Our root teacher the Most Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh is returning
to North America in 2013 to offer retreats and public talks. There will
be a retreat in Hamilton, Ontario at Brock University, August 11-16 and
other events are scheduled.

Full details, including tour dates throughout the United States and Canada
will be posted at
when available.

Mindfulness Retreats with Dharma Teachers and Sanghas

This year at least five different Dharma Teachers in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh will conduct
retreats in Michigan or within easy driving distance in Ohio and Illinois. Please  take advantage of
these wonderful opportunities to practice. We will also be continuing our periodic five day mindfulness
retreats at Song of the Morning Yoga Retreat Center in Northern Michigan.

Weekend Retreat with Dharma Teachers Peggy Rowe and Larry Ward
April 12-14, 2013  Sts Peter and Paul Retreat Center
Columbus, Ohio  Sponsored by The Blue Heron Sangha of Columbus
Contact Grace Franklin for information,

Weekend Retreat with Dharma Teachers Jack and Laurie Lawlor
"Finding Miracles Everywhere"

April 26-28, 2013  LaSalle Manor Retreat Center
Plano, Illinois west of Chicago
Sponsored by Lakeside Buddha Sangha of Evanston
Illionois. email Lynn Bemenent

Order of Interbeing Annual Five Day Spring Retreat
Blue Cliff Monastery                          April 24-28, 2013 for OI members and aspirants

Pine Bush, New York 12566

Weekend Retreat with Dharma Teacher Jerry Barza
"Inviting the Heart of Love"

June 14-16, 2013 Ronora Lodge Retreat Center, Watervilet, Michigan
(west of Kalamazoo just off I-94) Sponsored by the new Grand Rapids group.
Contact Heather Storeng for information.


Mindfulness Retreats in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh
      Song of the Morning Yoga Retreat Center
      Vanderbilt, Michigan 49795

February 13-17, 2013
May 15-19, 2013
September 11-15, 2013
February 12-16, 2014

For the past ten years The Bluewater Community of Mindful Living,, has sponsored mindfulness retreats up at Song of the Morning, a beautiful, 800 acre facility along the wooded banks of the Pigeon River north of Gaylord, a four hour drive from Detroit of Grand Rapids. People from all over Michigan and from Ontario, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois have found it worthwhile to come up north to enjoy this time together.

We now offer three five-day retreats yearly in February, May and September— Wednesday through Sunday with activities all five days. Sitting and walking meditation, dharma discussions, early morning walks to greet the day, silent meals of gratitude and other activities in the Plum Village tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh.

Please join us for the weekend, for all five days or for any single day.

The retreat has become an anticipated event for many who enjoy the deep quiet of the north woods. We sit. We walk. We enjoy the nourishment of food and friends. Our lives are often busy and complex. Mindfulness practice is an opportunity to slow down and rest in the beauty of the present moment. It is not necessary to have any special religious orientation to participate. Everyone is cordially welcomed to join us. The practice is simple and easy to follow. Allowing yourself time to enjoy peace and quiet in beautiful, natural surroundings with like-minded spiritual friends can be transformational.

The cost is around fifty dollars a night with a 15% discount for overnights on Wednesday and Thursday. Delicious vegetarian meals are included. Students receive a 25% discount. Camping is encouraged and some private rooms are available. Please review the accommodations at   and register directly with Song of the Morning.

Payment in advance is requested. Please discuss your payment options with Song of the Morning. Memberships with further discounts are available.

Mindfulness Retreats at Song of the Morning are sponsored by The Bluewater Community of Mindful Living of Port Huron, Michigan.

Please contact Sam Ewalt,, 810-388-1419 for further information.