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The Buddha's Way to Well-Being and Happiness: Insight Meditation Retreat (4 days)

May 13 – 17, 2015 (Wednesday to Sunday)

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.

The Buddha was called ‘the Happy One.’ His life and practice provided the foundation for what he later described as the Four Noble Truths and the Noble Eightfold Path. This retreat, open to all, will follow the Buddha’s path of mindfulness, concentration and lovingkindness, illustrating how each of us can move from attachment to freedom, from confusion to clarity, and from tension to ease.

Sitting and walking in silence, and investigating the flow of experience moment by moment, we can relinquish the causes of suffering and reclaim our natural happiness.

A daily period of mindful movement for all levels of experience and body types will be offered by Malaika Tabors.

12 CE credits are available for psychologists, social workers and nurses. More information here.


Howard Cohn

Howard Cohn has been leading vipassana retreats internationally since 1985. A psychotherapist and an original member of the Spirit Rock Teachers Council, he brings joy and passion to his teaching with an emphasis on reawakening our natural freedom.

Listen to one of Howard's talks: Happiness of a Buddha given at IMS on on January 31, 2013 – 62 minutes, 42.7 MB (Download, Stream)

Lila Kate Wheeler

Lila Kate Wheeler attended her first IMS retreat in 1977 and is still learning. She has been encouraged to teach in the Theravada, Vajrayana and Hindu Advaita traditions. Her aim is to help people cultivate love, tolerance, and freedom. She also writes fiction.

Listen to one of Lila's talks: Equanimity, an Attitude given at IMS on February 6, 2016 – 52 minutes, 32.1 MB (Download, Stream)


Alex Haley

Alex Haley completed the IMS/Spirit Rock Teacher Training in 2016 under the mentorship of Joseph Goldstein and Guy Armstrong. He is the Director of Mindfulness Programs at the University of Minnesota. He is passionate about social justice and technology for wellbeing. For more information, please visit the Midwest (ideally in winter!) or visit his site.

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