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Retreats & Opportunities

LVC Day-long Retreats

  • Our next day-long retreat will be held on June 22, 2019 from 9:00 am-4:00 pm at a farm in Oldham County (details and directions upon registration).
  • There is no registration fee. Dana is welcomed.
  • To register or if you have questions, send an email to
  • Bring your on lunch and water bottle, and dress for the weather.
  • Some past retreats have seen a number of no-shows on the actual 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: “Wholehearted Living: Cultivating Freedom for Ourselves and Our World” - Registration Closed

  • The retreat is currently at capacity. To be put on a waiting list please email
  • How do we cultivate a practice of liberation and compassion for ourselves and others? How can our lives be transformed by exploring the “three commitments” of Buddhist practice —
    • the commitment to discover freedom for ourselves,
    • the commitment to care for all people and beings, and
    • the commitment to embrace the world?

  • This silent residential retreat offers two options:
    • Wednesday evening July 24 - Sunday noon July 28 — In this four-day retreat the first two days we will dedicate our time to deepening our meditation practice. During the weekend portion we will continue in silence and be devoted to an exploration and meditation of the “three commitments.” Or,
    • Friday evening July 26 - Sunday noon July 28 — For those people we who cannot get away during the week, the silent weekend time will be devoted, as stated above, to the “three commitments.”

  • Retreat leaders are Glenda Hodges-Cook and Phil Lloyd-Sidle. There are limited spaces for this retreat. Bedrooms are a mix of single rooms and shared rooms. Participants might have to share.
    • The cost for the four-day retreat is $250.
    • For the weekend it is $150.
  • The registration fee covers accommodations and meals. Dana is welcomed. Scholarships are available.

Donald Rothberg Non-Residential Retreat -- Save the Date

  • Donald Rothberg will be leading a non-residential weekend retreat October 18-20. As in past years this retreat will be held at "The Barn" -- Passionist Earth and Spirit Center, 1924 Newburg Rd, Louisville, KY 40205. Details to follow.

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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