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2-Day Interactive Online Retreat
A Calm Center
Working with your mind,
Calming your Nervous System
During the Pandemic
Saturday, April 25th, 2020
To Sunday, April 26th, 2020
Led by Howie Cohn
Sponsored by Insight Meditation Houston
Via Zoom

HowieCohnDescription: Everyone is looking for a place of safety and rest in the midst of this sad, uncertain, challenging and time. The Buddha’s teaching and practices remind us that we can rediscover an unconditional sense of calm and well being within our own nature, a way of living in harmony with life the way it is and a welcoming community of support. This capacity is not just an idea but an accessible experience for those who train their hearts and minds. Being a calm, loving and steady refuge for others is the best we can offer now.

During this weekend retreat there will be opportunities to speak about your meditation experiences along with meditation instructions that follow the map of the Four Foundations of Mindfulness. Lovingkindness meditation will also be offered.

The retreat is suitable for new and experienced meditators..

This retreat was planned to take place at the Margaret Austin Center, but has been converted to an interactive online format due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The schedule will follow a traditional in-person retreat with alternating periods of sitting and walking mindfully. The teacher will give meditation instruction and dharma talks. Participants will have a chance to ask questions through moderated Q&A sessions.

Participants will need a quiet space, a computer with microphone and camera, tablet, or smart phone in order to fully engage in the retreat. A few days before the retreat, a Zoom link will be emailed to you.

The cost of the retreat is $60 per household by PayPal or by check  but does not include Dana for the teacher.


Before registering, please read the following documents for details on this retreat.

Documents in Word Format


Documents in PDF Format

Registration will end on April 24th
Scholarship forms will be accepted until April 18th.

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General Retreat Information

Insight Meditation Houston hosts retreats at the Margaret Austin Center near Chappell Hill, Texas and at the Villa De Matel Convent in Houston.

Based in Buddhist philosophy, these retreats are non-sectarian and offer teachings that complement and have the potential to deepen any established spiritual or religious practice. They are held in silence, with alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation. Each day begins with simple yoga or qi gong and includes instruction in meditation, a dharma talk on Buddhist philosophy and ideals, and a period of rest. Retreats at MAC also include a work period such as vegetable chopping or floor sweeping. The instructor will usually offer group or individual interviews during the course of the retreat.

Retreat History 


  • January 31 Led by Ginger Clarkson – Villa de Matel


  • January 24  Led by Ginger Clarkson – Villa de Matel
  • April 25  Led by Howie Cohn – Margaret Austin Center
  • September 26-29 Led by Lila Kate Wheeler – Margaret Austin Center


  • January 27  Led by Ginger Clarkson – West U Senior Center
  • April 26th – 29th Led by Howie Cohn – Margaret Austin Center
  • Sept 27 – 30th Led by Lila Kate Wheeler – Margaret Austin Center


  • January 27 – 29th, Led by Howie Cohn – Cenacle
  • April 27 – 30 th Led by Howie Cohn – Margaret Austin Center
  • May 20, Led by Ginger Clarkson – Ruah Center at Villa de Matel
  • Sept 28 – Oct 1st Led by Lila Wheeler – Margaret Austin Center


  • January 30th – “Opening the heart” led by Ginger Clarkson
  • April 21 – 24th, 2016 Led by Howie Cohn – Margaret Austin Center
  • Sept 29 – Oct 2nd 2016 Led by Lila Wheeler – Margaret Austin Center


  • April 23 – 26th with Howard Cohn (sponsored by Insight Meditation Houston)
  • September 18 – 20th with Howard Cohn – in Houston
  • October 1 to October 4 – Residential Retreat with Lila Kate Wheeler – Margaret Austin Center