On Thursday Nights, from 7-8:30, Loose Leaf Hollow is open to all who want to practice sitting meditation. We normally have two sitting periods with a walking meditation session in between.
The sessions are free and open to the public.



A three-hour session for those who are interested in beginning to develop an in-body meditation practice. This session will focus on the Fundamentals of Meditation: How to descend into the body and  abide in the awakening heart.


Call or email to schedule your session.
Suggested Donation: $90





This intensive weekend of meditation is our most popular retreat at Loose Leaf Hollow. Whether you’re just starting a meditation practice, or a veteran meditator who wants to recharge or turbocharge their practice — this is the retreat for you!


$250 private room | $200 shared room— Friday 7PM—Sunday Noon


THE 4-DAY BREAKTHROUGH | Dropping the Veils


This retreat goes further into the silence than the Intensive, and explores practices that transform troubling emotions into wisdom, compassion and guidance.

$375 private room | $275 shared room Thursday 7PM —Sunday Noon


  THE 6-DAY SESSHIN | Dancing with Mystery



The ultimate retreat offered at Loose Leaf Hollow. The Sesshin includes and transcends the work we do in both the Intensive and Breakthrough retreats. The Sesshin is designed for seasoned and serious meditators who want to develop practices that explore the hidden  mysteries of the human heart.



      As this is our longest, most intense retreat, most meals will be eaten in silence. There will be opportunities for one-on-one consultation and community conversation — but non-essential conversation will be discouraged in an effort to deepen the silence.


$450 private room | $350 shared room Tuesday 7PM —Sunday Noon


Our hermitage, Ti Hollow, is available for solitary retreat throughout the year. Ti Hollow has everything you need for a deep, solitary retreat: a full kitchen, a full bathroom, comfortable seating, a back porch that looks out into a gorgeous beech glade, and plenty of silence. Only 5 minutes walk from Loose Leaf Hollow, our hermitage is a perfect spot to get maximum peace and quiet.

$80 per night | Contact Joe for available dates



If you are ready to begin the spiritual journey from a life of compulsion to a life of contemplation — this day of retreat is for you. The Enneagram provides the best road map I know for that journey. And the Enneagram also acts as a “psychic catalyzer” to quicken your “spiritual metabolism” and give you more energy for the journey.

This special one-day format will introduce you to the essence of the Enneagram — and to the many ways you can apply it to your daily life. Once you access the energy and momentum of the Enneagram — they’ll be no stopping you!

Individual Consultations: 1-4 PM. Call or email to schedule your session.

Group Retreats: 9AM-3PM (including lunch). Call or email to schedule your session.

Suggested Donation: $90



Either the lightning has struck and you realize that you are getting older, or your parents are getting older and perhaps you are caring for them. Or maybe, you’ve retired from your job and are wondering, “Well, what do I do now?” 


     The Amazing Grace in Aging  is designed to be a gentle flow of relaxation, reflection and renewal — all with the goal of learning how to engage with aging as a profound spiritual practice. Come experience the amazing grace  in aging!

$250 private room | $200 shared room— Friday 7PM —Sunday Noon


Since the Middle Ages, hundreds of thousands of pilgrims have walked the 800 km Camino de Santiago across Northern Spain. It is a pilgrimage well-worth taking. The essential human pilgrimage, however, is not to Santiago — but rather, it is the inner pilgrimage to the True Self.
Buddha, Jesus, Teresa of Avila, Rumi, Dante, Kabir, Mary Oliver, Thomas Merton, Pema Chodron and John of the Cross are just a few of the amazing human beings from all traditions who have walked the Inner Camino ahead of us. We will use their maps for direction, and their lives for inspiration — as we accompany one another along The Way.

This a perfect retreat for people who want to take “the next step” in their lives!

$250 private room | $200 shared room Friday 7PM —Sunday Noon 


A retreat spent taking our understanding of the enneagram to a deeper level — with an emphasis on The Alchemy of Relationship. The retreat will integrate conversation and deeper exploration of the enneagram via the practice of meditation. This retreat is perfect for folks who already know their fundamental enneagram temperament, but want to know how to practice with it.

Recommended Reading: The Positive Enneagram by Susan Rhodes.

$250 private room | $200 shared room Friday 7PM —Sunday Noon 


A retreat that focuses on Jesus as a Wisdom Master. We will be contemplating the parables of Jesus, the Aramaic “Lord’s Prayer” and “Beatitudes,”  and The Gospel of Thomas. This retreat is only offered twice a year — during Lent and Advent.


Weekend Retreat: $250 private room | $200 shared room — Friday 7PM —Sunday Noon

CONTEMPLATION IN ACTION ( or “How to be in the world, but not of it!”)


A retreat for people who feel a strong commitment to activism and justice, but also want to avoid burn out and overwhelm! We will be practicing contemplative sitting and writing, and learning from icons of “contemplation in action” such as Buddha, Jesus, Dr. King, Thomas Merton, Dorothy Day, Thich Nhat Hanh, Pema Chodron and angel Kyodo williams.




Weekend Retreat: $250 private room | $200 shared room — Friday 7PM —Sunday Noon

In Their Own Words …

Reflections on breakthrough retreats by the participants

Over the years I had developed a meditation practice, but it was not until I attended an intensive Sesshin that I realized how deeply and profoundly meditation can transform your life. Five days of meditation, writing, and Joe’s teachings allowed me to go deeper than just a daily practice allows. This has transformed my life

Janet Ferguson,
Cincinnati, OH

The Sesshin is an incredibly deep experience. Let the gentle routine of sitting, walking, writing take you inward for five days. You find peace, hope, and understanding where you never expected. Spend hours in deep silence when you hear the whispering hints of your true self.

Kyle Cook,
Nashville, TN

Sesshin has become my annual pilgrimage where I walk in my own skin and connect deeply with silence and inner life.   Each time I find renewed energy and direction for living, growing and loving. It’s become my North Star, always guides me home.

Jan Calvert,

Louisville, KY