Sugarplum Sangha

Engaging Societal Challenges with the Energy of Mindfulness

Bodhisattvas in Action

Part 1: May 16 - 23

Part 2: May 24 - 27

at the Mariposa Institute

in Ukiah, CA

Join Mindful Peacebuilding and Sugarplum Sanghas for a special Spring retreat to sit with and engage in the challenges of today's society as bodhisattvas in action embraced by the beauty of nature at Mariposa. Through a combination of mindfulness meditation practices of sitting, walking, and eating together in silence, plus conversation and skill building sessions, we will joyfully explore walking the path of the bodhisattva together so that our practice can be a real manifestation of the aspiration to transform suffering whatever our life circumstances.


This retreat will be offered in two parts. Part 1 (May 16 - 23) links five Bodhisattvas that inspire the Plum Village approach to Engaged Buddhism with a Mindfulness Training each day, as we inquire together into how these deep aspirations can be practiced in the world of ordinary daily living as well as in the special conditions of a retreat environment. Part 2 (May 24 - 27) focuses on how mindfulness of breathing can awaken the bodhisattva qualities within us and provide the theme for the annual Community of Mindful Living Retreat in which a children's program will also be offered. Retreatants are welcome to join for either or both of the parts.


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Diane Little Eagle

Diane Little Eagle received Lamp Transmission from Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh and has spent most of her life in Alaska adhering to the ways of her people - following the seasons and cycles of the land and water. As a traditional singer and dancer, Diane has dedicated her life work to the youth and elders. In addition, she loves to work with the medicines of the earth. 


Diane's intention for everyone she meets is to live a healthy, happy life, always remembering that we have the opportunity to create heaven on Earth at any moment. 

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Brother Phap Tri

Br Phap Tri is a monastic Dharma Teacher in the Plum Village Community of Engaged Buddhism co-founded by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. In recent years he has practiced deeply in a Vipassana practice with the Anapanasati Sutra, Full Awareness of Breathing, and has shepherded Rose Apple Society in Vermont, a generosity-based practice center that offers a space for solitude-in-community practice small retreats.


Lyn Fine

Lyn received Lamp Transmission as a Dharma Teacher from Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh at Plum Village in 1994. She is a founding member of ARISE, an international sangha in the Plum Village Community of Engaged Buddhism. Born in 1944 and raised in New York City in a Jewish family of German, Russian, and Latvian heritage, Lyn currently lives in Berkeley, CA, where she practices with Mindful Peacebuilding, Sanghita, and White Awareness Sanghas, and enjoys offering retreats and meditation practice coaching.


Mindful Peacebuilding and The Sugarplum Sangha are committed to making our retreats accessible for people of all financial backgrounds. We invite retreatants to pay as they are able, and do not turn anyone away for lack of funds.The costs we need to cover for this retreat are for lodging, food, travel, and dana for our teachers. We suggest contributions of the following amounts:


Part 1 (May 16 - 23): $300

Part 2 (May 24 - 27): $175

Parts 1 & 2: $425


Contributions exceeding the suggested amount make it possible for those with financial limitations to attend at a lower cost and help Mindful Peacebuilding and Sugarplum Sangha to fund mindfulness practice programs and facilities improvements at the Mariposa Institute. Please consider your financial situation and contribute the most generous amount within your means, remembering that the greatest gift you give is your presence and your practice.



Mindful Peacebuilding

Mindful Peacebuilding is an inclusive welcoming community offering a mindfulness-based approach to cultivating peace and justice. We draw inspiration from the wisdom and compassion teachings of contemporary peacemakers such as Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh as well as from young people, ancestral traditions, and the world of nature. We are open to all who wish to engage societal challenges in a mindful context.

Sugarplum Sangha

The Sugarplum Sangha envisions community that cultivates meaningful friendships with ourselves, each other, and the earth. With the Five Mindfulness Trainings as our guide, we aspire to embody joy, kindness, compassion, and peace as an offering to society. We offer monthly meditation and community building retreats and days of mindfulness at the Mariposa Institute in Ukiah, CA