Still Water Mindful Families Retreat
Fri, October 20 – Sun, October 22
Fri, October 20, –Sun, October 22,
Please save the date. We will post more information for this retreat and open registration in August, 2017.
Still Water’s Mindful Family Retreat offers an opportunity to model care for self, care for loved ones, and care for community, with and for our children, in the context of a supportive and practicing community. Together, we take part in mindful practices that can be continued in daily life, whether at home with family, at school, or in our communities. The retreat is child-inclusive and intentionally intergenerational, with a broad and inclusive definition of “family”. All participants who share the aspirations of the retreat are welcome.
We will gather with retreat facilitators for a relaxed and joyous mindful weekend infused with a gentle rhythm of mindfulness practice, arts and crafts projects, nature exploration, planned and free play, and service to our retreat sangha. Children are invited to learn and lead basic practices of mindful living in community, including: inviting the mindfulness bell, leading the five food contemplations at mealtimes, assisting with pebble meditation and tea ceremony, and participating in sitting and walking meditation. Adult practice is supported by early morning sitting and walking meditations, as well as dharma discussions on parenting and practice in the family.
The setting at the confluence of the Susquehanna River and the Chesapeake Bay is beautiful, and offers opportunities to explore and engage in mindful play and activities in a variety of natural habitats. There will also be time to relax, paddle canoes, play music and enjoy being together. The community engages in several “service meditations”, including responsibility for meals, facilitating planned activities, supervising children during play times, guiding mindful practices, and other activities. All are asked to bring games and arts and craft supplies to share with the retreat sangha. We ask participants to arrive on Friday evening and leave on Sunday after lunch. We have found that the sense of community is much stronger when everyone spends the full weekend together.
Charter Hall Retreat Center
499 Charter hall Road
Perryville, MD 21903