The Samadhi Retreat & Meditation Center is a 4,000 square foot adobe style ranch house recently remodeled as a non profit Monastery and Meditation Center. It is located on 63 acres of beautiful woodlands with a 7-acre lake near Athens Texas, about and hour and a half south of Dallas.
The Samadhi Retreat & Meditation Center is currently hosting 3-day Silent Retreats each month, and is also available to host outside events as well.
David Browning is the primary facilitator at the Center and hosts weekly meditation groups throughout Texas. David is also available for personal Spiritual Awakening Coaching on a one-on-one basis at the Retreat by appointment as a personal get-away retreat.
Accommodations at the Samadhi Retreat:
2 Private Rooms with Balcony Overlooking Lake (#1)*Lalla's Room (double bed $100/wkend) and (#2)Meditation Room (comfy floor futon $100/wkend); and (3)Green Tara Semi-Private Room sleeps 3 (twin bed $25/wkend)
Please print out and use the attached map for directions. In addition to the map you can use Google Maps GPS directions, if you try another GPS service you will end up in Palestine, which is incorrect. Use address 17695 ACR 404, Palestine, TX 75803. We are 17 miles from Palestine, do not go to Palestine! (Your cell phone service may not work in this area... Please print the map)
Tyler Driving Directions: When driving to the Retreat from Tyler: Take Hwy 155 South past Frankston to FM 837 West, Travel on FM837 for 18.1 miles to ACR 404 (this is poorly marked but there is a yellow intersection sign prior to the turn and a small blue house on the corner, as you are making the turn you will see a small ACR 404 sign on the right hand side), Turn right (North) for 2.4 miles. You'll be looking for a brown 2-story house on the left side with a tin roof #17693, turn and continue down the dirt road 1/2 mile, through the gate and stay left to reach the Samadhi Retreat at 17695.
Dallas Driving Directions: Bring Hwy 175 SE from Dallas into Athens, Turn South on Hwy 19. Go 15 miles from Athens to Bradford on Hwy 19. Go East (left) on FM 837 for 2 miles, watch for small blue house on left with white sign out front at intersection of ACR 404. Go North (left) on ACR 404 for 2.4 miles. You'll be looking for a brown 2-story house on the left side with a tin roof #17693, turn and continue down the dirt road 1/2 mile, through the gate and stay left to reach the Samadhi Retreat at 17695.
Austin Driving Directions: Bring Hwy 79 North from Hutto to Palestine, take Loop 256 (left), exit Hwy 19 North, go 17 miles on Hwy 19 to Bradford. Go East (right) on FM 837 for 2 miles, watch for small blue house on left with white sign out front at intersection of ACR 404. Go North (left) on ACR 404 for 2.4 miles. You'll be looking for a brown 2-story house on the left side with a tin roof #17693, turn and continue down the dirt road 1/2 mile, through the gate and stay left to reach the Samadhi Retreat at 17695.
LETTERS FROM STUDENTS:
THE SPIRIT OF THE CENTER
by Dawn Baker, Center Volunteer
When first driving down the long winding road you get the opportunity to already begin to wind-down and leave your cares at the highway. Tall piney trees whisper gently in the wind on your left side, then at your right, acres of naturally lush, deep green pastures flow gracefully... right up until the first frosts of Texas Novembers. Many people are not aware of the fact, that it is only in the heart of East Texas, can you survive a drought. Underneath the land are ancient aquifer systems, echos of of volcanos from The Great Ice Age and there are over 10,000 artesian springs, lakes, streams and rivers in East Texas alone.
After a few minutes of turning off the main road, as you drive - you greet the stately iron gate that lies open to you. A barn and other equipment shelters are positioned up at this point, and is the epicenter of the maintenance tractors, tools and equipment used to keep the 62 acres of wilderness and walking trails in working condition.
Driving through the gate the dust road turns into asphalt, and since you are now driving at most, five miles per hour, it is easy to come to a rolling stop when the asphalt splits and separates. At this moment, two drives steeply slope down to reveal an exquisite adobe looking Texas Ranch structure with a large misson bell crowning the building. The towering second story has a large patio hand made by David Browning's father, who is also an author of several paranormal books and longfast engrained into the Unity and Religious Science foundations of spirituality and reverence to sacred spaces.
Upon entering, it is polite to remove your shoes and place them in the enclave, so neat and tidy. If you did not feel the magic upon driving up to this old beautiful rarity, you will surely feel it once inside as you enter the Great Room. A series of windows at the far side of the room immediately beckon the vistor to gaze deeply into the natural wilderness and possibly catch a glimpse of white geese landing upon the lake, or a large hawk soaring and winding through the trees to vast expansive openings.
Visitors with experience of sacred spaces immediately recognize the sanctity of the Great Room. So many illuminated souls have inhabited the space, so many moments of bliss, nirvana and awakening. The natural structure is beautiful, indeed to behold - but when you take a look with a refreshed quantum perspective, you can see the incredible diversion in the zen-like sparse, but ornamental infusion of religious, spiritual, and museum-worthy elements throughout the center.
The large wooden mast at the center of the great room, was placed there in fact by one man. Dick Browning, David's father. The tribal-style beam emanates the frontier-mindful determination of human spirit. The Samadhi Retreat & Meditation Center provides a fusion of the most advanced understanding of geomagnetic principles and harnessing of our natural world's structure, to amplify and resonate the most respected and revered spritual practices.
Shaman, clariavoyance, advanced states of conciousness, releasing of life-long negative patterns, sobriety, transformation and illumination for all truth seekers has happened here - with complete devotion to Source - God and everything that is held in light, compassion and giving.
I encourage you to visit The Samadhi Retreat and Meditation center, either through a workshop or booking a personal appointment with David Browning for spiritual counseling, an open house event and most certainly a massage from the co-founder, Dawn Lalla Breeze, a licensed massage therapist with former training in healing arts and energy modalities like Reiki and Tai Chi."
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