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Cultivating the Courageous Heart: A Loving Kindness and Qigong Retreat

  • 12 Jul 2024
  • 5:00 PM
  • 14 Jul 2024
  • 4:00 PM
  • In-Person Only
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  • We will notify all applicants as to whether or not they are accepted.
  • We will notify all applicants as to whether or not they are accepted.

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with Angie Parrish, Maria Teresa Jaureguizar and David Braasch


In the midst of life’s challenges, we can offer the healing balm of loving kindness (mettā in Pali) to ourselves and others through cultivating a courageous heart – one that is open to all beings, tender and compassionate.

Our weekend retreat will focus on cultivating this quality of mettā, weaving together teachings on loving kindness with qigong, aligning body, breath, and movement with a loving and open heart. Using guided practices to bring mindfulness of body, heart and mind to both movement and stillness, we will explore how to meet the challenges of life with more equanimity, open-heartedness and compassion, and to work skillfully with obstacles that get in our way. Beginners and experienced practitioners are welcome.

Registration Process
Retreat registration is a two-part process. First, please submit the general information requested on this application. Then, once you complete this application, your confirmation email will include a link to a Confidential Health Questionnaire (CHQ). Please note that the CHQ is required so that we can determine suitability for this retreat; your application to participate in this retreat will not be considered without it.

Retreat Logistics

FCM's retreat center in Tampa, Florida provides a beautiful and serene refuge from the noise and business of our everyday lives. Set among our bamboo gardens, walking paths and pond, our center offers comfortable double-occupancy accommodations in our Great Cloud residence hall, nourishing vegan meals and ample indoor and outdoor meditation spaces for personal reflection.

This retreat is in-person only participation at FCM's Tampa Center. The retreat will begin with orientation at 5:00 pm on Friday, July 12 and ends on Sunday at 4:00 pm, July 14. Participation is open to both FCM members and non-members.

The fee for in-person participation is $180 for overnighters and $140 for commuters. The deadline for application for this retreat will be June 15, Waitlist will then openWe will notify all applicants by June 17 as to whether or not they have been accepted into the retreat. For those accepted, the balance of the fee will be then be due by June 24, otherwise the spot will be given to another applicant. Please click here to read FCM's Retreat Cancellation Policy.

FCM aspires to support the retreat experience for all who are on this path, and thus retreat scholarships are available and encouraged if it would support your participation. 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. The teachings are offered in the Buddhist tradition of Dana, wherein the teachers freely give of themselves to the students out of gratitude for what they ’ve received from their teachers and a desire to be of service. The student ’s response is also based on Dana, i.e., generosity that naturally flows from a sense of appreciation of the value of Dharma and gratitude to the living lineage.

The Retreat Coordinator will be sending additional information to accepted registrants closer to the retreat start date.

The last day to register for this retreat is June 15.

Retreat Leaders

Angie Parrish 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 many employee training programs.

Angie is a Dharma Instructor with FCM, having been given permission by FCM’s teacher Fred Eppsteiner to share the Buddha’s teachings with the sangha. She is also a Qualified Teacher of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and is a frequent teacher of classes and retreats at FCM.

Maria Teresa Jaureguizar formally began on the Buddhist path in 1996 and became a student of Fred Eppsteiner in 2012. She is an ordained member of the Order of Interbeing and completed the three year Dharma Transmission Program. Maria Teresa currently serves as FCM Community Leader and finds joy mentoring others in the practice, and spending time in nature.

She is happily married and has two dogs, a bunny, and a bird.

David Braasch has been a student of mindfulness and meditation at the Florida Community of Mindfulness since 2015, where he has taught Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation, Buddhism: The Basics, and Mindfulness for Educators. He has been a student of Tai Chi, Aikido, and is a certified Qigong teacher under Holden Qigong of Santa Cruz, CA.


For more information, please contact Angie at

Florida Community of Mindfulness, Tampa Center
6501 N. Nebraska Avenue
Tampa, FL 33604

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