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Insight Meditation Retreat for Scientists and Educators (7 days)
March 16 – 23, 2012
Registration for this retreat is closed
Recent studies have demonstrated the positive influence that wisdom and compassion can have on our lives and in our society. These qualities form a foundation for emotional intelligence and balance of mind to arise, allowing humanity – in all its diversity – to live and work together in greater harmony.
In the company of researchers, educators, therapists and others involved in the broad areas of the mind and social sciences, participants will have an opportunity to develop the qualities of wisdom and compassion, through in-depth instruction in mindfulness practice. Conforming to the spirit of empirical science, this is simply a means of training our minds to become more keenly concentrated and aware. Although drawn from the Buddhist meditative tradition, the teachings do not in any way require an adherence to Buddhism or a rejection of personal faith.
Held mostly within a context of silence and simplicity, the course will include discussion groups towards the end. An optional daily period of yoga will be offered by Éowyn Ahlstrom.
This retreat is suitable for both beginning and experienced meditators.
22 CEs are available for Psychologists and Licensed Mental Health Counselors. An additional fee of $50 will be payable at the end of your retreat when you receive your certificate.
IMS offers CEs for psychologists through the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy (IMP), who is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. IMP maintains responsibility for the program and its content.
IMS offers CEs for Licensed Mental Health Counselors also through IMP, who is recognized by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) to sponsor continuing education for National Certified Counselors. IMP (Provider #6048) adheres to NBCC Continuing Education Guidelines. Credits are applicable for Commonwealth of Massachusetts Counseling/Allied Mental Health and PDP accreditation.
We are not offering CEs through NASW or any other professional organization. However, in some cases CEs offered by APA or NBCC are accepted by other professions. You will need to inquire with your accrediting body as to whether this is the case.
Sharon Salzberg, a co-founder of IMS and BCBS, has practiced Buddhist meditation since 1971 and has been teaching worldwide since 1974. She is an IMS guiding teacher and author of Real Happiness, Faith, Lovingkindness and other publications.
Listen to one of Sharon's talks: Three Personality Types given at IMS on March 23, 2004 – 48 minutes, 11.1 MB (Download)
Guy Armstrong has practiced insight meditation for over 30 years, including training as a Buddhist monk in Thailand with Ajahn Buddhadasa. He began teaching in 1984 and has led retreats worldwide. He is an IMS guiding teacher and a governing teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center.
Listen to one of Guy's talks: Working with Difficult Emotions given at IMS on October 2, 2009 – 62 minutes, 42.5 MB (Download, Stream)
Sally Armstrong worked at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in several roles in the 1990s, including executive director. She began teaching insight meditation in 1996. Now a guiding teacher at Spirit Rock, she also leads its Dedicated Practitioners Program.
Listen to one of Sally's talks: What is Mindfulness? given at IMS on September 12, 2011 – 57 minutes, 39.6 MB (Download, Stream)