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Upcoming Retreats

Our calendar lists upcoming retreats of FCM in Tampa and other locations. Please click on an event for more information or to register. More information about FCM's retreats can also be found in our Programs section.


    • 05 Jan 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Tampa Center 6501 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa, FL 33604
    Register

    This half day is open to everyone, whether you are just beginning to meditate or have been meditating a long while. It is an opportunity to deepen your experience of the 11th Step, Prayer & Meditation. The theme for the day will be Turning Over a New Leaf: Seeing Through our Habits with Mindfulness.


    Participants do not have to belong to a 12 Step Program. We’ll have guided meditations with instructions, related talks, and Q&A. At 12:30, we'll break for fellowship and lunch. Please bring your own vegetarian bag lunch.


    The day will be led by Marilyn Warlick and Ruth Fishel.


    Marilyn, a LCSW, has recently retired from the VA Medical Center. For over 20 years her mindful teaching of substance abuse recovery has reached many residents and outpatients of treatment programs and the homeless community. She is a deep-rooted practicing member of Florida Community of Mindfulness and had led a number of retreats and workshops for Meditation in Recovery. Marilyn is a regular teacher for our Mindfulness in Recovery meditation group.


    Ruth has been sober for 45 years has been a daily meditator for 40 years. As a long standing member of Florida Community of Mindfulness, Ruth has led many workshops and retreats for the recovery community. She is an author of a number of inspiring books on mindfulness and recovery. Ruth is a co-founder of Serenity, Inc. a recovery program for alcohol and drug addicted women. She is a regular teacher for our Mindfulness in Recovery meditation group.




    • 12 Jan 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave, Tampa, FL 33604
    Register

    The Day will involve sitting and walking mindfulness meditation, guided meditations and reflections, Dharma teachings by Fred, an opportunity for questions and answers, silent lunch, some lazy time, and mindful movements. Participants are requested to please respect and appreciate noble silence during the duration of the formal activities of the day. An opportunity for sharing and mindful conversation will be provided towards the end of the day.

     

    For your own benefit and the benefit of all, we ask that you plan to remain for the entire day.

     

    While this event is free and open to all practitioners, it is necessary to register in advance to help with our planning and set-up.  Because many people have expressed a desire to make donations online rather than bringing cash or a check to the Daylong Retreat, we offer several registration options that permit an online donation. However, please understand that you do not need to make an online donation to register and that we welcome any support you may wish to offer in our "dana bowl" at the Daylong Retreat itself. Your generosity in providing a donation or "Dana" for the support of our teacher and Practice Center is greatly appreciated.

     

    Contact name and email for more information - Katy Shields, katyshieldsartist@gmail.com

          
    • 24 Jan 2019
    • 6:00 PM
    • 28 Jan 2019
    • 1:00 PM
    • Franciscan Center, 3010 N Perry Avenue, Tampa, FL 33603
    Registration is closed

        

    Florida Community of Mindfulness

    Winter 2019 Retreat


    Mind Training: How To Use the Thinking Mind to Support Your Transformation (rather than sabotaging it!)


    For many meditators and followers of a spiritual path, the thinking mind is often perceived as the enemy.  Our thoughts, we think, are the obstacle to our having a peaceful mind, so like an enemy, we need to get rid of them or overcome them or subjugate them. Thus we enter an endless struggle of control/domination with our very own thinking mind. Yet, there is another way.  The Buddhist tradition of mind training offers us a clear methodology for simply changing the way we think rather than calling us to do battle with our own natural thinking mind; we learn to think and perceive life in an enlightened way rather than the opposite. Right Thinking is one of the eight pillars of the Buddhist path of healing and transformation.


    Relying on traditional Buddhist teachings and practices of mind training, Fred will be presenting these teachings and practices with clarity and concreteness so that they can easily become a daily practice each participant can embrace. As usual, this will be a silent retreat. The silence affords participants the opportunity to deepen their meditative experience while absorbing the experiential meaning of the teachings and practices presented during the retreat. 


    The retreat is being held in Tampa, Florida at The Franciscan Center, located on the Hillsborough River. The registration fee covers both room and board (three vegetarian meals daily), as well as any administrative and incidental expenses connected to the retreat but does not include any offerings to the teacher. Students will have an opportunity to make an offering for the teachings at the conclusion of the retreat.


    The retreat begins with dinner on Thursday, January 24, and ends after lunch on Monday, January 28. We ask that all retreatants attend the entire time of the retreat; if you cannot arrive by 6 pm on January 24 and stay until lunch on Monday, January 28, please do not register. No late arrivals or early departures are permitted, as they significantly interfere with the process of retreat for everyone.


    The Franciscan Center has both single and double occupancy accommodations. If you are seeking double occupancy and have someone you wish to room with, please indicate their name when you register. Otherwise, you will be placed in a room with another participant who has requested double occupancy as well. The registration fee for single occupancy is $450 and the fee for double-occupancy is $395. A limited number of Retreat Scholarships may be available. Please click here to see FCMs Retreat Scholarship Policy and for an Application, which must be submitted prior to the registration deadline for this retreat.


    Please note that participation in this retreat is open only to members of the Florida Community of Mindfulness. While participation in our weekly meditations and Daylong Retreats is open to everyone, membership in FCM is for persons wanting to deepen their practice of living an awakened life by being part of a dedicated practice community, having a direct relationship with a Dharma teacher, and participating in practice opportunities such as Intensives and longer retreats. 


    Once registration has closed, all members who registered by the posted cut off date will be considered for acceptance into the retreat based on creating a balance between newer members and longer term ones; between those whove gone to several or many retreats in the past year and those who havent; between those that live in the Tampa Bay area and those that live in other places.


    Please note that your registration does not guarantee acceptance into the retreat. Registrants will receive an email stating either acceptance into the retreat or placement on the waiting list within a few days of the closing of registration.


    The retreat registrar will be sending additional information to accepted registrants before the retreat begins, including directions to the Franciscan Center and other retreat information.


    The last day to register for the retreat is December 12. 



    • 08 Feb 2019
    • 7:00 PM
    • 09 Feb 2019
    • 4:30 PM
    • FCM Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave, Tampa, FL 33604
    Register

    Inside the Grass Hut

    with Ben Connelly


    The Florida Community of Mindfulness welcomes Ben Connelly, author of Inside the Grass Hut, as he invites us to enter the mind and practice of Zen by applying the insights of one of Zen’s classic poems to your life—here and now.


    Shitou Xiqian’s “Song of the Grass Roof Hermitage” is a remarkably accessible work of profound depth; in thirty-two lines Shitou expresses the breadth of the entire Buddhist tradition with simple, vivid imagery. Ben Connelly’s commentary on the poem unpacks the timeless poem and applies it to contemporary life. His book delivers a wealth of information on the context and content of this eighth-century work, as well as directly evokes the poem's themes of simple living, calm, and a deep sense of connection to all things. Ben will be sharing this teaching with us in a nonresidential retreat which begins 7 to 9 pm on Friday evening, February 8, and continues on Saturday from 9 am to 4 pm. 


    Ben began Zen practice at Minnesota Zen Meditation Center (MZMC) in 2001, was ordained in 2009, and received dharma transmission in 2015. He teaches regularly at MZMC and at Zen centers across the US. He also teaches secular mindfulness in a variety of contexts such as police training, addiction recovery groups, and wellness groups. Ben is also a musician by profession: a singer and songwriter, guitar teacher, film composer and multi-instrumentalist. His first book, Inside the Grass Hut, Living Shitou's Classic Zen Poem (Wisdom Publications) was published in 2014, and his second Inside Vasubandhu's Yogacara: A Practitioner's Guide, was published by Wisdom in 2016. His most recent book is Mindfulness and Intimacy, which he will discuss at our weekly Sunday meditation on February 10. 


    The suggested donation for the retreat is $60, or $30 for those needing a reduced rate. Retreat registration will close on February 3.


    • 16 Feb 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave, Tampa, FL 33604
    Register

    The Day will involve sitting and walking mindfulness meditation, guided meditations, a Dharma teaching by a Senior Student, an opportunity for questions and answers, silent lunch, some lazy time, and mindful movements. Participants are requested to please respect and appreciate noble silence during the duration of the formal activities of the day. An opportunity for sharing and mindful conversation will be provided towards the end of the day.

     

    For your own benefit and the benefit of all, we ask that you plan to remain for the entire day.

     

    While this event is free and open to all practitioners, it is necessary to register in advance to help with our planning and set-up.  Because many people have expressed a desire to make donations online rather than bringing cash or a check to the Daylong Retreat, we offer several registration options that permit an online donation. However, please understand that you do not need to make an online donation to register and that we welcome any support you may wish to offer in our "dana bowl" at the Daylong Retreat itself. Your generosity in providing a donation or "Dana" for the support of our teacher and Practice Center is greatly appreciated.

     

    Contact name and email for more information - Katy Shields, katyshieldsartist@gmail.com

           
    While this event is free and open to all practitioners, it is necessary to register in advance to help with our planning and set-up.  Because many people have expressed a desire to make donations online rather than bringing cash or a check to the Day of Mindfulness, we offer several registration options that permit an online donation. However, please understand that you do not need to make an online donation to register and that we welcome any support you may wish to offer in our "begging bowl" at the Day of Mindfulness itself. Your generosity in providing a donation or "Dana" for the support of our teacher and Practice Center is greatly appreciated.
    • 13 Apr 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave, Tampa, FL 33604
    Register

    The Day will involve sitting and walking mindfulness meditation, guided meditations and reflections, Dharma teachings by Fred, an opportunity for questions and answers, silent lunch, some lazy time, and mindful movements. Participants are requested to please respect and appreciate noble silence during the duration of the formal activities of the day. An opportunity for sharing and mindful conversation will be provided towards the end of the day.

     

    For your own benefit and the benefit of all, we ask that you plan to remain for the entire day.

     

    While this event is free and open to all practitioners, it is necessary to register in advance to help with our planning and set-up.  Because many people have expressed a desire to make donations online rather than bringing cash or a check to the Daylong Retreat, we offer several registration options that permit an online donation. However, please understand that you do not need to make an online donation to register and that we welcome any support you may wish to offer in our "dana bowl" at the Daylong Retreat itself. Your generosity in providing a donation or "Dana" for the support of our teacher and Practice Center is greatly appreciated.

     

    Contact name and email for more information - Katy Shields, katyshieldsartist@gmail.com

          
    • 25 Apr 2019
    • 3:00 PM
    • 28 Apr 2019
    • 1:00 PM
    • Franciscan Center, Tampa, Florida
    • 42
    FCM Spring 2019 Retreat at the Franciscan Center


    Please re-visit this page in February 2019 for a retreat description and to register.

    • 11 May 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave, Tampa, FL 33604
    Register

    The Day will involve sitting and walking mindfulness meditation, guided meditations, a Dharma teaching by a Senior Student, an opportunity for questions and answers, silent lunch, some lazy time, and mindful movements. Participants are requested to please respect and appreciate noble silence during the duration of the formal activities of the day. An opportunity for sharing and mindful conversation will be provided towards the end of the day.

     

    For your own benefit and the benefit of all, we ask that you plan to remain for the entire day.

     

    While this event is free and open to all practitioners, it is necessary to register in advance to help with our planning and set-up.  Because many people have expressed a desire to make donations online rather than bringing cash or a check to the Daylong Retreat, we offer several registration options that permit an online donation. However, please understand that you do not need to make an online donation to register and that we welcome any support you may wish to offer in our "dana bowl" at the Daylong Retreat itself. Your generosity in providing a donation or "Dana" for the support of our teacher and Practice Center is greatly appreciated.

     

    Contact name and email for more information - Katy Shields, katyshieldsartist@gmail.com

           
    While this event is free and open to all practitioners, it is necessary to register in advance to help with our planning and set-up.  Because many people have expressed a desire to make donations online rather than bringing cash or a check to the Day of Mindfulness, we offer several registration options that permit an online donation. However, please understand that you do not need to make an online donation to register and that we welcome any support you may wish to offer in our "begging bowl" at the Day of Mindfulness itself. Your generosity in providing a donation or "Dana" for the support of our teacher and Practice Center is greatly appreciated.
    • 15 Jun 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave, Tampa, FL 33604
    Register

    The Day will involve sitting and walking mindfulness meditation, guided meditations and reflections, Dharma teachings by Fred, an opportunity for questions and answers, silent lunch, some lazy time, and mindful movements. Participants are requested to please respect and appreciate noble silence during the duration of the formal activities of the day. An opportunity for sharing and mindful conversation will be provided towards the end of the day.

     

    For your own benefit and the benefit of all, we ask that you plan to remain for the entire day.

     

    While this event is free and open to all practitioners, it is necessary to register in advance to help with our planning and set-up.  Because many people have expressed a desire to make donations online rather than bringing cash or a check to the Daylong Retreat, we offer several registration options that permit an online donation. However, please understand that you do not need to make an online donation to register and that we welcome any support you may wish to offer in our "dana bowl" at the Daylong Retreat itself. Your generosity in providing a donation or "Dana" for the support of our teacher and Practice Center is greatly appreciated.

     

    Contact name and email for more information - Katy Shields, katyshieldsartist@gmail.com

          

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