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An Integrated Awakening: Insight Meditation Retreat (8 days)

March 13 – 21, 2015 (Friday to Saturday)

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.

This retreat is full with a waitlist. To be added to the list, submit a registration and deposit.

All scholarship funds have been awarded.

This silent retreat, suitable for both beginning and experienced meditators, focuses on the embodiment of wisdom and compassion. Through the cultivation of Samadhi (the unification of heart, mind and body), we establish a stable foundation for exploring the patterns of self. As suffering is gently released, the heart recognizes the spaciousness and peace of its original nature. Intuitive understanding and authentic response arise naturally when the non-dual reality of life is recognized.

Pali chanting and mantra recitation will be included in the daily schedule. Optional periods of qigong will be offered, along with a bowing practice centered on the Bodhisattva Kuan Yin.

Sebene Selassie will be joining the teaching team for this retreat, as a trainee.

24 CE credits are available for psychologists, licensed mental health counselors, social workers and nurses. More information here.



Thanissara trained in the monastic Forest Sangha of Ajahn Chah for 12 years. She's led retreats since 1988, co-founded Dharmagiri in South Africa, has an MA in Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy Practice and is author of several books.

Listen to one of Thanissara's talks: Without Walls of the Mind given at IMS on March 10, 2011 – 39 minutes, 27 MB (Download, Stream)


Kittisaro, a Rhodes Scholar, spent 15 years as a monk in the Forest Sangha of Ajahn Chah. A co-founder of Dharmagiri in South Africa and co-author of Listening to the Heart, he teaches worldwide.

Listen to one of Kittisaro's talks: Ice to Water as Dukkha to Peace given at IMS on March 9, 2011 – 33 minutes, 22.7 MB (Download, Stream)


DaRa Williams

DaRa Williams has practiced vipassana meditation for 25 years. She completed the IMS/Spirit Rock Teacher Training and serves as an associate guiding teacher at IMS. She is also a certified coordinating trainer for Aboriginal Focusing Oriented Complex Trauma Therapy. "It is my experience that meditation and the Dharma are ideal for transforming suffering. Awareness, wisdom and a compassionate heart become the vehicle for transformation, connection and freedom."

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