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Wed, Apr 01


The Bethel Encounters Retreat Center

HOW NOT TO BE A HOT MESS: Seeing the Good (1)

June 14-16, 2020 | This weekend retreat is drawn from Devon and Craig Hase's book of the same title

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HOW NOT TO BE A HOT MESS: Seeing the Good (1)
HOW NOT TO BE A HOT MESS: Seeing the Good (1)

Time & Location

Apr 01, 2020, 3:30 PM – 7:30 PM CDT

The Bethel Encounters Retreat Center, 1000 Restoration Was, Kiln, MS 39556, USA

About the Event

How many of us train our eye to see the good? How many of us train our ear to hear the good? And how often, in our daily rush of bad news, bad politics, and bad hair days does the mind incline itself toward what’s already good? 

In this weekend retreat, drawn from the content of our book of the same title (How Not To Be A Hot Mess), we'll teach embodiment practices that reorient participants to what is already good - in themselves, in their lives, and in the world. 

The retreat will include sitting and walking meditation, dharma talks and instruction, interactive exercises, and opportunities for discussion and Q&A. Beginners and seasoned meditators alike are all welcome. 

Teacher Bio: 

Devon and Craig Hase are the co-founders of Sati Mindfulness, a mindfulness community that offers on-line classes, meditations, and teaching as well as in-person mentoring and meditation training. Devon and Craig teach meditation workshops and retreats throughout North America and Europe. 

Devon has been practicing meditation since 1998, and has trained with some of the great teachers in the Insight tradition. She is a graduate of Spirit Rock Community Dharma Leaders program. When she is not sitting or teaching retreats, Devon teaches mindfulness at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics; to pre-service teachers at UW Madison through the Center for Healthy Minds; and on ABC News anchor Dan Harris’s 10% Happier on-line course. 

Craig began intensive meditation training in 1994. He lived at a Zen monastery for 6 years before getting a Ph.D. in counseling psychology at the University of Wisconsin Madison, where he studied with the renowned neuroscientist Richard J. Davison, among other luminaries. Craig spends much of his time in meditation retreat himself, working as a therapist and meditation coach, and recording meditations for Simple Habit – as well as traveling around the country teaching meditation with Devon.

Craig and Devon are the authors of How Not To Be A Hot Mess, published by Shambhala in February 2020, and named to Publisher Weekly’s Top 10 List in religion and spirituality. Copies of the book will be available for sale at the retreat. 

Teacher Professional and Social Links:

For more information on this dynamic couple, please see their website:

Tricycle magazine recently published an interview with Devon and Craig (for Valentine’s Day) entitled Hungry Ghosts, or the Hell Realm of the Dating World: a Buddhist couple describes what the dharma has to say about dating today, and why it’s (usually) not OK to ghost people.

Publisher Weekly’s Top 10 List:

Blog post on Sati Mindfulness about Top 10 List:

Guided meditations by Craig can be found at


Each room has a queen-size bed as well as a single (bunk) bed, full bathroom, and a small sitting/desk area. All bed linens are furnished. Retreatants should bring their own towels, washcloths, and toiletries.

Description of accessibility and accommodations for disabled and impaired guests:

The meditation hall and dining facilities are accessible to persons with disabilities. Handicapped-accessible rooms are available upon request.  


The retreat includes five delicious vegetarian meals:

  • Sunday: Dinner
  • Monday: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Tuesday: Breakfast

Please note any food allergies or dietary restrictions on the registration form.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact: 

Patsy St. Blanc

Registration Manager

Registration and Release Info:

$50 Registration Fee covers the cost of 5 vegetarian meals. It does not include any compensation to Flowering Lotus for lodging or general administration costs. It does not include compensation to the teacher. Opportunities for dana (generosity) financial contributions to Flowering Lotus and the teachers will be available at the retreat.  



    This includes registration. This fee does not include post-retreat dana/donation for teachers.

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