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Liberation of Mind and Heart: Insight Meditation Retreat (9 days)
June 1 – 10, 2012
Registration for this retreat is closed
This nine-day insight meditation retreat, held in an environment of silence, will explore the Buddha's teachings on liberation of mind and heart. Through learning to connect with our mind/body process with interest and acceptance, we develop greater understanding and compassion, thereby extending our ability to meet life's changes with graceful ease and serenity. With guidance and support from the teachers, participants will be encouraged to develop trust in their own practice. All are welcome.
An optional period of mindful yoga will be offered daily by Éowyn Ahlstrom to deepen our ability to soften, relax and connect with our bodies.
Michele McDonald has taught insight meditation around the world for 31 years, helping individuals to find their own natural entry points into stillness and deep liberation. She is a co-founder of Vipassana Hawai'i as well as a leader of retreats for youth and Burma relief projects.
Rebecca Bradshaw is the guiding teacher of the Insight Meditation Center of Pioneer Valley, MA. She leads vipassana retreats internationally, including a retreat for Spanish speakers in Puerto Rico. She also works with meditators as a psychotherapist.
Listen to one of Rebecca's talks: Happiness of Equanimity given at IMS on June 10, 2009 – 57 minutes, 38.5 MB (Download, Stream)
Greg Scharf has practiced with Western and Asian teachers in the Theravada tradition since 1992, and has been teaching residential retreats since 2007. His teaching emphasizes the confluence of love and wisdom on the path to liberation.
Listen to one of Greg's talks: Renunciation given at IMS on April 8, 2011 – 54 minutes, 37.6 MB (Download, Stream)
Jesse Maceo Vega-Frey
Jesse Maceo Vega-Frey's meditation teaching aims to inspire the faith, determination and skill necessary to realize the deepest human freedom.
Listen to one of Jesse's talks: Rooting Our Faith in the Deepest Truth given at IMS on June 11, 2011 – 55 minutes, 38.2 MB (Download, Stream)