Weekend Away Retreat

December 1-3 (Hawthorne, FL)

with Kadam Carol Lutker & Gen Kelsang Chokyan

Nourishing Our Most Important Relationships

Buddha explained that if we wish to enjoy good relationships, it is essential that we learn to distinguish between love and desirous attachment. These two minds are easily confused but attachment gives rise to suffering such as craving, jealousy and conflict; whereas love never produces problems. During this retreat you will learn how to distinguish between these minds, free yourself from attachment and cultivate pure love for others. If we practice in this way our mind will remain peaceful and our relations will be enjoyable, stable and fulfilling.

Retreat sessions are guided by Kadam Carol Lutker and Gen Kelsang Chokyan, resident teachers of the Kadampa Buddhist Centers in Jacksonville and Tampa. These skilled instructors have many years of training in the teachings and meditation techniques of the New Kadampa Tradition of Buddhism established by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Each session includes instruction, traditional prayers and guided meditations for healing the mind and establishing inner peace.

Luther Springs Camp and Conference Center sits on 380 acres on a serene lake with miles of quiet walking trails and meditation spaces. There is also a swimming pool perfect for families with children. Accommodations include hotel style rooms, dormitories, cabins, camping and RV sites. Three vegetarian meals a day will be served as well and coffee, tea, and refreshments during breaks.

Children’s classes will be held during the meditation sessions.

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Luther Springs Camp & Conference Center
264 Vause Lake Rd
Hawthorne, FL 32640


$75 per person includes all events, vegetarian meals and refreshments during breaks. Children under 13 may attend free. Lodging prices are additional as listed below.


All prices are per person.

Camping (bring own tent): $75
shower blocks available

Cabin (bring own bedding): $85
12 bunks beds with A/C and showers

Single Room: $225

Double Room: $135

Triple Room: $125

Family Room: $120
2 adults and up to 4 children

RV Hookups are available. Please call or email to arrange details and pricing.


Friday, December 1

3:00-5:30pm Check-in and Registration
5:30-6:30pm Dinner
7:00-8:30pm Introduction – Kadam Carol

Saturday, December 2

7:30-9:00am Breakfast
9:00-10:15am Teaching and Meditation – Gen Chokyan
11:00-12:15pm Teaching and Meditation — Kadam Carol
12:30-1:30pm Lunch
3:00-4:15pm Teaching and Meditation – Gen Chokyan
5:00-6:00pm Meditation– Kadam Carol
6:30-7:30pm Dinner
8:00-9:00pm Chanted Prayers – WFJ (optional)

Sunday, December 3

7:30-9:00pm Breakfast
9:00-10:15am Teaching and Meditation – Gen Chokyan
11:00-12:15pm Teaching and Meditation — Kadam Carol
12:30-1:30pm Lunch
1:30pm Cleaning & Packing Up