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Retreats & Opportunities

Beginning Meditation Classes

  • Another Beginners' Meditation class will begin Tuesday, March 12th, 7-9 p.m. through April 16th.
  • To register, just email us at Once you have emailed to sign up for the class, just bring payment the first night. There's no need to pay in advance.
  • Cost is $50-$70 on a sliding scale according to ability to contribute.
  • If you write a check for the class, please make it payable to Susan Mercke, the LVC Treasurer.

LVC Day-long Retreats

  • Our next daylong retreat will be held on March 9, 9:00am-3:30pm at the Passionist Earth & Spirit Center ("The Barn"), 1924 Newburg Road behind St. Agnes Catholic Church.
  • Space is limited so we encourage you to register early.
  • These retreats are offered by donation under the tradition of dana, but a non-refundable $15 registration fee is required in advance in order to cover the cost of the retreat center.
  • To register using PayPal, please use the button below.

  • If you have questions, please email us at
  • Some past retreats have seen a high number of no-shows on retreat day. Please register only if you are committed to attending.
  • Should you need to cancel for an unforeseen reason, please let us know. Thanks for your understanding and cooperation.

Next Residential Retreat -- Save the Date

  • Glenda Hodges-Cook and Phil Lloyd-Sidle will be offering a weekend retreat at the Sisters of Loretto from Friday evening July 26 to Sunday noon July 28. Details and registration will be available later in the spring on this website.

Donald Rothberg Retreat in Louisville -- Save the Date

  • Donald Rothberg will be offering a non-residential weekend retreat from October 18-20 at The Barn.
  • Details and registration will be available later in the year.

Retreat Scholarships

  • Have you thought about signing up for a residential retreat, but were held back by the cost? Retreats are an important support to the practice, but the reality is that they can be costly.
  • LVC has limited funds available to help support sangha members to participate in retreats, whether these are offered by LVC or other organizations.
  • If you are planning a residential retreat and are having difficulty covering the registation fee, we may be able to assist with a partial scholarship.
  • Please send an email to with your retreat plans, and needs, for further information.

What is dana?

  • LVC does request a registration fee for retreats so that we can cover the cost of the facility. However, this does not include any remuneration for the teacher. Following the ancient Buddhist tradition of dana, students freely give to the teacher of their own generosity. There is no right or wrong amount. Just follow your heart. This tradition is of vital importance as, for over 2,500 years, it has kept the teachings open to all, and free from being reduced to a commodity for sale.
  • Dana, or generosity, is one of the most fundamental of Buddhist practices. It is a purifying and transformative practice that allows us to develop spiritually through contributing to the well-being of others. While dana can refer to how students support teachers financially, it also refers to the cultivation of generosity in all aspects of our lives. It can include generosity with our time, our energy, and through our practice when we live according to the precepts. Through dana, we recognize and affirm our connection to all beings.

National & Regional Meditation Centers

For information on retreat opportunities sponsored by other meditation centers, you may be interested in these additional sites:

Southern Dharma Retreat Center Shambhala Center of Lexington
Tri-State Dharma Spirit Rock Meditation Center
Mid America Dharma Insight Meditation Society
Vermont Insight Meditation Center  


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