MEDITATION RETREATS

THURSDAY NIGHT MEDITATION

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.

INTRODUCTION TO MEDITATION

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 Somatic Meditation: How to enter the body and how to abide there. The classical term for this is Shamatha, which means “calm abiding.” This is the fundamental basis for Mindfulness.

This style of meditation springs from the lineage of the Tibetan master, Chögyam Trungpa.

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

INTENSIVE MEDITATION RETREAT

A weekend retreat for those who already have established a basic meditation practice. The heart of the weekend is The Somatic Round — a way of integrating sitting, walking and writing meditation. We will focus on the Advanced Practice of Somatic Meditation: Abiding in-body and listening deeply to the questions and themes that arise.

This style of meditation springs from the lineage of the Tibetan master, Chögyam Trungpa.

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

BREAKTHROUGH MEDITATION RETREAT

The Breakthrough Meditation Retreat will follow the same format as the Intensive — but will add one more day of sitting by beginning on Thursday night.

This style of meditation springs from the lineage of the Tibetan master, Chögyam Trungpa.

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

5 DAY SESSHIN

Sesshin is an ancient form of intense retreat that uses silence and sitting to help “clarify the mind.” If you already have a consistent sitting practice and want to take it to the next level — this is the retreat for you!

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.

This style of meditation springs from the lineage of the Tibetan master, Chögyam Trungpa.

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

SOLITARY RETREATS IN OUR HERMITAGE

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

THEMATIC RETREATS

INTRODUCTION TO THE ENNEAGRAM

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

 

NAVIGATING THE SECOND HALF OF LIFE

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 Navigating the Second Half of Life Weekend 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 and practice the art of conscious aging!

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

WALKING THE INNER CAMINO

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 

PRACTICING WITH THE ENNEAGRAM

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 

CHOOSE A THEME OF YOUR OWN

If you have a group of four or more that wants to explore a specific theme more deeply, contact me and we will see what we can set up. We will need plenty of advance notice if you want a full weekend retreat; less notice if you want only a day retreat.

Day Retreat: $100/PERSON (Lunch included) | 9 AM — 3PM

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