Finding Peace Where You Are
Thursday Evening, October 26 – Sunday Noon October 29 with Optional Extension to October 31
Bethany Hills Retreat Center, Kingston Springs, TN

This retreat is full, waitist is open. Please email to be added to the waitlist

Buddha’s path to liberation is designed to help us face the full experience of embodied human life. Through deep practice we can cultivate clear states of mind that naturally allow inner peace and insight to emerge. We will also learn to bring acceptance, patience and love for ourselves into the process. In this stillness we discover gems of wisdom — and compassion for the rest.

This retreat, held mostly in silence, will include periods of sitting and walking meditation, instruction, dharma talks and q&a. The retreat is suitable for all levels of experience from beginner to long term practitioner. The cost is $445 for three nights and $645 for the five night option. Please note that Bethany Hills has significantly raised their prices. We have decided only to pass along a modest percentage of this price increase and will absorb the rest. We will also continue to make reduced fee scholarships available for those who need financial assistance. We appreciate donations to our scholarship fund to allow those who need to pay less to attend as we will be operating on slim margins. Donations can be made here. For scholarship requests, email

Please note that the retreat fee covers meals, lodging and administrative expenses. The teacher is compensated separately through the practice of dana (generosity). You will have a an opportunity at retreat’s end to make a dana offering to the teacher.

If you are unable to pay the full fee at registration, please email us at the address above to arrange for two payments.

We will likely require a negative Covid home test to attend the retreat. We will keep you posted. Please inquire to our registrar before registering about whether any regular spots remain open.

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Lisa Ernst is a meditation teacher in the Thai Forest/Spirit Rock lineage of Ajahn Chah, Jack Kornfield and Trudy Goodman. Lisa teaches internationally and leads classes and retreats internationally.

Cancellation Refund Policy: More than four weeks from retreat start date – $30 cancellation fee. We are unable to offer refunds less than 30 days from retreat start date. (The exception is if you test positive for Covid within three days of the retreat.)