Liberation of Heart and Mind: Insight Meditation and Lovingkindness Retreat – MM (13 days)

May 26 – June 8, 2017 (Friday to Thursday)

Registration for this retreat is closed

There may be rides available for this retreat. You can also offer a ride. Click here to view the listings.

Spaces still 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.


This two-week course, held in an environment of silence, is a precious opportunity to experience the depth of practice that a longer retreat allows. We will explore the Buddha's teachings on liberation by touching into the wordless depths of our own heart with an emphasis on lovingkindness, compassion, empathetic joy and equanimity. By practicing with interest, acceptance and kindness, we develop greater understanding and compassion. In this way, we increase our ability to meet life's changes with ease and serenity.

With guidance and support from the teachers, both new and experienced meditators will be encouraged to deepen their trust in their own practice. There will also be the optional opportunity to learn the traditional style of reporting one's meditation experience.

Teachers

Michele McDonald

Michele McDonald has taught insight meditation around the world for over 35 years, helping individuals to find their own natural entry points into stillness and deep liberation. She is a co-founder of Vipassana Hawai'i as well as a leader of retreats for youth and frequent participant in Burma relief projects.

Listen to one of Michele's talks: Guided Appreciative Joy-Mudita given at IMS on June 2, 2017 – 44 minutes, 30.3 MB Download

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: Clinging and Non-Clinging given at IMS on November 7, 2014 – 62 minutes, 43 MB Download

Greg Scharf

Greg Scharf has practiced with Western and Asian teachers in the Theravada tradition since 1992. He has been teaching residential retreats since 2007, including the annual Three-Month Retreat at IMS, where he is a core teacher. He also serves as an IMS guiding teacher.

Listen to one of Greg's talks: Walking the Path given at IMS on September 20, 2015 – 50 minutes, 37.6 MB Download

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: The Present Moment: Come for the Peace, Stay for the War given at IMS on June 2, 2017 – 59 minutes, 40.4 MB Download