Big Summer-Retreat and day of mindfulness
with the monks and nuns from the EIAB and Plum Village
Summer-Retreat 2019

The Children’s Program

Dear Parents and Children,

We are happy to welcome parents and their children who attend the retreat together as a family. The practices in EIAB are very child-friendly. Children may be young but their capacity to understand the practice and teachings of mindfulness can often be quite profound. Here is a brief summary of our program.

The Children’s Program

The retreat is rich and full of diversity. The Program is open for children between the ages of 6-12 years. We apologize that we cannot provide a program for those children under 6 years old who require more attention and therefore are better cared for by their parents. But these younger children are welcome to join in with the Children’s Program if they are accompanied by a parent or guardian.

During the day when there are activities for the adults, there would be separate activities for the children. An example of a week’s schedule is as follows:

 

 MON

 TUE

 WED

 THU

 FRI

 SAT

 Morning

 Arrival Day

 Dharma Talk,
 Outdoor
 Activities

 Dharma Talk,
 Outdoor
 Activities

 Lazy Day

 Dharma
 Talk,
 Outdoor
 Activities

 Dharma
 Talk,
 Outdoor
 Activities

 Afternoon

 Arrival Day

 Arts&Craft

 Arts&Craft

 Lazy Day

 Arts&Craft

 Arts&Craft

 Evening

 Orientation
 for Parents
 & Children

 Mindfulness
 Practice/Story
 time

 Mindfulness
 Practice/Story
 time

 Mindfulness
 Practice/Story
 time

 Festival
 Celebration

 Beginning
 Anew
 Practice
 with
 Parents


The evening session is only for the older children 9 - 12 years.

Note:
There will be a separate Orientation for the children's program at the same time as the Orientation for the rest of the community.

The staff would like to be regarded as friends as well as mentors for the children. We aspire to nourish and water the seeds of beauty and goodness in everyone as we help to care for and share with the children.

Your Support

Dear parents and guardians, please also help us by bringing art supplies you might have like colour pencils, drawing pencils, crayons, scissors and needle and thread for making pebble bags.

We very much need the parents and guardians support and during your stay with us. There is always space for you to join us in any of the children’s activities. And if you have any special skills, for example story-telling, music (bring your instrument along!), arts and crafts, yoga, leading community games etc… to offer during your visit with us please let us know by responding to this email or informing us on arrival day during the Children’s Program Orientation.

Of course the most important thing is to simply share your presence. Any contribution would be deeply appreciated and nourishing to us all while learning and practicing the art of mindful living.
Finally, if you have books, games or arts and crafts that can be shared with the children, please feel free to bring them along too!

Thanks in advance for your time and consideration.

A bouquet of wildflowers