Sep 18 2021


10:00 am - 4:30 pm



Mindfulness in Nature Meditation Retreat with Janka

“And this, our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything.”
– William Shakespeare, as You Like It

“Without the oxygenating breath of the forest, without the clutch of gravity and the tumbled magic of river rapids, we have no distance from our technologies, no way of assessing their limitations, no way to keep ourselves from turning into them.” – David Abram, The Spell of The Sensuous

This retreat will be held in silence and spent mostly outdoors (weather permitting) in the beauty of nature. It will include:

– guided mindfulness meditations
– walking meditations
– contemplative practices to help us reconnect to ourselves and the natural world around us
– time for personal reflections and journaling
– group discussion
– mid-day lunch break to practice mindful eating

Bring your lunch, journal, pen and any appropriate props you will need for your sitting meditation practice. Rising Fawn has chairs, large bolsters and blankets.
Wear comfortable clothing and shoes for walking outside.

This retreat is suitable for all levels of practice, however some meditation experience is suggested.

Cost: $35 registration fee + Dana* for the teacher.

Please note Rising Fawn Gardens has a no refund policy. 

There will be an opportunity to offer Dana to the teacher at the end of the retreat (financial contributions in the form of a check or cash).

*Dana is the time-honored etic and tradition of expressing gratitude through generosity that Janka is dedicated to keeping alive by freely offering the teachings, and her guidance. What this means is that she receives no compensation for teaching retreats, and relies instead on the generosity of retreat participants.

Read more about dana practice.
Read more about wisdom of giving.

There are two work-study scholarships available for those in need. Please call Janka at 423-488-5406 to inquire.

For questions, please email:

To read more about Janka, visit and

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Janka Livoncova

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Janka Livoncova

Janka Livoncova has been practicing and studying the dharma for three decades. Initially in the Soto Zen tradition and, since 2007, under the guidance of her Vipassana teachers DaeJa Napier, Kittisaro and Thanissara. She maintains a daily meditation practice and regularly attends Vipassana retreats. A graduate of Spirit Rock’s two-year Community Dharma Leaders program and the Sacred Mountain Sangha two-year Dharmapala training with Kittisaro and Thanissara, Janka leads the Chattanooga Insight Meditation Community and retreats in Chattanooga area.

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