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Retreats & Opportunities

Beginning Meditation Classes

  • A six-week beginning meditation class is offered four to six times per year.
  • Our next class series will be offered in January of 2018. Please check back in the fall for details.

LVC Day-long Retreats

  • Daylong retreats are usually held on a quarterly basis from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Passionist Earth & Spirit Center ("The Barn") located at 1924 Newburg Road.
  • Our next daylong retreat will be held Sunday, September 17th. Registration is now open for this retreat. This retreat will be held at a farm out on Harrod's Creek and there is no registration fee; however, there will be an opportunity to offer dana for the teacher.
  • Please email us at if you are interested in registering or would like more information.

SPECIAL FILM EVENT -- Help Us Bring "Walk with Me" to Louisville!

  • LVC is working with Gathr Films to bring a special, one-night-only screening of "Walk with Me: A Journey into Mindfulness" to Louisville. This independent documentary, narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch, explores life in Plum Village, Thich Nhat Hanh's monastery in France. The showing is scheduled for September 28, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. at the Village 8 Theaters.
  • Because this is a "crowd-sourced" film showing, we must sell at least 52 advance tickets by September 14th in order for the event to go forward. If we are unable to meet this minimum, the screening will be canceled.
  • Tickets are only available online for this special event. They are $15.30 and available at
  • For more information about the film, please visit
  • Please reserve your tickets today to help ensure we can bring this lovely film to Louisville!

Special Event! Weekend Retreat with Donald Rothberg in November

  • Mark your calendar! Donald Rothberg will be returning to Louisville November 3-5, 2017, to offer a non-residential weekend retreat at the Passionist Earth & Spirit Center ("The Barn") located at 1924 Newburg Road.
  • More details and registration information will be posted in early fall.

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 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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