Retreat Schedule 2020

March 13 - 15, 2020

              Swami Gyankirti

Swami Gyankirti is from Sierra Leone, West Africa.   He has combined the heart of many ancient, traditional African spiritual healing methods, empowering energy work, meditation,  and non-traditional and traditional wisdom to create a unique blend of teachings.  He lived in an ashram for many years.  For over 40 years he has responded to the call of seekers worldwide, providing them with sacred healing through his active-participation retreats.  In 1983 Swami Gyankirti established The Medissage Centers for Health, Growth and Transformation. The organization presently has centers in South Carolina and in Norway.      


 " A Course in Miracles says, ". Spirit is in a state of grace forever, your reality is only spirit,  therefore you are in a state of grace forever."   It has also been said that we are spirits engaging in an human experience.

 We  live stressful lives which causes us to disconnect from ourselves as spiritual beings.  Through spiritual practices, we can experience this essential reconnection to spirit and grace. "True empowerment and joyous living comes through an increased ability to live a reality that is compatible with your true nature.  Living such a life means being able to dream. It means being able to visualize.  And it means being able to create a reality for oneself that is consistent with these dreams and the mental and emotional input that one programs into the bio-spiritual unit.  We alone are the creators of our reality.  We alone can get in the way, block, and interfere with the creation of that reality."   Swami Gyankirti

 In this interactive weekend retreat, sound, breath, movement and touch will be used as instruments to facilitate healing, energy modifications and deep states of meditation and relaxation.

April 10-17, 2020

                           Dolores Watson

Dolores Watson is the Founder of Radiance Retreat Center, a wholistic healing center located in Magnolia, MS and New Orleans, LA offering residential retreats and workshops in meditation, yoga, and traditional and non-traditional healing practices.  She has been intimately engaged in helping others for over 45 years.  Her first major center was in Harlem, New York City (1980-1987) where she taught yoga, detoxification through fasting and raw foods,  and meditation.  She impacted thousands of participants.   

Dolores has participated in many fasting programs worldwide including at least 7 programs  at The Ann Wigmore Institute in Aguada, Puerto Rico, 8 programs at Creative Health Institute in Michigan, 4 programs at 3 different centers in Koh Samui, Thailand and more.   She wishes to share what she has learned and experienced with her community.

In 2010 she founded Flowering Lotus in Magnolia, MS (the first Buddhist Meditation Retreat Center founded by an African American) which she ran for 10 years.  She is no longer affiliated with Flowering Lotus------she now runs Radiance Retreat Center in the same location.  She is a certified mindfulness meditation teacher (Spirit Rock CDL5 and DPP4).


Rejuvenate and Heal Through Detoxification and Fasting

This fasting retreat will begin with 2 days of raw foods as a way of transitioning onto the juice fast.  This will be followed by 4 days of juice fasting along with herbs to help in the detoxification process.  Self administered daily enemas are essential.  There will be daily meditation, chanting, yoga and walking.  There will be talks and videos on health and nutrition as well as discussion groups on how to bring about change in our eating habits.   Come rejuvenate, detox and heal.





 May 15-17, 2020

  Kwan Haeng Sunim

I met the Kwan Um School of Zen’s Patriarch, Zen Master Seung Sahn in 1986 at the Cambridge Zen Center. 
In 1997 I went to Korea to train at Hwa Gye Sa temple in Seoul.   And in 1999 I received novice monk’s precepts.  In 2003 I received my Bhikku precepts and lived and practiced in Korea until 2012.
In 2012 I returned to the US and the Providence Zen Center.   I’m the Head Dharma Teacher.   I host our Sunday Dharma Practice program.   I do each 90 day winter retreat as the Head Dharma Teacher.  I post ads, memes and video weekly on FB and Instagram.  And record  and edit the Dharma Talks



Zen practice is rooted in self-awareness-------understanding oneself and through that deeper understanding, helping others.  Taking time to be still and silent helps to bring about self-exploration and insight.  This retreat will offer the opportunity to do sitting meditation (zazen) and walking meditation.  There will also be chanting and talks.  Come experience a deeper connection to oneself, each other and the planet earth in an atmosphere of beauty, grace and quietude.

June 12-14, 2020

       Sula Janet Evans

I am initiated as a Priestess of Mami Wata from the Akan/Ewe Tradition of Ghana West Africa.  I am founding Priestess of the Temple of Light - Ile' de Coin-Coin located in the Musicians Village in New Orleans, LA

I have been a Priestess for the past 14 years and have been serving the Spirit for the past 35 years.   My life is dedicated to the healing of  myself and others through an understanding and appreciation of ourselves as spiritual beings.  Often healing on the spiritual plane brings about healing on the emotional and physical plane.

I am also a certified Doula (midwife) and have had the honor of participating in the delivery of many precious souls.  I bow to the parents who have trusted me with welcoming their precious babies into this world.  I bow to the babies who allowed me to hear their first sounds as they introduced themselves to the planet earth.

I bow to our ancestors who are forever guiding us as we journey through this life.

We all have a spiritual calling:  I have been blessed to hear and honor my calling at a young age.

Sacred Wisdom and The Power of The Divine Feminine 


This retreat will be a participatory journey through time and space.  Together we will share in ceremonies, rituals, songs and prayers of the Mothers  from the Yoruba and Akran traditions.  We will experience healing, grounding and uplifting through West African traditions with a focus on the power of the Great Mother.  This retreat welcomes people of all backgrounds and traditions to come experience the unique, ancient traditions that have been passed down for generations for our healing and enlightenment.


September 11-13, 2020

Sarah Vekasi

Dynamic Hope; Staying Engaged Through Difficult Times

This workshop is about embodying deep resilience needed in these trying times, to strengthen us in our work of transforming the world, help us prevent and recover from burnout, and go forth into the New Year strong in our commitment to our work and our world. This workshop will help us engage the world as it is, through our own unique contribution toward a more life affirming society. We will work on finding gratitude when and where we can, honor and allow our grief and despair for these trying times, and use our lived experiences and those of our ancestors, and those to whom we will be ancestors, to guide us to see these times with new eyes. This workshop will follow the spiral of the Work that Reconnects as created by master teacher Joanna Macy. This is a workshop for anyone engaged in the transformation of our world.

Sarah Vekasi, M.Div. is the founder of the Eco-Chaplaincy Initiative, in Black Mountain, NC, which provides pastoral support for social justice and environmental justice activists throughout Central Appalachia and North Carolina. Sarah is a longtime student and colleague of Joanna Macy, facilitating and teaching the Work That Reconnects and Active Hope with her for many years. Originally from rural Montana, Sarah entered the world of direct action activism and community organizing as a teenager. She lived in a tree for nearly a year in Western Washington and helped organize large protests and movement spaces throughout the west coast in the late 1990’s. In her young twenties she needed answers about suffering and the Bodhisattva pledge, so she moved into a traditional Zen monastery in Japan for several years, practicing with Tangen Harada Roshi, before returning to the United States in 2004 to coin and create Eco-Chaplaincy. Sarah has a Master of Divinity from Naropa University, and has worked as a Chaplain within the movement to end mountaintop removal coal mining and towards a sustainable Appalachia since 2009.                                                           


October 9-11, 2020

November 13-15, 2020

December 11-13, 2020



January 1-3, 2021

Sally Dunn

I fell from the top of my stairs in 2004.  Upon gaining consciousness, alone and in pain, I realized that my heel was now turned where my toes originally were and in that moment I saw a symbol of a new direction.  And so my intense spiritual journey began.  My path led to taking the Bodhisattva vow in the Mahayana lineage of Tibetan Buddhism and attending dozens of Khentrul Rinpoche's  teachings and going into silence for extended periods of time.  Later I underwent training and became a certified Kundalini Yoga teacher.

It has been through intense study that I have come to understand the profound universal truth which is that love is all there is.  This truth motivates and permeates my teaching.


Living and Dying: Tibetan Buddhist Pathways To Love and  Healing


By embracing abundance I have moved beyond the state of lack and neediness.  I share with my students from a place of grace, love, abundance and empowerment.

Many westerners have a fear or aversion  of death.  Many people will not discuss the reality that we are all destined to die.  This aversion and fear creates stress and anxiety around something that is inevitable.  What would it feel like to approach the subject of death with relaxation and curiosity.  Death meditation provides the space to live life more fully and to have a more peaceful death when the time comes.   This retreat provides a guide to experiencing death as a peaceful transition while creating an open, gigantic space for living mindfully in the present with fear.  


This retreat will incorporate meditation, chanting, visualization, gentle yoga and much more.  Come with an open mind and an open heart and experience this life-changing process.