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

Thursday Sept 28th to Sunday October 1st Led by Lila Wheeler
Description:  “Hatred will never cease by hatred but by love alone is healed. This is an ancient and eternal law. “The Dhammapada.

On this retreat we will practice lovingkindness, a powerful skill for meeting life with an open and friendly mind. Loving-kindness, known as “metta” or “friendliness” in the Buddhist tradition, is cultivated in meditation so that the attitude imbues our actions, responses, and the experience of daily living. All beings are included, even irritating ones — we have special techniques for them! Wishing well to everyone doesn’t mean becoming a doormat. But we hold our limitations and those of others with goodwill and wiser understanding. This retreat is open to all. We will take ethical precepts. Sitting and walking meditation periods will alternate, with a daily gentle yoga session in the mornings.

Retreat History 


  • 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


  • 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