Category: events

Virginia Outdoors Festival


The Virginia Outdoors Foundation presents the Virginia Outdoors Festival, celebrating our work to protect 800,000 of open space across Virginia over the last 50 years. The family-friendly event will feature a farmers’ market, guided tours of the preserve where the festival is located, a silent auction, food vendors, pumpkin painting, apple bobbing and a kids’ fishing tournament. Numerous demonstrations will take place at the event, as well as live music from Nashville’s Hadley Park, The festival will take place at the Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve in Loudoun County from 11 A.M. to 3 P.M. on October 8, 2016. Admission is free for all ages

Zen Retreat — Sperryville


April 29 – May 1
Apr 29 at 5 PM to May 1 at 12 PM
11576 Lee Hwy, Sperryville, VA 22740

Venerable Zen Master Pohwa Sunim will be visiting from Korea. We will be doing Zen meditation, Dharma talk, tea & introduction to Koan practice. We will meet Saturday in the community room at Hearthstone School. Sunday we will do a morning hike and meditation. You can come with us when you are able and leave when you need to. No fee is required, but donations can be made. All are welcome as they are. Please let us know if you are attending. We have housing available for those who will need it, also at no required cost. This is a great way to explore the practical tools we have available, and engage in a mindful community.

The schedule.

Friday April 29
Join us between 5:00 and 7 for a potluck dinner ( Please bring a dish to share)
7:00 Dharma talk by Zen Master Pohwa Sunim followed by sitting meditation until 9pm

Saturday April 30th
8:00 Morning Tea
8:20 Pohwa Sunim Introduction to koan practice, chanting & sitting meditation .
9:00 Chanting of the Heart sutra and homage to the three jewels
9:15 Silent meditation with intervals of walking meditation led Zen Master Pohwa Sunim
12:00 Lunch ( bring your own)
1:00 Dances of Universal Peace led by Lisa
2:30 Silent meditation with intervals of walking meditation led by Zen Master Pohwa Sunim
4:30 Afternoon Tea and Dharma talk and discussion with Zen Master Pohwa Sunim
5:00 Silent meditation with intervals of walking meditation led by Zen Master Pohwas Sunim
6:30 we will end the day and go have dinner

Sunday May 1
We will meet up at 9 am to go on a hike and final outdoor meditation to end the retreat

All are welcome for as long as you can join us. Come as you are for as long as you can join us.
There is no retreat fee but we do accept donations to pay for the space and travel. Most important donation is your sincere energy.


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