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Retreats & Opportunities

Beginning Meditation Classes

  • Another Beginners' Meditation class will begin Tuesday, January 8th, 7-9 p.m.
  • 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.

LVC Day-long Retreats

  • Our next daylong retreat be held on September 22nd 9am-3:30pm. at The Barn on Newburg Road behind St. Agnes Catholic Church. Theme for the day will be "The Path of Service." There will be four rotating periods of sitting meditation, walking meditation and recorded presentations by Ram Dass.
  • Please email us at if you are interested in registering or would like more information.
  • 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.

Special Event -- A Weekend Retreat with Donald Rothberg

  • Donald Rothberg will be returning to Louisville November 9-11, 2018, to offer a non-residential weekend retreat at the Passionist Earth & Spirit Center ("The Barn") located at 1924 Newburg Road.
  • Schedule: Friday evening 7pm-9pm, Saturday 9am-5pm, Sunday 9am-4pm. Please bring your own brown bag lunch.
  • The theme of the retreat will be "Things Are Not as They Appear."
  • The cost of registration is $60 for the weekend. Scholarships are available. Please note that registration covers the facility fee only and does not include dana for the teacher.
  • Participants are asked to register only if they are able to commit to attending all three days.
  • Registration is now OPEN for this retreat.
  • To register using PayPal, just click the button below. To mail a check, please contact us at for more information.
  • 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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