Ocean of Peace

An Away Retreat Near Gainesville

Nov 1-3

with Gen Kelsang Chodor

Buddha meditating

In this relaxing weekend away retreat we will learn how to use meditation on the mind itself, known as mahamudra meditation, to enrich our lives with greater peace, clarity, and well-being. Derived from the Buddhist Mahamudra tradition, these meditations will lead you through a journey of exploration of your own mind through which you can unlock your inner potential for lasting peace and happiness.

Everyone is welcome to attend this retreat—from beginners to those who already have some experience of meditation. The retreat and meditations will be based upon the book Mahamudra Tantra by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. This book explains how to we can experience progressively subtler and more peaceful states of mind. By connecting with this deep peace of mind we will feel more joyful and positive in our everyday life.

Enjoy the tranquil and rejuvenating natural environment in 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 meals will be provided, and various accommodation types are available. Families are welcome!


All prices are per person and include accommodations and vegetarian meals.

Camping (bring own tent)
-shower blocks available
Cabin (bring own bedding)
-12 bunks beds with A/C and showers
Single Room $220
Double Room $185
Triple Room & Family Room $170
Children under 13 $120
No Accomodations $100
RV Hookups $150

Gen Kelsang Chodor

Retreat sessions are guided by Gen Kelsang Chodor, resident teacher of the Kadampa Buddhist Center in Tampa Bay. Gen Chodor 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 spans 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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4:00 pm Registration
5:30 pm Dinner
7:00 pm Introduction
7:30 am Breakfast
9:00 am Session 1
11:00 am Session 2
12:00 pm Lunch
4:00 pm Session 3
6:00 pm Dinner
7:00 pm Session 4 & Discussion
7:00 am Breakfast
9:00 am Session 5
11:00 am Session 6
12:00 pm Lunch


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