Retreats & Classes

Group sessions

  • Wednesdays from 630pm to 8pm. There is a 30 minute sit, followed by teaching and discussion.
  • Every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month from 5pm to 630pm. There is a 45 minute sit, followed by a book or video discussion.
  • 3rd Sunday 10AM, meditation and Sangha pot luck brunch – contact us for location or other information.


Meditation Basics

May 7 – June 11, 2020, hosted by Lakeland Meditation Group.

Teacher: Sharon Hodges, for more information please contact Sharon or 863-608-0204

What to Expect

An opportunity for learning, sharing, and guided meditation practice. This course offers an exploration of mindfulness meditation that includes practical strategies for cultivating present moment awareness as well as exploration of the insight and support mindfulness can bring to our lives. This course will be open to the public and welcomes participants of diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds.

Course Dates/Times

Weekly for 6 consecutive Thursday evening sessions, from 6:30 – 7:45 PM.

Beginning May 7th 2020.


The course will be held online through Zoom. Please register with the teacher due to limited seats.

 Course Capacity

10 students

Course Overview

Session 1 (May 7): What is Mindfulness?

Session 2 (May 14): Cultivating Present Moment Awareness

Session 3 (May 21): Being Present in the Body

Session 4 (May 28): Mindfulness of Emotion

Session 5 (June 4): Mindfulness of Thinking

Session 6 (June 11): Cultivating Kindness and Compassion


There is no charge for the course. Donations to Lakeland Insight Meditation Group are welcomed.

You can make your donation using the donate button in the home page


One Day Mindfulness Retreat, hosted by Lakeland Meditation Group.

Participants will enjoy:

-A safe environment for learning and support
-Understanding the role of the brain in anxiety
-Recent research about the efficacy of meditation for anxiety
-Healthy vegetarian lunch and snacks to support your learning experience
-Practice periods with plenty of time for question and answer

Course taught by Andy Quinn

When: 9AM-5PM, Saturday June 6, 2020 (rescheduled due to Covid-19)

Where: Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Lakeland.

3140 Troy Ave, Lakeland, Florida 33803

Cost: $20 deposit/donation to Lakeland Meditation Group.

To Register : Contact Joe Martin at  for more information or to reserve your spot. Fees can also be payed via this site.

Local Meditation Groups

Florida Community of Mindfulness (Tampa)

Gainesville Vipassana Society (Gainesville)

Hokori Zen Center (Lakeland)

Orlando Insight Meditation Group (Winter Park)

Refuge Recovery (Lakeland)

A Short Bibliography of Vipassana (Insight) Meditation

Bennett-Goleman, Tara. “Emotional Alchemy: How the Mind Can Heal the Heart.” Harmony. 2002.

Boorstein, Sylvia. “It’s Easier Than You Think: The Buddhist Way to Happiness.”  HarperCollins. 1997.

Brach. Tara.  “Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life with the Heart of a Buddha.” Bantam. 2003.

Ajahn Chah: “Food for the Heart: The Collected Teachings of Ajahn Chah.” Wisdom. 2002.

Chodron. Pema. “When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times.”  Shambhala. 2016.

Goldstein, Joseph. “Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening”  SoundsTrue. 2013.

Gunaratana, Henepola. “Mindfulness in Plain English.” Wisdom Publications. 1996

Gunaratana, Henepola. “Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness: Walking the Buddha’s Path.” Wisdom Publications. 2001.

Khema. Ayya. “Know Where You’re Going: A Complete Guide to Mediation Faith and Everyday Transcendence.” Wisdom. 2014.

Kornfield, Jack.  “The Wise Heart: A Guide to the Universal Teachings of Buddhist Psychology” Bantam. 2009.

Levine. Stephen. “A Gradual Awakening.” Random House. 1979.

Rosenberg, Larry. “Breath By Breath: The Liberating Practice of Insight Meditation.” Shambhala. 2004.

Salzberg. Sharon. “Lovingkindness: the Revolutionary Art of Happiness.” Shambhala. 2002.

Smith, Rodney. “Stepping Out of Self-Deception: The Buddha’s Liberating Teaching on No-self.” Shambhala. 2010.

Thich Nhat Hanh. “The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching.”Harmony. 1998.

Thich Nhat Hanh. “Teachings on Love.” Parallax Press. 2002


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