Freedom and Ease of Being: A Meditation Retreat for Our LGBTIQ Community – LGBTIQ (5 days)

September 5 – 10, 2017 (Tuesday to Sunday)

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


This retreat is full with a short waitlist. To be added to the list, submit a registration and deposit.

A limited number of You Choose fee spaces are available for ages 18 – 26. This means you can establish your own retreat fee, based on your financial means. A minimum of $20 per day is required (minimum of $100). Email ‘registration@dharma.org’ to apply.

All scholarship funds have been awarded.

A limited number of fellowships for Educators, Health Care Professionals and Artists are available.

This program qualifies for 15 continuing education credits for psychologists, social workers and nurses. Please check our CE page for more information.


We’ll create a space of ease and support for LGBTIQ people to cultivate mindfulness, kindness and wisdom through insight meditation. Sharing silence and meditative space with community allows us to make greater peace with ourselves and our lives, one moment at a time. While listening to the teachings of wisdom and compassion and mindfully sitting, walking, eating and resting, liberating insights arise, and clarity and freedom is gained. We can learn to find an ever-deepening sense of well-being, touching joy and fostering the heart's release. We practice in this way both for our own benefit and for the benefit of others. Open to beginning and experienced meditators.

Teachers

Pascal Auclair

Pascal Auclair has been immersed in the dharma since 1997, studying with revered Asian monastic and lay Western teachers. A co-founder of True North Insight Meditation Centre in Canada, he enjoys sharing the Buddha's teachings internationally with all curious people. Photo: © salva magaz/www.magaz.com

Listen to one of Pascal's talks: How Letting Go Happens given at IMS on January 1, 2016 – 49 minutes, 33.8 MB Download

Anushka Fernandopulle

Anushka Fernandopulle lives in San Francisco, is on the Spirit Rock Teachers Council, and works as a leadership coach and management consultant in addition to teaching dharma around the world. Her teaching is informed by arts, nature, politics, social justice and modern urban life.

Listen to one of Anushka's talks: Put it down, it's unreliable! That's better. Given at IMS February 26, 2017 – 49:34 Download

Jean Esther

Jean Esther, MSW LICSW, has trained in meditation since 1975 and has been a practicing psychotherapist for over 36 years. She is a guiding teacher of True North Insight Meditation Centre in Canada, teaches at Insight Meditation Center of Pioneer Valley , MA, Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (IBME) and elsewhere across North America. Her teachings integrate psychological understanding and somatic awareness with Buddhist teachings on love and wisdom.