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Questions about the retreat may be sent to beginnersmindboise@gmail.com


A Residential Mindfulness Retreat

 With Dharma teachers Dr. Larry Ward and Dr. Peggy Rowe-Ward

With Dharma teachers Dr. Larry Ward and Dr. Peggy Rowe-Ward

There is no enlightenment outside of daily life and for things to reveal themselves to us, we need to be ready to abandon our views about them. – Thich Nhat Hanh

Dates and Location

Retreat dates are: Thursday, May 24, thru Sunday, May 27, 2018.

  • Registration: Thursday, May 24, 6:00—6:45 p.m.; no evening meal
  • Closing: Sunday, May 27, 3:00 p.m.; last meal is lunch

All activities and on-site lodging are at Monastery of the Ascension Ministry Center, 541 E. 100 South (see small, red sign with monastery name; no street sign), Jerome, ID, 83338, 208.324.2377. 

About the retreat

Join Dharma teachers Peggy Rowe-Ward and Larry Ward for a Mindfulness retreat compassionately offered in the spirit of love and wisdom. This is an opportunity for those who wish to deepen their daily spiritual journey.

Retreat teachings are inspired by Thich Nhat Hanh and are created with energies of peace, hope, creativity, joy, and fierce equanimity. Peggy and Larry enliven the Dharma with experiential exercises, meaningful insight and creative expression.

This retreat offers 10 of the 37 Practices of Bodhisattvas, written by the Tibetan monk and Bodhisattva Gyelsay Togmay Zangpo (1295-1369). Each practice trains our hearts and minds to see people and events from the perspective of the Dharma and to foster helpful mental attitudes toward them in our daily life. The teachings show us a new way to view circumstances—a way that prevents anger and resentments as it increases joy and the sense of meaningful purpose in our lives.

About our teachers

Peggy Rowe-Ward and Larry Ward both received the teacher’s lamp transmission from Thich Nhat Hanh in 2000. Peggy has a doctorate in education, and she is a spiritual director, university teacher and artist. Larry’s PhD is in religious studies with a major in Buddhism.   He is director of The Lotus Institute, a non-profit religious and educational institution. Peggy and Larry co-authored “Loves Garden” which was selected for The Best Buddhist Writings in 2009.

What to know about the retreat

We will enjoy sitting meditation, indoor walking meditation, outdoor activities (weather permitting), Dharma talks, Dharma sharing groups, eating meditation, mindful movement, singing and community circle.

For your comfort and good stewardship of resources, please bring the following:

• Your meditation cushion or bench and your mat or blanket; chairs are provided
• Sweaters, shawls or blankets to help you adjust to temperatures if needed
• Review, and if useful, download and print the GUIDE TO A MINDFUL RETREAT at the bottom of this page


All meals are vegetarian. Some gluten free and vegan options may be available, but we can’t guarantee them. If you have dietary restraints, you may wish to bring supplemental snacks and food options.


  • Lodging is on-site. Rooms accommodate two people with twin beds.
  • 8 people can camp or lodge in the area and pay retreat and meal fees only

Important Registration Information for People of Color

Peggy and Larry have a commitment to supporting people of color on the Bodhisattva/Mindfulness path. Do you identify as a person of color? If yes, please let us know. There is an opportunity to do this on your registration form. Thank you so much!


Peggy and Larry follow a long tradition of offering the Buddha’s teachings without charge, as these teachings are priceless. Also, as part of this tradition those receiving the teachings support the teacher by generously donating Dana—a financial gift to the teachers.

Please consider making a dana donation according to your means and the value you feel you have received. Suggested dana is $100 for the retreat, and it may be paid with registration (indicate on registration form the amount of dana and include it with payment) or at the retreat. Payment is made to Beginners Mind Sangha, and the Dana is sent promptly to the teachers.

Fees and Registration

Space is limited by accommodations; early, paid registration is essential if you wish to attend.

  • Full registration (food, lodging, retreat; but not Dana): $190
  • Offsite lodging registration (food, retreat; but not Dana): $105

You must make your own arrangements for off-site rooms.

  • Suggested Dana: $100

A registration form is available at this link for payment by check or bill pay.

Or, you may complete your registration and fee payment here. This is faster.

Retreat Guide

You can learn more about participating in a retreat by downloading the Guide to a Mindful Retreat immediately below. It’s helpful to review this guide in advance and to bring it with you to the retreat.

Plan Now for Our Non-Residential Fall Retreat

 Terry Cortez-Vega

Terry Cortez-Vega

Dharma teacher Terry Cortez-Vega returns to Boise Thursday thru Sunday, October 25—28, 2018.  

Mark your calendar. Complete information arrives this summer.

Terry began her training in mindfulness in 1998 with Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, and in 2012 she was ordained as a Dharma Teacher in his Order of Interbeing. She explains the Dharma by sharing her own experiences and insights at public talks, days of mindfulness, and meditation and mindfulness retreats.