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"Let's Go to the Y!"

The Young Men's Christian Association (a.k.a YMCA or the Y) is a worldwide organization of more than 45 million members from 125 national federations affiliated through the World Alliance of YMCAs. Their main motto is: "Empowering young people." It was founded on June 6, 1844 in London, England, United Kingdom, and it aims to put Christian principles into practice, achieved by developing "a healthy spirit, mind, and body." The YMCA is a federated organization made up of local and national organizations in voluntary association. It is one of the many organizations that espouses Muscular Christianity. Today, YMCAs are open to all, regardless of religion, social class, age, or sex. The World Alliance of YMCAs is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland.

Joyful Breath Retreat

Friday, June 8th 2012 at 4pm

Norwich, VT

Norwich, VT

At YMCA Camp Norwich -- A mindfulness retreat led by the monastics of Blue Cliff Monastery in the tradition and lineage of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh.

Mindfulness is the energy of being aware and awake to the present moment. This awareness helps us to be able to touch deeply the wonders of life and transform the roots of our suffering. In Engaged Buddhism we use situations in our daily lives for our training and reflection, rather than simply meditating formally on our cushions. We meditate throughout the day: while eating, walking, working, or enjoying a cup of tea together.

Friday, June 8 (4:00 p.m.-9:30pm)

Saturday June 9 (6:00 a.m.-9:30pm)

Sunday, June 10 (6:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.)