Plum Blossom Sangha Annual Retreat

Dear Friends: Our 2020 retreat has been cancelled.

Please mark your calendar now to join us for next year’s retreat on April 8 – 11, 2021.

The Art of Listening: A Practice that Heals

A Residential Mindfulness Retreat in the Tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh


When we know how to listen deeply

and how to breathe deeply in mindfulness,

everything becomes clear and deep.

Thich Nhat Hanh


General Retreat Dates: April 16-19, 2020

Order of Interbeing & Aspirant Pre-retreat: April 14-16

Offered by Dharma Teacher Terry Cortés-Vega

with Brian Kimmel, Dharma teacher-in-training, and Plum Blossom Sangha

Ancient Yoga Center

207 Barsana Avenue | Austin, Texas 78737

Registration has been suspended

Please join us for our annual Spring Retreat! This is a wonderful opportunity for us to come together, to simply BE together, and to cultivate mindfulness and joy together. When we come together as a community, we realize we are not alone on the path. We realize that many wonderful friends, teachers, and Mother Earth support us. All we have to do is take one breath in mindfulness, one step in mindfulness, in order to touch all the nourishing and healing elements inside and around us.

Retreat Format: This residential retreat is designed for both beginning and experienced practitioners. Practicing together as a community, we will enjoy walking, eating, and sitting meditation. We will also meet and practice in small groups to share our retreat experience with each other. Attendees who are new to meditation in the Plum Village tradition are welcome and will be given an introduction to practice and orientation to the retreat on the first evening. Click here for the tentative retreat schedule.

Please note: Based on feedback from past retreats, we’ve added an additional day to the retreat weekend! We’ll begin the general retreat on the afternoon of Thursday, April 16.

Location: Our retreat will be hosted at the beautiful Ancient Yoga Center, located in the heart of the Austin Hill Country. The Ancient Yoga Center is situated on the picturesque 230-acre property of Radha Madhav Dham ashram and temple, the perfect environment for exploring, walking along the many paths, self-reflection, and meditation. Learn more about Ancient Yoga Center.

Accommodations: Ancient Yoga Center offers a range of housing options. Overnight accommodations include a choice of private or shared room with an attached bath, or private or shared room with a shared bath just down the hall. Shared bath facilities are complete with showers that each include a small private dressing area. Men and women will live in separate areas.  Couples may stay together in a 2-person room with private bath. Click here to learn more about accommodation options.

Meals: Vegan, vegetarian (no eggs) and gluten-free options will be available at meals. Unfortunately, due to the nature of the retreat, we are unable to accommodate other special diets.

General Retreat Fees: Retreat fees vary based on the accommodation that you choose. Below is the TOTAL RETREAT FEE/person based on meals and a stay of 4 days, 3 nights (April 16 – April 19):

  • Accommodations with a shared bath down the hallway:
    • Room with 3+ single beds: $330 total retreat fee/person
    • Room with 2 single beds: $375 total retreat fee/person
    • Room with 1 single bed: $435 total retreat fee/person
  • Accommodations with a private bath attached:
    •  Room with 3 single beds: $360 total retreat fee/person
    •  Room with 2 single beds: $390 total retreat fee/person
    •  Room with 1 single bed: $465 total retreat fee/person
  • Commuter Rate (not staying overnight): $255 total retreat fee/person

Retreat Registration: Online registration is now open. To register, please complete the registration form and submit a partial or full payment.

Payment Information: Payments will be accepted online and by check/money order.

Scholarships: Partial scholarships may be available. The application deadline is March 24, 2020. Apply early for best consideration. A scholarship committee will review your application and you will be notified as soon as possible. All scholarship recipients are asked to pay a minimum of $100. To apply, please complete the online scholarship application here after completing the online retreat registration form.

Order of Interbeing/Aspirant Retreat: Ordained lay members of the Order of Interbeing and those in the formal aspirancy process are invited to attend a pre-retreat from Tuesday, April 14 – Thursday, April 16. More information may be found here.

Please email our registrar, Gale Spear (galespear@gmail.com), with any questions you may have about registration, scholarships and payment.

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