Alabama Meditation Network Camellia logo mark

Alabama Meditation Network

2024 Alabama Meditation Network Spring Retreat

Registration & Information

Registration Deadline: April 15th, 2024

Take your meditation practice to a deeper level

Experience the energy of sitting with others, find support and encouragement from like-minded individuals, and learn different present-moment practices such as yoga, mindful eating and walking, tea meditation, etc. Refresh your mind and body as you immerse yourself in nature at the beautiful Living River Retreat Center on the Cahaba River.


6:00 pm, Friday -
2:00 pm, Sunday


April 26-28, 2024


Living River, A Retreat Center
on the Cahaba River
Montevallo, AL

Retreat Schedule


4:30 to 6:00pm: Check-in

6:00pm: Dinner

7:30pm: Orientation, meditation instruction, and lightly guided meditation

9:00pm: Noble Silence begins; ends after breakfast the next day.

10:00pm: Lights out


5:00am: Wake up
6:00am: Morning meditation
7:30am: Breakfast
9:00am: Movement practice
10:30: Mid-Morning meditation
1:30: Free time
Afternoon meditation
4:00pm: Movement practice
7:30pm: Evening meditation
9:00pm: Noble Silence begins


5:00am: Wake up
6:00am: Morning meditation
7:30am: Breakfast
9:00am: Small Groups
12:00pm: Lunch
1pm: Group Sharing & Conclusion

Departure by 2:30pm


Our personal retreat chef will prepare delicious and nutritious vegetarian/vegan meals with fresh and locally sourced ingredients to support your meditation practice. 

Mindful Eating

We will eat our meals together in mindfulness. At breakfast we eat in complete silence, continuing our noble silence from the night before. Lunch and dinner will begin with 15 minutes of silent eating. Then, after a bell, everyone is free to talk. Eating in silence helps us appreciate the food deeply, and cherish the presence of those around us.

*Living River Retreat Center asks that no food be brought into the cabins or in luggage as it will attract mice.


Motel-style Rooms
  • 6 rooms
    • 3 rooms with 1 Queen Bed each
    • 3 rooms with 2 twins each
Bunk House Cabins
  • Maximum 10 people per bunk house
  • Two showers stalls and two toilets in each cabin
Tent Camping
  • Primitive camping, no electricity or water.
  • Bring your own tent, sleeping bag, etc.
  • Access to bathroom and showers in bunk houses.

Bring your:

  • Meditation cushion (Chairs will be available if you prefer to sit in a chair)
  • Mat (Zubaton) or folded up blanket to go under your cushion

Don’t have a cushion or mat?
We will have a few extras at the retreat for you to use.

Option: Purchase a cushion and mat before the retreat either at The Golden Temple in Southside or buy a set on Amazon.

*IF you have an extra cushion, mat or meditation bench, please bring it to share with someone who doesn’t have one.

Purchase a cushion and mat before the retreat either at The Golden Temple in Southside or buy a set on Amazon.

  • Pillow
  • Sleeping bag or sheets and blanket
  • Clothing appropriate for weather and length of stay
  • Sweatshirt or jacket
  • Pajamas
  • Rain jacket or poncho
  • Medications
  • First aid kit
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Towels, washcloths for showering
  • Soap & Shampoo
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Brush/comb
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • Laundry bag or trash bag for dirty clothes
  • Flashlight
  • Food in cabins/luggage. (Candy or snacks in luggage will attract mice.)

Living River Retreat Center Photo Gallery

Meet Your Retreat Meditation Instructors

Chris Davis

Chris has been meditating since he was a teenager when he learned to do body scan meditations to relax. He has a Masters in Theology and was a Southern Baptist minister for 17 years before he started his long and arduous journey to Buddhism. 

He is passionate about building communities where people can be encouraged in their meditation practice and experience the energy of sitting with others. In 2021 Chris founded the Cahaba River Sangha and is an Alabama Meditation Network founding member and Outreach Chairperson. 

Chris practices in the Plum Village Tradition of the late Thich Naht Hanh and attends Magnolia Grove Monastery in MS for retreats several times a year. He also enjoys meditating in other traditions like Shambhala, Tibetan, and Insight Meditation.

Chris works in the web design industry but his greatest passion is being a dad to his 3 children. He also enjoys playing guitar and experiencing outdoor adventures with his family. 

Chris Davis

Chris Davis

Lynn Snow

Bio coming soon.

Picture coming soon.

2024 Spring Retreat Registration

Retreat Fees & Important Info.

All fees include accommodations, all meals, meditation instructions, and movement practices

  • Hotel Style Room: (Options available at checkout)
    • Double occupancy – $330/per person
    • Single occupancy – $630
  • Bunk House (10 people per house) – $205
  • Tent Camping (Bring your own tent) – $105

Become a Retreat Donor

  • Help defray retreat cost by making an extra donation at room selection.


Couples: Please fill out a registration form for each person.

All fields are required except where indicated.

Payment is required to complete registration.

Personal Information

Select Gender Identity/Expression
Select Accommodation Preference

Meditation Experience

How long have you been meditating for:
Will you need a meditation cushion & mat?
Do you currently sit with a meditation group?

Medical Information

Please describe any allergies you may have (If none, leave blank).
Please describe any ongoing medical conditions you may have and any medications you take for your physical health. (If none, leave blank).
If you have been diagnosed with a psychiatric or psychological condition, please explain and list any medications you take for mental health. (If none, leave blank).
Emergency Contact

I agree to:

Future Communications

May we stay in contact with you after the retreat with occasional updates about future group meditation opportunities and retreats?

Code of Conduct

Alabama Meditation Network

In order to create a safe and welcoming meditation and learning environment, we ask everyone to:

  • Practice acceptance of everyone regardless of gender, race, economic status, or sexual orientation.
  • Cause no harm to others.
  • Refrain from:
    • Sexual misconduct
    • Negative speech
    • The use of drugs or alcohol.
Meditation group icon

Retreat Cancellation Policy

Refunds will be available up to two weeks before the retreat.

Later cancelations receive a retreat credit.

Meditation group icon

Terms & Definitions


Any form of present moment practice which has a foundation of body and breath awareness.

Meditation Community:

Any entity that provides group meditation in a community of equanimity, compassion and acceptance, regardless of gender, race, economic status, or sexual orientation.