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Four Foundations of Mindfulness

Insight Meditation In-Person Retreat
Led by Ginger Clarkson and Travis Hicks

Saturday, Feb 17, 2024, 10 am to 5 pm
Fellowship Hall, Covenant Church
4990 Caroline Street, Houston, Texas
Cost: $40
Sponsored by Insight Meditation Houston

Four Foundations of Mindfulness:

The Buddha taught that cultivating awareness of the Four Foundations of Mindfulness leads towards freedom and awakening. The Foundations refer to four different areas of human experience: the body, feeling tone (sensations that are pleasant, unpleasant or neutral), emotions (known as “mental factors”), and mental objects (the core teachings of the Buddha). During a daylong, in-person retreat (from 10:00am until 5:00pm on Saturday, February 17, 2024), Ginger Clarkson and Travis Hicks will take turns giving brief dharma talks about each of the Four Foundations. Participants will incorporate these specific aspects of mindfulness into their sitting and walking meditation practice. Noble Silence will be observed for most of the day, except for Q & A periods. There will be a half-hour lunch break at 12:30.

The retreat is suitable for new and experienced meditators. This retreat will start at 10:00 am and run through 5:00 pm. The schedule includes a series of brief dharma talks, guided reflections, and periods of silent meditation, helping us to practice freeing the mind.  We will have a short break for lunch. Retreatants are responsible for bringing their own brown-bag lunch. Bottled water will be provided.  Chairs will be provided. Those participants wishing to sit on the floor will need to bring their own cushions and benches.

As we will be together in an indoor space, all participants must be free of symptoms of COVID and other respiratory illnesses. We take these safety measures to ensure the well-being of our most vulnerable members.

Ginger Clarkson is a Community Dharma Leader, certified by Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California. She is the author of A Silent Cure: Transforming Preverbal Trauma Through Meditation and Poems From the Heart of Silence, a compilation of poetry inspired by month-long silent meditation retreats. Ginger is a Music Therapist and has recently completed Buddhist Chaplaincy Training. She has led Insight Meditation Houston since 2012.

Travis Hicks
Travis Hicks will soon complete training to be a Mindfulness Meditation Teacher, certified by the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkley. Travis is an architect and former Board Chair of IMH. He has given talks at Insight Meditation Houston since 2017.

Registration Cost: The tuition for the retreat is $40. An additional amount for teacher dana is customarily made separately at the end of the retreat. Registration will end on February 14th.

Cancellation policy
• If you cancel your registration within one week of the event you will receive NO refund.
• If you cancel more than a week before the event, you will receive a full refund less any applicable Paypal fees.

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

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Documents in Word Format
Registration Form
Scholarship Form

Documents in PDF Format
Registration Form
Scholarship Form


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General Retreat Information

Insight Meditation Houston hosts retreats at the Auspicious Cloud Retreat Center, formerly known as The Margaret Austin Center near Chappell Hill, Texas, Covenant Baptist Church 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 


  • Feb 12th – Ginger Clarkson and Travis Hicks –Four Foundations of Mindfulness


  • November 16th – Howie Cohn – Compassion is Wisdom – MAC
  • January 21st – Ginger Clarkson and Travis Hicks – The Three Refuges:
    Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha


  • January 22nd – Ginger Clarkson and Travis Hicks – Unhindered:
    A Mindful Path Through the Five Hindrance – Virtual Zoom Meeting


  • January 21st Virtual Zoom Meeting – Ginger Clarkson and Travis Hicks


  • January 31 Led by Ginger Clarkson – Villa de Matel
  • April 25th Led by Howie Cohn – Zoom
  • September 25th by Lila Kate Wheeler and Katy Wiss


  • 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