Still Water 2024 Fall Practice Retreat at Blue Cliff Monastery

Wed, November 13 Sun, November 17

Wed, November 13, 2:00 pm2:00 pm

Wed, November 13, 2:00 pm – Sun, November 17, 2:00 pm

Still Water practitioners will have an opportunity this November to practice with the monastics of Blue Cliff Monastery. We will follow the daily monastic schedule which includes sitting and walking meditation, working meditation, silent meals, Dharma talks, and Days of Mindfulness on Thursdays and Sundays. In addition, we will have our own Dharma sharing groups and other activities, plus many hours for personal practice, walks on the trails around the monastery, and conversations with old and new friends. The daily program from our 2023 retreat is available — our 2024 retreat is expected to be very similar.

Blue Cliff Monastery is one of three monasteries in the USA founded by Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh. Located near the town of Pine Bush, in the Hudson Valley of New York State, the monastery is about a five-hour mindful drive from downtown Silver Spring. (Still Water will assist participants in creating carpools so that they can save energy and deepen friendships.)

Participants will have two registration options:

To arrive on Wednesday afternoon for a four night stay that ends on Sunday afternoon.

To arrive on Friday afternoon for a two night stay that ends on Sunday afternoon.

Although there will be no program specifically for children, they are welcome to attend with their parents or guardians.

Registration will open this summer and will be managed by Blue Cliff monastery.The cost will be the daily rate for a seasonal stay at the monastery. The daily rate includes accommodations, meals, and all activities, and varies according to the type of accommodation and the status of the practitioner (adult, senior, student, unemployed, teen, or child).

Financial support may be available for Still Water practitioners for whom even the unemployed rate would be a hardship.

If you are interested in attending, please complete our sign-up form. It will help us with planning and we will send you an email when Blue Cliff opens registrations for our retreat.

If you have questions, please contact Still Water at Some retreat reflections from 2023 participants are below.

We hope you can join us.

The Still Water Blue Cliff Retreat Team



Reflections from Still Water 2023 Fall Practice Retreat at Blue Cliff Monastery

  • The warmth with which we were welcomed was, well, heartwarming.  The opportunities to have an orientation and evening chanting with Sister True Vow and Dharma sharings with monastics--not to mention getting to feel the energy where Thay stayed--will stay with me. I am grateful for the calm, relaxation, focus, and mindfulness the monastics at Blue Cliff helped me cultivate. I am also grateful for getting to meet more members of our Sangha from various nights and to get to know people I've been with over zoom for years.  I came away with new friends and more closeness with existing ones.

  • I will definitely attend next year since my experience was overwhelmingly positive. I cherished the times when a monastic or two led our gatherings. I always feel I benefit so much from their wisdom & their presence. The mindful walking + mixer which you led on Friday was a meaningful guided conversation with fellow practitioners. The accommodations & the food were great.

  • The Dharma talks were very interesting and I enjoyed getting to learn from the monastics. Walking meditation with the monastics was a serene and beautiful experience.   Visiting the hut where Thich Nat Hahn lived was a very special treat!

  • The retreat was well planned, I enjoyed it thoroughly and am very appreciative of all the efforts by Still Water and Blue Cliff to make this happen.  There was a nice flow of activities during the retreat with time in between.

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