Our mission is to provide a comfortable home environment, space
and land for small groups to work toward personal transformation,
increased interpersonal awareness, social justice, and compassion
for all sentient beings. We rent the buildings and grounds
to instructors, trainers and facilitators who are looking for
residential space in which to hold their workshops or retreats.
We are particular to leaders who further the greater good through
increased physical, emotional and spiritual health.
White Lotus Retreat Center is grounded in values of deep
listening, understanding, open communication, and loving
kindness. We respect diverse people, ideas, styles and
communities, and seek to promote multicultural awareness
and social justice. We honor learning through humor, play,
experiential, contemplative and cognitive modalities. We
encourage awareness of self and others.
White Lotus Retreat Center is a non-sectarian retreat center with Buddhist
history and imagery. Our name White Lotus Retreat Center was given by
Venerable Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche and Khenpo Tsewang
Dongyal Rinpoche of the Nyingma Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism
and founders of Padmasambhava International during the
tenure of Jerry and Chris Rothman, founders of White Lotus Retreat Center
and the Center for Grief Recovery, Chicago. Through their
blessings, our center is meant to be a place of practice:
we are interested in attracting people who value increased
awareness and compassion through slowing down, reflection
We invite workshop facilitators
to bring their
services to our retreat center and make use
supportive and nurturing environment.
Carol Jungman, managing partner of White Lotus Retreat Center, is also an intercultural trainer, group dynamics and organization development consultant with 20+ years of experience. Carol has facilitated and co-created individual, couple, family and specialized group programs for Fortune 1000 companies and has designed and led staff retreats and strategic planning sessions for small and mid-size businesses and not-for-profits. She is also a Training Consultant for Aperian Global and Matrix Leadership. Earlier in her career, Carol lived and worked in Finland, Israel and Greece, and traveled extensively throughout Europe. She received her Bachelor's degree in business and journalism and her Master's degree in organization development.
David Fireman, partner of White Lotus Retreat Center, is a practicing social worker with over 20 years of experience. David offers individual, couples, family, and group counseling, with traditional emphasis and, as appropriate, enhanced with alternative and transpersonal methods, such as guided imagery and eastern forms of meditation. In his position as Executive Director of the Center for Grief Recovery, David has built a depth psychotherapy practice dedicated to serving clients of all ages, developing new and innovative programs, and speaking at public events. David is an active workshop presenter, graduate of Matrix Leadership, Victories of the Heart Introductory Weekend, and the Center's Guided Imagery Training. He has served as an adjunct professor at The University of Chicago and Jane Adams College of Social Work, UIC. As past president of the Transpersonal Psychology Network Chicago, David is committed to practices developing human consciousness and balanced living.