Our Moveable Sangha will be spreading the dharma in a wider area than ever, with weekend retreats planned for the Mississippi Coast; New Orleans; Acadiana; North-Central Louisiana; Central Mississippi; and southern Alabama. Here's a glimpse of what's coming up in 2020!

January 25 1pm - 5pm. The Power of Meditation, with Susan Piver.  Join New York Times bestselling author and meditation Susan Piver for a day of meditation and conversation about how to find balance, even in a speedy, out-of- control world. A half-day, non-residential retreat. Susan is an internationally known author and meditation teacher, and the founder of the Open Heart Project, an online community offering meditation, courses and support. Register here.

Location:  First Presbyterian Church 5401 S Claiborne Ave, New Orleans, LA 70125


February 14-16.  The Heart of Love:  How Relationships are our Teacher, with Shastri Nick Kranz and Märta Vigerstad. 

In this retreat we will be exploring how to engage in our relationships in more fulfilling ways. The retreat will consist of opportunities to dialogue, exploring what we do and don’t understand about our connections and our own longing and it’s incredible potential for growth. 

There will be presentations, time for meditation as well as dialogues and interaction. This retreat is welcoming to singles, couples, friends, and family members

 We will explore elements of working with desire, sense perceptions, communication. Love is expressed as the way we connect with our world, with the people close to us, and the way we communicate with them. There is so much to learn from our relationships but we need to take time and space in order to honor and deepen in them. Register here.

Location:  William J Kelly Retreat Center 510 N 2nd St, Bay St Louis, MS 39520

March 20-22.  In Harmony with Reality, with  Acharya Christie Bates.  A silent, Vipassana retreat on cultivating View, Intention, Speech, Action, Livelihood, Effort, Concentration and Mindfulness that are in harmony with how things really are. 

Location: Central – North Mississippi (Site TBA)


April 17-19.  A weekend Vipassana Retreat with Ayya Sobhana Theri.   Ayya Sobhana is the Vice Abbess of Dhammadharini, the monastic women’s community located in Sonoma County, California.  Her primary practice is the Eightfold Noble Path - i.e. integration of meditation with ethical living and compassionate relationships for the sake of liberation.

Location: Baton Rouge / New Orleans (Site TBA)


May 29-31.  Intimacy and Awareness, with David Chernikoff.  David Chernikoff has taught transformative retreats at Flowering Lotus for many years.  A leader in the Boulder, Colorado, Insight Meditation Society, he has taught meditation since 1971. 

Location:  Seashore Methodist Assembly, 1410 Leggett Dr, Biloxi, MS 39530


June 12-14.  How Not To Be A Hot Mess:  A Survival Guide for Modern Life, with Devon and Craig Hase of Sati Mindfulness. This dynamic couple will lead a retreat drawing from their book of the same name, teaching embodiment practices that reorient us to what is already good – in ourselves, our lives, and in the world. 

Location:  Baton Rouge / New Orleans (Site TBA)


July 31-August 3.  A weekend Vipassana Retreat with Venerable Pannavati Bhikkhuni, Flowering Lotus’s Spiritual Advisor.  The founder and director of Heartwood Refuge in North Carolina, Ven. Pannavati is one of Flowering Lotus’s most beloved teachers.

Location:  The Rivers Retreat Center, 14253 US-190, Covington, LA 70433


September 11-13: Terry Ray. Retreat Information forthcoming.


October 9-11.  Save the date! Retreat Information forthcoming.


November 13-15.  Cultivating Compassion and Serenity on the Path to Wisdom with Dawn Barie. Dawn Barie is a meditation and Dharma teacher, licensed psychotherapist and founder of the Center for Mindful Living in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.  She has traveled through South and Southeast Asia and has experience in the Theravada, Mahayana and Tibetan traditions. Dawn has led national and international meditation retreats and has taught at the United Nations. 

Location:  Kelly Retreat Center at St. Augustine Seminary, Bay St. Louis MS.


December 4-6. Save the date! Retreat Information forthcoming.

Registration for these retreats will open soon!

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