Open Heart Zen Sangha 2nd Annual Weekend Retreat at Temenos Retreat Center
1564 Telegraph Road, West Chester, PA
(7:00 pm Friday to 2:30 PM Sunday)
Join us for a peaceful rejuvenating weekend of silent meditation in a beautiful retreat setting.
Delicious Vegetarian meals provided by a Catered Affair.
$250 per person - Includes 2 overnight accommodations, double ccupancy + 5 meals
Non-refundable deposit of at least 1/2 fee ($125) due by March 15, 2015
To make your reservation for the retreat please sign up on the Pre-Registration list.
2015 Temenos Weekend Retreat Pre-Registration Sign Up Sheet
Complete a form below and include a check for your deposit mail to Lydia Robb (2616 N Van Buren St., Wilmington DE 19802) or hand-deliver at Sangha to Lydia or Ben Fleury-Steiner.
Checks payable to: First Unitarian Church
Please note “OHZ Sangha June Retreat” in check memo
Name: __________________________ Date: __________________
Phone #: ________________________ Email address: _____________________
Name of preferred roommate (optional): __________________________________
Deposit enclosed: $ ____________ Balance Due by May 15: _____________
Please submit to: Lydia Robb via US mail to: 2616 N VanBuren St., Wilmington, DE 19802 or hand-deliver to Lydia or Ben Fleury-Steiner at Sangha.
We had a wonderful discussion last month with 10 members of the sangha in mindful dialogue and listening. This month we continue with "Responding to Pressure" (Click the title to view) from Joko Beck's Nothing Special. Like last month the reading is formatted to highlight the talk, question and answer, and 4 dharma discussion questions. We look forward to seeing you on the last Wednesday of the month, March 25 from 7-8:30. Please make all efforts to arrive at least 5 minutes early so we can start at 7 sharp and maximize our time together!
“Sitting quietly, doing nothing, spring comes, and the grass grows by itself” -Basho
We are getting excited for our next retreat on Saturday, March 14, 2015 from 9am-4pm in the Brunner Chapel. You can sign up for the retreat by clicking this link: Retreat Sign Up (click here)
(Just add you name and the dish you'll bring to the potluck and that's it---once you enter your name and dish--just close the window and everything is automatically saved!). If this is your first retreat, you can access retreat arrival info and reminders about food here.
Retreat Information (Click to View)
A donation of $25 either cash or check is recommended but not required.
*Check should be made out to the First Unitarian Church of Wilmington with the words "March Retreat 2015” in the
We kicked off our last Wednesday of the month gathering with a short film, "Nothing Special," an intimate introduction to the practice as it informs the everyday life of Joko and some of her students at the San Diego Zen Center. The intention of the film was to provide us with a very human picture of Joko and also to begin very preliminary discussion into her teachings as presented in the documentary.
This month we are much going deeper into Joko's teaching with a selection, "Whirlpools and Stagnant Waters," (click the title to view) from her book Nothing Special: Living Zen. Pei-Li, Chao, and Ben have come up with four "dharma discussion questions" that appear at the end of the reading. Please take these questions as an invitation to reflect and perhaps also to come up with your own comments and additional questions. If you would like to share your reflections with the group ahead of time, please send any writing to firstname.lastname@example.org. We want our dharma discussions to be as inclusive as possible.
Wednesday January 28th from 7-9 in the Brunner Chapel, we will have our first
"Last Wednesday of the Month" Dharma Discussion. This schedule will replace our third Friday of the month discussion. The first discussion will center around a short film, Nothing Special, a rare and intimate look into the practice of one of the great secular Zen teachers,
Charlotte Joko Beck (1917-2011), author of the classic books Everyday Zen and Nothing Special. A 30 minute discussion led by William McCracken and Ben Fleury-Steiner will follow the film. This will kick off a series of monthly discussions centered around Joko's rich and very accessible teachings on the relevance of practice in everyday life. We look forward to seeing you at our inaugural event!
We are excited to begin the new year with sangha party on
Saturday January 17 2015, from 4:30-8:30 pm.
The party will be held in the First Unitarian Church of Wilmington's Parish Hall.
Please bring family and friends!
The party will be a vegetarian potluck dinner (no dishes with nuts please) and you are welcome to bring beer and wine being ever mindful to drink responsibly. Please add your name, dish to bring and the number of family and friends you wish bring to the google drive link here:
"2015 Open Heart Sangha Winter Party Sign Up Sheet"
We also need to help with set up and clean up so please let Ben or Pei-Li know if you can help out.
Looking forward to a festive evening together!
The church will be closed for the holidays the next two Wednesdays. We look forward to seeing you in sangha on Wednesday, January 7, 2015.
In the new year, We have several exciting events and opportunities to deepen your practice.
Also, please be advised that from now on all retreats will be open to everyone regardless of economic means and thus a recommended donation of $25 will be requested but not required.
More exciting announcements coming soon!
Wishing you all a happy new year~
The December 19th, 2014 group discussion meeting is canceled.
The next group discussion meeting will be held on Jan 16th, 2015.
We are getting excited for our next retreat on Saturday, December 13 from 9am-4pm in the Brunner Chapel. If you are planning to attend, please add your name to the sign-up sheet using the link information below.
You can sign up for the retreat by clicking this link: Retreat Sign Up (click here) (Just add you name and the dish you'll bring to the potluck and that's it---once you enter your name and dish--just close the window and everything is automatically saved!).
If this is your first retreat, you can access retreat arrival info and reminders about food here.
The cost of the retreat is $25 either cash or check. *Check should be made out to the First Unitarian Church of Wilmington with the words "December Retreat 2014” in the subject line.
Looking forward to another day of just being together~~~
The 2015 Temenos weekend retreat will be held on June 5 to 7.
Details of the 2015 Temenos weekend retreat will be announced later.
Our first Temenos weekend retreat was held on June 13 to 15, 2014.
We had 18 people at the retreat. The weather was great, the food fantastic, and everyone's practice was sincere and strong. We are blessed to have such a committed sangha sharing the weekend together in deep mindful practice!