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Franciscan Center
Tampa, FL

Gainesville Vipassana Society

Sep 9 - 12, 2024

Feb 12 - 19, 2025
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About These Retreats

Join us for in-depth meditation practice at the Franciscan Center in Tampa, Florida. A lovely residential retreat center on the Hillsborough River, with ample grounds for walking outside, set in a quaint and quiet neighborhood.

Teachings Offered on Donation Basis

We are able to continue this work through the generosity and donations of participants and supporters. You can make a donation HERE to support these teachings. All of the amounts on the registration pages reflect the costs for food and lodging.

The Practices

We will practice sitting, walking and standing meditation together in silence, with guided instructions offered throughout the entire retreat. Opportunities to take part in small group inquiry sessions complement the silent meditation and allow you to dive deeper into your meditation process through inquiry with the teachers. Each day there will also be optional yoga/movement and breathwork sessions and rest.


Paul Linn and Steve Bean will be co-leading these retreats. They have been co-leading residential meditation retreats through Gainesville Vipassana Society for over 25 years. This is a natural outgrowth of their love for these practices and a desire to share them with others. For more details please see their bios on this website.

Cancellation Policy

For the first retreat September 9 - 12, if you need to cancel you can receive a full refund prior to July 1, 2024.

For the second retreat February 12 - 19, 2025, if you need to cancel you can receive a full refund prior to December 1, 2024.

Getting There

Registration begins at 3pm on the first day of the retreat and departure is at 1:30pm on the last day.

What’s included

  • Meals
    Three delicious meals will be served daily. If you prefer vegetarian meals please indicate this in your payment comment.
  • Housing
    You have the option of single room lodging or shared room lodging.
  • Ground Transportation
    If you fly into Tampa Airport you will need to arrange for ground transportation to the center.
  • Air Fare
    Air fare to and from Tampa is not included
  • Additional Nights
    Additional nights stay either before or after the retreat are not included


Register online with either PayPal or Zelle:

  • Zelle: Pay through Zelle with your bank online, please use gvsinsight@gmail.com and indicate the dates of the retreat and lodging option in the comments for the payment.
  • PayPal: Click "Book Now" next to your chosen lodging option below to be transferred to the PayPal website to send payment.

Sep 9 - 12, 2024

Single Occupancy
Sep 9 - 12, 2024
Shared Room
Sep 9 - 12, 2024

Feb 12 - 19, 2025

Single Occupancy
Feb 12 - 19, 2025
Shared Room
Feb 12 - 19, 2025


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