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

March 6 – 11, 2015 (Friday to Wednesday)

Registration for this retreat is closed

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

Spaces still available!

All scholarship funds have been awarded.

All You Choose fee spaces for ages 18-26 have been filled.

Hemera Fellowships for this retreat have been filled.

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.


Lila Kate Wheeler

Lila Kate Wheeler attended her first IMS retreat in 1977 and began to teach in the mid-2000s. She remains both a teacher and a student, relying on Theravada, Himalayan, Advaita and Western Buddhist wisdom. Her aim is to help people cultivate insight, tolerance and love. 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 Spirit Rock Teachers Council, lives in San Francisco, and works as a leadership coach and management consultant in addition to teaching dharma around the world. 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)

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