I Have Arrived, I Am Home: The Four Foundation of Mindfulness

A step by step path to liberation

A family and youth mindfulness retreat
for parents, children, teens and individuals

With the monks and nuns of Plum Village
from Plum Village Practice Centers in Asia

Dec. 1 - 4, 2016 (Thursday  to Sunday)
At Chin Swee Caves Temple, 69000 Genting Highlands, Pahang




On-line Registration is available

Oct. 1, 2016

Dear friends,

You are invited to attend our annual family and young people mindfulness retreat to be held from Dec. 1 to Dec. 4, 2016 at Chin Swee Caves Temple, Genting Higland, Pahang. Families with children, young people and individuals are welcome to attend the retreat. The retreat has been the place 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.  

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 to 16 years old, youths: 17 to 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 full care of the parents.  

The activities held in this family and young people retreat are similar to the ones offered in Plum Village France. 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.  

In this retreat, we will study the Discourse on the Four Establishments of Mindfulness (satipatthana sutra), which together with the Discourse on the Awareness of Breathing (anapanasati sutta), form the foundation of mindfulness practices in Plum Village. We will see how the teachings and practices of mindfulness as outlined in the discourse helps us to be aware of our body, feelings, mental formations and perceptions. This in turn enables us to see things the way they are, without being attached to or averse to them, and establish ourselves to be in the present moment. I have arrived, I am home: being in the here and now, body and mind in perfect oneness. The meditations taught in these two Suttas are also called Insight Meditation. The Buddha proposed sixteen step by step Guided Meditations to help us arrive at the insight that brings us to the Shore of Enlightenment.In particular,

  • We will learn the correct way of practicing the Guided Sitting Meditation, Walking Meditation, and how the skills learned from these two practices can be applied to continue our practice in daily activities.

  • We will learn andunderstand the practice of stopping (samatha) and deep looking (vipassana) meditation, and of Selective and Active Concentration.

  • We will learn the uses of images and reflections in relation to Store Consciousness.

  • We will learn how this step by step practices of Insight Meditation helps nourish joy, heal and transform our afflictions, and liberate us from our suffering.

Languages spoken:  Talks is given in English with translation into Mandarin/Cantonese. Group activities are by languages.

The tentative program is as follow:

Thur.  Dec. 1
17:00       Arrival
18:00       Dinner
19:30       Orientation
21:30     Lights out/ Bed time
               Noble Silence
Fri. - Sat.  Dec. 2 - 3
5:30     Wake Up
6:00     Guided Sitting Meditation
7:00     10 Mindful Movements &
           Walking Meditation
8:00     Breakfast
9:30     Dharma Talk
12:00   Lunch
13:30   Total Relaxation
15:00   Dharma Sharing/ Activity
17:00   Stick Exercise
18:00   Dinner
19:30  Guided Sitting Meditation
21:30  Lights out. Bed time /
           Noble Silence
Sunday Dec. 4
5:30     Wake Up
6:00     Guided Sitting Meditation
7:00      10 Mindful Movements &              Walking Meditation
8:00      Breakfast
9:30       Dharma Talk/Q&A
12:00      Lunch
13:30      Farewell

Accommodation and fees: All participants will stay in the temple's hostel. Accommodation is a small, but clean and neat double or triple-sharing rooms with attached toilets. Families with young children will be arranged to stay together.

Adult:                                        RM650    
Children (12 Yrs & below):            RM350

 How to register:   Online registration is available at pvretreats.org/sea on a first-come-first-served 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 a waiting list. For means of payment, details will be sent along with the confirmation email to those who completed online registration.

This retreat is for non-Muslim only.

A note of appreciation to Chin Swee Temple for the contribution of free usage of the 6th floor GohTong meditation hall, equipment, and facilities.

Closing date for registration: Nov 20, 2016. Payment is not refundable after Nov. 1, 2016. Cancelation before Nov. 1, 2016 will be subjected to a 20% cancellation fee. For enquiries, please contact us by e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone : Bro Kim @ 0133651100, Bro Canon @ 0192179933, Sis Mei Mei @ 0122218893.

We are looking forward to seeing you at the retreat!

A lotus to you,
A Buddha to be.

Retreat Registration Team

Brother Kim, Brother Canon Yeo and Sister Mei Mei