The Path of Awakening: Cultivating Concentration and Insight

ShailaSHAILA CATHERINE teaches meditation world-wide. Shaila is the founder of Bodhi Courses, an online Dhamma classroom (, and Insight Meditation South Bay, a Buddhist meditation center in Silicon Valley in California ( 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 Insight Meditation retreat will provide instructions for developing mindfulness, concentration and insight. The meditation practices will be directed toward nurturing mindfulness of body and mind, enjoying clarity of consciousness, understanding our habitual patterns, inclining toward peace, and recognizing how full awareness enhances the potential for liberating insight. Daily dharma teaching and guidance from the teacher make this retreat suitable for both new and experienced practitioners. 

Vegetarian meals will be provided for Breakfast and Lunch. Snacks will be provided in the evening. All rooms are private with private bath.

Vaccination against Covid-19 is required to attend this retreat, which may follow more stringent disease prevention procedures than is currently required by Florida’s public health orders. Participants will be required to wear a mask in common in-door areas such as the meditation hall and lounges. You will be provided with more specific instructions regarding environmental safety one week prior to the retreat, depending on the vulnerability to a covid variant at that time.

“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.



San Pedro Spiritual Development Center
95 Bishop Grady Lane
Winter Park, FL 32972

Located about 10 miles from the Orlando International Airport

San Pedro Spiritual Development Center Website


The retreat begins with registration at 4pm on Friday, February 3, 2023 and ends after lunch on Friday, February 10, 2023.


  • $850 Private Room & Meals
  • $200 deposit due at registration to ensure attendance; Non-refundable after January 5, 2023
  • Some partial scholarships may be available

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


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Please email Peter Carlson for more information to pay by mail.