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Liberation of Heart and Mind: Insight Meditation and Lovingkindness Retreat (13 days)
May 23 – June 5, 2014 (Friday to Thursday)
Registration for this retreat is closed
Spaces still available!
All scholarship funds for this retreat have been awarded.
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.
By 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. There will also be an opportunity for learning and applying traditional styles of reporting one's meditation experience.
An optional daily period of mindful movement for all levels of experience and body types will be offered with the same care and depth of teaching by Sarah Hegarty.
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 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 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)