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Mindfulness Retreat in the Tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh

Realizing the Path of Awareness:

 “A Return to the Fundamentals of Mindfulness, Understanding and Compassion”

The Honey Locust Sangha Spring Retreat

Thursday, April 25 – Sunday, April 28

Creighton University Retreat Center, Griswold, Iowa

With teachings and meditations on breathing, walking, deep listening and loving speech, we will practice together.  We will invite our ancestors, with both their suffering and their happiness, to join and support us, as we offer our awakening for the benefit of our families, our society and the Earth.

During this program we will focus on fundamental practices – skill building to solidify our experience of inner stability and freedom.  Guidance on conscious breathing and walking will be a base for deepening our communication and understanding within ourselves and with our loved ones. Sessions of guided deep looking will support us to reflect on the way we have been living our life, to understand what deep habits and fears have been driving us, and to find new understanding and compassion to realize transformation.

Dharma Teacher:
Michael Ciborski

Michael Ciborski is a Mindfulness Dharma teacher in the Buddhist tradition of Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh. He was ordained as a monk for seven years at the Plum Village Monastery, France. Michael practiced mindfulness meditation and joined the monastic community to organize mindfulness retreats to lay practitioners around the world. 

An eloquent musician, Michael also studied several European and Asian voice training and chanting traditions and served as an English language chant master in the monastery.

After leaving the monastery in 2003, Michael returned to the US and along with his wife Fern, has helped to establish spiritual community and mindfulness center in Southern New Hampshire known as MorningSun. He offers many workshops and retreats in mindfulness practice and meditation around the country. To listen to his Dharma talks, please visit (http://truemiddleway.org/dharma-talks/)

Held in the tranquil setting of the

Held in the tranquil setting of the
Creighton University Retreat Center

It is a quiet place in nature, near Griswold Iowa, about 45 minutes from Omaha. CURC is a full-service retreat center with excellent meeting/conference rooms, overnight facilities, dining hall, and chapel. 

The comfortable facilities and hospitable environment are set in 157 acres of wooded area, with ambling trails along a river teeming with wildlife, song birds, and a sublime night sky.

Retreat Format

This residential retreat is designed for both beginning and experienced practitioners. It will center on periods of sitting and walking meditation and Dharma talks by our teacher. There will be small-group Dharma discussions, meal meditations, and active, mindful work practice. Periods of silence will deepen and enrich the experience by allowing time for personal reflection.

Retreat Pricing

Thursday  Evening – Sunday

Double Occupancy: $310.00*  

Single Occupancy: $375.00

Friday – Sunday

Double Occupancy: $240.00* 

Single Occupancy: $305.00

Price includes meals, dana, room costs, and dharma hall fees

*Rooming with another person will allow us to increase the number of people who can attend the retreat, so if you are able to choose double occupancy, it would be appreciated.

Register by clicking this link: 

http://tinyurl.com/37fc5kba

or use the QR code below:

 
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The Honey Locust Sangha / Omaha Community of Mindful Living is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Sound Healing Workshop

Sound Healing Workshop with Lifang Huang

Sound Healing allows one to go deeper into meditative states through subtle, yet complex harmonic frequencies. While listeners rest comfortably, the sound helps to soothe pain, reduce stress and anxiety, and opens the body to receptive healing. The music that emanates from the bowls helps balance the five elements.

At the Yoga Path

Saturday November 4, 1:00 – 3:00 pm.

Presented by Lifang Huang shamanic teacher and healer

Lifang Huang is shaman, healer, teacher blessed with a mystical understanding of healing sound vibrations. She has traveled extensively through Nepal, India, Southeast Asia, and now the United States sharing her gifts as a sound energy healer. 

Lifang Huang has a unique understanding of sound vibrations. Over the years she has created her own therapy styles combining various techniques she has learned during her many years of practice with Tibetan Sound Bowls along with other instruments to share this very therapeutic practice.

Save this date and time. Register early as space will be limited to preserve the intimacy of this workshop. 

Cost is $25.00

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Save this date and time. Register early as space will be limited to preserve the intimacy of this workshop.
Price: $ 25.00

The Embodied Practice

The goal of this workshop is to craft a self-practice of yoga into your life. Whether you attend one or all of these workshops, participants will develop a deeper and broader understanding of what yoga is and how it can be cultivated into one’s life.

Series of 3 workshops over 3 months \ Saturday afternoon(s) 12:30 to 4:30

Workshops would include gentle and intense asana, pranayama (breath work), meditation, along with various group exercises and dharma discussions about aspects of yoga practice.
We encourage students to attend all three of the workshops to gain the greatest benefits, but you can all register for individual workshops. t

Teachers

All workshops will be taught by Yoga Path teachers Kim Schwab and Mark Watson.

Who should attend?

Aspiring students  who are seeking to enhance or jump-start their practice of yoga.  A mindful-based practice that can be embodied into the corners of our everyday life.
 All classes will be taught at the Yoga Path.

Cost is $100/workshop or $240 for all three.
Space is limited, so register early!

Workshop 1 – Sitting with Your Practice (February 18)

  • Introductions
  • Satya instruction
  • Asana practice
  • Meditation
  • Tea & dharma talk & discussion

Workshop 2 – Standing with Your Practice (March 18)

  • Opening Meditation Sit
  • Satya instruction
  • Asana practice
  • Sculpting exercise
  • Tea & dharma talk & discussion

Workshop 3 – Walking with Your Practice (April 15)

  • Short Meditation
  • Satya instruction
  • Asana practice
  • Meditation/Deep Relaxation
  • Tea & dharma talk & discussion

Deep Relaxation

Deep Relaxation Practice

At the Yoga Path we are practicing being with the body. One of the ways to best do this to take time to rest and intentionally making a time to rest, and totally relax. Here are three links to help you do this. Please set aside a time to lie down and devote yourself to this practice. Turn off everything and make certain you give you time to taking care of yourself

  1. This is a 46 minute total relaxation narrated by Sr. Chau Nghiem
  2. This is a 35 minute total relaxation narrated by Sr. Dan Nghiem
  3. This is an 11 minute total relaxation narrated by Sr. Chan Khong

They are from the Plum Village tradition. Enjoy!

 

Why do this?images
Resting is a precondition for healing. When animals in the forest get wounded, they find a place to lie down, and they rest completely for many days. They don’t think about food or anything else. They just rest and they get the healing they need. When we humans become overcome with stress, we may go to the pharmacy and get drugs, but we don’t stop. We don’t know how to help ourselves.

Stress accumulates in our body. The way we eat, drink, and live takes its toll on our well-being. The practice of deep relaxation provides an opportunity for our body to rest, to heal, and to be restored. We relax our body, give our attention to each part in turn, and send our love and care to every cell.

If you have trouble sleeping enough, the deep relaxation practice can compensate. Lying awake on your bred, you may like to practice total relaxation and follow your breathing in and breathing out. Sometimes it can help you to get some sleep. But even if you don’t sleep, the deep relaxation practice can help because it can nourish you and allow you to rest.

Mindful breathing, total relaxation of the body can be done at home at least once a day. It may last twenty minutes or longer. We can practice it either with a group, with our family or alone. When we do deep relaxation in a group, one person can guide the exercise using the guide below or some variation of it. When you do deep relaxation on your own, you may like to record an exercise to follow as you practice. One member of the family can lead the session for the whole family, perhaps in the living room.