December 22, 2020

The Path to Awakening: Insight Meditation Retreat

The Path to Awakening: Insight Meditation Retreat

Joseph Goldstein, Bart van Melik and Roxanne Dault

Saturday, April 3 – Tuesday, April 6

Webinar Format (During program sessions, you will be able to see and hear the teacher, but you cannot see or hear other program participants)

Insight meditation (vipassana) is the simple and direct practice of moment-to-moment mindfulness. Through careful and sustained observation, we experience for ourselves the ever-changing flow of the mind/body process. This awareness leads us to accept more fully the pleasure and pain, fear and joy, sadness and happiness that life inevitably brings. As insight deepens, we develop greater equanimity and peace in the face of change, and wisdom and compassion increasingly become the guiding principles of our lives.

Awakening is not outside of daily life. Our daily life is our practice – especially when we “retreat” in our homes. This is a whole life path, and home retreats may offer many new insights into how our lives unfold and manifest in the world.

An optional daily session of mindful movement will be offered by Sabra Saperstein.

It will consist of talks, guided meditations and Q&A. Beginning and more experienced meditators are welcome.

For this course, sliding scale fees are $160, $260, or $400. We also offer a scholarship fee of $80, and no-fee enrollment for those who request a fee-waiver. Our “Pay What You Can Afford” system supports the cultivation of a dynamic and inclusive community and contributes to the health and vibrancy of the sangha. Email for more information or to request a scholarship or no-fee enrollment.

A note on dana (generosity)
Most IMS teachers—like insight teachers around the world—rely on the generosity of students for their livelihood, and receive no compensation from course fees. All IMS online teachers receive a modest dana advance from IMS to guarantee a minimum level of financial support. (Click here to learn more about the dana practice.) There will be an opportunity to offer a contribution to your teachers at the end of this course.



Daily Schedule – all times listed in Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)
Note: all sessions (except movement) will be recorded and posted so you can view it later if you miss one.

Saturday, April 3
10:00 – 11:30 am  Opening Talk/Instructions – Bart  (all teachers present)
1:30 – 2:30 pm     Guided Movement – Sabra Saperstein
4:00 – 5:30 pm     Dharma talk – Joseph
7:00 – 8:00 pm     Guided Meditation/ Metta – Roxanne

Sunday, April 4
10:00 – 11:30 am   Dharma Talk – Bart
1:30 – 2:30 pm     Guided Movement – Sabra Saperstein
4:00 – 5:30 pm     Q & R – Joseph
7:00 – 8:00 pm     Dharma Talk – Roxanne

Monday, April 5
10:00 – 11:30 am  Q & R – Bart
1:30 – 2:30 pm      Guided Movement – Sabra Saperstein
4:00 – 5:30 pm      Dharma Talk – Joseph
7:00 – 8:00 pm      Guided Meditation/Metta – Roxanne

Tuesday, April 6
10:00 – 11:30 am   Dharma Talk – Bart
1:30 – 2:30 pm      Guided Movement – Sabra Saperstein
4:00 – 5:30 pm      Q & R – Joseph
7:00 – 8:00 pm      Closing Talk – Roxanne


Teacher Bios

Joseph Goldstein has been leading insight and lovingkindness meditation retreats worldwide since 1974. He is a cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, where he is one of the organization’s guiding teachers. In 1989, together with several other teachers and students of insight meditation, he helped establish the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies.

Joseph first became interested in Buddhism as a Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand in 1965. Since 1967 he has studied and practiced different forms of Buddhist meditation under eminent teachers from India, Burma and Tibet. He is the author of Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening, A Heart Full of Peace, One Dharma: The Emerging Western Buddhism, Insight Meditation: The Practice of Freedom, The Experience of Insight, and co-author of Seeking the Heart of Wisdom and Insight Meditation: A Correspondence Course.

Bart van Melik has been teaching meditation since 2009, with a special focus on diverse communities. He brings the practice to juvenile detention centers, homeless shelters and NYC public schools, and is passionate about supporting people finding new ways to relate to life’s stresses.

Roxanne Dault has been dedicated to this practice since 2006, sitting long silent retreats both in Asia and in the West. A teacher at True North Insight in Canada, she is also trained in Somatic Experiencing®, a body-mind approach aimed at relieving the symptoms of trauma. Roxanne also serves on the Board of Directors of Insight World Aid. She speaks French, English and is learning her ancestors’ language, Anishinaabemowin. Currently, she is participating in the 2017-2021 IMS Teacher Training Program.

Information you might find helpful:
Guidelines For Your Home Retreat
IMS Online Program Etiquette
IMS Online FAQ’s