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"Calming the Restless Mind"

a 2 Day, Non-Residential

Insight Meditation Retreat with

Howard Cohn 



Kiva Elementary School

6911 E. McDonald Dr., Paradise Valley AZ 85253



February 4th & 5th, 2017

Saturday 9:00am - 5:00pm

Sunday 9:00am - 3:30pm



                   Early Registration:     $ 60*    (until Jan 1st - Online or by check)

                   Jan 2nd - Jan 27th:    $ 75*    (payment online only)

                   At the Door:                 $ 80*   (cash or check only)

                                              *Plus Dana for the teacher


No one turned away for lack of funds​:

if you would like to attend the retreat and require scholarship funds,

please contact Genevieve through the website. 


*all retreat fees go toward facility rental, teacher travel, accommodations and other retreat expenses, Howie is not paid from these funds, but is reliant upon the practice of generosity or 'Dana'. In the Theravada Buddhist tradition, teachers have been supported by this practice for 2600 years.  The offering of Dana is a practice intended to open the heart and generate good-will as well as create a interconnected web of giving and receiving as the teachings are offered and received and support is offered and received. Dana should never be considered as a 'tip'.  Opportunity will be provied to offer Dana to Howie during the retreat. The cost of the retreat is kept at the lowest possible rate that enables our basic expenses to be covered and does not represent the 'value' of the retreat, but rather our hope to make the teachings available to all who are interested, regardless of ability to pay.


Please take the time to read more about the tradition of 'Dana' - in the link above - 

to support our  teachers and continue this beautiful practice in the Theravada tradition





Mindfulness Vipassana Meditation Retreats Workshops Arizona

Get tickets to Howie's FREE public talk on Friday, Feb 3rd 


@Scottsdale Congregational UCC


Free tickets HERE


Register & Pay Online

Online Registration is closed. However, there is plenty of space as we have a huge venue. You are welcome to register at-the-door. Payment by Cash or Check.  

If you plan to attend the retreat, please see event info documents linked at the bottom of this webpage:


Register and Pay at the Door or Request scholarship
I'm interested in booking a room at the nearby Franciscan Renewal Center

This year we have reserved a number of rooms at the Franciscan Renewal Center.

If you would like to make a reservation please clinck the link above! 

Retreat Description: 


Everyone wants to have a calm and peaceful mind. Much of our restlessness and agitation stems from an untrained mind and lack of clear perception of what's happening in our mind and body moment by moment. Innocently we try to alleviate our stress by dwelling in the past and planning the future. Becoming disembodied and lost in thought, not only do we fail to notice what is happening, we often compound our stress by meeting our experience unkindly. 

During this retreat we will train our hearts and minds to find calm abiding in the present moment. We will open to our bodies and our senses and practice meeting our experience with less reactivity and with more interest and kindness. Using the practices of Insight Meditation and loving-kindness, with our wisdom eyes wide open, we will deepen our understanding of stress, the causes of stress, the possibility of lessening our stress, and the path leading us to the peace and ease that is our natural state. 

This day will be valuable for health professionals as they grapple with the same challenges that their patients and clients face. Learning through direct experience can dramatically increase the prospects of being more successful with others. Developing the skill of calming the restless mind requires direct experience and the support of an experienced guide. 


Vipassana Meditation (also known as 'Insight' or Mindfulness practice) is a simple and direct practice; the moment-to-moment investigation of the mind / body process through calm and focused awareness. The practice originates in the Theravada tradition of the teachings of the Buddha. Learning to observe experience from a place of stillness enables one to relate to life with less fear and clinging. Seeing life as a constantly changing process, one begins to accept pleasure, pain, fear, joy, and all aspects of life with increasing equanimity and balance. As insight deepens, wisdom and compassion arise. This nonresidential retreat is suitable for beginning and experienced meditators. Sitting and walking meditation sessions are alternated.


About the Teacher:


Howard Cohn is a founding teacher of Spirit Rock Meditation Center in the San Francisco Bay area. He has guided a local sitting group in San Francisco, been in private practice as a psychotherapist and led Vipassana retreats worldwide since 1985. He incorporates the influences of Theravada, Zen, Tibetan Dzogchen and Advaita Vedanta in his teaching, with an emphasis on reawakening our intrinsic freedom. Among his many teachers and mentors are Jack Kornfield, Joseph Goldstein, U Pandita Sayadaw, Tulku Urgyen Rimpoche, Tsoknyi Rimpoche, and the Advaita Vedanta Master H.W.L. Poonja. 


He recently published his first book:

Invitation to Meditation: How to Find Peace Wherever You Are


*Bring your own bag-lunch, we will eat in silence together. A refrigerator and microwave will be available for use, coffee and tea will be provided. Please consider bringing a snack to share. 


*Chairs provided, bring your own meditation cushions or bench if desired. 



What to expect and what to bring

Venue and parking map


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