Steady in the Storm: Taking Care of Body and Mind - 2019 Mindfulness Retreat, Philippines
Retreat Dates: 22-24 November 2019
Venue: Accoglienza Retreat Centre (formerly Mariapolis Center), Tagaytay, Philippines
REGISTRATION INFORMATION
We invite you to a refuge from the hustle and bustle of everyday life with "Steady in the Storm: Taking Care of Body and Mind", a weekend retreat program to practice mindfulness with the monks and nuns of Plum Village in the tradition of respected teacher, peace advocate and poet, Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh.

The retreat is designed for both beginners and advanced meditation practitioners, to fully enjoy the practice of breathing and integrate it into daily activities. This is the seventh retreat conducted in the Philippines by visiting Plum Village monks and nuns, and is also a wonderful opportunity for those who have joined us in past retreats to come together, celebrate, and renew spiritual friendships and journeys.

Benefit from teachings and practices available with this opportunity: As meditation heals our physical and mental well-being, the special sense of community in this retreat also brings joy and love. It brings us the benefits of a healthy body and mind by combining sitting and walking meditation, mindful eating of vegetarian food, spiritual nourishment through Dharma talks, and total relaxation. The Plum Village experience is more than a vacation; it helps us deal with our everyday stress and worries.

GENERAL RETREAT SCHEDULE*
*Schedule may have slight changes

Day 1 (22 November 2019, Friday)
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM: Arrivals and Check-in at Accoglienza Retreat Centre, Tagaytay
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM: Welcome Dinner
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM: Orientation to Plum Village
10:00 PM - Noble Silence (Lights Out)

Day 2 (23 November 2019, Saturday)
A Traditional Day of Mindfulness Practice
(Sitting Meditation, Walking Meditation, Total Relaxation, Dharma Teaching, Dharma Sharing)
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM: Dinner
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM: Dharma Teaching on the 5 Mindfulness Trainings
10:00 PM - Noble Silence (Lights Out)

Day 3 (24 November 2019, Sunday)
5 Mindfulness Trainings Ceremony
Meditation Formal
Dharma Talk
“Be in” / Sharing
Lunch
Departure

HOW DO I REGISTER?
Kindly fill up this form: https://forms.gle/LA73qzekDnd9dJ9h6
DEADLINE for Registrations: 8 November 2019

Registration Fee: Php 4,500 per person
-Includes food and accommodations
-Children’s rate (under 5 years of age): Php 1,500

- Participants will have to arrange their own transportation to the retreat venue. Information on taking public bus/vehicles available upon request.

-Payment of registration fees will be via bank deposit:

Bank: Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI)
Account Number: 2989018801
Account Name: Maria Dolores G. Magpantay
NOTE: After the deposit has been made, Please write your NAME and "Plum Village Retreat 2019” on your copy of the deposit slip, then please email a photo or scanned copy of it to plumvillage.ph@gmail.com. Upon receipt of the deposit slip copy, you will receive a confirmation email.

*Registration fees are nonrefundable but are transferable to any name in case the person who initially registered cannot make it to the retreat. Just kindly request fees to be transferred to a new name.

Gently reminding our participants to try to settle the registration fees as soon as possible, so the organizers can arrange the visiting teachers' logistical requirements and reserve venue for food and accommodation.

For confirmed and paid participants, you will be receiving a letter of reminders and advisories two weeks before the retreat. Thank you for deciding to share your time and energy! Looking forward to enjoying the retreat with you.

ADVISORIES

> Participants are encouraged to wear simple, loose, comfortable and non-revealing clothing throughout the retreat. Being a Buddhist or vegetarian and shaving your hair are NOT required for you to participate. The retreat will be done entirely in English.
> Participants are asked to bring their own yoga mat, meditation cushion, towel, water bottle, umbrella/raincoat, insect repellent, flashlight.
> As much as the organizers prefer a vegan diet, the retreat meals will be lacto-ovo-vegetarian. Food may contain eggs, milk, dairy products, soy and gluten. Vegan, raw, and non-gluten options will be made available, but allergies to certain ingredients need to be monitored by the participants themselves.
> Pollen and/or other airborne allergens may trigger attacks of asthma or other health conditions. Participants with these conditions need to prepare their own medications.
> Hot water may not be available. Toiletries such as soap and shampoo need to be brought by the participants.

For questions and other concerns, please email plumvillage.ph@gmail.com or you may contact the registration team at +63 (917) 620-3631 (Mia) or +63 (977) 455-5466 (Chelsi).
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The retreat will serve only vegetarian meals, and we will do our best to make vegan and raw options available. All meals in the retreat schedule are included in the registration fee. Please list your dietary restrictions or allergies.
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