You are invited to join the third annual


Go as a River: Peacefully Breathing and Joyfully Walking
Through Times of Great Change

August 22 – 26, 2018

on the shore of Cedar Lake at Camp Courage Retreat Center

near Minneapolis, Minnesota

Go as a River is a five-day mindfulness retreat in the tradition of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. This retreat is for beginners and for experienced practitioners. Monks and nuns from the Plum Village community will offer daily Dharma talks and sitting, walking, and eating meditation so we can train ourselves to dwell in the here and now. The schedule includes periods of noble silence and personal sharing. With panel discussions and Q&A sessions, we will deepen our understanding and love, widen our views, and grow our compassion. We will look into the root causes of climate change and, with fresh insight, see ways to step into the river of local and global earth-healing action.

Everywhere it is possible to hear the cries of Mother Earth and her children. Many of us want to take care of this precious planet, create well-being for all. But in these times of great change, we can feel overwhelmed by strong emotions, confused about what to do; we may wonder if it is even possible for our actions to make a difference.

At this welcoming retreat, we will come together as a community (Sangha) in order to touch the conditions for our peace and joy in the present moment, as well as to look deeply into the causes of our suffering and that of the world. This moment is a new moment with blessings and challenges. With the energy of mindfulness, we will learn to nourish what is great and beautiful in us and we will find the strength to be an ingredient in transforming what is not yet great and beautiful.

Understanding ourselves to be drops of rain, we will pool energy to form streams where we live and join the flow into the mighty river of our great togetherness which is already carving a new path across rough terrain toward the ocean of solidity and freedom for all beings

When we can truly see and understand the Earth, love is born in our hearts.
We feel connected. That is the meaning of love: to be at one.

        -Thich Nhat Hanh



Camp Courage Retreat Center, 8046 83rd St. NW, Maple Lake, MN 55358 (Camp Courage is located about 67 miles by car from the MSP airport)

Camp Courage has 305 acres along scenic lakeshore, woods and fields near Maple Lake, Minnesota on beautiful Cedar Lake. It offers multiple meeting facilities and has two cabin areas: Lakeside and Woodland.



The retreat begins with dinner on Wednesday, August 22 and ends with lunch on Sunday, August 26, 2018.

Check-in from 2:00-5:00 p.m. on August 22.



Early Bird Registration (through May 15, 2018) – $315 per person

Open Registration (after May 15, 2018) – $365 per person

The retreat cost includes lodging and all meals from dinner on Wednesday, August 22, through lunch on Sunday, August 26.

Scholarships for retreat fees are available for those with financial need. We want everyone who wishes to attend to join us and we will do everything possible to include you. We also encourage People of Color, LGBTQIA, and Young Practitioners (age 18-35), and other diversities to join us and apply for a scholarship. Please use the Scholarship form.


Dana – The Gift of Generosity

Our monastic teachers follow a long tradition of offering the Buddha’s teachings without charge, as these teachings are priceless. As part of this tradition those receiving the teachings support the teacher. Your registration costs help cover travel expenses and housing​ for our monastics, but do not include any other support. ​Funds received will go to support the monastery facilities or senior monastics care. Please consider making a donation at the retreat according to your means and the value you feel you have received.  Suggested Dana is $15-20 per day, or $80 for the retreat. Cash or checks can be taken at the retreat. Thank you for your ​generous support.

Another Dana opportunity is to include additional funds with your registration payment by making a donation to our scholarship fund.



Opens April 1, 2018

Deadlines:  — Requires credit card or Paypal payment
 Extended to August 16, 2018. Register Now!

After August 16, you can use the Register button below to get placed on a Wait List. You will not be able to use the PayPal button, but we will contact you if space becomes available.

Registration is a 2-Step Process:


2.  Pay Below

Select from the pull-down box below; add your name where shown; and use the Pay Now  button to complete your registration. You can alternately pay by check as noted on  Page 3 of the Registration form.

NOTE: You must complete Item #1 – Registration Form above before using this section.

Registration Payment for Aug 22-26 Retreat.

Choose whichever applies, including linens option.

Name you registered under

Please consider making a donation for our scholarship fund.


Further Retreat Information

Camp Courage has both Lakeside and Woodland accomodations available for the retreat. The Lakeside cabins are located on the lake shore near the beach, the dining hall and meditation hall. The Woodland cabins are located in a wooded area just off the lake and are a short walk to the meditation and dining halls.

Lakeside cabins have four bedrooms with each having three single twin beds and a bunk bed. Each bedroom has a adjoining bathroom. Each cabin has a kitchenette, meeting room with fireplace, and a view of the lake.

Woodland cabins have four 6-person bedrooms and two 3-person bedrooms. The 6-person bedrooms have three bunk beds with a adjoining bathroom. The two 3-person bedrooms have a single twin bed and a bunk bed and share a non-adjoining bathroom. Each cabin has a full kitchen, meeting room with fireplace, and a washer/dryer.

All cabins and bathrooms are wheelchair accessible. All registration details and accomodation assignments will be handled by Earth Holder CareTaking Council. If you have questions about accommodation and housing arrangement, [insert contact # and link]. To learn more about Camp Courage venue and the many features to enjoy such as walking trails, kayaking, swimming, etc., please go to:

All meals at the retreat will be vegan. To keep our compassion alive, stop contributing to climate change, and to heal and protect our precious plant, we offer plant based (vegan) meals.

For people with special dietary needs, please let us know if you need gluten-free meals or have other requirements on your registration form. We regret that we’re unable to cater to specific individual dietary requirements or medical needs. However, all cabins do have a refrigerator. Please bring your own supplements (or allergy replacements) as necessary.


What to Bring

  • Comfortable, loose fitting clothing (no shorts or tank tops for meditation)
  • Cushion and/or mat for sitting (chairs will also be available)
  • Yoga mat or blanket for deep relaxation meditation
  • Umbrella or raincoat, if necessary, for outdoor walking meditation
  • Linens and towels, if not renting them
  • Pillow and blanket or lightweight sleeping bag
  • A reusable tea or coffee cup and a water bottle
  • Cloth kitchen napkin for use at meals to help reduce waste
  • Sunscreen, mosquito and tick repellant
  • A small flashlight
  • Some cash or check if you want to offer Dana for the monastics

Click here to download the Traveling List-t .

The weather in Minneapolis, Minnesota during this period in August has an average high temperature of 79F and an average low temperature of 60F. August has both periods of beautiful sunshine and rain with occasional thunderstorms.

Although mosquitos are usually gone by the end of July or early August, we recommend bringing mosquito repellant.



If you have questions, please download our  Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). If you cannot find the answer to your question there, please use the following form.


Transportation and Ride Sharing

Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) 

MSP is closest major airport and is about 67 miles from Camp Courage, a drive of a little over an hour.

Address: Camp Courage Retreat Center , 8046 83rd St NW, Maple Lake, MN 55358

Driving Directions

From I-94 West:

Take exit 193. Go south (left) on Hwy 25 for 0.4 miles to Chelsea Rd. Turn right on Chelsea Rd and go about 1.4 miles. Turn left onto Cty Rd 39 W and follow for about 8.7 miles. Turn left on Cty Rd 8 and go about 0.8 miles. Turn right on Cty Rd 39 W and go about 2.3 miles. Turn left onto Cty Rd 7 and go about 1.3 miles to 83rd St. NW with gates to Camp Courage on right.

From Hwy 55 West:

About one half mile west of the town of Maple Lake is a green Camp Courage sign directing you north (turn right) on Cty Rd 7. Follow Cty Rd 7 for 3.2 miles to 83rd St. NW with the gates to Camp Courage on the left.

Shuttle from Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport to Camp Courage Service 

West Metro Shuttle

One way trip $79 round trip – $149. Can take up to six with some luggage. This fee is per trip not per passenger. Book in advance since this company has only one vehicle.

There are no regularly scheduled shuttles between the Minneapolis Saint Paul Airport and Camp Courage or Maple Lake. Uber and Lyft are options.

Ride Sharing

Sharing rides is not only economical for both driver and rider, but is so in tune with our Practice of Generosity and of loving the Earth.  It can lower our carbon footprint, while increasing our smiles and new friendships.
Seeking a Ride? Add your information to the Needing a Ride spreadsheet. You can easily edit your input later, if need be, especially to remove your name and contact info once you get a ride.
Are you a Driver? Add your information to the Offering a Ridelist, and don’t forget to indicate how many riders you could accommodate. Once you have a car-full, you can easily go back into the sheet and either delete your name or add info in the Comment section such as CAR FULL AT THIS TIME.
Please communicate with one another, and thanks for considering this option!


Scholarship Application

Please write a one page or less Letter of Request in which you tell us about your experience in the Plum Village tradition or other mindfulness practice, your interest in a retreat focused on Earth Holder and/or climate issues, and what scholarship amount you are requesting.