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Liberation of Heart and Mind: Insight Meditation and Lovingkindness Retreat (13 days)

May 24 – June 6, 2013 (Friday to Thursday)

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Spaces still available!

All scholarship funds have been awarded, feel free to call us for a payment plan


This two-week course, held in an environment of silence, is a precious opportunity to experience the depth of practice and resulting benefits that a longer retreat allows. We will explore the Buddha's teachings on liberation, with an emphasis on the practice of metta, or lovingkindness. Cultivating this quality helps us touch into the wordless depths of our own heart.

Through learning to connect with our mind/heart/body process with interest and acceptance, we develop greater understanding and compassion. In this way, we increase our ability to meet life's changes with graceful ease and serenity. With guidance and support from the teachers, both new and experienced meditators will be encouraged to deepen trust in their own practice.

An optional daily period of mindful yoga will be offered by Sarah Hegarty.

A Message from IMS’s Guiding Teachers

Inevitably, there'll be some noise as IMS’s project to renovate the Catskills is underway. (Its completion is currently scheduled for late August 2013.) The work, however, will take place primarily indoors during regular construction hours, usually Monday – Friday, 7:00am–4:00pm.

In the Retreat Center meditation hall, the impact of any renovation noise is further reduced by an air circulation and conditioning system that allows fresh air to move around without opening the windows.

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.

Teachers

Michele McDonald

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 taking part in Burma relief projects.

Rebecca Bradshaw

Rebecca Bradshaw is the guiding teacher of the Insight Meditation Center of Pioneer Valley, MA. She leads vipassana retreats, including Spanish language courses, emphasizing embodied clarity and kindness. She holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology, and also serves as an IMS guiding teacher.

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

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 teaching aims to inspire the skills, determination and faith necessary to realize the deepest human freedom. He is the resident teacher for Vipassana Hawai’i and longtime student of Michele McDonald.

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)

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