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 2019

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon

• May 7, 14, 21, 28, June 4, 2019 • Two weeks off
• June 25, July 2, 9, 16, 23, 2019

Suggested donation

  • $20 per session

  • OR $150 for all 10 sessions, if paid in full

    at beginning of the program.

  • Some scholarships are available.



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.


Meditation - Summer School

Summer Meditation Course ,
Tuesday Morning May 07

  • Tuesday Morning May 07 10:30 am
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