April 20, 2021

Online Meditation Retreat for 18 – 32 Year Old Young Adults | July 28-August 2 | 21YA

Online Meditation Retreat for 18 – 32 Year Old Young Adults

with Rebecca Bradshaw, Devin Berry and Chas DiCapua

Wednesday, July 28 – Monday, August 2

Meeting format (During program sessions, you will be able to see and hear the teacher, as well as other program participants, and they will be able to see and hear you).

In this online retreat, dedicated to supporting the health and well-being of young adults in this difficult time, we will co-create a refuge from all forms of oppression, a nourishing refuge of rest and rejuvenation. With the Buddhist teachings of wisdom and compassion as our guide, we will cultivate a wholehearted attention to the present moment, waking up from worldly delusion and developing embodied ease, clarity and kindness.


The online retreat format will consist of three live sessions a day and small group discussion with the teachers that will deepen our practice and nourish interpersonal connections. Optional additional sittings, and affinity groups will also be offered. Optional mindful movement will be offered by Sabra Saperstein. There will be plenty of time to feel out our own schedule flow so the retreat can work for us in relation to our particular scheduling needs.


Registration gives you access to the livestream event as well as unlimited access to each recorded session through our replay library.



For this program, sliding scale fees are $75, $125, $200, or $275. Please select the highest rate you can reasonably afford. We also offer a scholarship fee of $20, 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. Select the rate of your choice when you register. Email imsonline@dharma.org for more information or to request a no-fee enrollment.

Teacher Support
Most IMS teachers—like insight teachers around the world—offer their teachings freely, and rely on the generosity of students for their livelihood. Teachers do not generally receive compensation from IMS program fees, though IMS may offer a modest advance to ensure financial support and the continuation of the teachings. Click here to learn more about teacher support. There will be an opportunity to offer a contribution to your teachers at the end of your program, or you may donate now


Daily Schedule – all times listed in Eastern Time ET:
Note: all sessions (except groups and Q &A) will be recorded and posted so you can view it later if you missed one

Wednesday, July 28
7 – 8:15 pm – Opening Session – Rebecca, Chas, Devin
8:30 – 9 pm – Refuges & Precepts, Opening Ritual – Rebecca

Thursday, July 29
9 – 10 am – Sitting & Instructions – Chas
11:30 – 12:30 pm – Q and A
2:15 – 3 pm – Mindful Movement with Sabra
4 – 5 pm – Dharma Talk – Rebecca
7 – 8 pm – Guided Metta Meditation – Devin

Friday, July 30
9 – 10 am – Sitting & Instructions – Rebecca
11:30 – 12:30 pm – Groups
2:15 – 3 pm – Mindful Movement with Sabra
4 – 5 pm – Dharma Talk – Devin
7 – 8 pm – Guided Metta Meditation – Chas

Saturday, July 31
9 – 10 am – Sitting & Instructions – Devin
2:15 – 3 pm – Mindful Movement with Sabra
4 – 5 pm – Dharma Talk – Chas
7 – 8 pm – Guided Metta Meditation – Rebecca

Sunday, August 1
9 – 10 am – Sitting & Instructions – Chas
11:30 – 12:30 pm – Groups
2:15 – 3 pm – Mindful Movement with Sabra
4 – 5 pm – Dharma Talk – Rebecca
7 – 8 pm – Guided Metta Meditation – Devin

Monday, August 2
9 – 9:30 am – Sitting, Instructions  – Rebecca
10 – 11:30 am – Closing Session – Rebecca, Chas, Devin


Teacher Bios

Rebecca Bradshaw, a Guiding Teacher of the Insight Meditation Society, has been practicing Vipassana meditation since 1983 in the United States and Myanmar (Burma) and teaching since 1993. She completed her dharma teacher training at Insight Meditation Society, where she is part of the three-month retreat teacher team, leads retreats for young adults, and serves as a member of the diversity committee. She also teaches at other locations in the United States and abroad, including Spanish language retreats. Rebecca emphasizes a body-centered approach to meditation, supplemented with large doses of loving kindness. Rebecca has a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC). For more information about Rebecca and her teaching schedule, you can visit her website at rebeccabradshaw.org.

Devin Berry has been meditating for over 20 years. His practice is primarily informed by the classical teachings of early Buddhism and the Insight Meditation tradition. He has undertaken many periods of silent long-term retreat practice. Devin completed the Dedicated Practitioners Program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, where he is a visiting teacher. He is currently in the 2017-2021 Insight Meditation Society Teacher Training Program. Devin served as a core leader with San Francisco POC Insight Sangha. He is a community teacher at East Bay Meditation Center in Oakland, CA where he co-founded the teen sangha and the Men of Color sangha. Devin currently serves on the Board of Directors of Insight World Aid. He has recently relocated to Western Massachusetts and teaches nationally.

Devin is passionate about the power of witnessing and storytelling as a liberation tool. He is deeply committed to the personal and collective liberation of marginalized communities knowing that through the integration of reflection and insight, clarity and wisdom give rise to wise action.

Chas DiCapua has been practicing Buddhist meditation for almost 30 years. He has trained with Burmese meditation masters, western monastics of the Thai Forest tradition and senior western vipassana teachers. He has spent over two years in silent, intensive retreat.

Chas has served as IMS’s Resident Teacher at IMS since 2003. Chas is a graduate of the four year joint Insight Meditation Society / Spirit Rock Teacher Training Program. He teaches retreats at IMS and at various centers and sanghas throughout the country.

As a way to address the wide spread suffering that is endemic in many partnered relationships, Chas explores how the dharma can be practiced in relationship, including how the masculine and feminine energies manifest in relationship, in spiritual practice, and in the world.

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