Cultivating Clarity, Receptivity and Joy With a Camera
Saturday, October 4, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Rural College Grove, TN
Registration deadline, Friday, September 26


Please join us in a beautiful rural setting for a day of mindfulness as we combine meditation and the practice of contemplative photography. We will use our cameras as a means to reflect our awareness of this moment in its ever changing forms. This approach often yields unexpected and remarkable results that differ from conventional shots. There’s no need for expensive equipment or technical knowledge, just a willingness to meet the moment in an open and receptive state. A simple, yet profound joy often arises in this alliance of mind and heart, camera and surroundings.

Led by meditation teacher and artist Lisa Ernst, the workshop is suitable to beginning and experienced meditators. In addition to several photography sessions, the workshop will include meditation, silence and group interaction. The retreat site, about 35 minutes from downtown Nashville, includes wooded hills, fields, rock formations and interesting structures.

The fee is on a sliding scale from $75 – $100. Two reduced fee slots are available for those who need financial assistance.

A $50 deposit reserves your space and is due by 9/26. Paypal is available here. If paying by check, make it out to One Dharma Nashville and send to One Dharma Nashville, c/o 12 South Dharma Center, 2301 12th Avenue South, Suite 202, Nashville, TN 37204. Please include your email address. Details and directions will be sent in advance of the retreat. For more information email onedharmaretreat@gmail.com.

Sponsored by One Dharma Nashville
Sunday Evening, November 9 – Sunday Noon, November 16
Bethany Hills Retreat Center, Kingston Springs, TN
Led by Lisa Ernst


As winter approaches and daylight wanes, there is a natural tendency slow down and turn inward. Yet, in the busyness of the approaching holiday season we may forget that true refuge is right where we are. This silent retreat will focus on cultivating a quality of compassionate presence that embraces our experience with equanimity and insight. Through this practice we begin to pierce the illusion of separateness and taste the joy of interconnectedness to all things.

The retreat is offered on a sliding scale basis from $425 – $550, which includes lodging and all meals. Teacher compensation (dana) is separate. A $250 deposit will reserve your spot and is due no later than September 12. Please let us know the full amount on the sliding scale you will pay, with the balance due by November 9. Early registrants are guaranteed their own room and bath.

Lisa Ernst is a Buddhist Meditation teacher in the Thai Forest lineage of Ajahn Chah. She is the founder of One Dharma Nashville. In her teaching, Lisa emphasizes both transformational insight and everyday awakening as an invitation to embrace all of the path’s possibilities. She regularly leads classes, daylong and residential meditation retreats.

Deposits can be made through Paypal here or mailed to One Dharma Nashville, c/o 12 South Dharma Center, 2301 12th Ave. S. Nashville, TN 37204. Be sure to include your email address.

For questions email onedharmaretreat@gmail.com.

“Cultivating Clarity Through Living the Questions”

Hosted by Red Clay Sangha

Led by Lisa Ernst

September 18 – 21, Sautee Georgia

Cost: $150 plus dana to the teacher



“Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and learn to love the questions themselves. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions.” –Rainer Maria Rilke

Unanswered questions, intractable situations, often appear to stand in the way of living from our deepest intentions. At times we might feel blocked even from knowing what our true priorities are. During this weekend of sitting and walking meditation, we will have the opportunity to practice opening our hearts to our unresolved inner dilemmas. These questions contain a rich source of insight; learning to live with them brings about a radical shift that opens the door to clarity and equanimity.

This retreat will be conducted “Vipassana style” with alternating periods of sitting and walking practice. Full information and registration is here.


Help Fund a deserving student to attend our 7 Day Retreat

Not everyone can afford the cost of a residential retreat,
yet we want to accommodate all who are interested, regardless of funds. Because we intentionally keep our base retreat fees so low, we don’t have enough enough extra to fund these requests.

Currently we need funding to assist those in financial need who would like to attend our Fall 7 Day Retreat. Scholarships are offered at a reduced rate, but are not free except in the case of extreme hardship.

Contributing to our scholarship fund is an excellent way to practice generosity, one of the foundational aspects of spiritual life according to Buddha. Any amount you are able to contribute will allow deserving students to more fully immerse themselves in the practice. If you would like to help, you can donate through Paypal here or pay by check if you prefer (address is on the Paypal donation page.) Please note that your donation is for the scholarship fund. Your contribution is tax deductible and much appreciated.

Dharma talk given by Lisa Ernst at One Dharma’s 2014 Spring Residential Retreat. Click on the link for the podcast:

Suffering and Freedom From Suffering.

How do clothes, identity and emptiness all converge? Read here:

Functional Identity and No-self.

Thursdays, September 11, 18 and October 2

7 – 8:30 p.m. at the 12 South Dharma Center

This 3 week course is appropriate for beginners as well as more experienced meditators who want to refresh the fundamentals of their practice. In a step-by-step process you will learn the nuts and bolts of insight meditation and basic mindfulness practices. You will learn correct meditation approaches to insure an effective and ongoing practice. You will also learn to be more in touch with your body, emotions and mind through Buddhist mindfulness. This class will provide you with a supportive environment; there will be plenty of time for discussion and Q&A.

Led by senior meditators and One Dharma facilitators Michael Crowder and Patsy Cutillo, with guidance from founding teacher Lisa Ernst.

Course fee is $50 and can be paid through Paypal here.

For information, email onedharmainfo@gmail.com


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