[vc_row margin_bottom=”40″][vc_column width=”1/2″][title type=”special-h4-left”]Who we are[/title][spacer height=”15px”][vc_column_text]Lotus Bend is a 7-acre oasis just 25 minutes south of the center of Austin, Texas that provides a restorative environment to support the body, mind, and spirit by providing recreational programs, curative workshops, and a place to reconnect to nature’s gifts.

 About Us

Lotus Bend is a community of friends, family, visionaries, and practitioners who believe that as we expand the heart, mind, and spirit, we unlock our inherent potential which opens the door to creating beauty, fostering positive change, and supporting peaceful and mutual coexistence with all of life.

Lotus Bend is a sanctuary, a sacred space, a place of safety for healing, growth, discovery, creation, connection, and reaching out through inward reflection, meditation, ritual, rest, play, reconciliation, and communion.

Lotus Bend is a wish, a promise to plant the seeds of awareness, wisdom, stewardship, and action to create a more inclusive, just, and compassionate society for all.

Our emblem—the lotus flower—reminds us that we emerge from the primordial clay to rise up through the waters of experience and blossom into the bright sunshine of enlightenment…but for a brief period.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][title type=”special-h4-left”]Our Skills[/title][spacer height=”15px”][skill number=”90″ caption=”Community & Networking”][spacer height=”15px”][skill number=”55″ caption=”Eco-Development”][spacer height=”15px”][skill number=”65″ caption=”Programs & Classes”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row margin_bottom=”40″][vc_column][fullwidth_section background_type=”image” text_color=”light” image=”3254″ parallax=”yes” overlay=”yes” padding_top=”70″ padding_bottom=”70″][row]

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Our main lodge and meeting room can comfortably accommodate up to 30 people with two separate break-out rooms, a full kitchen, and two bathrooms. The ample outdoor space offers two deck areas, walking paths, gardens, a koi pond, a fire pit, a labyrinth, and several meditation areas for a relaxing, restorative experience. Diverse wildlife, a wet-weather creek, and the beautiful limestone escarpment offer additional beauty for you or your group.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text 0=””]Our Programs

Lotus Bend is a retreat center and sanctuary for individuals, couples, and groups. Through workshops, programs, and events, we provide opportunities to celebrate, heal, transform, and integrate body, mind, and spirit. We offer our land, rich in beauty and wisdom, as a home to a community that extends beyond its borders to create a force for positive change in the world that fosters peace, gratitude, understanding, and communion.[/vc_column_text][spacer height=”15px”][vc_column_text 0=””]The Lotus

Did you know that the color of a lotus has an important bearing on the symbolism associated with it?

  • White Lotus (Skt. pundarika; Tib. pad ma dkar po): This represents the state of spiritual perfection and total mental purity (bodhi). It is associated with the White Tara and proclaims her perfect nature, a quality which is reinforced by the color of her body.
  • Pink Lotus (Skt. padma; Tib. pad ma dmar po): This is the supreme lotus, generally reserved for the highest deity. Thus, naturally it is associated with the Great Buddha himself.
  • Red Lotus (Skt. kamala; Tib: pad ma chu skyes): This signifies the original nature and purity of the heart (hrdya). It is the lotus of love, compassion, passion, and all other qualities of the heart. It is the flower of Avalokiteshvara, the bodhisattva of compassion.
  • Blue Lotus (Skt. utpala; Tib. ut pa la): This is a symbol of the victory of the spirit over the senses, and signifies the wisdom of knowledge. Not surprisingly, it is the preferred flower of Manjushri, the bodhisattva of wisdom.

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