Q: What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness can be described as the energy of being aware of what is going on in us and around us. When we live with mindfulness, we have the capacity to touch life deeply, whether we are talking, drinking our cup of tea, or walking.
I have arrived, I am home is the essence of the practice of the Plum Village tradition taught by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. It is the practice of dwelling happily in the present moment. We are no longer grasping at the future, regretting the past or being swept by our feelings of despair and anger. We have arrived at our true home, our true self, no longer seeking to be something else.
Q: What is Wake Up?
A: Please click here for more information about the Wake Up movement and the reason we are organising retreats and Days of Mindfulness on a regular basis in Ireland.
Q: Why is the retreat only for ages 18-late thirties? Can I attend if I’m over late thirties?
A: The retreat is organised for Wake Up under the guidance of Thich Nhat Hanh, a movement started by young people for young people to connect with one another and practice the art of mindfulness together.
People of the same age share certain concerns and life challenges. It’s important to create an atmosphere in which young people feel at ease to open their hearts and share with each other. Places are limited and we ask for your compassion and understanding in leaving them for those in the stated age range.
Q: I’m older than the age requested. Could I help out at the retreat?
A: Thank you for offering your time and presence to us. We appreciate your gesture. At the moment we’re OK for help.
Q: Will the retreat be mostly in silence or just from 9:30pm?
A: The retreat will be in silence during all meals and then from 9:30pm until breakfast at around 8:30am the following day.
Q: I would like to register, but I have to miss a few hours of the retreat (e.g., unable to take time off from work). Is it ok if I arrive late or leave early?
A: Given that the retreat is only three days in length, missing parts would mean you’d be missing out on a lot in reality. Plum Village retreats put a lot of emphasis on the communal experience of practicing collectively. We all benefit alot from your presence on the retreat, as indeed we do from each other. In addition, as the retreat will have more people wanting to attend than there are spaces available, we’d like to give places to people who can attend for the whole retreat.
Q: I’m interested, but I’ve never taken part of this kind of retreat before. I practice mindfulness and have taken a mindfulness course, but I’ve never practiced it in a retreat. Is this a concern? How does it work for beginners? I’ve never been to a Wake Up Dublin meeting. Is this a problem? Will I be an outsider?
A: The Wake Up retreat is open to all levels, including beginners whether they are new to mindfulness or are already practicing mindfulness.
In fact, many who come to the Wake Up retreats are beginners. After the retreat, they either join the Wake Up Dublin sangha meetings to continue practicing mindfulness as a community or return to future retreats.
Therefore, it’s not a problem if you’ve never been to a Wake Up Dublin sangha meeting. Our aim (especially the monastics’) is to make everyone feel inclusive and for young adults to practice mindfulness together in a safe community.
Q: I have never done meditation/I have just started meditation/I haven’t meditated for a while.
A: The Wake Up retreat is open to all levels, including beginners whether they are new to meditation, are already practicing meditation, or haven’t meditated for a while. All we ask is that you bring loving kindness and openness to the practice of mindfulness.
Q: I am trying to fill out the retreat registration form here from my mobile phone, but I can’t press “Submit.”
A: Please register from your laptop or computer, and you’ll be able to submit your registration form 🙂