Today marked the closing of our local Open Way Sanghas fall retreat (rooted in Thich Nhat Hanh’s Order of Interbeing). We gather together twice a year for retreats that start on a Thursday night and end on a Sunday afternoon. We bring in different lay teachers to lead our retreats and for this past one we had dharma teacher Cheri Maples from Madison, WI. We recently found a wonderful facility for our growing sangha to use for our retreats on the shore of the Flathead Lake in western Montana. The Flathead Lutheran Bible Camp is just beautiful and the staff is very warm, friendly, and accommodating for our silent vegetarian crew. We feel so grateful to have found it.
Our daily schedule consisted of: mindful movements, sitting and indoor walking meditation, sutra service, silent breakfast, community meeting, personal time, dharma talk, outdoor walking meditation, silent lunch, personal time, dharma discussion groups, deep relaxation or earth touchings ceremony, silent dinner, evening program, mindful movements, and sitting meditation.