Our Montana sanghas have had another wonderful retreat. This past weekend was our annual spring retreat. Our greater Montana sanghas put together two retreats every year, one in the spring and one in the fall. This spring we had a family retreat and kids were welcome to attend. And we had our biggest retreat yet! 71 people all together, including the children. Our Montana sanghas include Open Way and Be Here Now in Missoula, Flowing Mountains in Helena, and Open Sky in Kalispell. We’re all one big happy sangha family in the big sky state :)
With the presence of children there was a good deal less silence held during the course of our 2 1/2 day retreat. But I found that the silence was replaced with joy, laughter, more smiling, and a rich sweetness that can only be offered by children. I am so grateful for all of the families that came with their kids to experience a retreat together. The energy of the children enriched our sangha and brought the much needed element of lightness into our retreat. Sometimes as adults we can become too serious, rigid, and somber. Children can be wonderful teachers in the art of lightening up and coming back to the present moment with joy and ease.