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Living a Mindful and Compassionate Life: Insight and Metta Weekend (3 days)
January 18 – 21, 2013 (Friday to Monday)
Registration for this retreat is closed
This retreat is full with a long wait list. To be added to the list, submit a registration and deposit.
All scholarship funds have been awarded
Awareness and lovingkindness (metta) are essential to living a spiritual life. Awareness as developed through mindfulness practice leads to clarity, insight and understanding. Love opens the heart, allows a kind embrace of ourselves and connects us intimately with life. The fusion of these qualities helps us to respond more compassionately to the challenges that we encounter in ourselves and in life.
This weekend course will be held largely in silence, and is suitable for beginning and experienced meditators. We will draw guidance from the teachings and practices of the Buddha, and inspiration from the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. Through comprehensive meditation instruction, talks and group discussions, we will discover how awareness and metta are intimately related and mutually supportive. We will explore how they help us to live more wisely and kindly in the world.
An optional daily period of yoga will be offered by Éowyn Ahlstrom
9 CE credits 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 CE credits 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 CE credits 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 CE credits through NASW or any other professional organization. However, in some cases CE credits 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.
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.
Mark Coleman has taught retreats since 1997, following extensive training in several Buddhist traditions. He leads Wilderness Meditation courses, mindfulness teacher trainings, has a private practice in counseling and coaching, and is the author of Awake in the Wild.
Spring Washam, a founding teacher of the East Bay Meditation Center teaches Vipassana and metta retreats nationally. She is a member of the Spirit Rock Teachers Council and is a pioneer in bringing mindfulness based teachings to inner city communities.
Listen to one of Spring's talks: Freedom Through Letting Go given at IMS on September 24, 2011 – 60 minutes, 41.7 MB (Download, Stream)