This retreat is full with a 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.
This silent retreat will rest on a foundation of body-centered awareness, as a means to cultivate a direct, non-conceptual connection with our moment-to-moment experience of being human. Supported by kindness and compassion for ourselves and others, we will explore what our own experience teaches us about suffering and freedom from suffering. These understandings point us towards a path that leads to spaciousness of heart and mind and profound inner peace.
The course, suitable for both beginning and experienced students of meditation, will include instruction in insight and lovingkindness meditations, as well as meetings with the teachers. An optional daily period of yoga, led by Éowyn Ahlstrom, will also be offered to deepen our investigation of a body-focused mindfulness.
This program qualifies for 21 continuing education credits for psychologists, social workers and nurses. Please check our CE page for more information.
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, an IMS guiding teacher, 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. Greg's love of nature and the outdoors deeply informs both his practice and teaching.
Listen to one of Greg's talks: Walking the Path given at IMS on September 20, 2015 – 50 minutes, 37.6 MB Download
Devin Berry has practiced meditation since 1999 and has undertaken several longer-term retreats. He teaches at East Bay Meditation Center in Oakland, CA, and nationally. He has completed Spirit Rock’s Dedicated Practitioners Program and is currently a participant in the 2017-2021 IMS Teacher Training Program.
bruni dávila has practiced Vipassana and Zen since 1995. A student of Gil Fronsdal, she practices and teaches at the Insight Meditation Center in Redwood City, CA, and also teaches Spanish Dharma in the wider Bay Area. She is currently a participant in IMS's 2017-2021 Teacher Training Program.