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Three-Month Retreat (84 days)
September 12 – December 5, 2015 (Saturday to Saturday)
Registration for this retreat is closed
This retreat is full with a short waitlist. To be added to the list, submit a registration and deposit.
All scholarship funds for this retreat have been awarded.
This three-month course, including its six-week partials, is a special time for practice. Because of its extended length and ongoing guidance, it is an opportunity for students to deepen the powers of concentration, wisdom and compassion. Based on the meditation instructions of Mahasi Sayadaw and supplemented by a range of skillful means, this silent retreat will encourage a balanced attitude of relaxation and alertness, and the continuity of practice based on the Buddha’s Four Foundations of Mindfulness.
An optional period of yoga will be offered by Éowyn Ahlstrom once a week.
Silence and renunciation are at the heart of any IMS course, and a sincere commitment to honoring them has a direct and profound bearing on our deepening in meditation. The teachers of this retreat request, for the sake of your practice and your fellow retreatants’ practice, that you participate in the entire course, without leaving and returning (except in the case of emergencies or medical needs).
An intensive silent meditation course such as this can be a positive and life-transforming experience. At the same time, the practice can be strenuous and requires some stability of physical and psychological health.
If you have recently experienced considerable trauma, significant depression or anxiety, or are currently experiencing strong PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder), a silent retreat of this length may not be appropriate for you at this time in your life. Shorter retreats or daily life practice may be more beneficial meanwhile. To help you assess this, we urge you to discuss your situation with a therapist. Please contact our registration department if you have any questions or concerns.
The teachers also request that you agree, on registering, to refrain from using cell phones and other communication devices for the duration of the retreat. This includes phone calls, emails, texts and other internet use. (Please notify our Front Office if arrangements need to be made for messages to reach you 24/7 from dependent or fragile family members. You can reach our staff at 978-355-4378 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
To further protect your retreat time, please also make sure that you schedule any medical appointments, fill prescriptions, and take care of financial or other arrangements before your course gets underway.
Prerequisite is two silent retreats of a week or more with recognized insight meditation teachers. Please document this experience, including teachers’ names, dates and length of courses when registering. You will also need to submit a questionnaire when signing up – your course participation cannot be confirmed until this is received and approved.
Special fees and deadlines apply for cancellations or date changes. 3MO and Part 1: up to July 19, 2015, $100; afterwards, $400 for 3MO and $250 for Part 1. Part 2: up to August 30, 2015, $100; afterwards, $250. Please note that these amounts will apply for any date change within this three-month period.
Joseph Goldstein has taught Buddhist meditation worldwide since 1974. A co-founder and guiding teacher of IMS, he also helped envision and establish BCBS and IMS's Forest Refuge center. His books include Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening, One Dharma, Insight Meditation and others.
Listen to one of Joseph's talks: Liberation Through Non-Clinging given at IMS on June 26, 2016 – 64 minutes, 42.5 MB (Download, Stream)
Guy Armstrong has practiced insight meditation for over 40 years, including training as a Buddhist monk in Thailand with Ajahn Buddhadasa. He began teaching in 1984 and has led retreats worldwide. He is an IMS guiding teacher and teaches regularly at the fall Three-Month Retreat.
Listen to one of Guy's talks: Joy and Happiness given at IMS on October 23, 2015 – 59 minutes, 40.3 MB (Download, Stream)
Kamala Masters is a co-founder of Vipassana Metta Foundation, and serves as an IMS guiding teacher. A meditator since 1977, she trained intensively in metta (lovingkindness) and vipassana (insight) with Sayadaw U Pandita and Anagarika Munindra. Continuing her practice with Sayadaw U Tejaniya, she encourages an open relaxed awareness that has precision and clarity.
Listen to one of Kamala's talks: Three Pillars of the Dharma given at IMS on August 14, 2009 – 56 minutes, 38.3 MB (Download, Stream)
Sally Armstrong began practicing vipassana meditation in India in 1981, and started teaching in 1996. She is a co-guiding teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, and has also led Spirit Rock’s Dedicated Practitioners Program for 12 years.
Listen to one of Sally's talks: What is Mindfulness? given at IMS on September 12, 2011 – 57 minutes, 39.6 MB (Download, Stream)
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: Clinging and Non-Clinging given at IMS on November 7, 2014 – 62 minutes, 43 MB (Download, Stream)
Annie Nugent has practiced since 1979 and was an IMS Resident Teacher, 1999-2003. Her teaching style aims to reveal how all aspects of our lives can help us come to a clear and direct understanding of the Truth.
Listen to one of Annie's talks: Trust in the Unfolding Process of the Dharma given at IMS – 55 minutes, 23.2 MB (Download, Stream)
Greg Scharf has practiced with Western and Asian teachers in the Theravada tradition since 1992, and has been teaching residential retreats since 2007, including the annual Three-Month Retreat at IMS, where he is a core teacher.
Listen to one of Greg's talks: Renunciation given at IMS on April 8, 2011 – 54 minutes, 37.6 MB (Download, Stream)
Andrea Fella has practiced insight meditation since 1996, studying with both Western and Asian teachers. With an emphasis on clarity and practicality, she is co-guiding teacher at the Insight Meditation Center in Redwood City, CA, and teaches retreats nationally.
Listen to one of Andrea's talks: Dependant Origination given at IMS on October 10, 2013 – 61 minutes, 43.2 MB (Download, Stream)
Bonnie Duran, DrPH, began Buddhist meditation practice 35 years ago. She enjoys teaching Spirit Rock's Dedicated Practitioners Program, short and long retreats, and holds a People of Color and Allies Sangha in Seattle, WA. She also directs the University of Washington's Center for Indigenous Health Research.
Listen to one of Bonnie's talks: Mana (Conceit) and Skillful Means given at IMS on September 15, 2012 – 53 minutes, 32.3 MB (Download, Stream)
Brian Lesage has studied in the Zen, Theravada and Tibetan schools of Buddhism since 1988. He has taught meditation across the US since 2000 and currently teaches in the vipassana tradition. He also has a private Somatic Experiencing® practice.
Listen to one of Brian's talks: Faith given at IMS on September 15, 2012 – 53 minutes, 32.3 MB (Download, Stream)
Erin Treat has been practicing meditation for over 20 years and is the Guiding Teacher of Vallecitos Mountain Retreat Center in northern New Mexico. Her approach to sharing the Dharma is influenced by her love of embodiment and wild nature, as well as her ongoing experience as a student of the Diamond Approach by A.H. Almaas. Erin completed the IMS/Spirit Rock Teacher Training in 2016.
Vance Pryor, PsyD, began insight meditation in 1998. He has practiced with both Sayadaw U Pandita and Sayadaw U Tejaniya. He makes regular practice trips to Myanmar and is being trained as a teacher by Steve Armstrong and Kamala Masters.
Jill Shepherd is a graduate of the IMS/Spirit Rock Teacher Training. She divides her time mainly between the US, Australia and New Zealand, teaching insight meditation retreats and supporting local communities to explore the Dharma in daily life.