Upcoming Retreats

"Embracing the Inner Child with Mindfulness"
December 8-13, 2017

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Weekend Retreats in Charles Town, WV:
* Mar. 9-11, 2018 (Weekend retreat)
* May 25-30, 2018 (5-day retreat)
* Oct. 19-21, 2018 (Weekend retreat)
* Dec. 7-12, 2018 (5-day retreat)

Retreat in Asheville, NC:
* Apr. 12-15, 2018 (3-day retreat)

Recent Retreats

Finding Our True Refuge

October 13 - 15, 2017

Embracing Our Strong Emotions with Mindfulness

March 10 - 15, 2017

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5-Day Retreat in Massachusetts

June 12 - 17, 2015

Finding Our True Refuge

October 13 - 15, 2017

The practice† of conscious breathing, as taught by the Buddha, takes us directly to a place of peace and stability, to the most calm and stable place we can go. During this weekend retreat, we will come together as a community to enjoy the practice of mindful breathing, mindful sitting, mindful walking, mindful eating, and mindful listening. The communityís collective energy of mindfulness as well as the trees, the birds, and the sunshine will also help us to embrace our thoughts and feelings as they arise, so that we can continue to feel solid and calm. The retreatís atmosphere is one of quiet joy!

Outdoor Exercise at Retreat

Listening to Dharma Talk


Anh-Huong Nguyen and Thu Nguyen have practiced the art of mindful living with Thich Nhat Hanh for more than 30 years. They have led mindfulness retreats in the United States since 1988 and in 1992 were among the first students to be ordained as Dharma teachers by Thich Nhat Hanh. Anh-Huong is the author of "Opening the Heart of Compassion", a guided meditation CD and co-author of "Walking Meditation", a multimedia manual on mindful walking. They are principal teachers at the Mindfulness Practice Center of Fairfax (www.mpcf.org).


The cost of the retreat includes meals and overnight accommodations from Friday dinner through Sunday lunch is $270 per person. Room accommodation is of dormitory style with three or more beds per room. A limited number of rooms with two single beds are reserved for couples. We ask that all participants be at least 13 years of age. A fifty percent deposit ($135) is required to reserve a place. (All but $35 of the deposit will be refunded if notification of cancellation is received prior to October 6, 2017). The balance is due upon arrival at the retreat. A confirmation letter with a map and other necessary information will be mailed or e-mailed to each participant.


To register, please fill the registration form and send with your deposit to: Thu Nguyen, 10413 Adel Road, Oakton, VA 22124. For more information, or call 703-938-1377.

Registration Form

Retreat Schedule

  • Friday:
    • 5 pm: Registration
    • 6:15 pm: Dinner
    • 7:30 pm: Orientation
  • Saturday:
    • Morning: Guided sitting meditation - Breakfast - Outdoor walking meditation - Dharma talk.
    • Afternoon: Lunch followed by programs that cultivate Mindfulness including: Total body relaxation, QiGong & Mindful movements, Tea meditation, Group sharing.
    • Evening: Dinner - Group sharing - Sitting meditation.
  • Sunday:
    • Morning: Guided sitting meditation - Breakfast - Outdoor walking meditation - Dharma talk / Questions and answers.
    • Afternoon: Lunch - Closing circle - 3pm: End of retreat.

Claymont Court

The Claymont Court Retreat Center is located on 369 acres of forest and farmland in the Shenandoah Valley of West Virginia, less than 90 minutes by car from Washington, D.C., or Baltimore.

Directions to Claymont Court.