Retreats, Courses & Workshops

Want to learn mindfulness? We have a course to suit your needs:

Online Mindfulness Meditation Meeting

Need help with your meditation practice? Come join us for an evening of peace, fellowship, and great discussion. In this member led group, you’ll learn about the mindfulness practice and mindful living. Find out how to:

  • Overcome stress and anxiety
  • Improve your relationships with loved ones
  • Heal and transform the wounds from your past
  • Enhance your spiritual development
  • Realize true inner peace and happiness

On the first Tuesday of the month, author and meditation teacher, Charles A. Francis, will cover one of the 12 Steps of the Mindfulness Meditation Practice.

It is ideal for both beginners and experienced meditators.

When: Every Tuesday 7:00 to 8:30 pm (EST)
Format: topic discussion, followed by guided meditation
Cost: FREE

No need to register. Just show up.

You can access the meeting by clicking on the link below. Please check your audio and video settings before the meeting, and arrive a few minutes early.

NOTE: The meeting is every Tuesday, but the access link changes every week. Check back each Wednesday for updated link for the next meeting.

No meditation experience necessary.

Everyone is welcome, so invite your friends and family. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us.

Meeting Readings

Below are the three readings we use during the meeting. You can download them if you wish to be one of the readers.

What is Mindfulness Meditation?
The 12 Steps of the Mindfulness Meditation Practice
The 5 Suggestions of the Mindfulness Meditation Practice

Interested in leading the meeting?

We’re always looking for different points of view. Leading a meeting is real easy. All you have to do is follow the format, and present your topic. After a few minutes of presentation, you can open the meeting up for discussion. Most of our members are eager to participate.

You don’t have to do a lot of research on your topic. If it’s your first time leading, we suggest you pick a topic that is simple and you’re familiar with. We don’t expect perfection, and we’re always willing to help.

With regards to the meditation, you have several options: you can read the meditation scripts, play a track from one of our CDs, or play another guided meditation.

If you’re interested in leading, download the chairperson materials packet. It includes the meeting format, readings, meditation scripts, and list of suggested topics.

If you have any questions or need help, feel free to contact me.

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“Mindfulness for Busy People” Online Course

You can now learn the practice of mindfulness from wherever you are; the leisure of your own home, or even on the go. The “Mindfulness for Busy People” online course is designed specifically for beginners with busy lifestyles who don’t have a lot of time to sit in meditation for long periods.

Mindfulness teacher and author, Charles A. Francis, will show you how to incorporate the mindfulness practice into your busy life, so that it doesn’t take up a lot of your valuable time. You’ll learn how to use the mindfulness practice to:

  • Overcome stress and anxiety
  • Improve your relationships
  • Heal the wounds from your past
  • Calm your racing mind
  • Improve your physical and mental health
  • Improve your mental abilities
  • Realize true inner peace and happiness

For a free preview, click here.

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“Mindfulness Meditation for Beginners” 1-Day Workshop

NOTICE: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic this event has been canceled.

(Saturday, May 23, 2020)

Need help dealing with stress and anxiety, and have little or no meditation experience? Then this workshop is for you. In this workshop, you’ll get the hands-on experience you need for a solid foundation of the mindfulness practice, and how to apply it to everyday life.

Author and meditation teacher, Charles A. Francis, will lead you in discussions, exercises, and meditation. You will learn the basics of the mindfulness meditation practice, and gain the tools you need for staying engaged and motivated.You’ll learn how to:

  • Calm a racing mind
  • Overcome stress & anxiety
  • Improve your health
  • Improve your relationships
  • Realize true happiness and inner peace

We will cover topics such as the nature of suffering, the sources of mental agitation, and establishing an effective meditation routine. Through this workshop, you’ll find out just how quickly and easily you can calm your mind, and ease stress through mindfulness meditation.

Workshop Details

When: Saturday, May 23, 2020, 10 am to 4:30 pm


Ridge Road Baptist Church
2011 Ridge Rd, Raleigh, NC 27607
(Fellowship Hall)

Cost: $49 per person. Tuition includes lunch and any supplies needed.

“I learned more than I expected in a very relaxed, casual atmosphere. This day was well worth the money and time invested. Thank you again.” ~ Marian C.

If you would prefer to register by mail, download the Workshop Registration Form. Complete the form and mail in with your payment. Instructions are included on the form.

If you have any questions, feel free to email us, or call us at (919) 803-3517.

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4-Day Mindfulness Meditation Retreat

We would like to invite you and your friends to join us on September 9-12, 2019 at the Inner Peace Mindfulness Meditation Retreat in the scenic countryside of Browns Summit, NC.

The mindfulness meditation retreat is your most powerful tool for spiritual growth. So whether you’re a beginner or experienced meditator, in this retreat you’ll learn how to:

  • Get more from your meditation practice
  • Develop greater self-confidence and self-esteem
  • Improve your relationships with loved ones
  • Stay focused and committed to your practice
  • Realize true happiness and inner peace

“Absolutely one of the best experiences that I have ever had! It was so rewarding to be in an environment where you can relax, learn, and grow.” ~ Kimberly, July 2016

Click here for complete details and registration.

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Corporate Mindfulness Workshops

Author and meditation teacher Charles Francis regularly conducts mindfulness meditation workshops for various organizations to help their management and staff cope with stress more effectively, so they can lower healthcare costs and increase productivity. The workshops vary in length and topics covered, according to the client’s needs. They can be as simple as a 1-hour introduction to the practice, or a 2-day full immersion seminar.

”Not only did we learn a great deal about both the personal and workplace benefits of meditation, but the actual meditation portion allowed us to relax and be in the moment in a way that cleared our minds for the rest of the workday and beyond.” Jackie Peluso Drumm, Sageworks

Charles also conducts stress reduction sessions on an ongoing basis, such as weekly or biweekly. These sessions consist of various stress-relief exercises in conjunction with deep relaxation meditation. They are extremely effective at helping staff members relax quickly, and keep stress under control.

If you are interested in a workshop for your organization, feel free to contact him to discuss your needs. You can reach him at (919) 803-3517, or through the online contact form.

“I saw a positive difference in my focus and energy levels immediately after the session. I spoke to several employees afterwards, who also saw immediate benefits from participating.” ~ Kenya Oduor, Ph.D, LexixNexis

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