First hold peace within yourself, only then can you bring it to others.~Thomas a Kempis
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Mindfulness Retreat in the Tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh

Coming Together to Begin Anew

The Honey Locust Sangha

Spring Retreat

Thursday, May 12 – Sunday, May 15

Creighton University Retreat Center

Although the Beginning Anew practice is usually used to prevent misunderstandings in relationships, or to support and maintain happy relationships, or to heal hurting relationships, in this retreat we’ll use the 4 part practice to look within ourselves.

Thay says, “Beginning Anew is to change your mind and heart, to transform the ignorance that brought about wrong actions of body, speech, and mind, and to help you cultivate your mind of love.”

That’s our focus for this retreat: Using the Beginning Anew practice to renew, refresh and restore our personal practice; to explore how we can change our mind and heart, how we can transform our ignorance and cultivate a mind of love.

Terry Cortez Vega

Dharma Teacher, Terry Cortez-Vega

Sr. Terry was ordained as a Dharmacharya in 2012.

Terry has offered Dharma talks at meditation and mindfulness retreats and workshops.

Terry is happily married to Gustavo Cortez-Vega and they live in the country with horses, chickens, too many cats, a fat polka-dot pig, a rabbit, two dogs, and various wild critters.

Retreat Pricing:

Thursday – Sunday $275
Friday – Sunday $215

Due to safety concerns all rooms will be single occupancy except for

couples and close friends who have agreed to share a room.

Includes meals, dana(teacher donation), room costs, and dharma hall fees

Zoom Option

Suggested donation of $50 for dana to the teacher.


Retreat attendance will be limited

to 40 in person participants.

Online access for dharma talks and meditation sessions

will be available via Zoom for those unable to attend in person.

All attendees must register.

Proof of COVID vaccinations will be verified at check-in.

Year End Immersion: 2021 Yoga Workshop

“Centering Down”

“If we are peaceful, if we are happy, we can smile and blossom like a flower, and everyone in our family, our entire society, will benefit from our peace.”” Thich Nhat Hanh

A Yoga Workshop

Thursday, December 30 through Sunday, January 1, 2022

To register online for this workshop CLICK HERE

“True centering transcends worship. It brings one entire life to place of listening and learning.” Philip Gulley from Living the Quaker Way


Due the conditions created by the pandemic, it’s been a year since having an immersion. And while the conditions that prevented us from meeting last year are still with in it’s various apparitions, we perhaps have grown wiser about being with one another. So gauging the risks with an opened-eyed view to decide what we do and where we go, while taking what precautions we can to assure our safety and those around us. So with all that in mind, please consider joining us for this year Immersion workshop.

The term “Center Down” comes from a Quaker tradition. Quakers don’t have services in a typical sense, they gather for Meeting.  To my understanding, when they come to meeting, they try to compose themselves and loosen the hold in mind and body of all things they’ve been fretting about.  Then they try to clear the mind so as to make space to hear the divine as it arises. So the practice is less about worship, and more about listening.

This of course it aligned with philosophy and practice of yoga. So during the course of this immersion we will practicing poses (asana), breath awareness(pranayama), meditation(dhyana), and relaxation(savasana).

Take this opportunity to enrich your practice with four consecutive days of yoga classes. This yoga workshop will be tailored for practicing students of all levels of yoga. The classes will include a study of postures, breath, and meditation to aid students in the enhancement of their personal practice. Though it is not necessary to attend all classes in succession, best results will come with sustained attendance. All classes will be taught by Mark Watson founder of The Yoga Path.

Who Should Attend: Anyone currently practicing yoga or attending yoga class, seeking to foster or enhance their own personal practice.

Class Times
Thursday evening \ asana & relaxation  5:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Friday evening \ asana & pranayama  5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday morning \ pranayama & asana 8:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Sunday  morning \ asana & meditation 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Class Pricing
Entire workshop   $85
Three classes       $72
Two classes         $52
One class            $27

Please specify the classes you will be attending.

To register online for this workshop CLICK HERE

For questions email, or call 402.905.2295

Class size is limited due to social distancing, so register early

“Real solitude comes from a stable heart that does not get carried away by the pull of the crowd, nor by sorrows of the past, worries about the future, or excitement or stress about the present.” Thich Nhat Hanh

Six Mantras

The Six Mantras

June 16, 2012. 99-minute dharma talk by Thich Nhat Hanh from Upper Hamlet in Plum Village during the 21-Day Retreat with the theme The Science of the Buddha. The talk is given in English and this is the eleventh dharma talk (of 15). The podcast is available at this link.

1.teaPK Darling, I am here for you.
Darling, I know you are there and it makes me happy.
Darling, I know you suffer.
Darling, I suffer, please help.
This is a Happy Moment.
Darling, you are partly right.

The last one is new and for when someone congratulates or criticizes you.

Sitting Spaces

Students at the Yoga Path have been invited to share images of the meditation space in their homes. Here are some of the initial entries.

“One of the most important ways you can transform your home space is to make a place to sit. Creating a peaceful sitting area can transform your whole house. This also an important way to support your meditation practice. If we sit in the same place each day, it takes us less and less time to remember to stop and return to our breath. Here, in this place, our bodies and minds can help each other relax”  Thich Nhat Hanh

  • June 4th, 2014
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Spring Mindfulness Retreat

Here is the announcement about Spring Mindfulness Retreat 2014 sponsored by the Honey Locust Sangha / Omaha Community of Mindful Living.

  • February 24th, 2014
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Interbeing at a Retreat

This weekend I attended a Mindfulness Retreat in the Tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh.  It was put on by the Heartland Community of Mindful Living lead by the dharma teacher Joanne Friday.  It was a transformative and refreshing experience, but that is not what I want to talk about right now. What I want to talk about it this women I met there. Perhaps some of you have heard of Dr. Mary Pipher.  When I was talking to her I didn’t know who I was talking to.  Now I know.  Author of Reviving Ophelia and her most recent book The Green Boat: Reviving Ourselves in Our Capsized Culture.  Here is a talk she gave recently about her newest book.  I believe there is significance in that I would me this women in context of this Buddhist retreat.

  • November 4th, 2013
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