May 19th – 21st, 2017 retreat

The May 19th – 21st, 2017 retreat is quickly approaching. Please go to the web site, select the Retreats tab, then select the PDF links to read about the retreat. There is still plenty of room and there is financial assistance if needed. Please contact us for any concerns or questions that you may have. Contact information given below.
Call: (812) 434-6643.
or message on Facebook.

Thank you

The Still Mountain group (of Ann Arbor, MI) retreat

We have received word from another group called The Still Mountain group (of Ann Arbor, MI) that they are sponsoring a week-long insight meditation retreat, which will be taught by Shaila Catherine, on May 6-13, 2017, at Colombiere Retreat Center in Clarkston, in southeast Michigan.

Leader Information: Shaila Catherine is the founder and guiding teacher of Insight South Bay in California. She also teaches at various places around the US, including Insight Meditation Society and the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies. For complete information including pricing and registration materials, here’s a link to the Still Mountain website or attached PDF file:

Please contact Becky Freligh if anyone is interested and has questions that this material doesn’t answer and she will place you in direct contact to the retreat manager.
Email: Becky Freligh
Subject: Shaila Catherine, on May 6-13, 2017

Practicing Zen in the 21st Century Retreat March 11-13

Practicing Zen in the 21st Century Retreat March 11-13


Mindful Heart Buddha Sangha will be sponsoring a retreat with Zen teacher Dr. Richard Sears (Venerable Jishou Dharma) March 11-13. Dr. Sears will be teaching on the subject of “Practicing Zen in the 21st Century”. This will be a nonresidential retreat. During these days of training there will be periods of sitting, walking, and eating meditation, the opportunity to participate in teacher interviews, and engage in koan practice. Lunch and dinner will be provided on the 12th and lunch only on the 13th. If you would like to attend but cannot attend all of the sessions, you are still welcome. If the cost is prohibitive, please let us know. Scholarships are available.

Click here for a biography of Dr. Sears and a short description of the retreat.

On the evening of Friday March 11 at 7PM there will be a reception and public talk by Dr. Sears at Mindful Heart’s meditation hall.

On Saturday March 12th from 9am until 9pm the retreat will be at Willow Pond Retreat Center near Oakland City, Indiana.

On Sunday March 13th the retreat will again be at Willow Pond and will begin at 9am and conclude at 2pm after lunch. Note that Sunday morning we will be on Daylight Savings Time. Carpooling can be arranged between the Evansville meditation hall and Willow Pond for Saturday and Sunday. See attachment for driving directions. GPS does not always locate this place!

The cost is $25 and will be paid at the time of registration. In addition to that, each person is invited to give dana to the teacher at the end of the retreat AND each retreatant will be asked to bring a food contribution for one of the three meals. After the deadline for registration, registrants will be notified to discuss details about food contributions.

In order to meet the February 26 deadline, please complete the registration form and enclose it in an envelope with payment of $25. Make checks payable to Mindful Heart Buddha Sangha. Leave this envelope in the dana box or mail it to:
Mindful Heart Buddha Sangha
Zen Retreat
600 N Weinbach, Suite 220
Evansville, Indiana 47711

Click here for Registration Form.

GPS does not always work to find this beautiful remote place. Please see the attachment for driving directions. It should take 35 to 40 minutes to make the trip between Mindful Heart’s meditation hall and Willow Pond Retreat Center.

Click here for driving directions.


Reminder: Next weekend Carol Blotter will be at Mindful Heart Buddha Sangha.

Friday evening (June 20th) there will be an open session from 7pm-9pm (no registration required). For more information see previous post CULTIVATING CONTENTMENT open session

On Saturday morning the retreat begins.
Retreat Schedule
Saturday, June 21st
• 9:00 am to 6:00 pm – Retreat
• 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm – optional extended meditation
Sunday, June 22nd
• 9:00 am to Noon – Retreat
• Noon, Potluck lunch
Suggested fee for the retreat is on a voluntary sliding scale from $25 to $75. Additionally, it is customary to offer Dana to the teacher.
For more information see previous CULTIVATING CONTENTMENT Nonresidential Retreat
*Note the original retreat schedule was modified to make the Friday evening session optional.


As a lead-in to the Cultivating Contentment Retreat with Carol Blotter there will be an open session Friday, June 20th from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Please join us even if you are not planning to attend the retreat on Saturday and Sunday.
• Open to the public – no charge, no pre-registration
• Carol Blotter is our guest teacher from Michigan. Information about Carol Blotter can be found at Carol Blotter Info
• Session will include a Dhamma talk/instruction and a meditation
• Sangha will be open at 1:00 PM until event for anyone who can join us for sitting and walking meditations.


Mindful Heart Buddha Sangha invites you to participate in a three-day non-residential
retreat, “Everything Arises, Everything Passes Away” beginning Friday evening,
September 16th, 2011 and ending at noon on Sunday, September 19th, 2011. The
retreat will be held at Mindful Heart Buddha Sangha’s meditation space located in the
Bradford Park Office Complex, 600 N. Weinbach Ave., Suite 960, Evansville, Indiana

Mary MacGregor, Mindful Heart Buddha Sangha’s Senior Teacher will lead the retreat
with the assistance of Mike Boren, Jan Carter and Caron Leader. The retreat will consist
of sitting & walking meditation along with Dharma talks.
The cost of the retreat is $100.00. The retreat fee will be used to cover operating
expenses only. You make an additional donation of Dana to the Sangha if you wish.
Any additional donations will be given to the Mindful Heart Buddha Sangha. If you are
experiencing a financial hardship, financial assistance may be requested. However, due
to the current financial status of the Mindful Heart Buddha Sangha, assistance might be

The retreat will begin with registration at 5:30 p.m. on Friday evening followed by
instructions, Dharma talk and sitting meditation. We will begin on Saturday at 8:30 a.m.
and end at 4:30 p.m. There will be an evening meditation option available. We will start
again at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday. The retreat will conclude at 12:00 p.m. sharing a potluck

This will be a silent retreat other than designated question and answer times. In order to
gain the most of a non-residential retreat, it is recommended that you continue your
silence at non-meditation times throughout the entire weekend. This includes times
when you are at your home or hotel as well as during meals. To ease the logistics of the
retreat, we ask that you eat your meals prior to or after the retreat times with the
exception of Saturday’s lunch. Please bring a sack lunch for this meal. The Sangha will
have tea and water but you may wish to bring your own drink as well. At the conclusion
of the retreat, we will join together for a potluck meal. We ask that you bring a
vegetarian dish to share.

To register, please fill out the registration form along with a $50.00 deposit. Mail to:
Mindful Heart Buddha Sangha
Attn.: Non-residential retreat
Bradford Office Complex
600 N. Weinbach Avenue, Suite 960
Evansville, IN 47711

We hope that you take advantage of this retreat opportunity. It is a great way to
strengthen and/or energize your practice. Your attendance also supports the
maintenance of Mindful Heart Buddha Sangha. If you have any questions, please call
812.434.6643 or email

Residential Retreat with Annie Nugent

The Mindful Heart Buddha Sangha & The Awakening Heart Dharma Group of the Carbondale Unitarian Fellowship are hosting a retreat with Annie Nugent. Sat. May 19th
Registration beginning at 9:00 a.m. with retreat starting at 10:00 a.m. Retreat ends after the noon meal on Thurs. May 24. Weekend option: ends Sunday after the evening meal, May 20th.
Prices: Entire retreat $660.00 single occupancy/$510.00 double $300.00 deposit Weekend option: $200.00 single/$175.00 double $100.00 deposit
Please click the link below to print the form and mail the completed form with your deposit to:
Annie Nugent Retreat
c/o Mindful Heart Buddha Sangha
Bradford Park Office Complex
600 N. Weinbach Suite 960
Evansville, IN 47711

Deposits must be received by March 31, 2012. No refunds after this date of the deposit amount. The remaining amount will be accepted at the registration table upon arrival or you may pay in full at any time.

Kordes Retreat Center is on the beautiful grounds of the Monastery Immaculate Conception, a Benedictine Convent in Ferdinand, IN. Known to the locals as “the castle on the hill”

TOPIC: Living the Buddha’s Teachings A certain joy comes into our lives when we realize the scope of the Buddha’s teachings – they don’t narrow or limit our lives, rather they bring a growing ease of mind and an expansiveness into life. This retreat is an invitation to explore the depth of the teachings as wisdom and compassion are cultivated in the midst of the fullness and vibrancy of daily life.

Annie Nugent has practiced in the Theravada and Tibetan traditions since 1979 under the guidance of a range of teachers including Sayadaw U Pandita, Tulku Akong Rinpoche and various western teachers. She was the resident teacher at the Insight Meditation Society from 1999-2003 and has since been teaching elsewhere in America, including the annual IMS 3 month retreat and The Forest Refuge. Her teaching style aims to reveal how our all aspects of our lives are opportunities to develop a clear and direct understanding of the Truth.

Click this to print retreat registration form

Retreat Pictures

Pictures from retreat at LaSalle Manor in Plano, Il.

Leigh Brasington, Mary and Santikaro. Teachers for Jhana, dependent co-arising and mindfulness with breathing retreat. Mary, Mike & Caron attended 4/1/10- 4/11/10.

Place where Mary took her precepts, LaSalle Manor in Plano, IL

Retreat Reflections: Balancing the Mind and Heart


We arrived at the retreat center the same way I arrived at Buddhism, generally headed in the right direction, but definitely not a straight path. Located at the Oakwood Retreat Center just east of Muncie IN, we drove into the cornfields looking for the Rainbow Farm, an International Emissary Community. I kept the idea that “it is what it is” in the forefront of my mind, along with a map in my lap. Arriving around 5:30 we were in time for the evening meal but not the retreat orientation. Several of us had been to retreats before and while on the road we discussed the ideas behind a silent retreat as well as the benefits of it. 
The retreat was led by Matthew Flickstein, founder of the Forest Way in Virginia and the author of The Meditator’s Atlas: A Roadmap of the Inner World. For two days (Friday evening to Sunday at noon) we meditated, sitting and walking. We found another reason for focusing on our breath during meditation: there is no baggage attached to the breath. It is automatic, breath in and breath out. Only in extended meditation do you become aware of the subtleties involved, that equanimity allows wisdom to arise because we are not pushing or pulling but we are “being present in our own mind”. 
Matt said that mindfulness means no judgment, just awareness of what is. Maybe not acceptance, but at least a chance to see clearly and perhaps more comprehensively as the mind becomes quiet. While accepting that the world is the way it is, we should make it the best place it can be for us. This realization is much easier to maintain in a calm environment like the Rainbow Farm with trails through woods, gardens and meadows. It gave us the chance to go beyond our usual path outwardly as well as an inward journey to silence. What a luxury! 
On Sunday morning we reviewed the seven qualities of the mind:
  1. Virtue (clears up issues from the past & the present)
  2. Self reliance (ala Emerson-confidence to speak from that truth)
  3. Concentration (brings stability to the mind)
  4. Well being (living now is living outside of time: no past no future)
  5. Wisdom (live with I don’t know)
  6. Spiritual insight (eradication of identifying with the mind)
  7. Freedom, surrender (that meditation isn’t, getting used to is) 
The awareness of these qualities and using them with heart brings the dhamma to our everyday life. With this thought in mind, we found a straighter journey homeward albeit with much laughter and talk about our individual experiences at the retreat, and a promise to continue our voyage further into Buddhism. 
Metta, Jan Carter