Be Free Where You Are: Untying Knots in Daily Life
On-line Registration Form for a residential mindfulness retreat in the Plum Village tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh with lay dharma teacher, Bruce Nichols in Leavenworth, Kansas, November 1-3, 2019. We will gather at Marillac Center on Friday late afternoon and depart Sunday early afternoon.

Bruce has practiced for over 20 years in the Plum Village tradition. He received lamp lay dharma teacher ordination in June 2018 at Plum Village in France and was previously ordained as a member of the Order of Interbeing in May of 2008 in Hanoi, Vietnam by Thich Nhat Hanh. He currently practices with Harmony Sangha in Shelton, CT, The Westport Meditation Group in Westport, CT, Morning Sun Practice Center in Alstead, NH, and occasionally at Blue Cliff Monastery in Pine Bush, NY.

In this retreat, we come together to nurture mindfulness, understanding, and compassion in ourselves and with each other. A retreat of this kind is an opportunity to practice mindfulness, meditation, mindful walking, mindful eating, joyous singing, and healing quiet. This will cultivate a community of support, allowing us a wholesome environment to explore the possibility of an abiding calmness, a deeper presence, healing happiness to carry into our lives.

Some of the practices we will be engaged in during our retreat will be:

* daily presentations by our Teacher, Bruce Nichols

* sitting meditation together (silent or guided)

* outdoor or indoor walking meditation as a community (depending on weather)

* mindful meals in silence ~ taking time to truly appreciate and enjoy our food and the company of other practitioners

* dharma discussion in small groups ~ practicing loving speech and deep listening, sharing our experiences with the practice of mindfulness

* deep relaxation in community

* private consultations with our teacher (limited availability)

* mindful movements

* singing mindfully and joyfully

* observing Noble Silence through most of the activities during our retreat

These activities are offerings for you to choose. Explanations of these practices will accompany your registration. They are all part of the Plum Village tradition that nourish an atmosphere of stopping and looking deeply. However, please take care of yourself and choose what feels “right” for you. Thich Nhat Hanh says that a retreat should be a “treat”. Take a nap if your body asks you to. You may enjoy a walk, or private meditation. Please offer yourself nourishment and compassion. Breathe and Smile.

Although Marillac Center is unable to meet special dietary needs, facilities are available for you to store and reheat your meals. Please contact Kassie for details.

Please complete this on-line registration and mail a check payable to Heartland Community of Mindful Living, to Kassie Nieters at 808 Alabama St., Lawrence, KS 66044. You will receive an e-mail confirmation once your check has been received. Kassie may be reached at 785-550-3852 or

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Registration fees cover food, room rental, teacher transportation, and other expenses. No registration fees are paid to our teacher. You may add to your registration fee to support our retreat scholarship fund.

Students support the teacher solely by voluntary donations given directly to the teacher at the retreat. Dana is a practice of generosity. The word originates from the Pali language meaning "generosity," "giving" or "gift." For over 2,500 years Buddhist teachings have been offered in a spirit of generosity. Dana is not compensation in exchange for the teaching. It is a gift to support the teacher in their efforts to continue living, learning and teaching in the future.

Early registration rate for payment in full post marked on or before September 17th. Registration payments in full must be received by Thursday, October 17th. Although there are no refunds, you are welcome to send a friend in your place.

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