Inner Stability, Freedom and Happiness: Building a Foundation for Compassionate Action

A Weekend Residential Retreat and A Day of Mindfulness
in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh
Sponsored by the Community of Mindful Living UUFR
with Dharma Teacher Michael Ciborski

Thursday, 9/7 (approximately 5pm TBD)
Sunday, 9/10 (ending after lunch)

Day of Mindfulness:
(for those, wishing to receive the Five Mindfulness Trainings, who cannot attend the full weekend):
Saturday, 9/9 (approximately 9am-5pm TBD)

Avila Retreat Center
711 Mason Road
Durham, NC 27712

There are so many issues in the world we are concerned with and anxious about. There are so many ways we want to be engaged. In truth, whether we are working on the front lines of political and climate activism or at home offering guidance to our children, we are making an important contribution to the future of our world, right here and now.

Our ability to express compassionate action depends on our inner stability, freedom and happiness. These capacities are a precious resource that needs nourishment, cultivation, and protection.

On this retreat we will practice the essential qualities of an Awakened Life. We will strengthen and invigorate ourselves with mindfulness in each activity. With conscious breathing, sitting and walking meditations, mindful eating, singing, deep relaxation and joyful togetherness we will build a strong collective concentration. We will learn to touch and take nourishment from the conditions of happiness that are present in our lives. We will embrace, understand, and begin to transform our suffering and the suffering of our society from a place of calm and clarity within.

As we explore our theme through Dharma teachings, deep listening, care-filled discussions and personal reflections, our retreat will provide the support we need to care for ourselves, our families, and our Earth.

For more information about Michael Ciborski, please see:

What to bring:

  • Comfortable, loose fitting clothing; no shorts or tank tops, please!
  • Cushion and/or mat for sitting (chairs will also be available)
  • Yoga mat or blanket for deep relaxation meditation
  • Umbrella, if necessary, for outdoor walking meditation
  • Linens and towels are provided for those staying the full weekend
  • A reusable tea or coffee cup
  • A poem, song, story, musical instrument, or other form of art to share during a tea ceremony


$256 for the full weekend retreat, per person (meals included), for a double occupancy room

$276 for the full weekend retreat, per person (meals included), for a single occupancy rooms
$45 for the Day of Mindfulness, per person (lunch included). The Day of Mindfulness is recommended for those wishing to receive the Transmission of the Five Mindfulness Trainings, but who cannot attend the full weekend retreat.

To Register:

Registration Deadline is August 26th.

Online Registration for Double Occupancy Rooms

Online Registration for Single Occupancy Rooms

Wait List for the Day of Mindfulness

note: Registration is not completed until payment has been received.

Payment can be sent either by mailing a check or through PayPal. Instructions are provided for both methods, after you complete the registration form.

If you have problems registering, please contact Karl Ulrich:


A flyer for our retreat will be available soon!

The Five Mindfulness Trainings:

For those interested, we will offer the transmission of the Five Mindfulness Trainings. You can learn more about this during the retreat.