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Retreats             Upcoming Retreats

Chinsegut Retreat

Retreats offer a wonderful opportunity to put down your everyday responsibilities and duties, while joining like-minded people in cultivating mindfulness, concentration, and insight. During the course of a retreat, participants can deepen their mindfulness practice, learn new meditation techniques to facilitate healing and transformation, gain a better understanding of the Buddha's teachings and their own minds, and return home renewed and even transformed.

FCM retreats often feature a Dharma talk by teacher Fred Eppsteiner once a day, with approximately another six hours spent in sitting and walking meditation. There are periods of mindful movements, deep sharing and deep listening, and solitary practice.  Retreats are enjoyed in noble silence, except for the times when the group gets together for sharing and discussion.


Retreats typically last for several days. FCM sponsors three different (three-to-four-day) retreats each year in Florida, one in the fall, one in the winter, and one in the spring. Fred also offers a seven-day retreat in June at the Southern Dharma Retreat Center in the mountains of North Carolina.

Meals at retreats are vegetarian. Retreat facilities generally offer single and double rooms.

Please note that because of limited space the fall and winter retreats in Tampa are open to FCM members only. The spring and summer retreats are typically open to both members and non-members. If you wish to attend a restricted retreat please visit our membership page to learn how to become an FCM member.

Retreat Scholarships

FCM has a policy for awarding a limited number of full or partial scholarships for residential retreats.

Full Scholarships fund all registration fees.

Partial Scholarships fund partial registration fees. The remainder of the fee is the responsibility of the retreatant.

Criteria for Awarding Scholarships

  1. Applicant will be an active member of FCM.
  2. Ideally, applicant will have a demonstrated commitment to developing their spiritual/meditative practice, to being of service to the FCM community, and have a financial need. However, all FCM members are welcome to apply for Retreat Scholarships, and each case will be considered on its own merits.
Timetable for applying for full or partial retreat scholarship:
  • Application should be submitted at the time of registering for the retreat.
  • Applicants will be notified regarding Scholarship awards shortly after retreat registration deadline.
Decisions for awarding scholarships will be made by the FCM Teacher and Dharma Programs Leader.

Please click here for a copy of the Retreat Scholarship Application. Please email the completed Application to Dharma-Programs-Leader@floridamindfulness.org at the time of registering for the retreat, and no later than the retreat registration deadline.

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