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Kindhearted Awareness: Insight Meditation Retreat (5 days)

April 14 – 19, 2015 (Tuesday to Sunday)

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

The practices of mindfulness and lovingkindness help us to connect with and accept the changing experiences of life that arise in body, heart and mind. Throughout this silent retreat, we will explore infusing present moment awareness with kindness. Through developing relaxation, we’ll access a natural clarity of mind and openness of heart that can respond to the joys and sorrows of life with increasing sensitivity, stability and love.

Optional daily yoga offered by Éowyn Ahlstrom will extend this sense of kindness to our bodies.

This course is suitable for both new and experienced meditators. CE credits are available for Psychologists and Licensed Mental Health Counselors.

Teachers

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)

Assistants

Alexis Santos

Alexis Santos has practiced insight meditation since 2001. A longtime student of Sayadaw U Tejaniya, his teaching emphasizes knowing the mind through a natural and relaxed continuity. He brings a practical, intuitive and compassionate approach to the development of wisdom.

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