Insight Meditation Houston




Insight Meditation Houston hosts retreats at the Margaret Austin Center near Chappell Hill, Texas and at the Cenacle Retreat House in Houston. The Margaret Austin Center offers a quiet sanctuary for groups and individuals seeking the benefit and healing provided by being close to nature. Although based in Buddhist teachings, the retreats are non-sectarian; they complement any spiritual or religious practice. They are held in silence, with alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation. Each day begins with simple yoga postures and includes instruction in meditation, a “dharma” talk on Buddhist philosophy and ideals, a work period (vegetable chopping, floor sweeping, etc.) and a period of rest. Group or individual interview with the instructor are held during the course of the retreat.


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Freedom and Illness



Lila Kate Wheeler Retreat
With assistance from Katy Wiss
Thursday Sept 26th
through Sunday Sept 29th
2019 – Margaret Austin Center


“All conditioned things will not last – when one sees this with wisdom, one turns away from suffering.”    -The Buddha

Description: On this silent retreat we will practice opening to the full range of our daily experiences with gentle, balanced attention. Grounded and embodied, we can see how harsh we are when we insist on always feeling good and reject all pain, unease or dis-ease in our bodies, hearts, and the outer world. As we open and relax these patterns, our wholeness emerges. We sense directly the freedom that arises from truly accepting both health and illness. We can be more realistic, present and supportive for ourselves, others, and our world. There will be guided sitting and walking meditations, nightly Dharma talks, question and answer periods and interviews with the teacher and assistant teacher.

The cost of the retreat is $295 or $305 by PayPal which includes room and board but does not include Dana for the teacher.

Click Here to register for the retreat.
Scholarship forms will be accepted until September 1st.

Documents in Word Format
Scholarship – LilaKWheelerSept2019

Documents in PDF Format
Scholarship – LilaKWheelerSept2019-pdf

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“Margaret Austin Center (MAC) has the ingredients for deepening the meditation practice through its deep silence, lovely ambiance, and humble energy. I went there as a first time retreat practitioner and immediately felt connected with the energy of the place. In addition to providing all the amenities for a retreat, the MAC sets the environment for the “questions” to arise for the seekers. After spending 3 days at MAC, I fell in love with the center and I am sure you will too.” – Rafi

Retreat History 


  • January 24  Led by Ginger Clarkson – Villa de Matel
  • April 25  Led by Howie Cohn – Margaret Austin Center


  • January 27  Led by Ginger Clarkson – West U Senior Center
  • April 26th – 29th Led by Howie Cohn – Margaret Austin Center
  • Sept 27 – 30th Led by Lila Kate Wheeler – Margaret Austin Center


  • January 27 – 29th, Led by Howie Cohn – Cenacle
  • April 27 – 30 th Led by Howie Cohn – Margaret Austin Center
  • May 20, Led by Ginger Clarkson – Ruah Center at Villa de Matel
  • Sept 28 – Oct 1st Led by Lila Wheeler – Margaret Austin Center


  • January 30th – “Opening the heart” led by Ginger Clarkson
  • April 21 – 24th, 2016 Led by Howie Cohn – Margaret Austin Center
  • Sept 29 – Oct 2nd 2016 Led by Lila Wheeler – Margaret Austin Center


  • April 23 – 26th with Howard Cohn (sponsored by Insight Meditation Houston)
  • September 18 – 20th with Howard Cohn – in Houston
  • October 1 to October 4 – Residential Retreat with Lila Kate Wheeler – Margaret Austin Center