Away Retreat Near Gainesville

February 9th-11th (Hawthorne, FL)

with Gen Kelsang Chokyan

How to be Happy

There is a very close relationship between our body and our mind, which is why the practice of meditation has the power to heal physical sickness. By creating balance in your mind, you create balance in your body which gives rise to an overall improvement in your health and wellbeing. In this weekend away retreat, taught by American Buddhist monk Gen Kelsang Chokyan, learn this ancient technology that has worked for over 2,500 years. In each session, Gen Chokyan will explore the deeper relationship between the body and mind, and he will explain various methods of meditation for healing body and mind. Enjoy the tranquil and rejuvenating natural environment of Hawthorne, Florida. There will be time in between each session for quiet walks on the nature trails, reading, or relaxing on one of the many porches. Vegetarian and Vegan meals will be provided, and various accommodation types are available. Families are welcome, and if there is enough interest, separate children’s activities will be arranged.

Gen Kelsang Chokyan

Retreat sessions are guided by Gen Kelsang Chokyan, resident teacher of the Kadampa Buddhist Center in Tampa Bay. Gen Chokyan has 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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5:30 pm 6:30 pm Dinner
7:00 pm 8:30 pm Introduction to Retreat
7:30 am 9:00 am Breakfast
9:00 am 10:15 am Teaching and Meditation
11:00 am 12:15 pm Teaching and Meditation
12:30 pm 1:30 pm Lunch
3:00 pm 4:15 pm Teaching and Meditation
5:00 pm 6:00 pm Meditation
6:30 pm 7:30 pm Dinner
7:30 pm 9:00 pm Chanted Prayers (optional)
7:30 am 9:00 am Breakfast
9:00 am 10:15 am Teaching and Meditation
11:00 am 12:15 pm Teaching and Meditation
12:30 pm 1:30 pm Lunch
Luther Springs Camp & Conference Center
264 Vause Lake Rd
Hawthorne, FL 32640


Costs include registration, accommodations, & meals for each adult
(please see accommodations section below).


All prices are per person.

Camping (bring own tent): $90
shower blocks available
Cabin (bring own bedding): $130
12 bunks beds with A/C and showers
Single Room: $220
Double Room: $185
Triple Room & Family Room: $170
Children under 13: $120
No Accommodations: $90
RV Hookups are available. Please call or email to arrange details and pricing.