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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Lila Kate Wheeler Retreat – 
Thursday Sept 27th through Sunday Sept 30th 2018 – Margaret Austin Center

Description: “Come, Stay, Go: A Retreat on Impermanence”- “And this, too, shall pass away.” This well-known quote attributed to Abraham Lincoln is something, he said, “that is true and appropriate in all times and situations.” The Buddha would have agreed. At this retreat we will practice being mindful with special attention to the changing nature of experience. This is one of the Buddha’s instructions, giving access to insights on the nature of existence: to be aware of arising and passing away, grounded in direct experiences. To be intimate with our life’s ever-changing nature brings many blessings, including acceptance, appreciation, and wisdom. “How much it expresses! How chastening in the hour of pride! How consoling in the depths of affliction!” Lincoln exclaimed, summing up the benefits.

The cost of the retreat is $295 ($305 if you pay with PayPal) which includes room and board but does not include Dana for the teacher.
Click Here to register – Registration will end on Sept 17th   Registration now closed.
Scholarship forms will be accepted until Sept 1st.
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Retreat History 


  • 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