From my screen porch . . .
In September of 2011 and again in 2013, I continued deepening my mindfulness practice by attending a five-day mindfulness retreat at the Magnolia Grove Monastery and Mindfulness Practice Center. Interestingly, this monastery is located just outside of Batesville, Mississippi and is only 30 miles from where I live in Oxford. The beloved teacher, Thich Nhat Hanh, or Thay as he is affectionately called, came to America on tour and led these retreats. He was assisted by a number of the nuns and monks from his monastery at Plum Village in France.