Fri, Mar 20 | Homestead Education Center

In Harmony With Reality - with Acharya Christie Bates.

March 20-22, 2020 | Part of the cultivation of mental and emotional well-being is weeding out that which chokes healthy growth.
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In Harmony With Reality - with Acharya Christie Bates.

Time & Location

Mar 20, 2020, 6:00 PM CDT – Mar 22, 2020, 11:00 AM CDT
Homestead Education Center, 402 Lake Valley Dr, Starkville, MS 39759, USA

About the Event

Part of the cultivation of mental and emotional well-being is weeding out that which chokes healthy growth. In this weekend retreat with Acharya Christie Bates, you’ll come to recognize four types of misperception that are like weeds running rampant in our human conditioning. We’ll spend time in a variety of ways – silent meditation, mindful walking practice, and facilitated discussion – all within the structure we create together in the safety and support of the Five Precepts. As we identify and begin to clear these weeds of misperception, we'll get a glimpse of what it's like to live in harmony with reality. This retreat is suitable for anyone interested in meditation, mindfulness, and clear seeing.

What to bring:

- Comfortable Modest Clothing -

- Healthy snack(s) to share with group (vegetarian or vegan)

- Water Bottle with a lid

- Easy to slip on and off shoes

- Journal (optional)

- Yoga Mat (optional)

Initial reservation fee: $50 (does not include post-retreat donation/dana).

Teacher Bio: 

Christie Bates (Acharya Passatininna) is a Dharmacharya (Lay Minister) of the Embracing Simplicity Contemplative Order, ordained in October 2016 by Venerable Pannavati and Venerable Pannadipa. Known for her warmth and her ability to translate between traditions, Christie’s teachings help bring clarity where there is confusion. She is co-founder and co-facilitator of Deep South Dharma, a Buddhist community based in Oxford, Mississippi with outreach far beyond.

Teacher Professional and Social Links:


Deep South Dharma: 

Counseling & Spiritual Direction practice:

The Deep South Dharma Podcast is available on Anchor, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcast, Breaker, Overcast, Pocket Casts, and RadioPublic.


The Homestead is a 5-bedroom, 4-bath lakefront lodge that sleeps 22 people; it will be necessary for retreatants to share rooms. Bedlinens and towels will be provided.

Space is limited, so register today. If we run out of rooms in the lodge, you are welcome to pitch a tent on the grounds (no formal campsites). There are also hotel accommodations nearby.


The retreat includes 5 delicious vegetarian meals.

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

Patsy St. Blanc

Registration Manager

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