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 $180). Email ‘email@example.com’ to apply.
A limited number of fellowships for Educators, Health Care Professionals and Artists are available.
This retreat is full with a waitlist. To be added to the list, submit a registration and deposit.
All scholarship funds have been awarded.
This intensive silent retreat is an opportunity to 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.
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
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
Pari Ruengvisesh was born and raised in Thailand. Her practice is rooted in the Mahasi tradition under the guidance of Sayadaw U Pandita, Sayadaw U Lakkhana, Sayadaw U Vivekananda, Michele McDonald and Steven Smith. A graduate of the Spirit Rock Community Dharma Leaders Program, Pari is committed to practice on intensive retreats and applying the teachings in her daily life.
Darine Monroy has been a student of Michele McDonald and Steven Smith since 2011. She has taught for Mindful Schools and has completed the Hakomi Comprehensive Training. Darine was born and raised in Mexico, and meditation retreats have been among the most meaningful experiences of her life.