Residential Retreats

Retreats consist of alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation, an evening talk by the teacher, and meals. There are periodic opportunities for personal interviews with the teacher during long retreats. Retreats are held in complete silence. Scroll down to see all retreats.

Scholarships are available for all retreats. To request a scholarship please send an e-mail or mail a letter and registration form to Tri-State Dharma. No one will be turned away for lack of ability to pay.


Weekend Retreat ~ Being With What Is

with Candace Strange

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So much of our energy is spent thinking about the past and the future, strategizing about how to get more of what we want and avoid what we don’t want. The Buddha recognized that this tendency prevents us from fully experiencing and understanding the life that’s unfolding within and around us moment to moment. Through meditation and mindfulness, we cultivate a new way of seeing ourselves and our experience – one based in clarity and kindness. By practicing in silence and with others on retreat, we are able to more clearly see life as it is and awaken our potential for freedom from suffering.

This retreat will be held in noble silence. It will include periods of sitting, walking, chanting, and mindful movement.  There will also be opportunities for questions and for interviews with the teacher. Both new and experienced meditators are welcome.

DATES: June 1-3, 2018 

LOCATION: Transfiguration Spirituality Center, Glendale, OH

COST: $210            Register

Candace Strange is an active member and past president of Tri-State Dharma. She has been practicing Insight Meditation since 2004. She has taught daylong retreats and led meditation classes and sutta study groups.  Candace has studied with Matthew Flickstein and Shinzen Young and is currently enrolled in teacher training with Upasaka Culadasa (John Yates).


5 Night Metta Retreat

with Mary Aubry

During this five-night retreat, we will have an opportunity to learn, practice, and embody the four wholesome mind-states of loving-kindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity.  First and foremost, we will practice generating and receiving loving-kindness for ourselves.  Only afterwards will we be invited to extend this heart-warming practice to others.  One may choose to spend the entire retreat practicing loving-kindness only for oneself, which is in keeping with the Buddhist teaching that we could look the world over for someone more deserving of our love than ourselves and we would never find that person.  Silent sitting practice will be interspersed with silent walking practice, as well as guided meditations and contemplations, interviews with the teacher, and Q&A sessions.  All levels of meditation experience are welcome.

DATES: August 31 – September 5, 2018

LOCATION: Oakwood Retreat CenterClick Here for directions.

COST: $560            Register

Mary Aubry began attending insight meditation retreats in 1993. She graduated from the Community Dharma Leadership program co-sponsored by the Spirit Rock Meditation Center and the Insight Meditation Society in 2012.  Tara Brach authorized her to teach insight retreats in 2014, and Leigh Brasington authorized her to teach jhana retreats in 2016. Other than Tara and Leigh, her primary teachers have included Joseph Goldstein, Bhikkhu Analayo, and Rodney Smith. Mary teaches meditation retreats nationally on insight, the jhanas, and the brahma viharas.

Weeklong Retreat

Doorways Into Deepening Awareness & Wisdom

with Heather Sundberg

This silent retreat will consist of alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation, plus teachings, and optional daily Qi Gong practice.  Instructions for insight meditation and all the Heart Practices (lovingkindness/compassion/joy/equanimity) will be offered.  We will initially focus on developing Body Awareness & Concentration, followed by an in-depth exploration of Awareness & Wisdom from the perspective of the Thai forest tradition.  To support deepening practice, participants will check in individually with the teacher every three days.

Pre-requisite: You must have attended at least two prior weekend retreats in Insight Meditation in order to attend this retreat.  In addition, retreatants must be able to attend the entire retreat in order to participate. Please do not sign up if you cannot be there for the entire retreat from the opening through the closing.

DATES: October 19-26, 2018

LOCATION: Oakwood Retreat CenterClick Here for directions.

COST: $800            Register

Heather Sundberg has taught Insight Meditation since 1999 and has completed the Spirit Rock/IMS Senior Teacher Training.  Beginning her own meditation practice in her late teens, for the last 25 years, Heather has studied with senior teachers in the Insight Meditation (Vipassana) and Tibetan (Vajrayana) traditions and has sat 1-3 months of silent retreat a year for the last 20 years.  She was the Spirit Rock Family & Teen Program Teacher & Manager for a decade.  Between 2010-2015 she spent a cumulative one-year in study, practice, and pilgrimage in Asia.  Since 2011, she has been a teacher at Mountain Stream Meditation Center and sister communities in the CA Sierra Foothills.  She teaches retreats nationally & internationally, and has a long-term connection with Spirit Rock Meditation Center & Abhayagiri Monastery.  Her teaching emphasizes Awakening through the Body (1st foundation mindfulness), the Heart Practices (Divine Abodes), and Awareness Practices out of the Thai forest tradition.  For more information about Heather visit

Heather is a wonderful teacher, deep and caring and skillful in guiding students at all levels. ~ Jack Kornfield, Spirit Rock Founding Teacher

Heather Sundberg has risen over decades through the training programs for teachers at Spirit Rock and has become an esteemed and respected and admired teacher by colleagues and students. The fact that she led the Spirit Rock Young Adult and Family Program for ten years added the skill of being able to translate Dharma to all ages and levels of competency. Heather has been faithful to her many long-term teachers across traditions but it would not be correct to say that she is like any one of them: My delight, as one of Heather’s teachers, is that she seems to me just like herself. When teachers share what they know from their own deep convictions, they come across and both genuine and inspiring. Her teaching style is warm and accessible. She remains alert and attentive to everyone in the room, moving the discussion to keep the material relevant to everyone. She is a refreshing new voice in the world-wide Dharma scene. ~ Sylvia Boorstein, Spirit Rock Founding Teacher


4 Night New Years Retreat

Vipassana Retreat

with Joan Staubach

The New Year is considered an auspicious time to practice. We offer an alternative way to spend this time of year; instead of noise, enjoy the quiet.

DATES: December 28, 2018 – January 1, 2019

LOCATION: Oakwood Retreat CenterClick Here for directions.
COST: $450

Joan Staubach is an active member and past president of Tri-State Dharma. She is an experienced practitioner of Insight Meditation. She has been practicing since 1999. She has taught and co-taught the New Year’s Retreat for over 10 years, led daylong retreats, and taught numerous Insight Meditation classes. She has taken training retreats with Matthew Flickstein on Sharing the Dharma.


It is Tri-State Dharma’s mission to make retreats available to meditators from Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and beyond. To make these retreats affordable to all who wish to attend, the fees for each retreat are slightly less than the minimum amount needed to cover our expenses. This does not take into account the scholarships that we give for almost all retreats. If you are in a position to do so, please consider making a donation to Tri-State Dharma at the end of the retreat to help us continue this work. Thank you.

Deposits are your way of saving space for the retreat. If you must back out of the retreat, we will refund half of the deposit if you cancel 6 weeks prior to the retreat. If you have paid the full amount, we will refund the balance. For our Weekend retreats, if cancel 6 weeks prior, refund is all but $100.  If cancel less than 6 weeks prior, refund is all but $200. Thank you for not asking for the full deposit back.

The cost of the retreat covers room and board and Tri-State Dharma’s expenses. Meditation teachers in this tradition are able to continue their work through Dana, or generous, voluntary giving by students. At retreat’s end, students have an opportunity to practice Dana by offering contributions. There is no specific contribution amount expected; give what feels right.   Please think of this as an integral part of practice.

To request a scholarship please send an e-mail or mail a letter and registration form to Tri-State Dharma. No one will be turned away for lack of ability to pay.

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