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Away Retreat

Discount of $20 for onsite accommodations with paid in full registration by March 31

General Retreat Description

On this away retreat we can train in improving our concentration while actualizing the extraordinary capacities for unconditional love, universal compassion and limitless joy that exist naturally within our heart. This will enable us to create and enjoy a fresh perspective on life. During meditation retreat we take ourselves away from our usual routines and distractions, and learn how to go inside and connect with the boundless potential of our own mind. You are warmly invited to participate in this special retreat.


Kadam Carol Lutker from Maitreya Kadampa Buddhist Center in Atlantic Beach and Kelsang Jindak from Vajrapani Kadampa Buddhist Center in Orlando are delighted to guide this retreat.

Located near Gainesville (about a 2 hour drive from both Jacksonville & Orlando) on a 108 acre wildlife refuge with miles of hiking trails, a 1200 square foot meditation room, full vegetarian kitchen, and saltwater pool.
Cushions or chairs are provided in meditation room; or you can bring your own. Bedding and towels are provided in all indoor accommodations except rustic cabins. Vegan meals are included starting with dinner Friday night through lunch on Sunday.
This retreat will enable us to immerse fully in our spiritual practice, providing a meaningful holiday with like-minded friends in a serene and rejuvenating atmosphere.
Onsite accommodations are very limited—registration &  payment are required to reserve your space.

About Silence
To create special retreat conditions we will have silence from Saturday morning upon waking until lunchtime, then from the last session on Saturday for the rest of the evening, and then again from Sunday morning upon waking until lunchtime.


Friday April 5
6:30pm-7:30pm — Dinner
7:30pm-9pm — Session #1 Introduction
Saturday, April 6
7:30am-8:30am — Breakfast
9am-10:30am — Session #2
11am-12:30pm — Session #3
1pm-2pm — Lunch
3pm-4:30pm — Session #4
5pm-6:15pm — Session #5
6:30pm-7:30pm — Dinner
7:45pm-8:30pm — Compassion Buddha Prayers
Sunday, April 7
7:30am-8:30am — Breakfast
9am-10:30am  — Session #6
11am-12:30pm  — Session #7

Choose your accommodation here (prices are per person)

Costs are all inclusive. Accommodations (two nights), vegan meals, and  retreat program included.

Discount of $20 for onsite accommodations with paid in full registration by March 31

Registration closes on April 4

Cancellation policy:
All cancellations until March 31 are subject to a non-refundable deposit of 25%.


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