November 11, 2020

Becoming Congruent with Life: Insight Meditation Retreat


We’re thrilled to offer this meditation retreat for both beginning and experienced meditators. The retreat will be taught by Chas DiCapua and Jean Esther, and begins on Friday, March 19, at 7 pm EDT.

During this retreat we will practice observing the truth of conditionality: That all things, including our own bodies, thoughts and emotions, arise and pass away dependent on conditions. We will employ silent sitting, standing and walking meditation as vehicles to support the embodiment of this understanding.

This page includes the retreat schedule and Zoom information. Links to retreat resources provided by the teachers are shared in the Retreat Resources section that follows the retreat schedule. CE credits will be available for psychologists, social workers, and nurses. More information to come soon!

If you haven’t done so already, please register for this retreat here. If you have questions, please email us at

Retreat 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.)

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Note: All times are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) and can be adjusted for your own time zone and individual circumstances. To join these sessions, click the corresponding links, below. All sessions (except group practice meetings) will be recorded and posted for viewing later if you miss one. Links for recorded sessions are located after the retreat schedule, below.

Friday, March 19—Opening Day

7:00 – 8:45 pm—Retreat Opening

Saturday, March 20 – Monday, March 22

9:45 – 10:45 am—Sit & Instructions

11:00 am – 12:00 pm—Group Meeting

2:00 – 2:45 pm—Sit & Instructions

4:00 – 4:45 pm—Dharma Reflections

7:00 – 7:45 pm—Chanting & Sit

Tuesday, March 23—Closing Day


9:45 – 10:45 am—Sit & Instructions


11:00 am – 12:15 pm *—Closing Session
* Changed from original schedule

Session Recordings

Friday, March 19—Opening Day
Opening Session (Passcode: vh2n$a4b)

Saturday, March 20
Morning Sit & Instructions (Passcode: g7F0d*kR)
Afternoon Sit & Instructions (Passcode: wxVp.6#0)
Dharma Reflections (Passcode: HB@5w4XN)
Chanting & Sit (Passcode: i&Eam5u0)

Sunday, March 21
Morning Sit & Instructions (Passcode: ea!7tMbH)
Afternoon Sit & Instructions (Passcode: h+u1u=Hz)
Dharma Reflections (Passcode: $rgm4AeE)
Chanting & Sit (Passcode: y!E6KzRk)

Monday, March 22
Morning Sit & Instructions (Passcode: !lK^8huy)
Afternoon Sit & Instructions (Passcode: G1w*p5Ws)
Dharma Reflections (Passcode: k$pmd7ez)
Chanting & Sit (Passcode: kL2%%VYN)

Tuesday, March 23
Morning Sit & Instructions (Passcode: +!kK+?4S)
Closing Session (Passcode: =1??RN?g)

Post-Retreat Information

Jean’s Teaching Schedule
April 2021: Pandemic As Practice (A Body/Soul Workshop for Women)
May 2021: Living Dharma: A Path of Connection (IMS retreat for beginners)
September 2021: Coming Home: Awakening through Body, Mind & Heart (True North Insight)

Retreat Resources


RAIN – Working with Difficulties

The Noble Eightfold Path (Bhikkhu Bodhi)

Suggested At-Home Practice Schedule

Retreat Precepts

Reflections on the Sharing of Blessings

Guidelines for Your Home Retreat

Using Zoom

IMS Online Program Etiquette