OI/Aspirant Retreat Information

Dear Friends: At this time, we are suspending registration for our April retreat until further notice. This site will be updated with additional information as soon as it is available.

The Art of Listening: A Practice that Heals

A Residential Mindfulness Retreat in the Tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh

Order of Interbeing & Aspirant Retreat

Registration has been suspended

Ordained lay members of the Order of Interbeing and those who are in the formal aspirancy process are invited to attend a pre-retreat designed to support our aspiration to build sangha and live our lives according to the Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings.

Retreat Dates: Tuesday, April 14 – Sunday, April 19, 2020. Please arrive by 3pm on Tuesday, April 14. The retreat concludes around 2pm on Sunday, April 19.

Location: Ancient Yoga Center, 207 Barsana Avenue, Austin, TX 78737

Accommodations: Ancient Yoga Center offers a wide 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.

OI/Aspirant 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 6 days, 5 nights (April 14 – April 19):

  • Accommodations with a shared bath down the hallway:
    • Room with 3+ single beds: $510 total retreat fee/person
    • Room with 2 single beds: $585 total retreat fee/person
    • Room with 1 single bed: $685 total retreat fee/person
  • Accommodations with a private bath attached:
    •  Room with 3 single beds: $560 total retreat fee/person
    •  Room with 2 single beds: $610 total retreat fee/person
    •  Room with 1 single bed: $735 total retreat fee/person
  • Commuter Rate (not staying overnight): $385 total retreat fee/person

Retreat Registration: Online retreat registration is now open. Please be sure you are registered for the Plum Blossom Retreat to confirm your participation in both retreats, reserve your room, and let us know which type of food you prefer. Please complete the online registration form here.

Payments: Payments will be accepted online and by check/money order. Visit the OI/Aspirant Online Payment page for payment information.

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.

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