020

  • Dates:  Fri March 06 – Sat March 20, 2020

  • Cost of Retreat:

    • Twin Share – $1,520 USD (per person)

    • Single Accommodation – $1,925 USD

Begins in Hue – Ends in Hanoi

 

Togetherness Retreat, 2020*  (Thailand)

Begins in Hanoi – Ends in Hanoi or Hue

*Available ONLY for friends who attend either the Loving Work Retreat or the Homeland Retreat (or both).

 

We overnight in Hanoi, before flying together to Bangkok and driving three hours to the northeast. There,

nestled in the foothills of the Thai countryside, is Plum Village Monastery and Practice Center, where we will

spend six days practicing with the monks and nuns in the tradition of our teacher, Thay Thich Nhat Hanh.

Our retreat ends in Hanoi or Hue (dependent on which of the other two retreats you join).

  • Dates:  Thursday March 19 – Saturday March 28, 2020

  • Cost of Togetherness Retreat for those who attend the Loving Work Retreat:

    • $740 USD

    • Includes:

  • Accommodations in Hanoi on Nights of March 19 and;March 27;

  • Flights to Bangkok and Return to Hanoi; Registration Fees for Plum Village,

  • Cost of Togetherness Retreat for those who attend the Homeland Retreat:

    • $740 USD

    • Includes

  • Accommodations in Hanoi on Night of March 19; Accommodations in Hue on March 27;

  • Flights to Bangkok from Hanoi & Return from Bangkok to Da Nang/Hoi An; Registration Fees for Plum Village.

INCLUDED IN TOGETHERNESS RETREAT FEE:

  • All Accommodations

  • All Meals (Plant-Based)

  • All Tips 

  • All Ground Transportation

  • International Flights Hanoi to Bangkok, Bangkok to              Hanoi or Hue

  • Bedding in Plum Village

  • No Visa Required for Thailand

NOT INCLUDED IN TOGETHERNESS RETREAT FEE:

  • Additional Nights in Hotel (pre or post retreat)

  • Cost of Multiple-Entry Viet Nam Tourist Visa

  • Cost of Travel/Medical Insurance

  • Towel for Use While in Plum Village

 

Homeland Retreat, 2020  (Viet Nam)

Go as a River, Discovering the Homeland of

Our Teacher, the Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. 

Practice in active monasteries, visit historic sites

and pagodas, engage with humanitarian aid projects,

and enjoy a variety of cultural events.

  • Dates:  Fri March 27 – Sun April 12, 2020

Begins in Hue – Ends in Hanoi

  • Cost of Retreat:

    • Twin Share – $2,475 USD (per person)

    • Single Accommodation – $2,875 USD

INCLUDED IN HOMELAND RETREAT FEE:

  • All Accommodations

  • All Meals (Plant-Based)

  • All Domestic flights

  • All Ground Transportation

  • All Airport Transport Services

  • All Entrance Fees

NOT INCLUDED IN LOVING WORK RETREAT FEES:

  • International Travel Costs

  • Cost of Travel/Medical Insurance (Required)

  • Viet Nam Visa ($45 - $90, dependent on Type)

  • Additional Nights in Hotel (pre or post retreat)

  • Personal Shopping; Laundry; Mini-Bar

  • Tip for Coordinator

  • Dana for Practice Leaders

  • The USD 400 (or more) Required Donation

 

LWF Retreat Scholarship Program

The Loving Work Foundation (LWF) seeks to welcome as many friends as possible to experience the beauty, and connect with the wonderful people of Việt Nam. Due to the generosity of friends, LWF can provide 100% of the retreat fee to one accepted applicant for each of the Spring 2020 retreats.

 

The cost of International transportation, visa fees (approximately USD 45), and Dana for the retreat organizer and two practice leaders are not included. 

Scholarship recipients will be asked to fulfill the same requirement asked of all who join us, to raise a minimum of USD 400 from family and friends, funds that will be donated

to various humanitarian projects visited during the retreats.

The deadline for submission is October 30, 2019.

In addition to basic contact and logistic information,

you will be asked to provide the following:

  • Which of the two 1 retreats you wish to attend

  • A short statement explaining the personal financial circumstances that support this application.

  • A short statement about what this opportunity means to you.

To support applicants in making their travel arrangements, all applications must be received by October 30, 2019.  We will make every effort to respond to scholarship applications within

3 weeks.

 

We recommend that applicants make no flight arrangements,

until they have received a response from LWF.

To request a scholarship application, please contact the Scholarship Committee at:

 

lwfscholarships@gmail.com

 

Our Retreat Itineraries 2020

(subject to last-minute changes, dependent on conditions)

LOVING WORK RETREAT 2020  (Viet Nam)

06 MARCH – 20 MARCH

 

BEGIN in Hue, Central Viet Nam…END in Hanoi

Co-Practice Leaders: Trish Thompson - Danna Zelenka

Retreat Coordinator: Linh Khanh

Registrar: Trang Vu

 

(14 Nights/15 Days):

 

06 March – 10 March (Five Nights), Hue 

         07 March – Visit Root Temple (Tu Hieu)

         08 March - Day of Mindfulness @ Root Temple

         09, 10 – Visit Root Temple

 

11th – 13th (Three Nights), Quang Tri Province (Dong Ha City/Khe Sanh)

         Visit Minority village Kindergartens, Families affected by Legacies of War;

         Service Work arranged by Peace Trees International & Project    RENEW

 

14, 15, 16 (Three Nights), Hue

        15 March – Day of Mindfulness, Temple Tu Hieu/Dieu Tram    Nunnery

 

17 – 18 March (Two Nights), Hoi An

         18th– Visit Rural School Children; Visit Hoi An Old Town

 

19 March, Hanoi (One Night)

         Flower Watering; Dinner with Incoming Togetherness Retreat Friends

 

20 March – Loving Work Retreat Ends in Hanoi

 

 

TOGETHERNESS RETREAT 2020 (Viet Nam &Thailand)

19 MARCH – 28 MARCH

 

BEGIN in Hanoi …END in Hanoi or Hue

Co-Practice Leaders: Trish Thompson - Danna Zelenka - Ava Avalos

Travel Coordinator: Linh Khanh

Registrar: Trang Vu

 

19 – 28 March, Hanoi, PV Thailand, Hanoi OR Hue (Nine Nights Total)

         

         19th– Retreat begins in Hanoi (One Night) 

         Dinner with Friends from Loving Work Retreat

 

         20th– Early Morning Flight to Bangkok; Afternoon Shuttle to Plum Village Thailand; Check in at Monastery/Practice Center

 

         20th– 27th– Practice with Monks and Nuns at Plum Village Thailand

 

         27th– Shuttle to Bangkok Airport; Flight to Hanoi for those who were on Loving Work Retreat,but will not join the Homeland Retreat

 

         27th– Shuttle to Bangkok Airport; Flight to Hue for those who register to Discover the Homeland of Our Teacher. 

 

         28th– Hanoi, Retreat Ends After Breakfast, for those who were on the Loving Work Retreat

 

         28th– Hue, Retreat Ends After Breakfast, for those who register for the Homeland Retreat

 

All Expenses for Nine Nights are included in Togetherness Retreat Registration Fee (Two International flights – Hanoi to Bangkok and Bangkok to Hanoi or Hue and PV Thai Registration Fees & Cost of Shuttle) 

 

HOMELAND RETREAT 2020  (Viet Nam)

27 MARCH – 12 APRIL

BEGIN in Hue, Central Viet Nam...END in Hanoi

Co-Practice Leaders: Trish Thompson - Danna Zelenka - Ava Avalos

Retreat Coordinator: Linh Khanh

Registrar: Trang Vu

 

27 March – 01 April, Hue (Six Nights)

            28th– Visit Temple Tu Hieu (Root Temple)

            29th– Day of Mindfulness @ Dieu Tram Nunnery/Temple Tu Hieu

            30th, 31st, 01 – Visit Temple Tu Hieu, Bao Quoc Buddhist Institute (where Thay TNH was a student),

            The Citadel & other historic Sites 

            02 – Half Day of Mindfulness

 

02 - 04 April, Hoi An (Three Nights)

            2nd– Afternoon Bus to Danang/Hoi An

            3rd – Lazy Day (Options: Beach or Swimming/Relaxing at Resort

            4th– Visit Hoi An Old Town; Meet Local Friends; Attend Evening Lune Cultural Performance

 

05 – 06 April, Hanoi (Two Nights)

            5th – Flight to Hanoi; VisitOld Quarter; Evening Around Hoan Kiem Lake

            6th– Early Morning Around the Lake; Visit Women’s Museum, Explore Old Quarter, Practice with Hanoi Wake Up Sangha

 

07 – 08 April, Yen Tu Mountain (Two Nights)

            7th– Lunch Cruise & Kayaking on Ha Long Bay

            8th– Hike Yen Tu Mountain

            9th– Half Day at Yen Tu (Lazy)

 

09 – 10, April, Ninh Binh Province (Two Nights)

            Enjoy Resort & Wonderful Nature (Swimming/Boat Ride/Hiking)

 

11 April, Hanoi (One Night)

            Body Massage; Flower-Watering & Farewell Dinner

 

12 April, Hanoi

            Homeland Retreat Ends After Breakfast

 

We welcome everyone from any spiritual tradition, or no tradition at all.

We only ask that all who join us agree to practice in our Plum Village tradition during our retreats. 

Essential Elements of a Mindfulness Retreat in the Tradition of Plum Village:

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IF YOU PLAN TO JOIN US ON RETREAT, PLEASE READ CAREFULLY. . .

Asked of all Retreatants:

  

◦  Observe our practice traditions

◦  Raise a minimum of $400 from friends and family, to be donated during our retreats

    to our various community partners in Viet Nam. Note: We ask this of each "retreatant', not for each '           retreat.' If you attend more than one retreat, we still ask for a 'minimum of $400.

    FOR COUPLES, we ask for a minimum of $400. We in no way want this requirement to prevent friends       from joining us!

◦  Attend all practices and activities

◦  Respect the schedule ~ please arrive at least 5 minutes before the beginning of each activity. 

All Mindfulness retreats, no matter their location, are designed to support each friend to rest and relax the mind and body, letting go of the tensions of ordinary daily life. By slowing and stopping, we have a chance to be in touch with our joy and happiness, as well as with the suffering that is also there, deep in our consciousness. Our retreats are organized in such a way that whatever is there has a chance to come up, and be recognized and acknowledged. With the support of the practice

leaders and the other friends, all of our emotions are honored.

 

The schedule includes opportunities for formal consultations with one of the practice leaders.

 

Our retreats very quickly become a family affair, and in a spiritual family, the members look out for one another. Each member

is assigned as a  “Big Sister” or “Big Brother” for another member.  The older sibling has the responsibility to know what is happening with the one to whom they have been assigned. For example, if Little Sister is not feeling well and misses breakfast, Big Sister knows this and communicates this to the practice leaders and retreat coordinator. This is a very useful system that ensures that everyone is remembered, and the support they need is provided.

 

We encourage Twin Share occupancy, though single rooms are available. The practice of being a roommate can be deep and fruitful. The simple need to remember to close the door softly requires one to be Mindful.  

 

Mindful Eating, the first 20 minutes in silence, is a primary practice on our retreats. We enjoy a plant-based diet of the freshest veggies and fruits in the presence of our friends. Eating healthy supports both our physical and mental wellbeing, as well as our commitment to practice reverence for life.

 

We strive to maintain a regular schedule for sleep, meals and afternoon rest. Whatever the activity, throughout each day, in every thing we do, we practice doing it in Mindfulness, being in the present moment, aware of our breath, aware of the thoughts in the mind and feelings in the body while also aware of what is going on around us. Every moment is an opportunity to be mindful.

 

We begin each morning with Formal Sitting Meditation and end most days in the same way. Ample time is built into the schedule for quiet time, journaling, and solitary reflection. And, most days include ‘Dharma Sharing,’ as we practice the skill of listening deeply to one another, using the language of the heart to express whatever needs to be heard.