Retreats & Classes

Group sessions

  • Wednesdays from 6:30pm to 8pm. There is a 30 minute sit, followed by teaching and discussion.
  • Every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month from 10AM to 11:30AM. 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.


Cultivating Gratitude and Joy
Lakeland Insight Meditation Group
October 24, 2020

If you carry joy in your heart, you can heal any moment.
~ Carlos Santana

Teacher: Sharon Hodges, for more information please contact Sharon

What to Expect

We carry an innate capacity for joy within. It is our true nature even in the face of pain and suffering. This 1-day course will explore mindfulness meditation with a focus on cultivating gratitude and joy. We will combine periods of meditation with teachings and discussion on how we can open our hearts and nurture our natural capacities for gratitude and joy. This course is open to the public and welcomes participants of diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds.

Course Date/Time

This course will be held on Saturday, October 24, 2020 from 9AM until 3PM.


The course will be held online through Zoom. 

 Course Capacity

16 students

Course Overview

9AM –  Noon   

           Welcome and introductions
           Guided meditation
           Teachings and discussion on differences between joy and happiness
           Exploring what we love
           Walking meditation
Noon – 1PM

          Home practice period that includes mindful eating focused on gratitude to all the beings that contributed to the present moment.

1PM – 3PM

          Discussion of home practice period and teachings on gratitude
          Gratitude meditation
          Teachings and discussion on relationship between joy and suffering
          Silent offerings of peace and wellbeing
          Closing circle


This course is offered at no charge. Donations to Lakeland Insight Meditation Group are welcomed. We are a non-profit volunteer organization that supports mindfulness teaching and community in Lakeland, FL and surrounding areas.

You can make a donation via:




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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