The Sure Heart’s Release: Insight and Metta Retreat – KM (7 days)

May 2 – 9, 2017 (Tuesday to Tuesday)

Registration for this retreat is closed

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One space currently available!

All scholarship funds have been awarded.

All You Choose fee spaces for ages 18-26 have been filled.

Fellowships for Educators, Health Care Professionals and Artists for this retreat have been filled.

Throughout this retreat, suitable for both new and experienced meditators, we’ll explore the steps laid out by the Buddha that lead to the sure heart’s release: the purification of conduct, the purification of mind through concentration and insight, the understanding of absolute and conventional reality, and the stages of insight that lead to nibbana (liberation).

Held in Noble Silence, the course will include instructions for sitting and walking meditations, teacher talks and guided lovingkindness meditations, Q&A, and group and individual practice discussions. Instructions will include the four foundations of mindfulness, with emphasis on the relaxed practice of mindfulness of mind. Many of the teachings will draw from the path to awakening as described in the late Mahasi Sayadaw’s Manual of Insight.

The daily schedule will alternate periods of sitting and walking, with open practice sessions also available, depending on individual needs. Meals, resting, and mindful work-as-practice times will all be used as opportunities to maintain continuous awareness.

Optional mindful movement guidance will also be offered by Mark Nunberg to support the continuity of mindfulness, relaxation, concentration and vitality. Based on qigong, the simple movements can be easily done by most people, regardless of age or flexibility.

Participants from all walks of life are warmly welcome.


Kamala Masters

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, clarity and compassion.

Listen to one of Kamala's talks: Five Spiritual Faculties given at IMS on May 4, 2017– 63 minutes, 43.4 MB Download

Deborah Ratner Helzer

Deborah Ratner Helzer first took up meditation while working on her engineering degree. She has practiced with Western and Asian teachers, including a year as a nun in Burma. She is currently raising her children and teaching near Washington, DC.

Listen to one of Deborah's talks: Opening the Door to Insight given at IMS on August 4, 2014 – 57 minutes, 39.5 MB Download

Mark Nunberg

Mark Nunberg began his Buddhist practice in 1982 and has been teaching meditation since 1990. He co-founded Common Ground Meditation Center in Minneapolis, MN in 1993 and continues to serve as the center's guiding teacher.

Listen to one of Mark's talks: Metta, Wisdom and Mindfulness given at IMS on August 6, 2014 – 61 minutes, 41.7 MB Download


Tara Mulay

Tara Mulay is a co-founder of San Francisco People of Color Insight Meditation Group and a leader of Mission Dharma. She has practiced insight meditation since 2003 and undertaken intensive retreat periods in the US and Myanmar. She has participated in Spirit Rock's latest Community Dharma Leaders Program and is now a trainee in the 2017-2021 IMS Teacher Training Program.