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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)

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

Two of our three scholarship rates are no longer available.

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, 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 12 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 12 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 12 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 70345-1.

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.


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. She teaches insight and lovingkindness practices from Theravada, Himalayan and Western Buddhist traditions. Her aim is to help people find ease, re-training the heart and mind. 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)


Alex Haley

Alex Haley leads a weekly meditation group at Yoga Sol in Minneapolis, MN, as well as teaching Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Mindfulness at Work through the University of Minnesota. He is currently participating in the IMS/Spirit Rock Teacher Training.

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