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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FUTURE RETREATS – SAVE DATES – details to follow

Saturday May 20 the from 10 am to 5 pm  Led by Ginger Clarkson
Description: “The Four Foundations of Mindfulness” is a one-day retreat where experienced vipassana teacher Ginger Clarkson will lead practitioners through each of the four Buddhist Brahmaviharas of Lovingkindness, Compassion, Sympathetic Joy and Equanimity. Specifically, the retreat will focus on awareness of the body, feeling tone, mental formations, and objects of the mind. The day will consist of alternating 30-minute sitting and walking meditation periods, interspersed with dedicated sessions to each of the four foundations.

This retreat is an excellent way for beginning students to explore the format of an intensive retreat, or experienced students to recharge their practice into the Middle Way of the Buddha.

The cost of the retreat is $65 which includes facilities rental and lunch but does not include Dana for the teacher.
Click on this link to register.  Registration will end on May 9th
– Scholarship forms need to be received by May 2nd .
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Retreat History 


  • January 27 – 29th, Led by Howie Cohn – Cenacle
  • April 27 – 30 th Led by Howie Cohn – Cenacle


  • 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