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Bodhi Day Celebration

Ease into finals week and the holidays with us this evening, December 8, as we commemorate the traditional day in 596 BC that Siddartha Gautama experienced enlightenment beneath the Bodhi tree by gathering for a brief Loving-Kindness meditation to foster mettā – goodwill, friendliness, and compassion. This will be followed by a short celebration with hot tea and sweets. You are invited to join us at River Oaks Square Arts Center at 6:30pm on the 2nd floor. As always, this is a free event, and no meditation experience is necessary.

We meet at River Oaks Arts Center

River Oaks Arts CenterCenla Meditation Group now meets each Tuesday at 6:30pm at River Oaks Arts Center in downtown Alexandria. You are invited to come anytime. Beginners are welcome. There is no charge. There is nothing to join. We are a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting meditation and mindful living in Central Louisiana.

2015 Winter Retreat FAQ

Retreat begins at 6:30pm Friday with supper. You’re welcome earlier. The cabins will be available after 4pm. We will finish up at 10:30am Sunday morning.


Bayou Chicot State Park
3469 Chicot Park Road
Ville Platte, LA 70586


Coming from the north on I-49, exit on LA 106 south. Turn left off LA 106 onto LA 3042 south, and continue to the main entrance. From the south, exit I-49 on US 167 and drive toward Ville Platte. In Ville Platte, turn right onto LA 3042/N. Dupre St., then left onto LA 3042/W. Lincoln Rd. Veer right onto LA 3042/Chicot Park Road. Park entrance is about 7 miles down LA 3042.
Deluxe Cabin Area: Cabins CB001 and CB005

Map of the Park:
Map of Deluxe Cabin Area:
Items Provided: Basic cookware, cooking utensils, dinnerware, silverware, towels and linens.

Things to Bring:

  • Loose comfortable clothing
  • A Notebook and Pens
  • Yoga Mat (if you have one, extras will be available)
  • Umbrella
  • Extra towel
  • Flashlight
  • At least one Vegetarian Dish to share

2015 Winter Retreat

from our Winter Retreat 2014

Winter Retreat 2015
“Silence and Simplicity”

February 20-22, 2015
Chicot State Park
Ville Platte, La.

Our 2nd annual Winter Retreat will be an opportunity to more fully engage simple daily tasks like breathing, walking, drinking tea, and eating mindfully, as well as exercises in journaling, nature walks, and yoga. The retreat will be held at Chicot State Park in Ville Platte, La. beginning on Friday, February 20 at 6:30 p.m. and end on Sunday, February 22 at 10:30 a.m.

The cost for the retreat will be $50 per person and will include two nights lodging. Retreat attendees will coordinate to provide vegetarian meals for the weekend. No meditation experience or religious affiliation is required to attend. Available space is limited. For more information or to reserve a space contact Lyndon Marcotte at (318)229-3811 or email:

Tuesday Night Practice

We will begin a study and practice of The Four Foundations of Mindfulness this evening at 7pm. A few of us meet at 6:20pm to begin with yoga. You are welcome to join us for either.

We meet at 3500 Hwy 28 East in Pineville at First Christian Church across from Johnny’s Pizza. Beginners welcome. No meditation experience or religious affiliation needed.

The group functions on the basis of “dāna,” or generosity. The instruction is offered at no charge, but donations are welcome to cover expenses and offer a way to express support for the practice.