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People of Color Retreat (6 days)

June 22 – 28, 2015 (Monday to Sunday)

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 long waitlist. To be added to the list, submit a registration and deposit.

This insight meditation course, co-sponsored by IMS and New York Insight Meditation Center, creates a space of ease and support for people of color to meditate together and cultivate inner freedom. Held in an environment of silence, it provides an in-depth experience of the Buddha’s teachings on mindful awareness, illuminating a path toward healing and greater happiness. Those without previous meditation experience are encouraged to participate.

A daily period of optional yoga will be offered by Leslie Booker.

Our wish is to make this retreat accessible to any person of color who would like to attend. We offer a ‘You Choose’ fee option for this course, charging a minimum of just $17 per night (ie $102 minimum total). Those who can contribute more, however, help ensure that the community of POC meditators continues to flourish.

Free bus transportation is provided on a first-come, first-served basis between New York City and IMS. To reserve a seat, complete your registration, and then call or email us at 978-355-4378, ext. 0, or rc@dharma.org.


Gina Sharpe

Gina Sharpe co-founded New York Insight Meditation Center where she serves as guiding teacher. Since 1995, she has taught around the US, including at a maximum security prison for women. She is particularly inspired by the dharma’s potential to transform and illuminate interpersonal and multicultural relations.

Sharon Salzberg

Sharon Salzberg, a co-founder of IMS and BCBS, has practiced meditation since 1971 and has been teaching worldwide since 1974. She is an IMS guiding teacher and author of Real Happiness, Faith, Lovingkindness and other publications.

Listen to one of Sharon's talks: Three Personality Types given at IMS on March 23, 2004 – 48 minutes, 11.1 MB (Download)

JoAnna Harper

JoAnna Harper is a participant in the current IMS/Spirit Rock Teacher Training and a lead teacher at Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society.

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