Intimate With Life
Bethany Hills Retreat Center, Kingston Springs TN
Thursday Evening, April 16 – Sunday Noon April 19
Led by Lisa Ernst
Early Registration Discount available through March 16


“Enlightenment is Intimacy With All Things” – Dogen

Each spring the earth awakens from its winter slumber as the days grow warmer and longer. Surrounded by newly leafed trees and rolling hills, we will renew our minds and hearts in the simple yet profound practice of sitting and walking meditation. Gradually this practice will lead us to intimacy with all of life as we touch the present moment with a kind and open heart.

This silent retreat will be held at Bethany Hills Retreat Center, Kingston Springs, TN. It will include sitting and walking meditation, dharma talks, q&a and optional private meetings with the teacher. Retreat cost is $200 if paid in full by Saturday, March 14; thereafter the cost is $225. Participation for all three days is required. Fee covers lodging and all meals. There will be a separate opportunity at the retreat to make a *dana offering (donation) to the teacher. Two sliding scale spots are available for those who need financial assistance. Paypal is available here.  If paying by check, please use the address at the paypal link. Be sure to include your email address.

Lisa Ernst is a meditation teacher and founder of One Dharma Nashville. She has been meditating for 25 years and received dharma teaching authorization in the Thai Forest lineage of Ajahn Chah, Jack Kornfield and Trudy Goodman. In her teaching, Lisa emphasizes both transformational insight and everyday awakening as an invitation to embrace all of the path’s possibilities.

*Dana: According to the Buddha, generosity, or sharing what we have, is one of the central pillars of a spiritual life. In the act of giving we develop our ability to let go, cultivate a spirit of caring, and acknowledge the inter-connectedness that we all share.

Please contact onedharmaretreat@gmail.com for questions or to reserve your spot.

Saturday, February 28, 2015, 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Rural West Bellevue
Led by Lisa Ernst


Please join us in a beautiful wooded setting for a day of sitting and walking meditation. Cultivating clear awareness of our present moment experience reveals insights into the nature of suffering and liberation. We see that everything that arises is not my “self” but a display of impermanent conditions. When the mind sees life through this clarity and is unclouded by confusion, we create the foundation for well-being, joy and equanimity.

Led by meditation teacher Lisa Ernst, this silent retreat is suitable for beginning as well as experienced students. The retreat will include periods of sitting and walking meditation, instructions and dharma talk. Cost is $50. There will be a separate opportunity at the retreat to make a dana (generosity) offering to the teacher. A reduced fee spot is available in the case of financial need. Please inquire for details.

You can pay through paypal  here or write a check, made out to One Dharma Nashville, and send to: One Dharma Nashville, 2301 12th Avenue South, Suite 202, Nashville, TN 37204. Please include your email address. For questions, email onedharmaretreat@gmail.com.

Meditation or Medication?

Can meditation help with depression? A new blog post by meditation teacher Lisa Ernst explores this question here:

Meditation or Medication?

Led by Lisa Ernst, hosted by the Center for Mindful Living in Chattanooga, Saturday, January 17, 1 – 4 p.m. Forgiveness is not simple and it can’t be forced. At times, it may even seem impossible. Yet our ability to forgive allows us to access equanimity in our hearts and minds. We learn to meet our suffering as well as the suffering of others with kindness and compassion. In this workshop, we will deepen our capacity to find forgiveness and compassion for ourselves and for others. Cost is $25 for members, $30 for non-members. Registration is here.

Saturday, January 31, 2015
9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Nashville Friend’s House
Led by Lisa Ernst


Please join us for a day of contemplative writing and meditation practice. We will cultivate writing inspiration through meditation and exercises that help us open our hearts to the truth of what we most want to express. These practices will also help us to communicate more eloquently from our authentic voice, both in written and verbal form. In addition, we will have an opportunity to share our writing in an atmosphere of compassionate support. This workshop is suitable to beginning and experienced writers and meditators.

Cost is $75 – $100, sliding scale. Please pay at the highest level you can afford so that we can offer scholarship spots for those who need assistance. Reduced fee spots are available, please inquire to the email below.  You can pay by Paypal here using the donate button. If paying by check, make it out to One Dharma Nashville and send to 12 South Dharma Center,
c/o One Dharma Nashville, 2301 12th Avenue South, Suite 202, Nashville, TN 37204. Be sure and include your email address.

Lisa has been meditating for 25 years in both the Zen and Vipassana traditions. She is the founder and guiding teacher of One Dharma Nashville. In addition to regularly teaching meditation classes and retreats, Lisa has written numerous articles for magazines, newspapers and newsletters. She was the technical editor for the current edition of Meditation for Dummies. Her blog include essays and poetry: www.thelotusbloomsinthemud.com.

For questions, email onedharmaretreat@gmail.com

Holiday Practice Schedule

Just a reminder that we will be meeting as usual through the holidays. We’ll meet tonight and December 29 at our regular hours; we’ll have our Introduction to Meditation Class on Saturday December 27 at 10:30. Please join us as you can and enjoy some quiet time during the holiday bustle!

For more information, click on the “practice schedule” tab at the top.

We completed our first 7 day retreat in Middle Tennessee on November 16. For a recap with photos, go here:

7 Day Residential Retreat Recap.


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