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Insight Meditation Retreat for 18–32 Year Olds (7 days)

July 22 – 29, 2015 (Wednesday to Wednesday)

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Join a community of young people exploring the breadth and depth of the heart and mind in a silent retreat setting. With the Buddhist teachings of wisdom and compassion as our guide, we will cultivate a whole-hearted attention to the present moment, leading to an embodied ease, clarity and kindness.

The retreat format includes daily meditation instruction, group and individual meetings with teachers, opportunities for questions and discussion, and optional daily yoga offered by Kavitha Rao.

The course will end with a day of optional activities centered on building relationships, supporting community, and integrating the practice into our daily lives. All are welcome to attend – the retreat is open to both beginning and experienced meditators.

Our wish is to make this retreat accessible to anyone who would like to attend. We offer a ‘You Choose’ fee option for this course, charging a minimum of just $17 per night (ie $119 minimum total). Those who can contribute more, however, help IMS to continue providing financial aid to as many people as possible.

21 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 21 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 21 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 21 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 70345-5.

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)

Chas DiCapua

Chas DiCapua has offered meditation since 2001. He is interested in how all aspects of life can be used towards awakening. Currently the IMS Resident Teacher, he teaches throughout the US.

Listen to one of Chas's talks: The Illusion of Not Good Enough given at IMS on October 8, 2011 – 67 minutes, 45.8 MB (Download, Stream)

Jesse Maceo Vega-Frey

Jesse Maceo Vega-Frey's teaching aims to inspire the skills, determination and faith necessary to realize the deepest human freedom. He is the resident teacher for Vipassana Hawai’i and longtime student of Michele McDonald.

Listen to one of Jesse's talks: Rooting Our Faith in the Deepest Truth given at IMS on June 11, 2011 – 55 minutes, 38.2 MB (Download, Stream)

Madeline Klyne

Madeline Klyne has loved the dharma since 1986. A co-founder of South Shore Insight Meditation Center, she teaches there and at the Cambridge Insight Meditation Center. Madeline also leads retreats for LGBTIQ communities at other meditation centers.

Listen to one of Madeline's talks: Life is Fleeting given at IMS on September 15, 2007 – 47 minutes, 21.5 MB (Download, Stream)

Assistants

Milena Cardenas Ophuls

Milena Cardenas Ophuls has practiced vipassana since 1996. In her native Colombia, she was a licensed psychologist. Currently in training with Rebecca Bradshaw, she looks forward to teaching the dharma in English and Spanish.

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