For the last four years high school seniors from Warren Easton (a New Orleans public school) have visited Magnolia Grove Monastery in Batesville, Mississippi. The students spend five days with the monastics practicing sitting, walking, and working meditation. They explore the woods, sing, play volleyball, basketball, and ping pong, enjoy bonfires, try Vietnamese vegan food, participate in dharma talks, and most importantly... they breathe! The retreat at Magnolia Grove gives students a break from a loud and often chaotic city. They are able to fully be kids without any worries. This has been an excellent and well-loved experience that the students cherish and continue to benefit from. Please consider helping the class of 2015 make the trip this year. The bus from New Orleans to Batesville is quite expensive. Your donation will help provide an experience that a young person will carry with them for the rest of their life. Please take a moment to see what previous students have gained from their time at Magnolia Grove.
Students from 2014 retreat:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5DsNv9oIW-o
Students from 2012 retreat:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0BAnkj-1FxA
Slideshow of Photos from 2014 retreat:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_24AP5Wmyo