Day of Mindfulness Information


“Socially Engaged Mindfulness”

A Day of Mindfulness
Co-sponsored by the Prairie River Sangha and the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the QC
Led by Dharma Teacher Jack Lawlor*,
ordained in the lineage of Thich Nhat Hanh**
 Saturday, March 4th, 9 am – 4:30 pm     
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the QC
3707 Eastern Ave, Davenport, IA 52807
Retreat Details & Registration: To register download this registration form and send it in with payment on or before March 1.  Address provided on form .


The Day will include:
Instructions and commentary by Jack Lawlor,
periods of sitting and walking meditation,
mindful eating,
vegetarian lunch catered by Chipotle,
mindful movement,
questions and group discussion,
closing the circle to share the merits of the Day’s practice,
and desserts with social time.
Noble Silence will begin at 9:00. Participants will sit, walk and have lunch in silence. This is a beautiful way to enjoy the centering peace of the group and to touch our inner stillness. Silence will end when the question and discussion period begins later in the afternoon.
Cost: $25
Dana: The mindfulness practice teachings are considered priceless and traditionally are offered without charge. Costs associated with Jack Lawlor’s  flight and travel expenses, and the catered lunch are covered by the registration fee. The mindful practice of Dana ( free will offering) is encouraged for donation to Jack Lawlor in gratitude for his teaching.
Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. but please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes early so we can begin promptly at 9:00.
What to bring: we have a limited number of meditation cushions available so feel free to bring your own if you have one. There will be chairs provided for those who wish to use them.
Shoes: It is our custom to remove our shoes to practice. If you need shoes for stability, feel free to bring a  pair of indoor shoes.
Lunch: A vegetarian lunch will be provided.
Deadline: To ensure a spot, please register early for the retreat. The deadline is March 1. (We will accept registration forms postmarked by March 1.)

More information

  • Registration information at:   or call 563-359-0816 (UUCQC) or 563-505-8798 (Leslie from Prairie River Sangha)
  • The $25 registration fee is nonrefundable after February 24.
  • If the cost of the day of mindfulness might be an issue, contact Leslie at or 563-505-8798.  Scholarships are available so that no one is deprived of the experience because of cost.
  • Cancellation policy: Full refunds for cancellations received by February 24. You may also ask us to “pay it forward” by donating your paid registration to someone who may need it. 
*Jack Lawlor has been practicing in organized Buddhist meditation groups, known as sanghas, since the mid-1970s.  In 1992, he was ordained as a Dharma Teacher by Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh in a Transmission of the Lamp Ceremony conducted at Thich Nhat Hanh’s Plum Village Practice Center in France.  Jack has since led over 100 retreats and Days of Mindfulness, primarily in the Midwestern states but also in the Rocky Mountain states, Pacific northwest and in Hue, Vietnam. In collaboration with Thich Nhat Hanh, Jack compiled the book “Friends on the Path”, on the subject of spiritual community building, published by Parallax Press.
Jack is a co-founder of the Lakeside Buddha Sangha in Evanston, Illinois.  Jack is also active in the Chicago Chapter of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship and is a former member of its national board of directors.  Jack has also served as the President of the Chicago-based Buddhist Council of the Midwest and is currently a member of the Care-Taking Council of the Plum Village Lineage North American Dharma Teachers Council, an association of lay and monastic Dharma Teachers in the U.S. and Canada.  Jack has been married for 42 years, has two adult children and four grandchildren.  He spends his time living in Evanston and in southern Wisconsin next to an extensive, pristine marsh containing a kettle lake.
** “Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh is a global spiritual leader, poet and peace activist, revered throughout the world for his powerful teachings and bestselling writings on mindfulness and peace.
His key teaching is that, through mindfulness, we can learn to live happily in the present moment—the only way to truly develop peace, both in one’s self and in the world…”

Read more on the Plum Village Mindfulness Practice Center website





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