A Sandwich Retreat

Two weekends of meditation with a week of daily practice in between

Led by Michael Freeman of Southwest Sangha

 Friday, October 13 – Sunday, October 22, 2017

This meditation retreat will include instruction, periods of silent meditation, time for silent movement such as walking, Qi Gong, etc.  It is designed so that we may experience intensive practice as well as support for integrating practice into daily life.

 All are invited to participate in all or any part of this retreat although attendance Friday, October 13th is important in order to get oriented to the retreat.

Beginners as well as advanced practitioners welcome.

This retreat is offered free of charge.  A basket will be available for those who would like to practice dana (generosity) as a way of supporting continuing meditation programs. 

Michael Freeman has been practicing and teaching mindfulness in various forms for nearly 40 years.  He is a founder of Southwest Sangha where he has been providing spiritual direction at  for 23 years.  Michael has taught at the Amma Center in New Orleans numerous times since inception in 2002.

For questions, contact Michael at 575.536.9847 or Anna Maria at 504.813.9544. Please let us know of your intention to attend by contacting Anna Maria by phone, text or email (am.signorelli@gmail.com).

Bring a sitting cushion if you have one; some cushions as well as chairs will be provided.  Retreat will be held at the Amma Center’s Watercouse Way Tai Chi & Qi Gong Studio at 432 N. Anthony Street, Suite 302 in midcity, New Orleans.

Tentative Schedule

Friday, 10/13, 7 pm to 9 pm:  Introduction,  Instruction and Practice

Saturday, 10/14, 7:30 am to 11:30 am and  1:30 pm to 7:30 pm:  Day of Practice with break for meal (bring your own or go out)

Sunday, 10/15, 7:30 am to noon:  Day of Practice

Monday thru Friday, (10/16 – 10/20),  7:30 am to 8:30 am:  Practice and Q & A

Monday –  Thursday, (10/16 – 10/19), 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm:   Practice and Q & A

Friday, 10/20,  7 pm to 9 pm:  Instruction and Practice

Saturday, 10/21, 7:30 am to 11:30 am and 1:30 pm to 7:30 pm:  Day of Practice with break for meal  (bring your own or go out)

Sunday, 10/22,   7:30 am to 11:30 a.m.:  Practice and Closing




November 12, 2016
We are hosting a daylong retreat to explore the Three Centers of Awareness.  These 3 centers are our connection to the physical body, the emotional/relational heart space, and the thinking mind. When in alignment these connect us to the universal. They are increasingly being recognized within spiritual and psychological communities as the doorways towards living lives of integrity and joy.
Our day will be spent at the River House in Ponchatoula. Surrounded by woods and nestled on the banks of the Tangipahoa River, this place of refuge offers an opportunity for inner work difficult to access while engaged in the responsibilities of daily life.  
The schedule will include time for stillness and reflection, group discussion, and training in tools for daily life by both Anna Maria Signorelli and Marilyn Yank.
Anna Maria Signorelli LCSW will share insights and techniques developed throughout her many years of work as a psychotherapist and will particularly draw from the successes and explorations of her popular and long standing Joy groups.
Marilyn Yank has been a teacher of mind/body practices for over 20 years. She will share breath and movement practices from the Qi Gong wisdom tradition to allow participants a physical and felt sense of the Three Centers of Awareness.
A delicious and healthful lunch is included as well as the opportunity to spend some time in the river at the end of the day.
Saturday, November 12, 2016
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Cost $100
Registration is required in advance (and because space is limited your commitment to attend is important).


Two People in the Room  ~~~

Who You Are Affects How You Work with Clients

presented by Anna Maria Signorelli, LCSW-BACS

The Amma Center is pleased to invite you to a special daylong training/retreat for mental health professionals where we will examine new ways of looking at foundational therapeutic concepts. The unique aspect of this series is its focus on the meeting point between the personal and the professional. We will spend time in each session engaged with the question of how our own current growth and struggles impact our effectiveness with our clients. including patterns of thought, negative messages and repetitive inner dialogue.

Educational Objectives:

This course will teach mental health professionals to

  • Understand our perspectives and biases and use them to enhance rather than impede our clinical work
  • Discern how our use of self is affecting the therapeutic relationship by increasing self-awareness and awareness of the interplay of personal values and professional behavior
  • Improve our ability to focus and quiet the mind
  • Increase our understanding of habitual patterns of mind and how these patterns affect behaviors
  • See the importance of compassion and self-compassion in healing
  • Advance our ability to recognize ethical issues, particularly around practicing within competence, and employ the appropriate use of training and consultation


When: September 23rd, 2016


Social Workers and LPCs — 7 hours CEUs including 3 hours Ethics

Registration fee is $ 145 which includes a light morning snack, beverages and lunch.  

Send $ 70 to reserve your place (non refundable); the balance is due the morning of the workshop. Cash or check payable to The Amma Center, 4833 Conti St., Suite 211, New Orleans, La. 70119

Where:  Training will take place in Northfield, Minnesota

Additional details:

9 to 4:30 with ½ hour lunch break

8:45 settling in/ coffee/tea

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