Have you been thinking there’s just no way that you can meditate? Is going to a retreat a little out of your comfort zone? This retreat is an introduction to meditation and mindfulness for those who are new to the retreat experience or who would like to jumpstart their practice.

The retreat will be facilitated by certified Meditation and Mindfulness instructor, Denise Lyon. Denise remembers all too well the challenges of developing a practice and being new to the retreat experience. In this grounded, light-hearted and heart-centered approach, Denise will lead you in the fundamentals of meditation combined with experience of several different approaches including gratitude and walking meditations. You will discover the profound benefits of mindful living practices and gain the confidence to develop a daily meditation practice as you begin to live a life of presence.

You will return home with a solid knowledge of how to meditate and accompanying material to support you, plus you’ll be equipped to bring the practice of mindfulness into your daily life for more joy and peace.

About the Teacher


Denise Lyon

Certified Meditation & Mindfulness Instructor
Licensed Massage & Bodywork Therapist

Denise is a mind and body healer, a soul-centered seeker and believes that to create a peaceful and happy world, we start with creating our own peace and happiness. Meditation is the single best practice that she has found to achieve that. Denise became a meditation teacher because she wants to help you find this for yourself.

Denise is a dedicated meditator, a Certified Meditation & Mindfulness Instructor and a graduate of McLean Meditation Institute in Sedona AZ. She began meditating over ten years ago and it has made all the difference in her life. She has been honored to have many wonderful teachers, including her primary teacher the revered Theravada Buddhist monk, teacher and author of “Mindfulness in Plain English”, Bhante G of the Bhavana Society.

Most importantly, Denise believes that we have the opportunity to evolve the consciousness of the human race. Her heart’s desire is to provide a path anchored in ancient wisdom and modern neuroscience to help guide us to that place of living together in peace and possibility.

Denise lives in the small town of Elkin in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. More


3:00pm: Check-in
6:00 – 7:00pm: Dinner
7:00 – 7:20pm: AOLRC Orientation (Dining Hall)
7:30 – 9:30pm: Program Session:
Cultivating Presence on Retreat
Demystifying Meditation – Neuroscience Meets Ancient Wisdom
Guided Breath Awareness Meditation


7:15 – 8:00am: Gratitude Meditation
8:00 – 9:00am: Breakfast
9:30 – 11:30am: Discovery & Discussion:
Beginners Mind and Mindfulness Practice
Guided Mindfulness Meditation
12:00 – 1:30pm: Lunch
1:30 – 4:00pm: Discovery & Discussion:
Becoming the Observer – Deeper into Mindfulness
Guided Mindfulness Meditation
Walking Meditation
4:00 – 6:00pm: Free Time for Rest, Spa, Yoga, Labyrinth
6:00 – 7:30pm: Dinner
7:30 – 9:30pm: Discovery & Discussion:
Living an Examined Life with Mindfulness
Guided Mindfulness Meditation


7:15 – 8:00am: Lovingkindness/Metta Meditation
8:00 – 9:00am: Breakfast
9:00 – 11:00am: Moving from the Cushion into the World:
Guided Heart-Centered Breath & Mindfulness Meditation
11:00am: Check-out (luggage may be stored at reception)
12:00pm: Lunch is included in your stay this day!

*Schedule subject to change.

Date & Time

Starts: Aug 24, 2018 06:00 PM

Ends: Aug 26, 2018 01:00 PM


Denise Lyon


Starting at $493

Includes room, meals & tuition

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