Events and Retreats

"Watering Seeds of Compassion"
A 3-Day Retreat with Dharma Teachers Anh-Huong and Thu Nguyen

August 25-28, 2016  
(7pm Thursday, Aug. 25th,  to  3pm Sunday, Aug. 28th),Lutheridge Camp and Conference Center, Arden, NC 
(10 mins. South of Asheville)
Compassion is the capacity to relieve suffering and lighten sorrows. During this retreat, we will learn the art of mindful breathing, mindful sitting, mindful walking in order to touch the peace and happiness that are available in the present moment. This peace and happiness will enable us to look and listen more deeply in order to develop compassion in our hearts. The ocean of tears cannot drown us if compassion is there. The atmosphere of the retreat will be one of quiet joy!

Anh-Huong Nguyen and Thu Nguyen have practiced the art of mindful living with Thich Nhat Hanh for more than 30 years. They have led mindfulness retreats in the United States since 1988 and in 1992 were among the first students to be ordained as Dharma Teachers by Thich Nhat Hanh.   Anh-Huong is the author of "Opening the Heart of Compassion", a guided meditation CD and co-author of "Walking Meditation", a multimedia manual on mindful walking. They are principal teachers at the Mindfulness Practice Center of Fairfax (  

Retreat Costs
$330 per person for a double room if registered before 
July 15.
$360 per person for a double room after July 15.
$450 for private room with bath.

All meals included.  Delicious vegetarian food, mostly organic and local.  Specific diet requests honored.
Cancellations:  If you must cancel, you will receive a full refund if it is before Aug. 1st.
Limited scholarships available.  Please send an email stating your need to Sandy at Registration (below).

Commuters:  $180 before July 15,  $210 after July 15.

Note to Commuters:  We will be practicing together as a sangha for the entire retreat, so please attend all the sessions, arriving by 7pm on Thursday, staying from early morning meditations through the evening sessions (all meals included in your registration cost), until 3pm on Sunday.   This will support our stability and solidity while we practice together as a sangha.
Registration: Contact Sandy Jones at or
704-517--6646.  Download the registration form.  (Note - single rooms are no longer available)

Upon registration, you will receive directions, a daily schedule, a list of "what to bring", and more retreat details.

Questions about the retreat?  Email, or call  Anna at 828-691-8545 or  Bob at 207-313-0794.

Sponsored by Mountain Mindfulness of Asheville, North Carolina, a sangha in the Thich Nhat Hanh tradition.

"A Beautiful Community, A Beautiful Life"

Strengthening the practice of interbeing as a base for peaceful actions in our daily lives

A Weekend Residential Retreat and A Day of Mindfulness in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh

Sponsored by the Community of Mindful Living UUFR
with Dharma Teacher Michael Ciborski

Friday, 9/23 (approximately 5pm TBDthrough Sunday, 9/25 (ending after lunch)

Day of Mindfulness:
(for those who cannot attend the full weekend):

Saturday, 9/24 (approximately 9am-5pm TBD)

Avila Retreat Center
711 Mason Road
Durham, NC 27712


In this retreat, with mindfulness practice as a base, in sitting, walking, eating, singing, discussions and listening to teachings, we will develop our capacity to embrace and transform our suffering, and also our ability to offer understanding and joy to ourselves, our loved ones and our community.  We will explore the balance of self-care and other-care.

Michael Ciborski’s relaxed and light-hearted presence conveys joy and peace to all who have the opportunity to study with him.


His knowledge and practice grew from the rich soil of Plum Village, France, where he spent nearly ten years, both as a lay practitioner and as a monastic. Michael lived and worked intimately with Thich Nhat Hanh and the monastic community to organize, support, and offer meditation retreats around the world. Thich Nhat Hanh named him a Dharma Teacher in 2001. Michael returned to lay life in 2003.

He is married to Fern Dorresteyn, also a Dharma Teacher in Thich Nhat Hanh’s tradition. They have three children and live in New Hampshire, where they are building a mindfulness practice community for sustainable living called MorningSun.

For more information about Michael Ciborski, please see:

What to bring:

  • Comfortable, loose fitting clothing; no shorts or tank tops, please!
  • Cushion and/or mat for sitting (chairs will also be available)
  • Yoga mat or blanket for deep relaxation meditation
  • Umbrella, if necessary, for outdoor walking meditation
  • Linens and towels are provided for those staying the full weekend


$165 for the full weekend retreat, per person (meals included), for a double occupancy room (single occupancy rooms no longer available)
$45 for the Day of Mindfulness, per person (lunch included)

To Register:

Online Registration for the Weekend Residential Retreat
Online Registration for the Day of Mindfulness

note:  Registration is not completed until payment has been received.

If you have problems registering, please contact Gail O’Brien: