Weekend Guided Away Retreat
Friday, March 25 - Sunday, March 27, 2022
Enjoy a deeply peaceful and inspiring weekend of meditation and relaxation during our annual guided retreat at La Salle Manor Retreat Center near Plano, IL.
Friday, March 25 at 7:30pm through Sunday, March 27 at 1pm
Keep reading for details about this very special, meaningful weekend. Everyone is welcome!
Immerse yourself in clear and joyful guided meditations
Relax and feel supported by a friendly, welcoming community
Observe morning silence to enhance your retreat experience
Explore nearly 50 acres of beautiful nature trails and tranquil woodlands
Treat yourself to delicious and wholesome meals, and time for rest and reflection
We will be emphasizing a very special meditation called clarity of mind, in which we explore the fundamental nature of our mind, and discover its boundless capacity for peace, joy, and wisdom. An ideal meditation for beginners and experienced meditators alike, it will forever improve the way you meditate!
Quiet your mind and reduce distractions
Develop a strong and flexible mind
Improve your insight and wisdom
Make all your meditations powerful & effective
Awaken your deepest spiritual potential
We will also discuss how to integrate the experiences and insights from retreat into daily life.
Suitable for all levels, from complete beginners to advanced students.
The weekend will be led by Gen Kelsang Zamling, the principal meditation teacher of KMC Chicago. With over 20 years' experience, his guidance in retreat is always very clear, supportive, and practical.
Everyone is invited to this very special, meaningful weekend.
Due to the limited space and popularity of our annual retreat, we recommend registering early to avoid disappointment!
What's it like at a meditation retreat?
Gen Kelsang Zamling is the principal meditation teacher of KMC Chicago. With over 20 years of experience, his guidance in retreat is always very clear, supportive, and practical.
Meals & Accommodations
Only single rooms are available. Each room includes a shared bath. No pets are allowed.
Vegetarian meals are included in the retreat price. Meals will be served from Friday evening through lunch on Sunday. We can accommodate vegan and gluten free diets with 10 days notice.
Ample parking is available. You may not sleep in any vehicle parked on the grounds. Carpooling may be available with advance notice.
All prices include teachings, meals, and accommodation. You may pay in full, or make a non-refundable deposit of 25% to reserve your spot. Full payment is due by March 11.
includes retreat, meals, and accommodation
$360 if you register by March 11
$390 if you register on or after March 12
Refunds & Cancellation: In order to guarantee your spot, a non-refundable 25% deposit is required. If you contact us on or before March 11 to cancel, we can refund any amount paid beyond the 25% deposit. After that date we are unable to offer any refunds.
Member discounts: Not included with $35 for 30 Days membership; Patron Members receive the teaching portion free, contact Chogo for pricing and to register.
March 25 - 27, 2022
6 - 7pm: check in
6 - 7pm: dinner *
7:30 - 8:30pm: Introduction
* If you arrive late, food will also be available after the Introduction.
7 - 8:30am: breakfast
9:15 - 10:30am: Session 1
11:15 - 12:30pm: Session 2
1 - 2pm: lunch
4:15 - 5:30pm: Session 3
6 - 7pm: dinner
7:15 - 8:45pm: Session 4
7 - 8:30am: breakfast
9:15 - 10:30am: Session 5
11:15 - 12:15pm: Session 6
1 - 2pm: lunch
Books & Resources
The teachings during this retreat will refer to the following books by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. It's not necessary to have a copy, but some people like to follow along or read more between sessions. Copies of these books are available through the bookstores at our Oak Park and Wicker Park locations, and will also be available to purchase at the retreat. E-book versions are available by clicking the titles below.
Each session will use the following traditional Buddhist meditation prayers to help focus our minds. A limited number of copies will be available to borrow during the retreat.
Prayers for Meditation
Brief prayers for preparing our mind for successful meditation on the stages of the path to enlightenment.
Health & Safety
Details about Covid precautions will depend on conditions at the time, and at a minimum will be in accordance with all state and local policies.
Current guidelines (subject to change):
2019 retreat participants