Discovering a Mindful Life Retreat

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Ames, 1015 N. Hyland Ave, Ames, IA.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

9:00 am – 5:30 pm

In this day-long retreat, we will discuss both scientific research and Buddhist philosophical perspectives on human psychology, with the goal of achieving new insight into our sense of self, interdependence, and where we have the freedom to act.  This insight can provide new approaches to bringing mindfulness to our “real” lives, allowing us to negotiate difficult situations with increased ease. Through guided meditations we will also explore a tantric approach to self-discovery.

The retreat will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Ames, 1015 N. Hyland Ave, Ames, IA.  There is a cost of $10 per person.  A vegetarian lunch and snacks will be provided.  We have very few meditation cushions available.  Please bring your own if you have one (or more than one if you have extras).

Because we will be providing food, we need to know how many people will be attending.  Please reserve a spot for yourself by emailing  Please also let us know if there are any food allergies of which we should be aware.


Peter Komendowski, a student of the dharma since the early 70’s, explores the transformation of consciousness through the understanding of self, not self, and divine imagination.

Dr. Douglas Gentile has been studying Buddhism and Taoism since 1989, and he currently writes the American Buddhist blog and for the Interdependence Project blog.  He is a research scientist, and his approach joins the scientific and Buddhist philosophical perspectives.