Learning to Live Deeply
Opening the Door to the Sacred and Meaningful
with the Practice of Mindfulness in Daily Life
A Weekend Retreat with Michael Ciborski
Dharma Teacher and former Monk at Thich Nhat Hanh's Plum Village
Friday October 31 - Sunday November 2, 2015
Lake Doniphan, Excelsior Springs, MO
Registration Opening Soon!
Check-in is from 4 - 5:30 p.m. on Friday, October 31st. The retreat will end at about 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 2rd. We will enjoy a variety of mindfulness practices including sitting meditation, walking meditation and deep relaxation.
Many of us are pushed and pulled by the stress and busyness of modern life. Our work and relationships are laden with complexity and strong emotions and our peace and happiness seem hard to maintain, if they are there at all. But all of this can change.
During this retreat we will nourish our capacity to heal, transform, and live peacefully through the shared practice of mindfulness in all activities of the day; including sitting, walking, eating, discussion, movement and noble silence. With daily teachings and guidance to inspire and guide, we will explore the art of living deeply, learning to transform mundane and ordinary activities into sacred and meaningful moments. With the right practice we can transform our experience of hardship and challenge. With awakened understanding we can undo the knots of suffering in our hearts. With applied practice, our life can become an offering of happiness and joy to our loved ones and the Earth.
Michael will also transmit the Five Mindfulness Trainings. Periods of gentle silence will nourish our mindfulness. Group discussions will help us connect the teachings to our daily lives. Bring your own meditation pad, cushion or bench. Chairs will be available. This retreat is ideal for newcomers as well as longtime practitioners.
Lake Doniphan is located 35 minutes from Downtown Kansas City, MO or Kansas City International Airport. Link to directions.
Single and shared rooms are available. Vegan meals will be served.
Dana - The Gift of Generosity
Michael Ciborski follows a long tradition of offering the Buddha’s teachings without charge, as these teachings are priceless. As part of this tradition those receiving the teachings support the teacher. Please consider making a donation according to your means and the value you feel you have received. $25 per day is suggested. Make your donation at the retreat.
Partial scholarships may be available. We accept donations for scholarships with your registration. We ask you to request support from your Sangha if you are part of one. You may be asked work at the retreat in exchange for the scholarship. Please enclose a letter describing your aspirations for your practice and the amount of your need with your registration form.
Early bird fee is $210 for shared room, $240 per person for private room. Early bird registration ends, Monday, October 1, 2014. Regular fees are $235 for shared room and $265 for privateroom. Regular registration ends Thursday, October 16, 2014.
About Michael Ciborski
Michael is a lineage holding Dharma teacher in the Buddhist tradition of Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh. He lived as a monk for seven years in Plum Village, France, and has worked intimately with Thich Nhat Hanh and the monastic community to organize, support and offer meditation retreats around the world. A skilled musician, he informally studied voice training and chanting of several European and Asian traditions and served for several years as an English language chant master in the monastery. Michael also studies and practices in the tradition of Anthroposophy, begun by Rudolf Steiner. He finds great joy weaving together these two wonderful paths guided by two marvelous and awakened human beings.
After leaving the monastery in 2003, Michael returned to the US and along with his wife Fern Dorresteyn, has helped to establish an intentional spiritual community and mindfulness center in Southern New Hampshire known as MorningSun. In addition to supporting the life and practice of MorningSun, Michael’s practice offerings are many:
- Guiding workshops and retreats in mindfulness practice and meditation around the country;
- Actively developing tools and programs for mindful parenting and family life;
- Dharma consultations, mentoring, and conflict mediation;
- Support and facilitation of blessings and ceremonies for sacred and important times of transition (such as baby blessings, marriages, blessing a new or sacred space, and ceremonies for the deceased).
- Sharing meditation, music and chanting through CD’s and workshops for “Opening the Voice”
Michael has been described as, “A very human and delightful teacher of profound presence”, and as “An articulate teacher in both word and action”.
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