Going Home   

A weekend retreat 

January 13 through 15, 2018

Miami Beach, FL  33140  

Led by Dharma Teacher Terry Cortés-Vega
and the Blue Ocean Sangha

Mindfulness practices help us to wake up to what is really going on inside and around us, and give us the tools to then reconcile ourselves with our own lives, our relationships and our actions. Mindfulness is a simple, scientifically proven way to help us live with happiness, joy and freedom wherever we might find ourselves in life. When we are mindful our minds tend to be clear and at peace, and our hearts tend to be open and light.

This silent retreat is a unique opportunity to come and experience for yourself how mindfulness practices can calm body and mind and release tension, reduce stress, increase clarity and promote health and wellbeing. You’ll have a chance to taste the core practices of sitting meditation, walking meditation, mindfulness of breathing, deep relaxation and enjoying your food. Together we will arrive in the present moment, and have a chance to let go of our worries and regrets, stop running, and touch the wonders of life. All of these practices can be applied in your daily lives, the lives of your friends, families and co-workers or clients.  No experience with meditation is necessary. 

The retreat will be led by visiting Dharma Teacher Terry Cortes-Vega and members of the Blue Ocean Sangha.  Terry is an experienced mindfulness teacher ordained by Thich Nhat Hanh and has offered mindfulness retreats throughout the United States.

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During this retreat we will:

  • Learn the art of mindful breathing and the art of going home to ourselves;
  • Learn to sit peacefully and enjoy moments of being quiet;
  • Time for mindful walking, walking in a way that allows us to touch the wonders of life within and around us;
  • Share meals in silence, getting in touch deeply with the food and enjoying our being together;
  • Learn to release the tension and pain in our body;
  • Learn to generate feelings of joy, happiness, and handle painful feelings and strong emotions;
  • Learn to listen with compassion and use the kind of speech that can restore communication.
Sample Schedule:

Noble Silence is observed throughout the day to promote mindfulness and aid in looking deeply at our emerging mental formations.

Sat., Jan-13: 9 AM – 5 PM, Vegan lunch provided
Sun., Jan-14: 9 AM – 5 PM,
Vegan lunch provided
Mon., Jan-15: 9 AM – 3 PM, Vegan lunch provided

SATURDAY, January 13, 2018

Arrival and Check-In, 8:45 AM
Orientation (Noble Silence Begins), 9:00 AM
Morning Chant, Sitting, Sutra Reading, Sitting
Relaxing Break
Dharma talk
Catered Lunch / Family Eating Circle
Washing Dishes Meditation
Deep Relaxation
Dharma Family Sharing
Personal Practice
Sitting Meditation and Depart 5:00 PM
              Depart but continue to practice in the car and at home

SUNDAY, January 14, 2018

Arrive and Settle In (Noble Silence continues), 9:00 AM
Morning Chant, Sitting, Sutra Reading, Sitting
Relaxing Break
Dharma talk
Catered Lunch / Family Eating Circle
Washing Dishes Meditation
Questions & Answers on the 5 Mindfulness Trainings
Beach Mindfulness Walk
Dharma Family Sharing
Personal Practice
Tea Ceremony
Working Meditation and Depart 5:00 PM
            Depart but continue to practice in the car and at home

MONDAY, January 15, 2018

Arrive and Settle In (Noble Silence continues), 9:00 AM
Sitting meditation, 5 Mindfulness Trainings Ceremony
Relaxing Break
Dharma Talk
Catered Lunch / Family Eating Circle
Washing Dishes Meditation & Break
Dharma Family Sharing
Closing circle
Working Meditation and Depart 3:00 PM
            Depart but continue to practice in the car and at home

To enjoy the full benefit of the retreat and in consideration of all, please plan to attend the entire retreat.

Registration: $140.00

Direct any registration questions to:

Retreat confirmation and information will be sent promptly by email. 

Registration deadline January 11, 2018 (but after that date, please inquire if space is still available).  

Contribution for Retreat Expenses:

The expenses for this retreat (such as one catered vegetarian meal, teacher's airfare, rental of the yoga studio, etc.) are paid for by contributions from those attending the retreat.  No profit is made from the registration fee.

By ancient tradition, Dharma teachers do not charge for their services. At the retreat there will be an opportunity to make a donation to Terry to support her teachings. For regularly employed people, a $100 suggested donation may be possible on a sliding scale as personally desired but not required.  Dana (which means generosity in Pali) is the practice of giving and receiving.  The Dharma is priceless and no monetary value can be placed on it.  So we give to our teacher with gratitude by offering whatever financial support we can in order that our teachers may be able continue to teach. 

For more information, please email your questions to info@blueoceansangha.org


Here is an excerpt from 'Peace Is Every Breath: A Practice for Our Busy Lives' by Thich Nhat Hanh:

All of us need to have a spiritual dimension in our lives. We need spiritual practice. If that practice is regular and solid, we will be able to transform the fear, anger and despair in us, and overcome the difficulties that we all encounter in daily life.

The really good news is that spiritual practice can be done at any time of the day; it isn’t necessary to set aside a certain period exclusively for “Spiritual Practice” with a capital “S” and capital “P.” Our spiritual practice can be there at any moment, as we cultivate the energy of mindfulness and concentration.

No matter what you’re doing, you can choose to do it with your full presence, with mindfulness and concentration; and your action becomes a spiritual practice. With mindfulness, you breathe in, and there you are, well established in the here and the now. Breathing in, touching your full aliveness, is a spiritual practice. Every one of us is capable of breathing in mindfully. I breathe in, and I know I am breathing in — that’s the practice of mindful breathing.

The practice of mindful breathing may be very simple, but the effect can be great. Focusing on our in-breath, we release the past, we release the future, we release our projects. We ride on that breath with all our being. Our mind comes back to our body, and we are truly there, alive, in the present moment. We are home. Just one in-breath, one out-breath can make us fully present and fully alive again, and then the energy of mindfulness is there in us. Mindfulness is the energy that makes us fully present, fully alive in the here and the now.

If we go home to ourselves, and if we notice that our body is carrying some tension and pain, it is mindfulness that lets us know about it. Mindfulness is what brings us back in touch with what’s happening in the present moment in our body, in our feelings, in our thinking, and also in our environment. It enables us to be fully present in the here and the now, mind and body together, aware of what’s going on inside us and around us. And when you are very mindful of something, you are concentrated on it.

Mindfulness and concentration are the core energies of spiritual practice. We can drink our tea in mindfulness, make our breakfast in mindfulness, and take a shower in mindfulness, and all of that becomes our spiritual practice, and gives us the strength to handle the many difficulties that can arise in our daily life, in our society, and so on.

Wherever you are, simply becoming aware of your body and whatever state of relaxation, tension or pain (or even all of them at once, in different areas) is there, you already are realizing some understanding, some awakening, some awareness — some enlightenment. And when we know there’s some tension and pain in our body, we may like to do something to help relieve it. We can say to ourselves as we breathe in and out: “Breathing in, I am aware of some tension or pain in my body; breathing out, I allow the tension and pain in my body to release.” This is the practice of mindfulness of the body.

So spiritual practice is possible for all of us. You cannot say, “I’m just too busy, I have no time for meditation.” No. Walking from one building to another, walking from the parking lot to your office, you can always enjoy walking mindfully, and enjoy every one of your steps. Each step you take in mindfulness can help you release the tension in your body, release the tension in your feelings, and bring about healing, joy and transformation.