meditation summer school

Nourish Your Soul

The summer meditation school program offers instruction and a supportive community to help sustain a personal practice of meditation. Each session includes a presentation on an aspect of Mindfulness Meditation, 30 minutes of silent sitting with periodic guidance, and practice-oriented discussion. It is an opportunity for deepening into the silence that allows for an awakening of the heart.


Meditation Summer School 2018

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon

Starting May 8th.

(May 8, 15, 22, 29, June 5, 26, July 3, 10, 17, 24, 2018)


$160 for all 10 sessions or $20 per session at the door.


Meditation Summer School

Summer 2018

Topics and presenters TBA


May 8

Joe Mitchell

Meaningful Motivation for Meditation: Setting Forth with Right Effort on the Path


May 15

John Shealy

Mindfulness in Relationships

Have you ever noticed how you can be so “chilled” when sitting alone in meditation and become so stressed when engaging with that particular co-worker or family member? If so, you’re not alone! For most of us the practice of mindfulness becomes more challenging when we begin to bring mindfulness into our relationships. 

This session will offer a glimpse of current research into the workings of interpersonal relationships, our “social engagement system.” Participants will learn how mindfulness of sensations in the body, face and eyes can serve as an alarm system to help us avoid being hijacked into a stress response. Join us for this engaging and light-hearted exploration of the “dance of relationship.”

John Shealy, PhD, a licensed psychologist in private practice, specializes in Integral Psychotherapy and Life Coaching. He has practiced and taught mindfulness meditation for 25 years. John’s teaching style is experiential, intimate and dynamic. Drawing from a unique combination of education and training, commitment to personal practice and diverse life experience, he guides and supports his students as they establish a life-long practice of emotional healing, spiritual growth and transformation. Learn more by visiting


May 22

Harry Pickens

Rewiring Your Brain For Peace: How to find your calm in the midst of chaos.


May 29

Doug Van Houten

In this session you’ll be invited to take a Praise Wander in the natural world. Wandering without a goal, just being fully present. Taking time to slow down your pace to begin to match the pace of the beings around you. Taking time to open each of your senses fully. This is about coming into engaged and personal relationship with the natural world and the beings who live there. As you notice different beings (tree, stone, creek, cloud, bird, butterfly, etc.) spend some time noticing them in detail. You might then practice praising what you notice. Tell the being(s) what you notice of their beauty and uniqueness.  Praise it for its ability to arouse such a reaction in you. Addressing the world in this way is a threshold crossing into a greater consciousness and into a deeper sense of belonging.  “The universe is a communion of subjects, not a collection of objects.” — Thomas Berry


Doug is a nature-based guide of Mind, Body and Soul. In this work he draws on the wisdom of the natural world, depth-psychology, eco-psychology, dreams, indigenous cultures, somatic knowing, poetry, and many cross cultural soul-encounter practices such as council, vision fasting, trance rhythms and conversations with the sacred Others. Doug’s true calling lives in support of others uncovering their own unique gifts and in so doing transforming their lives in service to the Great Work of our times. Doug is also a student of Hakomi, a beekeeper, artist, ceremonialist, activist, yoga instructor and guide for Animas Valley Institute (


June 5

Anne Borders

Yoga and Mindfulness Meditation

Anne Borders will offer the teachings of the eight limbs of yoga as laid out in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras and discuss the principles of mindfulness meditation as seen through the lens of yoga. The class will include a gentle 30 minute chair yoga experience appropriate for all students, as well as a guided meditation integrating the yogic vocabulary and solidifying the mindfulness approach.  

Anne Borders

Anne is a student of yoga, philosophy, meditation and life. She has spent the last 5 years as a full-time certified yoga teacher after spending the previous 15 as a devoted student. She is honored to serve those looking to tap into a deeper connection to themselves through movement, breath and the ancient philosophy of yoga. She skillfully weaves the principles of yoga and mindfulness meditation together.


June 26

Mindfulness and Technology - Raising Resilient Kids in a Stressed Out Tech-Driven World 

Shelly Sowell, M.Ed., LPCC,

A Mindfulness approach to help kids thrive

Do you struggle with connecting with your kids in a world where technology has become the new coloring book and crayons?

This timely workshop will address cultural concerns and parenting strategies for helping kids create a healthy growth-path in a Digital Age.  The growing influence of digital life in the past 10 years has significantly changed the way child developmental unfolds.  Kids will be better equipped to handle modern culture’s onslaught of societal pressures when they are able to draw from a well-developed inner resilience.  This course will also help parents and grandparents support the social & emotional learning that can help children feel good about their lives, create and maintain healthy relationships, and foster creative and deeply meaningful living.  

Shelly Sowell, M.Ed., LPCC, Consultant for Independent Schools, as she explores the game changing differences that our current culture brings to our kids in setting that will educate and engage parents in helping kids receive balanced support in a digital world.  


July 3 

Thich Hang Dat 

Insights into Buddhist Meditation 

Dr. Thich Hang Dat (Trung Huynh) is the abbot of the Ten Thousand Buddhas Summit Monastery located near Corydon, Indiana.. He obtained B.S degree in Electrical Engineering at Penn State University, and a Master degree and a Ph.D. degree in Religious Studies at University of the West, California. Currently, he is teaching Buddhism, Buddhist Meditation and Mindfulness Practice, Comparative Studies of Buddhism and Christianity, and Asian Religions at Indiana University Southeast, Indiana University South Bend, Indiana University Kokomo, and the University of Houston.


July 10 

Natural Aids in Awakening
Glenda Hodges-Cook

It is taught in the Buddhist tradition that we live in a dream-like state that seems like the only reality.  This state is called “samsara.”  This class will explore four natural aids that arise from the practice of vipassana meditation and help us awaken from the dream.



July 17

Tim Darst

Transportation as a Mindful Practice


July 24

Lois Luckett

Connecting Internal and External Awareness

During this practice session we will focus our awareness on our internal body sensations and the external energy field surrounding us.  Cultivating this awareness of the continuous field of life energy, sometimes referred to as Qi, facilitates health, healing, and promotes a sense of deep belonging in the universe.






Past Instructors

Joe MitchellCP, a Catholic priest and member of the Passionist religious community, is president of the Earth & Spirit Center. He studied theology at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago and earned a graduate degree in Philosophy, Cosmology and Consciousness from the California Institute of Integral Studies. His ministry includes presenting retreats in spirituality, meditation courses, religious environmental programs, as well as workshops in the New Cosmology and Great Work.




John Shealy, PhD, a licensed psychologist in private practice, specializes in Integral Psychotherapy and MBSR. He has practiced and taught mindfulness meditation for over 20 years. John’s teaching style is experiential, intimate and challenging. Drawing from a unique combination of education and training, commitment to personal practice and diverse life experience, he guides and supports his students as they establish a life-long practice of emotional healing, spiritual growth and transformation.




Glenda Hodges-Cook has been practicing insight meditation for thirty-five years.  Her initial instruction was with Sharon Salzberg, Joseph Goldstein and Jack Kornfield.  She is a graduate of the Community Dharma Leader training program offered through Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Marin County, California. She has led the Louisville Vipassana Community for the past ten years. Glenda has a master’s degree in psychiatric/mental health nursing, and is on the adjunct faculty at Indiana University Southeast. 




Harry Pickens, B.A., CAPP (Certificate in Applied Positive Psychology), is an award-winning performing artist, educator, positive psychology practitioner, and life transformation coach. As pianist and composer, his multifaceted musical career has featured collaborations with hundreds of the world’s great jazz artists, choral works featuring the poetry of Wendell Berry, and a recent performance for the Dalai Lama. Mr. Pickens has also served as a classroom teacher on elementary, middle, and high school and collegiate levels; presented seminars and workshops nationally on leadership, personal mastery, team building, communication, and social entrepreneurship; and created/promoted community-wide celebrations that tap the power of the arts to inspire positive social change. As a positive psychology practitioner and life transformation coach, he develops and shares practical applications of cutting-edge research in the science of wellbeing. 




Lois Luckett, LCSW, CHT , Lois has been in private practice as a Holistic/Transpersonal Therapist for over 30 years.  She is a Certified Hakomi teacher (a body-centered psychotherapy based on mindfulness).  Lois has presented extended workshops on Dream Work and taught Continuing Education for other Clinicians.  She has been practicing meditation for over 40 years utilizing the teachings of Edgar Cayce, TM, Shambhala, and Insight Meditation.  She serves on University Hospital’s Ethics Board, is co-chair of St. William Compassionate Commitment Committee and, with her wonderful husband Jim, has raised four fine fellows.  




Shelly Sowell, M.Ed., LPCC, based in Louisville, KY, Shelly Sowell is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and Consultant, specializing in Mindfulness-Based Life Skills for teens and adults in private practice, education and business settings.  Shelly has had a personal mindfulness practice for more than 15 years and is committed to bringing these invaluable skills into everyday living for individuals and communities.  She works with individuals, families, schools, & communities to create meaningful, effective and integrative mindfulness-based wellness programs.







Classes can be taken individually at a drop-in rate of $20. No pre-registration is required.


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