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 ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’ to apply.
A limited number of fellowships for Educators, Health Care Professionals and Artists are available.
We’ll create a space of ease and support for QTBLGAI2S 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 who self-identify as queer, questioning, trans, bisexual, lesbian, gay, agender, intersex or two-spirit.
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 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
Tara Mulay is a co-founder of San Francisco People of Color Insight Meditation Group and a leader of Mission Dharma. She has practiced insight meditation since 2003 and undertaken intensive retreat periods in the US and Myanmar. She has participated in Spirit Rock's latest Community Dharma Leaders Program and is now a trainee in the 2017-2021 IMS Teacher Training Program.