Meditation and Well-being.
Taking care of our body and mind using the traditional Zen method
No matter what our age is, we all wish to be healthy and stay healthy, but do we know how to take care of our health in a deep and authentic way? Do we fully understand how body and mind can work hand in hand to help us develop a harmonious and stable life?
This retreat is an opportunity to revitalise our being by experimenting with and putting into practice the ancestral and traditional method coming from the Zen patriarchs—and eventually experiencing the results first hand. We will explore how the practice of meditation, combined with a simple and streamlined diet, and some physical activity can help us take care of our being as a whole.
This method has been used for 10 years in many health retreats held in Plum Village (Thich Nhat Hanh’s retreat centre in France) with positive results on our body, mind, moods and in reducing stress.
Brother Phap Lu (who is a trained physician with experience) and Jean-Pierre Gautier, two senior students of the Vietnamese Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, will guide us through a programme composed of sitting and walking meditation, Buddhist teachings, total relaxation, group sharing and Qi Gong. There will also be silent periods especially during lunches. Daily health and nutrition workshops will be offered during this event.
Example of a daily schedule
06:00 Waking up
06:30 Qi Gong
07:30 Sitting meditation and reading Buddhist teachings
08:30 Teachings on meditation & health (Brother Phap Lu)
09:30 Breakfast in silence
10:30 Hicking or Qi Gong (depending on weather)
12:30 Total relaxation
13:00 Lunch (light diet or fruit and vegetable juice if you choose to fast)
16:30 Sharing in group
17:30 Qi Gong with bamboo sticks or moving with mindfulness
20:00 Workshop followed by an evening meditation
22:00 Sleeping time and silence until 10am.