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*Registration Is Now Closed*

New to meditation? No problem! Everyone with a sincere wish for inner peace is welcome at this meditation retreat.

Let go of everyday concerns in a tranquil natural setting far from hectic city life. Comfortably nestled into a wooded retreat center on a bluff overlooking Rock River, you will enjoy ideal conditions for deep meditation. Step outside the ordinary, and connect with others who share the extraordinary recognition that inner peace is a limitless source of happiness.

• Increase your concentration
• Develop deeper levels of inner peace
• Feel refreshed and ready to face life’s challenges

With this meditation retreat, you can make progress toward a state of perfect concentration known as “tranquil abiding.”

“When we attain tranquil abiding we do not experience any mental or physical discomfort. Our mind becomes peaceful and we are always able to generate virtuous thoughts and feelings and create the causes for happiness.”
– Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche



Gen Kelsang Zamling is a modern Buddhist monk and the Resident Teacher for KMC Chicago. Having practiced Buddhist meditation for 20 years, he has participated in many silent meditation retreats in the US and abroad, and is adept at guiding new and experienced meditators alike



Friday, August 31, 8pm - Monday, September 3, 3pm

Preparatory Workshops
The preparatory workshops have already happened. If you missed them, you can contact us for info about what to do to get the most out of the retreat.



Stronghold Retreat Center
1922 Illinois Rt 2 N, Oregon, IL 61061



Shared accommodation and a limited-number of private rooms will be available. Shared rooms include 2 or 3 to a room, with up to 6 sharing a bathroom, and may include a top bunk. Private rooms share a bathroom with up to 4 other people. A short walk on a gravel road is required to get between the private rooms and the meditation space. Couples who would like to room together may make the request, but we cannot guarantee that this will be possible.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner is included in registration cost. Food will all be vegetarian. Special dietary restrictions can be accommodated.



*Registration Is Now Closed*

Shared room - $260
Private room - fully booked
includes food, lodging, retreat sessions, and preparatory workshops

You can reserve your spot now by paying in full, or by making a 25% non-refundable deposit. Full payment is due by August 16. In the event you cancel your reservation by August 16, we are able to offer a refund of any amount paid beyond the 25% deposit. After August 16, we are unable to offer any refunds.

Register via PayPal or credit card below. To register and pay with cash or check, please e-mail us with your name, preferred type of room, and any dietary restrictions.

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If you previously made a deposit for this retreat, you can pay your remaining balance here.