Wake-up 2018: For a future to be possible
Jun
20
to Jun 24

Wake-up 2018: For a future to be possible

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You are invited to join other young adults (ages 18-35 or so) for a time of practice, inclusiveness, and fun. The Wake Up movement was founded by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh as a way for young adults around the world to come together and practice mindfulness in order to take care of themselves, nourish happiness, and contribute to building a healthier and more compassionate society. During this time together we will explore the practices of sitting, walking and eating meditation, while building community through Dharma sharing and simply being together.

This retreat is for young adults able to arrive on June 20, afternoon and to depart on June 24.

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Jun
30
9:30 AM09:30

Mindful Community Work Day

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Please join us for a Community Work Day as we work together joyfully and harmoniously in our Happy Garden. One session will begin at 9:30 am and we will have a second session at 3:00 pm.  Join us for one or both sessions.  Please email office@bluecliffmonastery.org or call 845-213-1782 and let us know if you're coming so we can plan better for food.

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Summer Family Retreat (REVISED DATE)
Jul
11
to Jul 15

Summer Family Retreat (REVISED DATE)

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Join us for our joyful annual retreat celebrating our blood and spiritual family.

We come together to play, to practice, to share, to sing. We offer children and teens tools for handling strong emotions, peer pressure, and expectations from parents and teachers. We offer adults mindfulness practices to enrich and deepen the bonds between partners, spouses, siblings, and friends, and between parent and child. We learn how to touch the peace and joy of the present moment, and to nurture the best gift we can offer those we love ---our presence.

Together we will practice: walking, eating, and sitting meditation; loving speech and deep listening; touching the earth, deep relaxation, ceremonies and celebration.

We also love music, so please bring your instruments! 

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Jul
28
9:30 AM09:30

Mindful Community Work Day

Please join us for a Community Work Day as we work together joyfully and harmoniously creating a new look for our Happy Garden. One session will begin at 9:30 am and we will have a second session at 3:00 pm.  Join us for one or both sessions.  Please email office@bluecliffmonastery.org or call 845-213-1782 and let us know if you're coming so we can plan better for food.

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Educators Retreat
Aug
1
to Aug 5

Educators Retreat

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Join Blue Cliff monastics and senior lay teachers from the tradition of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh for this special retreat that brings together teachers administrators, social workers and others in the field of education. The retreat will help participants cultivate their own personal mindfulness practice and develop the language and skills needed to bring the practice back to the communities they sere. They will also learn effective methods to enhance, focus, attention, and concentration inside and outside the classroom.

Learn and explore mindfulness practices including:

  • Sitting Meditation                                               
  • Mindful Eating
  • Walking Meditation
  • Deep Relaxation
  • Workshops on mindful living
  • Loving speech & deep listening
  • Beginning anew (conflict resolution)

This retreat is open for both new and experienced mindfulness practitioners. Participants who complete the entire retreat and file necessary paperwork at end of retreat will be eligible for 2 CEU credits.

Those who identify as persons of color, young adults and those of other diverse and underserved communities, are especially welcome to this retreat. A limited number of scholarships are available based on need. To apply, please contact bluecliffeducators@gmail.com.

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Vesak weekend
May
25
to May 27

Vesak weekend

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Join us as we celebrate the Buddha's Continuation Day. 

Siddhartha, or Buddha Shakyamuni, was an enlightened being whose teachings have helped millions of people touch the peace, love and understanding inherent in each of us.  In celebration and  remembrance of the Buddha, we will practice mindfulness together as a sangha, or community, seeing that the Buddha is still very much alive, here and now.

You are welcome to join us for the weekend, arriving Friday afternoon, May 25 in time for our 6 pm dinner and 7:30 pm orientation.  This weekend is offered to our guests on a donation basis.  Everyone is welcome to join us for the Day of Mindfulness on Sunday, May 27th. There is no need to register for the day visit.

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May
12
9:30 AM09:30

Mindful Community Work Day

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The Work Day is canceled due to the weather forecast for rain.  If it clears in the afternoon we may go out and work in the garden.

Please join us for a Community Work Day as we work together joyfully and harmoniously creating a new look for our Happy Garden. One session will begin at 9:30 am and we will have a second session at 3:00 pm.  Join us for one or both sessions.  Please email office@bluecliffmonastery.org or call 845-213-1782 and let us know if you're coming so we can plan better for food.

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May
2
to May 6

Cultivating Compassion & Resilience - a Non-Residential Mindfulness Retreat for People of Color

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This year, our annual PoC Retreat will take place in Baltimore, MD, and is co-hosted by BCM monastics and Baltimore & Beyond Mindfulness Community.

This retreat is open to anyone who self-identifies as a Person of Color, whether new or more experienced in the practice of mindfulness and meditation.  Join us in creating a safe space for people of color to practice and learn mindfulness in everyday life.  We come together as a beloved community to learn key practices that bring well-being into the lives of ourselves, our families, and society.  Mindfulness is a practice that helps us to be in touch with the wonders of life within and around us.  Mindfulness helps us to take care of our difficulties and open to the path of healing and transformation.

During this retreat, we will focus on cultivating compassion as well as resilience by the mindfulness practices of walking/eating/sitting meditation, connecting with our ancestors, learning the skills of deep listening and loving speech, and allowing ourselves the chance to deeply rest.

Vegan meals (lunch & dinner) will be offered as part of the retreat.


Two retreat options are available.  Participants are asked to commit to attend the entire length of the retreat they've chosen:

  • FIVE-DAY Retreat:  Wed-Sun, May 2-6
  • WEEKEND Retreat:  Fri-Sun, May 4-6

Click here for more details about the retreat program, scholarships, housing accommodations, and ride-share.

REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED  FOR BOTH RETREATS.

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The Road Ahead: Building Beloved Community - Order of Interbeing Retreat
Apr
25
to Apr 29

The Road Ahead: Building Beloved Community - Order of Interbeing Retreat

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This is our annual retreat for Order of Interbeing members and those aspirants* who are formally on the path and working with a dharma teacher/mentor. The Order of Interbeing is a community of monastics and lay people who have committed to living their lives in accord with the Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings. This five-day retreat is a chance for OI members and aspirants, both monastic and lay, to strengthen our practice, deepen our connection as a community, and explore ways to nurture and strengthen our aspiration to live beautifully and mindfully in the spirit of togetherness.

Register now for the OI Retreat!

*Note: An aspirant must have already begun his or her aspirancy and must have a current OI mentor who is an ordained Dharma teacher. 

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Community Work Day
Mar
31
9:30 AM09:30

Community Work Day

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Please join us for a Community Work Day as we work together joyfully and harmoniously creating a new look for our Happy Garden. One session will begin at 9:30 am and we will have a second session at 3:00 pm.  Join us for one or both sessions.  Please email office@bluecliffmonastery.org or call 845-213-1782 and let us know if you're coming so we can plan better for food.

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