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.