Margaret Austin Retreat Center

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Venue Description

The Margaret Austin Center is located on 40 acres of farmland near Chappell Hill midway between Austin and Houston on Highway 290. The land includes several fields and pastures, a bamboo stand, a creek and eight acres of woods. There are two dormitories, one for men and couples, and one for women only. Both have air-conditioning and modern bathrooms.

Although the facilities can accommodate up to 60 guests, we will have far fewer participants to ensure a spacious weekend. Camping sites are also available for those who wish to sleep out doors.

The main house was designed in the 1960s by a collaboration of architectural students from the University of Houston. It has a community kitchen and dining hall especially designed for retreats, and offers wonderful views of pasture and woods. All six meals will be vegetarian and delicious! Meals are a highlight of these retreats. Special dietary needs can be accommodated with sufficient notice.

Shown in the picture above is the yoga and meditation studio in the early morning fog. The studio has a wood floor and has picture windows looking out over the fields to catch the sunrise.

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