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K2443-5: MEDITATION, MINDFULNESS, AND THE ART OF CALLIGRAPHY - Breathe you are alive

24.10.2024 - 27.10.2024


“Doing calligraphy for me is a practice of meditation. There is a calm. There is concentration. There is mindfulness. And there is love."
– Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh –

Mindful calligraphy is a type of calligraphy based on mindfulness and concentration. It is a form of meditation that focuses on writing letters and words to calm the mind and relieve stress.

This practice helps the mind to be fully anchored in the present moment and not to digress into worries about the future or regrets about the past.

The aims of Mindful Calligraphy are:

Stress reduction:
By focusing on writing letters and words, one can calm the mind and leave the problems of everyday life behind.

Mindfulness:
Mindful calligraphy is a form of meditation where one focuses on writing letters and words. This helps to calm the mind and stay fully in the here and now.

Creativity:
Mindful calligraphy can help to stimulate creativity and generate new ideas.

Relaxation:
By focusing on writing letters and words, one can relax and practice clearing the mind of negative thoughts.

The process of Mindful Calligraphy is simple. You only need a few tools, such as paper, brush, and ink. These will be provided to the participants by the course facilitator.

Part of each calligraphy practice session is also enjoying life over a cup of tea and cookies.

The result is not only a beautiful work of art that can be given as a gift or used as decoration, but also a peaceful mind and the insight of inter-being, the insight of no-self.

“While you do calligraphy you get concentration, you get mindfulness, you get insight – the insight of inter-being, the insight of no-self that has the power to liberate us from fear, anger, suffering, separation, and discrimination.”
- Zen Meister Thich Nhat Hanh -

This retreat is open to everyone 18 years old and above from any background, having the aspiration to practice mindfulness, meditation, loving kindness and being joyfully together.

It is suitable for experienced practitioners as well as for beginners.

LANGUAGE: English and German.

EXAMPLE OF THE TIMETABLE
This Simple program will help you to rest in the present moment and to enjoy your stay.

06h15 Tai-Chi/Qi Gong (optional)
06h45 Sitting Meditation (optional)
07h30 Breakfast
09h00 Practice Calligraphy/Tea meditation
11h15 Walking Meditation
12h15 Mindful Lunch
14h00 Deep Relaxation
15h00 Practice Calligraphy
17h00 personal time/Sport/Mindful Sharing
18h00 Dinner
20h00 Sitting Meditation/Be-in
21h30 Noble Silence

CONTRIBUTION
In addition to the payment to EIAB (board and lodging), the facilitator humbly asks for a donation (suggestion) of 50 Eur to 120 Eur. You can donate online or cash during the retreat. You can donate less or more than the suggestion, according to your financial condition.

PREPARATION
The checklist “what to bring” and Transportation will be informed after registration. You may find some information in the registration information below.
Materials such as brushes, ink, and paper will be provided.

(NOTE: All of our programs embrace the nature of impermanence, if the condition is not sufficient the elements of the retreat may be adjusted, be rescheduled or be canceled)

Before booking the course, please kindly read thoroughly the registration procedures, policies and prices at the following link:
Registration Details


Alexander Böckmann


Alexander Böckmann

Alexander first came to the monastery in Plum Village in 2012. There he received the five mindfulness exercises and was given the name: Beginners Mind of the Heart (Tam Ban Dau).
After graduation, he moved back to Plum Village, where he found a home as a long-term guest for a year and a half.
Since then he has supported the Sangha at numerous retreats in France and Germany....

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