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Embodying the Heart of Wisdom: New Year's Retreat (9 days)
December 28, 2012 – January 6, 2013 (Friday to Sunday)
Registration for this retreat is closed
This retreat is full with a short wait list. To be added to the list, submit a registration and deposit.
All scholarship funds have been awarded
The Buddha's teachings offer a pathway to discover inner peace, freedom and the compassionate heart. Through understanding the way things are, we can come to know what it means to awaken in the midst of our life, to be deeply connected to our experience, and yet not bound by it.
This silent retreat will focus on cultivating a quality of conscious presence that embraces our heart, mind and body with acceptance and wisdom. Insight meditation practice will be supported by instructions, lovingkindness meditation and regular meetings with the teachers. All are welcome. An optional daily period of yoga will be offered by Éowyn Ahlstrom.
A Message from IMS’s Guiding Teachers
Inevitably, there is construction and machinery noise as IMS’s project to build a new dormitory and to renovate the Catskills continues. The noise, however, will not be sustained and will mostly take place during regular construction hours (usually Monday – Friday, 7:00am–4:00pm.)
The new air circulation and conditioning system in the Retreat Center meditation hall will allow fresh air to move around without opening the windows. This will help to minimize the impact of the noise. In addition, the project work will be primarily indoors from December, 2012 through to completion, currently scheduled for late August, 2013.
The teachers at IMS decided to continue offering retreats throughout this building period, knowing that conditions for practice are rarely perfect. We trust that these particular conditions can be met with the equanimity and grace with which we meet a range of conditions in our lives.
All of us at IMS look forward to supporting you on retreat.
Yanai Postelnik has been teaching insight meditation retreats internationally since 1992. His teaching is inspired by the Forest tradition of Thailand and the natural world. He lives in England and is a member of the Teacher Council of Gaia House.
Listen to one of Yanai's talks: Vulnerability, Not Knowing and Openness given at IMS on July 13, 2011 – 54 minutes, 37.6 MB (Download, Stream)
Catherine McGee has practiced and studied Buddhist meditation since 1992, and has taught at Gaia House in England and internationally since 1997. She is also a student of the Diamond Approach of A.H. Almaas.
Greg Scharf has practiced with Western and Asian teachers in the Theravada tradition since 1992, and has been teaching residential retreats since 2007, including the annual Three-Month Retreat at IMS, where he is a core teacher.
Listen to one of Greg's talks: Renunciation given at IMS on April 8, 2011 – 54 minutes, 37.6 MB (Download, Stream)