2018 Tzu Chi USA English Spiritual Retreat Registration
**Registration is officially closed as of Feb 14, 2018. Additional registrations will be waitlisted.**

Date: March 23-25, 2018
Location: 6200 Corporate Dr, Houston, TX 77036

Join us for a weekend of inspiration, meet fellow volunteers from around and beyond the US, and learn about Master’s Dharma and the Tzu Chi spirit – all in English!

The fourth English Spiritual Retreat will be held on March 23-25, 2018, at Tzu Chi Southern Region Office in Houston, Texas. The theme for this year’s retreat is

Building a Bodhisattva Family

Master Cheng Yen has said “Until the US awakens, there is no chance for peace in the world.” How can we bring peace to our own life, our family and our community? How can we bring awakening to the US and the world? In this retreat, we will explore together the ways we can strengthen our relationships and build a Bodhisattva-family.

Through interactive workshops, discussions and presentations, we will deepen our understanding of Tzu Chi’s missions and philosophy as we learn about the Bodhisattva way of leadership through the Four All-Embracing Virtues. We will get to know fellow Tzu Chi volunteers from across and beyond the USA, and we will be able to directly talk with Master Cheng Yen at the Jing Si Abode through a live video connection. As in previous years, participants will also have practical opportunities to practice Bodhisattva-leadership in action during the retreat.

Everyone is welcome! We would like to especially invite English-speaking trainees and volunteers, Tzu Ching Alumni, volunteers in charge of or interested in English volunteer training, mentoring or outreach, officers and responsible in Tzu Chi’s volunteer system, and TIMA volunteers.

On-site retreat registration 1:00-3:00 pm, March 23. Classes start at 3 pm. The retreat ends at 3 pm, March 25. Please plan your arrival and departure times accordingly. We will arrange for airport pickup at IAH only for flights arriving between 8 am and 1 pm on March 23 (before 12:30 pm if you check in luggage). Please book your departure flight after 6 pm on March 25 to avoid missing the closing ceremony of the retreat. Partial participation in the retreat is possible but not encouraged. The retreat fee is $90, which includes housing for two nights (two persons per room) and local transportation. Additional nights are $25/person and night. For volunteers who arrange their own housing and transportation, the retreat is free of charge. If you cancel your registration after 2/14, you will still need to pay $50 of the reservation fee for the room booking.

For camp staff, there is a precamp March 22-23. Registration is 3/22, 2:30-4:30 pm. Camp staff, please arrive at IAH by 2 pm on 3/22.

If you want to register now and fill out flight details later, please save the link on the response page after filling out the form. It will allow you to directly edit your entry at a later time.

For any questions, please contact us at daw@tzuchi.us.

With gratitude,
2018 Tzu Chi USA English Spiritual Resource Retreat Planning Team

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