Unicoi State Park, Helen, Georgia
December 7-9, 2018

Why Retreat?

 It’s important periodically to step back from our life and allow ourself time to retreat, reflect and deeply relax. Getting away from our busy, demanding, hectic schedules, we give our mind the opportunity to journey inward and to experience for ourself a natural limitless happiness that’s already within our own spiritual heart.

Our normal tendency is to seek happiness outside ourselves, and this is why we experience much dissatisfaction, compulsive behaviors, conflicts and discontent. No matter how hard we work at it, we still feel that ‘something is missing’. Why? Because happiness is a state of mind, and so it’s main cause can only be found inside our mind.

On this retreat we journey inward to the actual source of happiness. Through a series of interrelated meditations we awaken our natural potential for authentic happiness. Then gradually through deepening this experience, we establish an essential foundation to build on for the rest of our spiritual life. This wisdom also leads us to the heartfelt wish to bring happiness to others.

Who Should Attend?

This retreat is recommended for both beginners and seasoned practitioners, as everyone will have the chance to practice at whatever level you are at. Either discovering for the first time this authentic inner experience, or stabilizing deeper realizations of a limitless potential that arises naturally from within your own mind.

What to Expect in Addition to Guided Meditations?

While away, there will be ample time to enjoy the lovely walking trails, and outdoor sitting places where you can pause for contemplation and meditation in the stillness and beauty of this pristine natural environment. Weather permitting, on Saturday afternoon Gen Mondrub will guide a walking meditation. Attend as many sessions as you wish as it’s going to be a weekend of abundant happiness and joy! Retreat sessions will be co-led by Gen Kelsang Mondrub, American Buddhist monk and Resident Teacher of Kadampa Meditation Center Georgia, and Sharon Lovich, Resident Teacher of Je Tsongkhapa Kadampa Buddhist Center in Asheville, North Carolina.


This year’s retreat will be held at the Beach House at Unicoi State Park, about a mile down the road from the overnight accommodations, the Smith Creek Cabins and the Barrel Cabins.

Smith Creek and Barrel Cabins: The cabin itself features a full kitchen, wood-burning fireplace, central heating and air. The kitchen includes all basic utensils, flatware, plates, cookware and appliances. Bed and bath includes all linen, including towels and blankets, pillows and bed linen.

Sleeping Accommodations: Each cabin is 2-bedroom, 2-bath. The shared bedroom is is furnished with two queen-size beds. The private bedroom is furnished with a single queen-size bed and has an attached private full bath. These is a second bath off the cabin’s common area.

Meals: We will provide a light vegetarian snack on Friday night and full vegetarian lunch and dinner on Saturday. Please know that, besides light snacks provided throughout the weekend, you will be responsible for your own breakfast on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

Retreat Schedule

Each session typically includes a brief chanted prayer (in which attendees may choose not to participate if they wish), a teaching given by one of the retreat teachers, and a meditation.

Friday, December 7

  • 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm: Check-in at the Beach House
  • 8:00 pm: Introductory Talk

Saturday, December 8

  • 8:30 am: Pure happiness
  • 11:00 am: Independent Happiness
  • 1:00 pm: Lunch
  • 4:30 pm: Boundless Happiness
  • 6:00 pm: Dinner
  • 7:30 pm: The Heart of Happiness

Sunday, December 9

  • 8:30 am: Indestructible Happiness
  • 11:00 am: Universal Happiness

What to Bring (and Not to Bring)

  • Traditionally we do not wear shoes in meditation rooms, so bring warm socks or slippers.
  • We provide chairs, but if you prefer to meditate on the floor, bring your favorite meditation cushion.
  • Sometimes the Beach House can get chilly, so bring some warm, layered clothing or a blanket.
  • There are many beautiful walking trails you can take advantage of during the meditation breaks, so bring some good walking shoes.
  • We do not provide a breakfast on Saturday and Sunday mornings, so be sure to bring something to start your day.
  • Sorry, please leave your pets at home.
  • To get the most out of the meditation retreat and to maintain a focused mind, we recommend that you leave music players behind.
  • You can certainly bring your cell phones to check in on loved ones or in case of emergency, but please know that we will request that you turn them off during the teachings and formal meditations.


Registration Details: Be sure to click on the “Show Details” and read the description carefully to ensure that you register for the option that works best for you.

Payment Options: We use PayPal to register you safely and securely. If you have a PayPal account, you will have the option to register using your account. Don’t have a PayPal account? No problem…PayPal will also give you the option of paying with a credit card.

Refunds: $100 of each registration is non-refundable. If you cancel, the balance of your registration can be refunded through Friday, November 30. For special circumstances after Friday, November 30, please contact us.