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May 17, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - May 19, 2019 @ 3:00 pm

Mountains and Waters

16922 Cabot Avenue
Fairbault, MN 55021 United States

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Land Care Retreat – May 17-19, 2019

Our intention in this retreat is to open to the natural world around us, learning to be members rather than owners. The meditation and Dharma talk times help us to drop away preconceptions, calm down, and be more available to the real teachers – woods, water, soils, our own bodies, the human community. The afternoon work times are for hands-on practice of listening to the land and responding to it in detail – soils, plants, whatever is requested. That work might be farming or wilderness care; either will involve intimate engagement with the earth and its beings.

We’ll spend some time in places on this land that have been specifically recognized as sacred, even while knowing that the whole world is sacred whether we feel it or not.

Friday evening: orientation, sharing circle, sitting meditation
Mornings: sitting and walking meditation, Dharma talk and conversation, breakfast and lunch
Afternoons: work guided by requests of the land; sharing circle
Evenings: supper, quiet time or meditation

Deposit: $20/day. Suggested fee: $40/day ($80 total). These minimal fees support the weekend and the land; additional donations may be made to support the teacher.For a work exchange scholarship, inquire about opportunities before the retreat. There will be work weekends and other possibilities.
Host/guide: Shodo Spring, Zen teacher, founder of Mountains and Waters Alliance.
Location: about an hour south of Minneapolis, in a beautiful natural setting of meadows, bluffs, and woods, by the Cannon River.
Details: 7 pm Friday through 3 pm Sunday; simple modern accommodations, primitive tenting, or commuting; shared community work. 3 meals per day; most diets can be accommodated. Scent-free, smoke-free. Private interviews will be available.

Please ask: work exchange scholarships, partial attendance, late registration, disability accommodations. Contact shodo@mountainsandwatersalliance.org.
Register before April 30, using the form below. For questions, contact shodo.spring@gmail.com, or 507-384-8541. Advance deposit is required. Preference given to those who can attend the full retreat in residence. Limited to 10 participants.

Feel free to ask questions. shodo.spring@gmail.com. Driving directions and other information will be sent.

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NEXT LAND CARE RETREAT: August 9-11, 2019


May 17, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
May 19, 2019 @ 3:00 pm
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Mountains and Waters
16922 Cabot Avenue
Fairbault, MN 55021 United States

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Shodo Spring