Orlando Insight Meditation Group

A Contemporary Buddhist Mindfulness Meditation Community For Central Florida

A One Week Buddhist Meditation Retreat at Deerhaven Retreat Center-October 16-23, 2021

Riding the Waves of Change

Led by Peter Carlson

This retreat is suitable for beginning and more advanced meditators.  The practice will progress from cultivating mental tranquility with mindfulness of breathing meditation to developing vipassana, the Buddhist term for ongoing awareness of the changing nature of mind states, with the goal of reducing distress and developing a more joyful engagement with life, no matter what the circumstances might be. The retreat will be held in noble silence.

The teacher has been actively practicing vipassana since 1982, and brings a rich mixture of Eastern and Western psychology to his teaching.

We are pleased to offer this in-person residential retreat after a year-long hiatus due to the pandemic. In order to do this, we expect that participants will have completed the full vaccination process, although we will not be requiring to show proof of vaccination. Masks and social distancing are likely to be required, so we ask that participants take masks to wear. We consider this an act of compassion to anyone who may have underlying medical conditions and are concerned about risks as we continue to come out of the pandemic. Because of these precautions, the number of those attending will be limited so please consider registering early.


Deerhaven Retreat and Conference Center located at the southern end of the Ocala National Forest.

Deerhaven website and directions


The retreat begins with dinner at 5pm on Saturday, October 16 and ends with lunch on Saturday October 23.


  • $550 Private Room & Vegetarian Meals
  • $200 non-refundable deposit due by July 10, 2021
  • Some partial scholarships may be available

Email Sharon Wright for more information.


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Essential Mental Qualities

In this Dharma talk, Tommy and the Sangha explore the Buddha’s teachings on abiding in contemplation of the body, feelings, mind, and dhammas—diligent, clearly knowing, and mindful, free from desires and discontent in regard to this world.  These are considered essential mental qualities.