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July 19, 2019|3:00 pm - 12:00 pm

New England Family Dharma Meditation Retreat

Eastover Estate & Retreat

430 East St., Lenox, Massachusetts

Share family quality time together in a supportive community amidst the beautiful Berkshire Mountains. The retreat is open to parents, grandparents, and guardians with children from ages 5 to 13, interested in cultivating deeper presence, joy, resilience, and connection in everyday family life.

Both beginning and experienced mindfulness practitioners are welcome. The retreat balances engaged activities with free time. There will be time for collective family practice as well as time for parents and children to break-out into groups and engage with peers. During break-outs, children are grouped by age.  Parents will have opportunities to practice meditation together and engage in facilitated adult discussion groups.

Dharma activities include skits, games, songs, art, mindful movement, nature activities, a campfire, meditation, and dharma talks. During free time, optional activities include swimming, mindful sports, drumming, nature activities, Qi Gong, and parent workshops.

Please arrive between 2-6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 19 for check-in, followed by dinner from 6-7 p.m., orientation and the opening ceremony at 7:45 p.m. The retreat ends Tuesday, July 23, at 12:30 p.m. followed by lunch

 

Teacher

Ofosu Jones-Quartey has been practicing meditation since 1999 in Burmese style of Vipassana as taught to him by his teacher Bhante Buddharakkhita, from the lineage of Mahasi Sayadaw. Philosophically, he is an adherent to the Mahdyamaka-Prasangika school of Tibetan/Mahayana Buddhism. His outlook is informed by other spiritual traditions and philosophical backgrounds as well.

Since 2004, Ofosu has been teaching the Insight Meditation Community of Washington’s (IMCW) Family Meditation class. He has been co-teaching the same class with Jennifer Jordan since 2008. Ofosu has been working as an instructor with Minds, Incorporated to bring mindfulness practice to schools, working with students directly in the classroom since 2014.

An accomplished musician, Ofosu also performs both domestically and internationally as a Hip Hop and Electronic Music artist. His writings on how he incorporates his Buddhist philosophy into his secular music have been published by Mahachulalongkorn University in Ayutthaya, Thailand. He currently lives in the Washington, DC area with his wife and their four children.

 

 

Jen Jordan serves as IMCW Family Program Director, mentor for the online Power of Awareness course, and Mindfulness Instructor with Minds, Inc. Jen has trained in the Mindful Schools and .b curricula and is a graduate of the Meditation Teacher Training Institute (MTTI).

First introduced to Buddhist meditation thirty years ago as an adolescent, Jen has trained primarily in the Vipassana and Zen lineages and has spent extended time on retreat in both the USA and India. The teachings have been a place of refuge and support as she aspires for balance in the evolving cycles of life. She has found parenting her three school-aged children, including a child with a degenerative physical disability, her richest place of practice. Jen has experience in a broad range of contemplative modalities, including Reiki and Kundalini Yoga, and sees these as extensions of her meditative practice. She is particularly grateful for the guidance she has received from Thich Nhat Hanh.

In addition to her mindfulness work, Jen is a Family Nurse Practitioner currently working in hospice. Her personal practice is informed by a gratitude and respect for nature and our planet.

 

Fred Persi is a parent, a business owner and an avid traveller and cook. Most of his first 18 years were spent in Canada, Belgium, Colombia, Israel and Turkey since his father was a U.S. diplomat.

Fred began his meditation practice over six years ago and has attended numerous meditation retreats in the Vipassana and Zen traditions. He has been guided by a number of teachers, including Thich Nhat Hanh, Tara Brach, Jack Kornfield, Jonathan Foust and Pema Chodren. Fred is a graduate of the two-year Meditation Teacher Training Institute (MTTI).  This will be Fred’s sixth Family Retreat as Co-Leader.

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