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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Calming the Restless MindHowieCohn

Howie Cohn Retreat – Thursday April 25th through Sunday April 28th 2019 – Margaret Austin Center

Description: Everyone wants to be calm and peaceful. Much of our restlessness and agitation stems from an untrained mind and lack of clear perception of what’s happening in our mind and body moment by moment. During this residential retreat we will train our hearts and minds to find a calm abiding in the present moment. How will we accomplish this?

We will follow the Buddha’s teachings on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness; being mindful and sensitive to our bodies, beginning with the sensations of breathing and expanding to include all other types of physical sensations. We will learn to feel pleasure more fully without trying to make it last and learn to accommodate inevitable unpleasant experiences without being afraid or reactive to them. We will develop the skill of recognizing and working with our moods and emotions and learn how to relate to our thoughts more wisely rather than be so easily carried away by them.

Settling the mind into the body, noticing and caring about the flow of experience, our hearts can settle, and we can all realize that the peace and ease we are looking for in our lives is the natural peace and ease of our own nature.

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

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Scholarship forms will be accepted until March 13th.

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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


  • 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