In the Footprint of the Buddha: Wise Concentration – MW (7 days)

February 13 – 20, 2018 (Tuesday to Tuesday)

Registration for this retreat is closed

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

All scholarship funds have been awarded.

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

As we cultivate concentration (samatha in Pali), we develop purification, tranquility and equanimity of mind and heart. These qualities prepare the ground for penetrating insight into the nature of existence. This retreat will offer an introduction to, and support for, the practice of concentration, as taught by Burmese meditation master Pa Auk Sayadaw.

Open to both new and experienced meditators, the course will consist of alternate periods of silent sitting and walking meditation, daily talks about the teachings, and small group practice meetings. An optional daily period of mindful movement will be offered by trainee assistant Leslie Booker.


Marcia Rose

Marcia Rose has practiced Buddhist meditation since 1970. She is the guiding teacher for The Mountain Hermitage in Taos, NM and was IMS Resident Teacher from 1991 to 1995. Her international teaching is rooted in the Mahasi and Pa Auk Forest Monastery lineages.

Listen to one of Marcia’s talks: Karma given at IMS on February 22, 2016 – 62 minutes, 42.5 MB Download,

Winnie Nazarko

Winnie Nazarko started dharma practice 35 years ago, asking, "Why does there have to be suffering in the world?" She teaches to help individuals realize their full potential for clarity, balance, kindness and wisdom.

Listen to one of Winnie's talks: Seeing the Good given at IMS on November 11, 2011 – 55 minutes, 37.8 MB Download


Leslie Booker

Leslie Booker brings her heart, wisdom and compassion to the intersection of social justice, yoga and mindfulness. A graduate of Spirit Rock's Community Dharma Leaders Program and a current participant in Spirit Rock's 2017-2021 Teacher Training Program, she teaches nationally utilizing the foundation of Dharma and embodied wisdom practices.