Why retreat?

Retreat from all the stress and congestion of busy city-life and enjoy the simple, relaxing, and spacious peace that comes from meditation. Allow the refreshing expanse of the Georgia Blue Ridge Mountains to reflect back to you the pure nature of your mind when it is free from the clouds of turbulent and distracting thoughts. Waterfalls, singing streams, and contemplative walks along lakeside trails and forest will further complement your experience of a timeless weekend abiding in authentic peace and happiness.

To lead us to more and more of this peace, the focus for each session will be variations of meditating on the breath. Our breath is the very basis of our life, so although considered to be a beginner’s meditation, the effect can be life-changing. With just a little control of the breath we gain some control over our mind.

Over the weekend we will gradually improve our skills as meditators, session after session. Your mind will be much more positive and your heart will naturally feel well-disposed towards others. As a result you will not only enjoy a mental vacation but return home with less problems and your relationships will improve. This retreat will prepare you for a regular meditation practice, and you’ll soon be ready for more advanced meditations along your spiritual journey.

We recommend preparing for this retreat by attending a free meditation workshop or the Intown Meditation Retreat on February 23.

This retreat is co-taught by our Resident Teacher, American Buddhist monk, Gen Kelsang Mondrub along with senior teacher, Melanie Boyd.

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Is this retreat right for me?

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

Besides guided meditations, what should I expect?

Attend as many sessions as you wish as it’s going to be a weekend of abundant happiness and joy!

Sessions include inspiring teachings, followed by guided meditations in which you begin to put the teaching into practice.

Between sessions, 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 we will guide a walking meditation.


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.

Unicoi Cabins

Smith Creek and Barrel Cabins: The cabins feature a full kitchen, wood-burning fireplace (wood provided), 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 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 need to bring your own breakfast on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

Retreat Schedule

Friday Saturday Sunday
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Check-in at the Beach House 8:30 a.m. Just Breathe 8:30 a.m. Breath and Mantra
8:00 p.m. Introduction to the Retreat 11:00 a.m. Breath and Visualization 1 11:00 a.m. Breath and Mantra into Daily Life
12:30 p.m. Lunch Service
4:00 p.m. Breath and Visualization 2
6:00 p.m. Dinner Service
7:00 p.m. Breath and Visualization 3

Retreat Schedule

5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Check-in at the Beach House
8:00 p.m. Introduction to Meditation and the Retreat
8:30 a.m. Just Breathe
11:00 a.m. Breath and Visualization 1
12:30 p.m. Lunch Service
4:00 p.m. Breath and Visualization 2
6:00 p.m. Dinner Service
7:00 p.m. Breath and Visualization 3
8:30 a.m. Breath and Mantra
11:00 a.m. Breath and Mantra into Daily Life

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.


Option 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 by Friday, April 5, the balance of your registration can be refunded. For special circumstances after April 5, please contact us.

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Private Roomshow details + $375.00 (USD)  
Private Room - Additional Personshow details + $150.00 (USD)  
Private Room - Initial Depositshow details + $100.00 (USD)  
Shared Double-Occupancyshow details + $275.00 (USD)  
Shared Double-Occupancy - Initial Depositshow details + $100.00 (USD)  
Sat. & Sun. - No Sleeping Accommodationsshow details + $150.00 (USD)  
Sat. Only - No Sleeping Accommodationsshow details + $100.00 (USD)