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Connecting to the Source


In this Daylong Online Mindfulness Retreat, co-led by Emily Horn, Ryan Oelke, and Vince Horn, you'll have the opportunity to dedicate yourself to the practice of mindfulness, wherever you are, with a community of peers.  

The emphasis of this retreat will be on Connecting to the Source.  We will aim to remember again and again to breathe mindfully, connecting to whatever is happening in the present moment. It is here, that we can become the people we seek to be.

The day will consist of periods of silence, moving and guided practices, and social meditation. We will meet online on February 2nd, 2019 from 7am-1pm PT, 10am-4pm ET, 3pm-9pm GMT.

‘Really short amounts can make a difference. The structure of the brain can change in 1.5 hours of practice,’ said renowned neuroscientist, Richie Davidson.
— Train Your Brian Webcast

The Retreat Schedule

This retreat will consistent of periods of formal teachings & practices, along with periods of solo practice. During the solo periods you’ll be part of a small cohort of practitioners, and are welcome to practice in silence together. You’re encouraged to practice anything you like during these times, including moving meditation.

All times below are presented in Eastern Standard Time (EST):

10:00am | Retreat Opening

10:30am | Attuning to Fundamental Consciousness (Ryan Oelke)

11:30am | Break

11:45am | Solo Practice

12:15pm | The Heart of Connection (Emily Horn)

1:15pm | Solo Practice

1:45pm | Break

2:00pm | Mindful of Self & Others (Vince Horn)

3:00pm | Solo Practice

3:30pm | Closing

4:00pm | Retreat End

Meet the Teachers


Emily Horn is authorized to teach meditation and retreats by Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Insight Meditation Society, and InsightLA. She's consulted for various meditation and VR apps, developed meditations for Boston Children's Hospital's Comfortability Project,  and led mindfulness workshops for large national conferences.  Emily is a co-founder of the Heart of Insight- a mindfulness practice collective. Emily has been called a “power player of the mindfulness movement" by Wired Magazine. For her, a mindful life is simply learning to dance with all of this human experience: from transcendence to dirty dishes, evolutionary edges to ancient roots, solitary practice to deepening relationships. She lives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina with her husband, Vincent, and son, Zander.

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Ryan Oelke has an MSEd in counseling psychology and is contemplative teacher of awakening, healing, and embodiment. He has 18 years experience in meditation, particularly in the Tibetan Buddhist and Dzogchen lineages, and is a certified teacher in Judith Blackstone’s Realization Process. Ryan is the founder of Awakening in Life, where he teaches meditation and a way of living dedicated to revealing natural presence and awakening in each moment of our lives, regardless of how it appears to us. He is a co-founder of Buddhist Geeks and the founder of PowerUp Productions.


Vincent Horn is part of a new generation of teachers translating age-old wisdom into 21st century code. A computer engineering dropout turned modern monk, he spent his 20s co-founding the ground-breaking Buddhist Geeks project while doing a full year of silent retreat practice. Vince began teaching in 2010 and has been authorized in both the pragmatic dharma lineage of Kenneth Folk and by Trudy Goodman, the guiding teacher of InsightLA. Vince teaches meditation virtually through and locally in North Carolina through the Heart of Insight.  He lives in Winston-Salem, NC with his partner Emily and their son Zander.

Teaching Examples

The added dimension of social practice and experience sharing creates a warm supportive atmosphere, fostering a deep level of connection between participants, which can extend beyond the end of the retreat, as you become an integral part of an inspiring community of practitioners.
— Lisa Sherman

An Online Retreat

We will be gathering together via Zoom. This is a user friendly platform that enables you to tune in with a computer, smart phone, or tablet. You can participate via audio, with or without video.

After you register, you will receive information on how to join, as well as instructions on donating to support the program.

Transparent Generosity

This retreat is offered in the spirit of generosity & reciprocity. We aim to be accessible to all, and ask everyone who attends the retreat to support it generously. Donations support the organization of retreats and the teachers of the events.

After you register for the retreat, you will receive further instructions, via email, on how to donate to Buddhist Geeks, an educational 501(c)3 non-profit.

The suggested donation for this retreat is $50 (USD)

Earlier Event: June 24
Pragmatic Dharma
Later Event: February 21
Embodied Mindfulness