This Chan retreat aims to deepen your meditation practice. This retreat includes 30-minute sitting meditation periods, and will end with an opportunity for Q&A. The half-day retreat is open to all. We will have one half-day retreat on Sunday July 24 and one on Sunday August 21. The retreat is held in-person, and will be streamed on Zoom.

Time (EST) Schedule
9:00AM – 9:30AM Introduction
9:30AM – 12:00PM Alternate 30-minute sitting/walking meditations
12:00PM – 12:30PM Q&A

Registration Deadline: The last Friday before each retreat at 9:00AM EST

Registration Donation: A donation of $20 to support the Tallahassee Chan Center is suggested, or whatever amount you feel you can afford. Nobody will be turned away due to inability to pay.

Retreat Information: To review retreat etiquette, please go here. We will also send preparatory information for home retreat practice to those accepted.

Retreat Teachers:

Maria Williamson

Maria started practicing in 2011 in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh, whose teachings touched her heart. She took the five mindfulness training at that time. She met Guo Gu in 2012 and has continued on the Buddhist path under his guidance. This practice has helped Maria to transform her life in profound and subtle ways and continues to be a source of development. Maria took Bodhisattva Precepts in May 2016. She is part of a team that teaches meditation at the Kearney Homeless Shelter and the women’s federal prison in Tallahassee. She also volunteers at St. Francis Wildlife Association. During her career, she was in public service in the area of child nutrition and her educational background includes nutrition and a M.S. in Family and Child Sciences. She is currently the Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Tallahassee Chan Center.    

Dewaine Rester

Dewaine began studying Buddhism in 1992 and started training with Guo Gu in 2009.  In 2010 he trained as a timekeeper at Dharma Drum Retreat Center, and has been teaching the Beginners Meditation Workshop and other programs at the Tallahassee Chan Center since 2014. Dewaine took Bodhisattva Precepts in 2010.  He is also a 2nd Degree Black Belt in both Tae kwon do and Pangai Noon Kung Fu. He is a father of three and has been married for 31 years. In his day time job, Dewaine is a self-employed contractor.          




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