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Mindfulness as a Doorway to Peace & Happiness



A 2-Day *IN PERSON* Retreat

Insight Meditation Retreat

with Howard Cohn






The Beautiful New Hospice of the Valley

Dementia Care & Education


3811 N. 44th St, Phoenix


Please note that COVID Protocols will be followed  to protect our community

and the vulnerable population that Hospice of the Valley serves on their campus.

Masks must be worn at all times indoors; covering both mouth and nose,

and proof of full (double) vaccination will be required to attend.

*NEW Dates*: March 26th & 27th, 2022

9am - 5pm Sat/8:30am - 3pm Sun


Space is limited... register to ensure your spot


$70 for newly registered participants

pays for retreat costs only

there will be an opportunity to offer Dana* to Howie at the Retreat


(those previously registered for the cancelled 2020 retreat can receive credit for this one; if you did not receive your email invitation with special registration link, please contact us.)



No one turned away for lack of funds​:

If you would like to attend the retreat and require scholarship funds

please contact us

*All retreat fees go toward facility rental, teacher travel, accommodations and other retreat expenses, Howie is not paid from these funds) Howie offers the teachings in the Theravada Buddhist Tradition of generosity or 'Dana', and is reliant on the offering of Dana to support his continued teaching. 


The offering of Dana has been practiced since the time of the Buddha, and is 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 provided 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

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Retreat Description: 


Mindfulness as a Doorway to Peace & Happiness


The practice of Insight Meditation will be supported by Lovingkindness throughout the weekend, and we will explore the process of awakening from confusion to clarity, isolation to inter-being, self-judgment to self-compassion, ill-will to love, agitation to calm, doubt to faith, and suffering to freedom. Our time together will include periods of guided sitting and walking meditation, dharma talks, and opportunities for Q&A.
Open to both new and experienced meditators.

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. Alternating between sitting and walking meditation sessions throughout the day.


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. 


                Howie's book: Invitation to Meditation: How to Find Peace Wherever You Are



Information to come... 


If you are registered or on the waitlist for this retreat:

 PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOU ADD the email 'insight.meditation.scottsdale [at] gmail [.] com to your contacts to be sure to receive updates about the retreat!  (or check your 'junk' mailbox)

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