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Mindful of the Body: Insight Meditation Retreat (5 days)

March 6 – 11, 2015 (Friday to Wednesday)

There may be rides available for this retreat. You can also offer a ride. Click here to view the listings.

Within this very body, the Buddha declared, we have everything we need to discover the origin and cessation of suffering. Yet we tend to ignore our bodies or pay distorted, unwise attention to them. On this silent retreat, suitable for both beginners and experienced meditators, we will train in embodied awareness, the direct experience of our physical life. We will also practice living with clearer understanding and a kinder attitude toward our bodies' organic, changing nature.

A daily, optional group movement session – gentle enough for most body types and abilities – will be offered by Jeanne Ann Whittington. This will explore the themes of the retreat in the context of movement.

Teachers

Lila Kate Wheeler

Lila Kate Wheeler attended her first IMS retreat in 1977. She teaches insight and lovingkindness practices from Theravada, Himalayan and Western Buddhist traditions. Her aim is to help people find ease, re-training the heart and mind. She is also a writer.

Listen to one of Lila's talks: Unconditional Mindfulness given at IMS on January 28, 2011 – 60 minutes, 41.1 MB (Download, Stream)

Anushka Fernandopulle

Anushka Fernandopulle is on the Teachers Council at Spirit Rock Meditation Center and also works as a leadership coach and management consultant. Her teaching is informed by arts, nature, politics, social justice and modern urban life.

Listen to one of Anushka's talks: Metta: Digging a Good Trench in the Heart given at IMS on August 1, 2009 – 54 minutes, 37.6 MB (Download, Stream)

Assistants

Emily Horn

Emily Horn’s approach as a meditation teacher revolves around the interwoven nature of contemplation, personal unfolding and daily life. She currently serves in the leadership of Buddhist Geeks and is in the IMS/Spirit Rock Teacher Training.

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