Upcoming Retreats

"Cultivating Compassion"
March 9-11, 2018

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Weekend Retreats in Charles Town, WV:
* Mar. 9-11, 2018 (Weekend retreat)
* May 25-30, 2018 (5-day retreat)
* Oct. 19-21, 2018 (Weekend retreat)
* Dec. 7-12, 2018 (5-day retreat)

Retreat in Asheville, NC:
* Apr. 12-15, 2018 (3-day retreat)

Recent Retreats


Practicing Peace in Time of Uncertainty

A Five-Day Retreat

March 10 - 15, 2017

With Anh-Huong and Thu Nguyen

When we think and worry nonstop, our hearts cannot be at peace. Peace is a living substance we should build our lives with. The practice of mindfulness is a concrete expression of our peace, stability and freedom - freedom from anger, fear and despair.

In order to infuse our world with peace, we learn to sit, walk, speak and listen with mindfulness. During this retreat, through the practice of conscious breathing, we will have an opportunity to stop, rest and get in touch with all the wonders of life within and around us. Concrete instructions on how to embrace our thoughts and feelings will also be offered so that we can learn to take care of our strong emotions. The retreat's atmosphere is one of healing, peace and quiet joy!


Mindful Walking


Anh-Huong Nguyen and Thu Nguyen have practiced the art of mindful living with Thich Nhat Hanh for more than 30 years. They have led mindfulness retreats in the United States since 1988 and in 1992 were among the first students to be ordained as Dharma teachers by Thich Nhat Hanh. Anh-Huong is the author of "Opening the Heart of Compassion", a guided meditation CD and co-author of "Walking Meditation", a multimedia manual on mindful walking. They are principal teachers at the Mindfulness Practice Center of Fairfax (www.mpcf.org).


The cost of the retreat which includes meals and overnight accommodations is $600 per person. Room accommodation is of dormitory style with three or more beds per room. A limited number of rooms with two single beds are reserved for couples. We ask that all participants be at least 13 years of age. A fifty percent deposit is required to reserve a place. (All but $35 of the deposit will be refunded if notification of cancellation is received prior to March 3, 2017). The balance is due upon arrival at the retreat. A confirmation letter with a map and other necessary information will be mailed or e-mailed to each participant.


To register, please fill the registration form and send with your deposit to: Thu Nguyen, 10413 Adel Road, Oakton, VA 22124. For more information, or call 703-938-1377.

Registration Form

Retreat Schedule

  • Friday:
    • 5 pm Registration
    • 6:15 pm Dinner
    • 7:30 pm Orientation.
  • Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday:
    • Morning: Guided sitting meditation Breakfast - Outdoor walking meditation - Dharma talk / Questions and answers.
    • Afternoon: Lunch followed by programs that cultivate Mindfulness including: Total body relaxation, QiGong & Mindful movements, Tea meditation, Group sharing.
    • Evening: Dinner - Group sharing - Sitting meditation / Touching the earth.
  • Wednesday morning: Guided sitting meditation Breakfast - Outdoor walking meditation Dharma talk / Questions and answers.
  • Wednesday Afternoon: Lunch - Closing circle 3pm: End of retreat.

Claymont Court

The Claymont Court Retreat Center is located on 369 acres of forest and farmland in the Shenandoah Valley of West Virginia, less than 90 minutes by car from Washington, D.C., or Baltimore.

Directions to Claymont Court.