Tranquility & Insight

Common Ground's February Residential Retreat

Led by Mark Nunberg & Wynn Fricke

Thursday, February 13th - Monday, February 17th 

Registration will open December 13th.

This retreat is offered freely. This generosity is possible because of the contributions offered by retreatants. Metta Meditation Center offers their space with a suggested daily donation. You can find more details here

Please join us for this three-day mindfulness retreat at the Metta Meditation Center located on beautiful Lake Elysian near Janesville, MN (90 minutes southwest of the Twin Cities), Thursday Evening, November 7th, to Sunday afternoon, November 10th. 
Common Ground is committed to doing our best to ensure that these retreats are accessible and safe for all who wish to attend. After reading through this information, please let us know if you have any special needs, questions or concerns.

Leaving behind our homes, family and friends, and our duties and responsibilities can be a powerful support for deepening insight. In a quiet country setting, with a simple schedule of sitting and walking meditation, practicing noble silence, the mind naturally begins to quiet down. A quiet, serene mind is capable of seeing clearly in a way that is often not available during our busy lives. Clear seeing or insight uproots the confusion behind the cycles of stress and suffering.


This retreat will include daily dharma talks and instruction, guided mindful movement sessions, practice interviews with the teacher and opportunities for questions and discussion. Retreatants will be encouraged to sign up for a daily mindful work period ("yogi jobs"). Volunteers will prepare all meals and keep the center clean. (In addition, a few volunteers will be needed to arrive early to help set up, or stay late to help clean up.) To support the practice of mindfulness and to minimize distractions, the retreat will be held in silence. The practice of Noble Silence can be a powerful support for deepening insight.


Mark Nunberg began his practice in 1982 and has been teaching meditation since 1990. He co-founded Common Ground Meditation Center in Minneapolis in 1993 with Wynn Fricke and continues to serve as the center’s Guiding Teacher. Mark has studied with both Asian and Western teachers and finds deep inspiration in the teachings of the Buddha. Mark practiced as a monk for five months in Burma and completed four three-month retreats at Insight Meditation Society Retreat Center, as well as many months of intensive retreat practice at The Forest Refuge. Mark continues to be a grateful student of Buddhist practice.

Shelly Graf has been practicing at Common Ground since 2003. They are currently being trained by Insight Meditation Society as part of the four-year teacher training program. They are a staff dharma teacher, like Mark Nunberg, the Guiding Teacher. Currently they teach a variety of programs at the center including co-leading residential retreats with Mark Nunberg and Wynn Fricke. Shelly’s administrative role includes partnering with the Guiding Teacher to develop and clarify the center’s vision, policies, and priorities. Professionally, Shelly has been a clinician and administrator in the Social Work and mental health fields since 2005. They have a special interest in waking up to whiteness as part of this total path of awakening. Whatever Shelly’s role may be, they will always be a grateful student of Buddhist Practice first. 

Registration Priority Policy
Common Ground is committed to giving registration priority to members of some communities that have experienced historical oppression: people of color, transgender, and genderqueer folks. We hope this increases the likelihood of a sense of safety and belonging for all members of our community. We recognize this policy benefits us all as we practice the Buddha’s teachings in an increasingly multicultural community and engage in the ongoing work needed to create a more equitable world. To learn more, contact Gabe Keller-Flores: 612-722-8260 or We welcome feedback on any aspect of this policy.

Common Ground Meditation Center
2700 E. 26th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55406
phone: (612) 722-8260