Led by Fran Berry.

This Beginner’s Mind Retreat consists of alternate periods of sitting meditation and workshops. These workshops lie at the center of this retreat. The sitting periods allow us to settle and still our minds to absorb the lessons learned. The workshops include the art of sitting, the art of seeing, the art of listening, the art of questioning, and the art of sharing. The art of listening, for example, trains us for the practice of deep listening, an opening of ourselves for others. The art of questioning is a practice of deeply exploring within ourselves the question of who we are. Vegetarian meals will be provided.

Retreat Dates: Friday June 9 (6:30pm ET) – Sunday June 11 (3pm ET)

Registration Deadline: Friday June 2 5:00pm ET

In-person donation: $95 (Discounted Supporter) or $150 (Regular) or $240 (Sustainer)
Online donation: $95

Please download the retreat schedule here.

Tallahassee Chan Center
1310 North Paul Russell Rd.
Tallahassee, FL 32301

The Tallahassee Chan Center has a limited number of beds reserved for retreatants in gender-separated housing. Please make a note in your application if you wish to stay on site. We also have camping grounds for those who wish to stay on the 5-acre lot. If you wish to stay at the center before and/or after the retreat, please email us to make arrangements.

Please review our in-person retreat etiquette here.

The online retreat will be done at the applicants own pace. We suggest that you follow a light schedule as the Zoom link will be minimally monitored. There are currently no plans for interview opportunity for online retreatants at this time.

We recommend that you choose a schedule to participate in. Here is an example of three types of practice schedules:

Please review our online retreat etiquette here.

The first of the six paramitas is the practice of generosity, dana. Among the paramitas, generosity can be the easiest to fulfill; one can reap immediate benefits from it.

After donating, you will receive an email with the application link.
Option 1: You can donate in small increments of your choosing throughout the year. To do this, please start a monthly donation plan above. Any amount you can afford is fine.
Option 2: If you cannot make any monetary donation at this moment, we have scholarships available. Please download this form, complete it, and email it to tallahassee.chan@gmail.com with the title “Option 2 June 2023 Retreat”.