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The Art of Mindful Living: Insight Meditation Retreat (7 days)
June 10 – 17, 2015 (Wednesday to Wednesday)
The core of insight meditation is the practice of mindfulness, that quality of awareness that sees without judgment. Silent sitting and walking meditation, the first steps in formal practice, become the foundation and continuous inspiration for meeting all aspects of life with a greater openness and willingness to learn. The ordinary activities of retreat life become a part of the practice because the challenges they offer help us develop the art of mindful living. This course is open to beginning as well as experienced meditators.
An optional daily period of mindful yoga will be offered by Malaika Tabors.
A Message from IMS’s Guiding Teachers
Work on expanding and improving IMS’s Retreat Center dining room is scheduled to start in April or May 2015 and to continue through late August.
Inevitably, this will result in construction and machinery noise. However, this will not be sustained and will mostly take place outdoors during regular construction hours, usually Monday – Friday, 7:00am–4:00pm. Toward the end of the project, there will be some indoor work, but this will be planned for between courses.
To help minimize the impact of the noise, windows in our Retreat Center meditation hall will be kept closed. (The air circulation and conditioning system there allows fresh air to move around very well, without opening windows.)
We have decided to continue offering retreats throughout this building period, knowing that conditions for practice are rarely perfect. We trust that this construction endeavor can be met with the equanimity and grace with which we meet a range of conditions in our lives.
All of us at IMS look forward to supporting you on retreat.
Matthew Daniell has practiced Buddhism since 1985. He is a founder and the guiding teacher at the Insight Meditation Center of Newburyport, MA, and a member of the religious services department at Phillips Exeter Academy. He teaches nationally.
Winnie Nazarko started dharma practice 30 years ago, asking, "Why does there have to be suffering in the world?" She teaches to help individuals realize their full potential for clarity, balance, kindness and wisdom.
Listen to one of Winnie's talks: Seeing the Good given at IMS on November 11, 2011 – 55 minutes, 37.8 MB (Download, Stream)
Pat Coffey has over 30 years of meditation experience, including intensive training with Pa Auk Sayadaw. He teaches internationally, founded the Insight Meditation Community of Charlottesville, VA, and the Blue Ridge Prison Project, and co-founded The Meditation Teacher Training Institute.
Listen to one of Pat's talks: Challenges to Concentration given at IMS on December 20 2009 – 71 minutes, 48.7 MB (Download, Stream)