An Online Weekend Retreat
Friday, September 18, 7:00 PM through Sunday, September 20, noon
One of the first insights of meditation practice is the recognition that ‘our minds have a mind of their own.' Thoughts often seem to arise of their own accord, with little or no apparent prompting. And, when we look more deeply, we begin to see that these thoughts are coloring the reality and quality of our moment-to-moment experience. Often, these previously unnoticed thoughts create a mental “cage” of worry, dissatisfaction, sadness, irritation and more.
Where do these thoughts come from? Do we ever stop to question their validity? Do we know the difference between wholesome and unwholesome ones? Are we simply at the mercy of a mind out of control? It might seem that we are and that we have no choice about the kinds of things that arise in our minds.
Yet the teachings of the Buddha tell us it need not be this way. Through mindfulness, we can learn to recognize and investigate the thoughts that arise in our mind without becoming entangled in reactivity. This is the path leading to a mind of ease, clarity and equanimity.
Through the teachings presented in talks, guided meditations, experiential exercises, and group discussions, participants in this retreat will develop new ways of understanding their thoughts and learn practices for relating to them in new and healthier ways.
The retreat, beginning Friday evening, September 18 and ending Sunday at noon, September 20, is open to both FCM members and non-members and is appropriate for those who are newer to meditation and the teachings and practices of Buddhism. The retreat will also be beneficial for experienced practitioners who wish to renew their understanding and practice of these fundamental teachings. The retreat will consist of a Friday evening session (7 to 9 pm), an all day Saturday session (7 am to 9 pm), and a Sunday session (7 am to noon). The retreat will be conducted entirely on Zoom.
The retreat registration fee is $40. A number of Retreat Scholarships are available. Please click here to see FCM’s Retreat Scholarship Policy and for an Application, which needs to be submitted prior to the registration deadline for this retreat.
Please note that your registration does not guarantee acceptance into the retreat. Once registration has closed, all who registered will be considered for acceptance into the retreat. You will be notified if you have been accepted into the retreat within a few days of the closing of registration.
The retreat registrar will be sending additional information to accepted registrants before the retreat including daily schedules, Zoom instructions and suggestions to help prepare you for a meaningful retreat experience from your home. For more information, contact Angie at
Registration is limited to 40 individuals and will close on September 11.
Angie Parrish will be leading this retreat. Angie has been a student of Buddhism and mindfulness for over 20 years. After a 1999 retreat with Thich Nhat Hanh, she became a student of Fred Eppsteiner's and a member of the Florida Community of Mindfulness. Angie brought the fruits of her experience in mindfulness and meditation into her professional career as an employee benefits consultant for a wide variety of organizations, including developing many employee training programs. Angie is a qualified teacher of MBSR and is a frequent teacher of classes and other programs at the FCM Tampa Center.