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George Draffan

Luminous Mind Fall 2012 Retreat:
Opening to Awakening

A Mahamudra Retreat with Claudia Hansson

Sept. 12-16 • St. Mary's Sewanee, Sewanee, TN

Wednesday, Sept. 12—Retreat begins at 7:30 p.m. You may check in any time after 4:30.

Sunday, Sept. 16—Retreat completes with group lunch
Location: St. Mary's Sewanee, Sewanee, TN

Cost: $362 (double room) or $423 (single room) to cover direct costs, plus teacher donation.
Deposit of $100 will reserve your space upon acceptance in retreat. Remainder due August 31.


The intention of the retreat is to set up the conditions that lead to the discovery of awakened awareness. Over the course of the retreat, we will cover the four yogas of Mahamudra as taught by Gompopa: one-pointedness, non-elaboration, one taste and non-meditation.

We will start with developing a stable base of attention and move through insight meditations on the body, thoughts and emotions, and then introduce the practices of one taste and non-meditation from the Mahamudra (Direct Awareness) teachings that lead to the direct experience of mind's nature.

We will be using a variety of techniques including guided meditations, outdoor practice, daily individual interviews and movement practices during the course of the retreat. The retreat will be silent and there will be a combination of both group and individual practice time. A good foundation in shamatha (calm abiding) or attention practices will be very helpful.

The Teacher

Claudia Hansson began practicing over 18 yrs ago and has studied primarily with Tibetan trained Western teachers from the Karma Kaygu and Shangpa Kagyu traditions. She is a senior student of Ken McLeod and has received the benefit of several years of training in the Buddhist Teacher Development Program which he directed. She was authorized to teach by Dan Jorgensen and Ken McLeod in 2003. In recent years her practice has been centered in Tibetan vajrayana, mahamudra and dzogchen practices.

Claudia emphasizes awareness of the body and the development of stable attention as the foundation for all other practices. Claudia has an extensive background in higher education as a professor, counselor and administrator. She currently co-owns and operates Sierra Mental Fitness Inc., a neuro-feedback center in Roseville, California.

For more on Claudia, go to Clear Mountain Wisdom.


The retreat is held in noble silence at St. Mary's Sewanee, located atop Monteagle Mountain on 200 acres of pristine land. The building is on a bluff overlooking the side of the mountain and the valley below. The grounds offer a labyrinth, walking trails, outdoor benches, and other opportunities to enjoy nature. Delicious meals are provided with individual needs taken into consideration. There are no daily chores for retreatants.


Lodging is in St. Mary's dorm — one or two persons per room. If you are planning to share a room, please make arrangements with your preferred roommate and let us know, if possible. Restrooms with ample showers are located on each floor.


The retreat fee of $362 (double room) or $423 (single room) covers direct costs such as room and board. A deposit of $100 is requested to hold your place.The balance is due by August 31. A limited number of spaces are available. Registration must be received by noon on Wednesday, August 29, so we can finalize our reservations with St. Mary's.

In addition, we invite you to offer a donation to the teacher (dana). The teachings are offered by donation, and rely on your generosity. Donations will be received at retreat and may be offered anonymously, or you may donate online via Paypal when you register. Some people may be able to donate more; some less. The amount is up to each person.

The practice of generosity is an essential aspect of the Buddhist path. On the personal level, practicing generosity opens the heart and mind, and counteracts habits of grasping and holding. On the collective level, the practice of generosity helps sustain the individuals and communities who cultivate and share the Dharma.


Register online by clicking here. You may also pay online or by check.The retreat will be limited to 20 participants.

Contact :
Rita Frizzell, 1716A Linden Avenue, Nashville, TN 37212
615-463-2374 •