Why retreat?

There is no more revolutionary insight than that of emptiness, Buddha’s explanation of the true nature of reality. It is because of our misunderstanding of reality and the nature of our self, that we get stuck in the negative views of ourself and others. Therefore, understanding how the self actually exists frees us from suffering and liberates us to become the joyful and fulfilled person we wish to be.

The benefits of attending this retreat include:

Learn to stop identifying with the limited self you think you are
Experience inner freedom
Gain insight into how your mind creates your self and your world

 

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.

What's coming up...

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.

American Buddhist monk, Gen Kelsang Mondrub, resident teacher of KMC Georgia and Sharon Lovich, resident teacher of Je Tsongkhapa Kadampa Buddhist Center Asheville, NC, will co-lead this retreat.

Accommodations

The retreat will be held at the beautiful Unicoi State Park in the Upstate region of Georgia. Surrounded by lush mountains and waterfalls, the surrounding area is perfect for quiet walks and contemplation. Give yourself extra time to make it through Friday night traffic, or come up early if you can. Some people like to book their own room in the Unicoi Lodge Thursday night and Sunday to extend their stay and integrate their experience ( Please contact the Unicoi State Park Lodge directly if you wish to do this ).

We will hold the retreat sessions and vegetarian meals at the Beach House at Unicoi State Park, about a mile down the road from the overnight accommodations. Cabins are limited. Should they sell out, you can still attend the retreat by making your own sleeping accommodations at the near-by Unicoi State Park Lodge.

Unicoi Cabins

Smith Creek and Barrel Cabins: Overnight participants stay in the rustic cabins at the state park.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. Like a hotel room, bed and bath include all linen, including towels and blankets, pillows and bed linen.

Sleeping Accommodations: Each cabin is 2-bedroom, 2-bath. The shared bedroom is furnished with two queen-size beds and a full bath that is not en-suite. The private bedroom is furnished with a single queen-size bed and full en-suite bath.

Meals: We provide light vegetarian snacks throughout the retreat, as well as full vegetarian lunch and dinner on Saturday. Be sure to bring your own favorite breakfast you can prepare in your cabin's kitchen to start your day off right.

Retreat Schedule


Friday Saturday Sunday
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Check-in at the Beach House 8:30 a.m. Session 1 8:30 a.m. Session 5
8:00 p.m. Introduction to the Retreat 11:00 a.m. Session 2 11:00 a.m. Session 6
12:30 p.m. Lunch Service
4:00 p.m. Session 3
6:00 p.m. Dinner Service
7:00 p.m. Session 4

Retreat Schedule


Friday
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Check-in at the Beach House
8:00 p.m. Introduction to Meditation and the Retreat
Saturday
8:30 a.m. Session 1
11:00 a.m. Session 2
12:30 p.m. Lunch Service
4:00 p.m. Session 3
6:00 p.m. Dinner Service
7:00 p.m. Session 4
Sunday
8:30 a.m. Session 5
11:00 a.m. Session 6

What to Bring (and Not to Bring)

  • Breakfast: We do not provide a breakfast on Saturday and Sunday mornings, so be sure to bring something to start your day.
  • Clothing: With a large group, it is impossible to find a temperature that works for everyone! We will try to make the meditation room as comfortable as possible, but it’s still a good idea for you to come with layered clothing. We won't be wearing shoes in the meditation space, so don't forget your cushy socks and slippers, as well.
  • A Blanket: The meditation room can get a little chilly, so you may wish to bring a blanket to wrap around yourself or to put under your feet.
  • Walking Shoes: You will definitely want to enjoy some fresh air walks in the lovely park between meditation sessions, so bring along some good walking shoes.
  • Dharma Books: You will have lots of time for meaningful contemplation and discussion, so you may want to bring some of your favorite Dharma books to refer to.
  • A Meditation Cushion: We provide chairs, but if you like to meditation on a cushion or mat, we would suggest that you bring one with you. We will provide some but will not have enough cushions for everyone.
  • A Flashlight: The teachings will be "enlightening," but you'll still want to bring a flashlight.
  • Pets: Sorry, please leave your pets at home.
  • Music: To get the most out of the meditation retreat and to maintain a focused mind, we recommend that you leave music players behind.
  • Cell Phones: 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 Options

We offer several registration options. Take a look to find the one that's right for you...

Private Room

The Private Room option provides your own room in a shared cabin, with an en-suite bath. The room is yours from check-in on Friday through the end of the retreat on Sunday.

Want to share your room with a second person? You can go ahead and add them now. Alternatively they can register separately by choosing the Register a Second Person in a Private Room option and specifying you as their private room roommate.

Shared Room

The Shared Room option provides you with sleeping accommodations in a room you will share with one other person from check-in on Friday through the end of the retreat on Sunday. The room comes with two queen-size beds and one bathroom that is not en-suite.

Want to share your shared room with a specific individual? You can both register together or on separate registrations - we'll match you up. If there is no specific person you want to share your room with, no problem. We will match you up with another very nice person of the same gender.

No Sleeping Accommodations

The "No Sleeping Accommodations" option gives you full access to all teachings, meditations, refreshments, and meals on Saturday only or Saturday and Sunday. It just doesn't provide any sleeping accommodations for Friday or Saturday night.

Registration Fees

Registration Option Early Registration
(10% savings)
After October 31
Private Room
Primary Registrant $337.50 $375.00
Second Person (Optional) $135.00 $150.00
Shared Room
Shared Room $247.50 $275.00
No Sleeping Accommodations
Saturday & Sunday $135.00 $150.00
Saturday Only $90.00 $100.00

Refunds: We cannot refund the first $100 of any registration. We can refund the remainder of your registration if you cancel on or before Friday, November 29. After this date, we cannot offer any refund. To cancel, please contact us at info@meditationingeorgia.org or at (678) 453-6753.