IMPORTANT NOTE: THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT.
JOIN US FOR A VERY SPECIAL EVENT – A 4 DAY MINDFULNESS RETREAT WITH ZEN MASTER THICH NHAT HANH
From Wednesday April 30th to Sunday May 4th, we invite you to join Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh and 50 monastics from Plum Village in a Mindfulness retreat in El Escorial, beneath the beautiful mountains north of Madrid.
This retreat is open to all ages, including single adults, couples, families with young children and teens. Together we will enjoy daily talks by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, and mindfulness practices including sitting and walking meditation, deep relaxation, and sharing mindful meals.
Friends will be joining us from all over Spain, and from around the world, to practice and enjoy the wonderful energy of mindfulness. The Retreat is for us to enjoy simple and peaceful living, and to look deeply in order to transform both our individual difficulties and the difficulties in our society.
It is about cultivating joy, and being together with people on the same path, the path of happiness and inner peace.
With Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, we will learn how to incorporate mindfulness into all of our daily activities, so that we can practice meditation throughout the day: while eating, walking, working mindfully, sitting, or enjoying a cup of tea together.
The place we’ve selected for this special retreat with Thich Nhat Hanh and the Plum Village Monastics is “Escorial-Natura Convention & Resort”, the convention center and campsite in El Escorial.
There, beneath Mount Abantos, we will be extremely comfortable, sleeping in comfortable wooden bungalows or tents, and listening to Thich Nhat Hanh in a beautiful hall that looks exactly like one of the Meditation halls in Plum Village! We’ll enjoy walking meditation together with Thich Nhat Hanh beneath the Madrid sierra in a vast meadowland of beautiful Centennial ash trees.
The retreat only has capacity for 600 people, and reservations will be made according to the order in which there are received – after that a waiting list will be opened. For this reason it is important not to leave your booking too long as Thich Nhat Hanh events world-wide always sell out quickly. In this retreat with Thich Nhat Hanh and the Plum Village Monastics we will be living very special experiences together. It’s a unique opportunity and promises to mark a ‘before and after’ in the lives of many of the participants.
We look forward to seeing you in El Escorial. Here’s what to do to make your booking:
PLEASE READ ALL OF THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING TO THE BOOKING FORM:
The daily talks by Thich Nhat Hanh will be given in English, with direct consecutive translation into Spanish. Other activities will take place in Spanish, with English translation available where appropriate.
The retreat will take place in the beautiful surroundings of Escorial-Natura Convention & Resort, El Escorial, 50 kilometres North West of Madrid.
All accommodation will be offered in the grounds of Escorial-Natura Convention & Resort.
1. Bungalow Accommodation:
The comfortable, heated wooden bungalows include a kitchen, bathroom, lounge area, and terrace.
Single men or women will share twin bedrooms in same-sex 4 person bungalows. Groups and families will share bungalows of up to 5 beds. Couples will each have a twin bedroom in 4 person bungalows.
All bungalow spaces will be filled, according to each bungalow’s destination for singles, couples, groups or families.
2. Camping in tents.
If you choose to camp, you will need to bring all your own equipment, including tent, sleeping bags, blankets etc, and be prepared for some cold nights, as temperatures can drop in El Escorial at night even in May. Escorial-Natura Convention & Resort has first-class facilities for camping, including warm shared bathrooms.
If you wish to sleep in your own motorhome or caravan, you may choose this accommodation option. This includes electrical hook up for your motorhome.
One car per may be parked with each bungalow or tent, with others in the main car park. Please look for carpooling options. There is also public transport from the Intercambiador de Moncloa bus station in Madrid.
There will be a children’s program for 6 to 12 year olds, and a teens program for 13 to 17 year olds. These programs will be offered during Thich Nhat Hanh’s talks, during afternoon dharma sharing activities, and during some evening activities.
Please note that children under 6 do not have a separate program, and must be under the care of one of their parents at all times.
Food During the retreat:
All food will be vegetarian vegan during the retreat. The Escorial-Natura Convention & Resort team have become experts in serving delicious, simple vegan meals in the Plum Village style. Unfortunately we are unable to provide for special diets, however the bungalows do include basic cooking facilities and a fridge for those that need to bring and prepare their own special food. Everyone else will enjoy mindful meals together in the dining room.
Accessibility / Wheelchair Users / Disabilities:
Escorial-Natura Convention & Resort has specially adapted bungalows for wheelchair users. If you require this type of accommodation, or for any other access or disability issues, please make sure to let us know in the ‘observations’ box on the booking form so that we can be sure to provide any special attention required (see also note above about special diets).
All prices include VAT. The price you pay for the retreat covers accommodation, food, use of the venue facilities, and other retreat costs. All teachings by Thich Nhat Hanh and the Plum Village Monastics are free.
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