This started out as a post blog, written after my husband and I had the wonderful opportunity to attend a 21-day mindfulness retreat in Plum Village in June 2012, as a way to share about my retreat experience. Then I kept it going, because it proved as a great way to keep me writing (which I LOVE to do!). I include my thoughts and experiences relating to my own everyday path of practice, in the mindfulness tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh’s Order of Interbeing.
Plum Village is a monastery and practice center in southern France, near Bordeaux, in a zen based tradition called the Order of Interbeing with teacher Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, lovingly called Thay by his students, which means teacher in Vietnamese. Thich Nhat Hanh (TNH) is the author of over 100 books and leads retreats all over the world (if you’re looking for a place to start I would recommend Being Peace and Happiness by TNH). The Order of Interbeing (OI) is based on the teachings of mindfulness and deep, conscious breathing. There are also practice centers in the U.S: Blue Cliff Monastery in New York, Magnolia Grove Monastery in Mississippi and Deer Park Monastery in California. For more information about Plum Village please visit http://www.plumvillage.org.
As for me, my name is Nicole Dunn. I am a core member of the Order of Interbeing (OI member) and was ordained by TNH in Estes Park, CO in August of 2007 and given the dharma name True Wonderful Flower. I am 37 years old and reside in the Rocky Mountains of Montana, where I happily and gratefully practice with the Be Here Now Sangha (community), which I founded in 2002. I am an aspiring writer and am currently working on my first book. I’m the director of the Open Way Mindfulness Center, teach meditation classes, help lead and direct local retreats, and serve on our local and statewide sangha boards. I’ve been a hospice volunteer for 13 years and have helped to lead workshops on death and dying. I enjoy community building, meditation, writing, anything having to do with music (playing, singing, listening, live shows, dancing to), hiking, photography, volunteering, traveling, camping, and riding my motorcycle. I’ve been happily married for over 16 years and have a wonderful stepson who’s a junior in high school. Life is good!
Be Here Now Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/BeHereNowCommunity
My writer’s Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Nicole-Dunn-992227660825124/?pnref=story
I’m also on twitter @InMindfulMotion
Walk softly, breathe deeply and know that you are beautifully alive!