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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.

15 CE credits are available for Psychologists, Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Social Workers and Nurses. An additional fee of $50 ($25 for Nurses) will be payable at the end of your retreat when you receive your certificate.

Psychologists: This program is co-sponsored by the Insight Meditation Society and the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy. The Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course offers 15 hours of credit.

Licensed Mental Health Counselors: The Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP™) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy (Provider #6048) is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. This retreat is approved for 15 clock hours. It is also applicable for Commonwealth of Massachusetts Counseling/Allied Mental Health and PDP accreditation.

Social Workers: This program has been approved for 15 Social Work Continuing Education hours for relicensure, in accordance with 258 CMR. Collaborative of NASW and the Boston College and Simmons Schools of Social Work. Authorization Number D 70345-2.

Nurses: Nurses are welcome to pursue continuing education credit with IMS. As an approved provider through the APA and the NASW, many certifying and licensing nursing boards will accept the CEUs that IMS offers. We strongly recommend that you contact the board through which you are licensed or certified, to learn of your particular requirements. Specific questions can be directed to your state board. Please refer to the ncsbn.org website for more information.

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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