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Heart and Wisdom Practices for Challenging Times


A Weekend Retreat

with Lisa Ernst
The Rivers Retreat 
14253 Highway 190, Covington, LA 70433
In-Person Retreat • August 25-27, 2023

About the Event

During these difficult, often chaotic times, how do we best utilize meditation and compassion to help us face daily challenges? Can we continue practicing and keep our hearts open even if we feel overwhelmed with anxiety, anger or grief? In this retreat we will explore practices that can support us and create space for compassionate presence and wise action, for ourselves and others during these times of ongoing uncertainty.

The retreat is suitable for newer as well as experienced meditators. It will include sitting and walking meditation, daily instructions, dharma talks, and wisdom and compassion practices. This weekend is designed to provide an opportunity to deepen your practice and then carry the insights into daily life.


Teacher Bio


Lisa Ernst is a meditation teacher in the Thai Forest/Spirit Rock lineage of Ajahn Chah, Jack Kornfield and Trudy Goodman. She has been meditating for 30 years in the Zen and Vipassana traditions. Lisa is the founder and guiding teacher of One Dharma Nashville and she teaches retreats and classes internationally. She has taught at Spirit Rock, InsightLA, Southern Dharma, Sangha Live and many others. She is a mentor for Spirit Rock’s Dedicated Practitioner Program as well as visiting teacher there.

As a practicing visual artist and writer, Lisa incorporates Dharma into contemplative photography, painting and writing. She has written several articles for Lion’s Roar Magazine.

Check out Lisa's Talks and Essays


Friday, August 25th

3:00-5:00 pm Arrival & Sign-In 

5:30 Orientation (please all attend inside dining hall) 

6:00 Dinner 

7:00 Optional meditation

7:30 -9:00 pm - Intro the theme & meditation 

10:00 Lights Out 

Saturday, August 26th 

6:30 Wake-up Bell

7:00 Meditation 

7:30  Breakfast 

8:15-9:30 Work Meditation 

9:30-10:15 Instruction and Meditation

10:15 - 10:45 walking

10:45 - 11:30 Meditation

11:30 - 12:00 Walking

12:00 Lunch 

12:45 – 1:30 Work Meditation 


1:45 Meditation

2:30 Moving Meditation 

3:10 Meditation 

3:50 Walking 

4:20 Q&A, Meditation 

5:10 Walking or Open time


5:45  Dinner 

6:30 – 7:15 Work meditation 

7:00 Optional Meditation 

7:30 Dharma talk and meditation

8:10 Group Thich Nhat Walking Practice 

8:40 - 9:20  Guided and Silent Meditation

10:00 Lights Out 


Sunday, August 27

6:30 Wake-up Bell

7:00 Meditation 

7:30  Breakfast 

8:30-9:30 Work meditation 

9:30 – 10:00 Packing & Cleaning 

10:00-11:30 Session VI: Closing


More Information

If you have questions or need additional information about this retreat or other Flowering Lotus program offerings, please contact:


Beth Herzig, Retreat Director


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