Weekend Away Retreat

April 14-16 (Hawthorne, FL)

with Kadam Carol Lutker & Gen Kelsang Chokyan

Enjoy a peaceful and relaxing weekend away from the business of daily life, and immerse yourself in the tranquil inner space of meditation. April 15th marks the day when Buddhists around the world celebrate the enlightenment of Buddha. In observance of this year’s event, you are invited to learn the ancient, practical wisdom of Buddha which will help you find your own inner peace and enlightenment in this busy, modern life.

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.

Online registration is closed. Please call if you haven’t registered and would like to attend.

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


3:00-5:30 pm Arrival
5:30-6:30 pm Dinner
7:00 pm Introduction and Meditation on Buddha’s Life with Gen Chokyan
7:00-8:30 am Celebratory Prayers and Offerings (OSG), optional
9:00-10:00 am Breakfast
10:00-11:30 am Teaching and Meditation Session with Kadam Carol
12:00-1:00 pm Lunch
1:30-3:00 pm Teaching and Meditation Session with Gen Chokyan
4:00-5:00 pm Question and Answer with Kadam Carol
5:30-6:30 pm Dinner
7:00-9:00 pm Video: The Life of Buddha (optional)
7:30-8:30 am Breakfast
9:00-10:30 am Teaching and Meditation Session with Gen Chokyan
11:00-12:30 am Teaching and Meditation Session with Kadam Carol
1:00-2:00 pm Lunch and Pack-Up
  • Please remember to observe silence while in the meditation and break-out rooms.
  • Each teaching session will begin with Prayers for Meditation.
  • Each Q&A session will begin with the Liberating Prayer.
Luther Springs Camp & Conference Center
264 Vause Lake Rd
Hawthorne, FL 32640

Pricing & Accommodations

All prices are per person unless noted and include all events, lodging, vegetarian meals and refreshments during breaks.

No lodging: $100
all retreat sessions and meals

Camping (bring own tent): $100
shower blocks available

RV Hookup: $150

Cabin (bring own bedding): $150
12 bunks beds with A/C and showers

Dormitory Style: $175
4-6 bunk beds per room

Hotel Style: $200
2 single beds per room (two people)
1 queen and 1 single bed per room (three people)

Family Rate: $400 per family
hotel style room for 2 parents and up to 3 kids