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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Ginger Clarkson Retreat – 
Thursday Jan 24th through Sunday Jan 27th 2019 – Villa De Matel Convent

Description: “If, in this process of awakening, we must meet old age, sickness and death face to face, that is because the place of safety can be reached only by honest confrontation with the harsh truths about human existence.”-Bhikku Bodhi

The traditional story of the divine messengers has nurtured the faith of Buddhists for more than 2500 years. In this multi-day residential retreat, local mindfulness teacher Ginger Clarkson will explore what it means to embody these seemingly harsh truths of our own existence. The retreat will consist of alternating sitting and walking periods of insight meditation with corresponding instructions on ways to mindfully and lovingly work with our own aging, infirmity and mortality to discover, or recover, the safe spaces that abide within us.

The cost of the retreat is $175 ($180 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 January 14th
Scholarship forms will be accepted until December 25th.
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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