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Liberation through Awareness of Feeling Tones

Ginger Clarkson Retreat Friday, Jan 31st, 2020 at 7:00pm through Sunday, February 2nd, 2020 at 10am at Villa De Matel Convent

Description: The retreat’s theme is “Liberation through Awareness of Feeling Tones.” In Buddhist philosophy, the Second Foundation of Mindfulness refers to pleasant, unpleasant, or neutral feeling tones. These arise whenever one of our senses has contact with an object. During meditation practice, we guard the sense doors so that pleasant feelings don’t lead to attachment, unpleasant feelings don’t solidify into aversion, and neutral feelings don’t evolve into delusion. By being aware of feeling tones, we become increasingly free to enjoy the flow of life just as it is.

The retreat will be held mostly in silence, with formal sitting and walking meditation periods, question and answer sessions, early morning movement sessions, and meetings with the teachers. This retreat is open to all.

The cost of the retreat is $130 by PayPal and $125 by check,  which includes room and board but does not include Dana for the teacher.

Before registering, please read the following documents for details on this retreat.

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Registration will end on Jan 14th
Scholarship forms will be accepted until Dec 25th.

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General Retreat Information

Insight Meditation Houston hosts retreats at the Margaret Austin Center near Chappell Hill, Texas and at the Villa De Matel Convent and the Cenacle Retreat House in Houston.

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.

Retreat History 


  • January 24  Led by Ginger Clarkson – Villa de Matel
  • April 25  Led by Howie Cohn – Margaret Austin Center
  • September 26-29 Led by Lila Kate Wheeler – 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