Present Moment, Wonderful Moment

A mindfulness retreat for families and young people
with the Plum Village Monastic
from 16:00 July 12  to  13:00 July 16 2017
at Asian Institute of Applied Buddhism - Lotus Pond Temple,
 Ngong Ping, Lantau Island


Click here to regsiter for the retreat online

June 1, 2017

Dear parents, children, and young people, 

We would like to invite you to attend the annual Family and Young People Mindfulness Retreat, to be held from July 12 to July 16, 2017 at AIAB-Lotus Pond Temple, Ngong Ping. Families with children, young people and individuals are welcome to attend the retreat.  The retreat has become a space for families to have open communication and their loving care expressed. Everyone has lots of fun along the way of transformation and healing.  The parents and children enjoy just being themselves and being present for each other.  

The retreat will be in a camp setting.  Parents and children will have separate as well as joint activities. The children, teens, young people and adults will be divided into groups according to their age: Children program: 6 to 12 years old, teen program: 13 – 16 years old, young adult: 17 – 22 years old, and adults: 22 years old and up.  There are no separate programs for children under 6, and they have to be under the full care of the parents.   The activities held in this mindfulness retreat are similar to the ones offered in Plum Village France every summer.  We will learn and practice mindful breathing, mindful walking, and pleasant smiling; the foundation of the Plum Village tradition.  We will also practice deep listening and loving speech. By embodying these basic skills, we can offer our true presence to our loved ones, our children, and our parents.  

The tentative schedule is as follows: 


Wed. July 12

Thursday. July 13 - Sat. July 15

Sunday, July 16




Wake Up


Wake Up




Guided Sitting Meditation & Indoor Walking

7/15 Five Mindfulness Trainings Transmission Ceremony  


Pack breakfast


Orientation for parents/Parents & children


10 Mindful Movements & Walking Meditation


Walking / Outdoor Sitting & Breakfast 


Opening Talk




Working Meditation / Packing


Noble Silence


Working Meditation



Dharma Tal


Questions & Answers








Total Relaxation


Closing circle

Fare well &

Happy Continuation

of the practice

At home…



Dharma Sharing






Dinner with Dharma discussion group



7/13 Five Mindfulness Trainings Presentation 
7/14 Beginning Anew Presentation
7/15 Bon-fire 


Noble Silence



Accommodation and cost: Accommodation for this retreat is limited to dormitories. Participants will be housed in dormitories (bunk beds) at Lotus Pond, Bamboo Forest and nearby temples. Pillows, bed linens, and blankets will be provided for those staying in the dormitories.

Room Type (5 days/4 nights)

Dormitory (HKD)

Adult and teens above 17 years old 2,000.00
Teens betweens 13 and 16 1,700.00
Children below 12 years old 1,500.00

Please write us at to arrange accommodation for children under 6.

Working Meditation: Because the retreat is held in the monastery, all the preparation and cooking will be done by the monastics and volunteers. During the retreat, we need help from participants in preparation works like: setting up the meditation hall and dining hall, washing up after meals… Participants will be grouped into Dharma discussion groups and will work together in the same groups to help with the retreat.

How to register

Registration is available here

on a first-come-first-serve basis.  Registrations are not final until we receive your payment.  Please make payment within one week after you register.  If payment is not received within one week, your registration will be placed on waiting list.  For means of payment, details will be sent along with the confirmation email to those who completed online registration.

Closing date for registration: July 5, 2017.  Payment is not refundable for cancellation after July 10, 2017.  Cancellation is subject to a 20% cancellation fee.  For inquiries, please contact us by email: or by phone from 14:30 - 17:00 (Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday) : 2985 5033 (English); 2985 5281 (Chinese).

We are looking forward to seeing you at the retreat!

A lotus to you, A Buddha to be

AIAB Retreat Registration Staff