Fellowships for Educators, Health Care Professionals and Artists for this retreat have been filled.
This retreat is full with a waitlist of over 30 people. To be added to the list, submit a registration and deposit.
All scholarship funds have been awarded.
What does it mean to be present, connected and awake? How do we experience true freedom of body, heart and mind? This silent weekend retreat, open to all, is an opportunity to unplug and explore these questions through Buddhist philosophy and contemplative practices. Guidance in vipassana (insight) and metta (lovingkindness) meditation will be offered, encouraging greater awareness, calm abiding and openheartedness. We will practice mindfulness in sitting meditation, walking meditation, and even while eating. Through these ancient practices, still relevant for modern times, compassion and wisdom deepen, and our innate freedom is revealed.
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
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
Jozen Tamori Gibson began formal meditation practice and study in 2004. He is the Director of Community and Youth Engagement and sangha facilitator with the Brooklyn Zen Center (BZC), and Program Director for the Awake Youth Project. A participant in the 2017-2021 IMS Teacher Training Program, Jozen highlights all of his teachers especially his mother, Akimi, and root Dharma teacher, Pamela Weiss.