Orlando Insight Meditation Group

A Contemporary Buddhist Mindfulness Meditation Community For Central Florida

Awakening with Insight

ShailaSHAILA CATHERINE teaches meditation world-wide. Shaila is the founder of Bodhi Courses, an online Dhamma classroom (bodhicourses.org), and Insight Meditation South Bay, a Buddhist meditation center in Silicon Valley in California (imsb.org). She has been practicing meditation since 1980, accumulating more than nine years of silent retreat experience, and has taught internationally since 1996. Shaila studied with masters in India, Thailand, and Nepal, and also with the founders of western meditation centers. She completed a one-year intensive meditation retreat with the focus on concentration and jhāna, and authored Focused and Fearless: A Meditator’s Guide to States of Deep Joy, Calm, and Clarity. From 2006-2014 Shaila practiced under the direction of Venerable Pa-Auk Sayadaw. She authored Wisdom Wide and Deep: A Practical Handbook for Mastering Jhāna and Vipassanā to help make this traditional approach to samadhi and vipassana accessible to western practitioners. Her teachings emphasize deep samadhi, jhana, and the path of liberating insight.

This silent retreat offers practical instruction in mindfulness, concentration, and insight meditation practice (vipassana). Through developing mindfulness of breath, body, feelings, and mind, meditators will find that habitual judgments, fear, and craving will fall away, and the natural spaciousness of a mind imbued with wisdom and joy will be revealed. By cultivating calm, balanced awareness, we can dissolve any suffering that may entangle our hearts, and discover our freedom in the midst of things.

Instructions in sitting and walking meditation, consultations with the teacher, and daily dharma teachings make this retreat suitable for both new and experienced practitioners. The Franciscan Center site was chosen for its beautiful setting on the Hillsborough River and proximity to the Tampa International Airport. Vegetarian meals are included.

“I have sat with many teachers during the 36 years of my meditation practice.  On a 30 day retreat, I was impressed by the clarity of Shaila’s teaching and the authenticity of her presence. As a result, we invited her to teach us during this retreat.” Peter Carlson, founding teacher of the Orlando Insight Meditation Group.


The Franciscan Center of Tampa
3010 N Perry Ave.
Tampa, FL 33603

Franciscan Center Website


The retreat begins with registration at 3:00pm on Saturday, December 5, 2020 and ends after lunch on Saturday, December 12, 2020.


  • $950 Private Room & Meals
  • $880 Double Room & Meals
  • $200 deposit due at registration to ensure attendance
  • Some partial scholarships may be available

Call (407) 339-5444 or email Peter Carlson for more information.


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A Week Long Meditation Retreat Led by Shaila Catherine-December,



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