One space currently available!
All scholarship funds have been awarded.
Fellowships for Educators, Health Care Professionals and Artists for this retreat have been filled.
The Buddha was interested in one thing and one thing only—suffering and the end of suffering. He described the main cause of our stress as clinging—our attachment to pleasures, views and opinions, rites and rituals, and views about ourselves. The larger problems of our world stem from these conditions. Removing this cause of suffering is the promise and possibility of our meditation practice. Sitting and walking in silence, meeting our inner and outer world with mindful awareness and lovingkindness, we can purify our minds and open our hearts. Gradually we can relax the tight fist of grasping and open to the happiness and well-being that is our natural state.
Beginning as well as experienced meditators are welcome. An optional daily period of yoga will be offered by Malaika Tabors.
12 CE credits are available for psychologists, social workers and nurses. More information here.
Howard Cohn has been leading vipassana retreats internationally since 1985. A psychotherapist, an original member of the Spirit Rock Teachers Council and founder of Mission Dharma, he brings joy and passion to his teaching with an emphasis on reawakening our natural freedom. He is the author of Invitation to Meditation: Finding Peace Wherever You Are.
Listen to one of Howard's talks: Happiness of a Buddha given at IMS on January 31, 2013 - 62 minutes, 42.7 MB Download
Lila Kate Wheeler attended her first IMS retreat in 1977 and is still learning. She has been encouraged to teach in the Theravada, Vajrayana and Hindu Advaita traditions. Her aim is to help people cultivate love, tolerance, and freedom. She also writes fiction.
Listen to one of Lila's talks: Equanimity, an Attitude given at IMS on February 6, 2016 – 52 minutes, 32.1 MB Download
Alex Haley completed the IMS/Spirit Rock Teacher Training in 2016 under the mentorship of Joseph Goldstein and Guy Armstrong. He is the Director of Mindfulness Programs at the University of Minnesota. He is passionate about social justice and technology for wellbeing. For more information, please visit the Midwest (ideally in winter!) or visit his site.