April 16, 2020

Online Weekend Retreat: Cultivating Awareness and Wisdom During Challenging Times


We’re saddened that we will not be offering Carol Wilson’s residential retreat this April. As most of you probably know, IMS’s Retreat Center is now closed until May 20, and the Forest Refuge is closed through May 31, due to concerns over COVID-19.

We are thrilled, however, that Carol and Alexis Santos will offer an online weekend retreat here. The retreat begins on Friday, April 24, at 7 pm EDT.

At a time when circumstances force us all to isolate, our hope is that this program will bring people together, providing an online space that cultivates intimacy and connection rooted in the Dhamma.

If you haven’t, please register for this retreat here.

This page includes the retreat schedule, Zoom information, and other retreat resources provided by the teachers. If you have additional questions, please email us at rc@dharma.org, and include the retreat code CW0 in the subject line.

(Note: All times are Eastern Daylight Time and can be adjusted for your own time zone and individual circumstances. To join live sessions, click the corresponding links, below. If you are prompted for a password enter: 934017. Individual  recording links for all live sessions are located after the schedule below.)

Weekend Retreat Schedule—Friday

Retreat Opening

Weekend Retreat Schedule—Saturday and Sunday

11:00 am – 12:00 pm — Group Sit with Instructions

12:00 pm – 12:45 pm — Mindful Walking/Rest/Awareness of Postures

12:45 pm – 1:45 pm — Group Sit/Q&A/Discussion

1:45 pm – 2:45 pm — Mindful Walking/Rest/Awareness of Postures

2:45 pm – 3:15 pm — Group Sit

3:15 pm – 4:30 pm — Break/Rest

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm — Group Sit/Q&A/Discussion

5:30 pm – 6:00 pm — Mindful Walking/Awareness of Postures

6:00 pm – 6:45 pm — Group Sit/Reflection
The teachers will close the retreat during this session on Sunday.

Session Recordings

Friday, April 24
Link to Retreat Opening Recording (Password: 1v+%n!s1)

Saturday, April 25
Link to 11:00 am Instructions Recording (Password: 5o*K*^4z)
Link to 12:45 pm Q&A/Discussion Recording (Password: 2m+.O&?M)
Link to 4:30 pm Q&A/Discussion Recording (Password: 8w&!ioL3)
Link to 6:00 pm Reflection Recording (Password: 1t%.A@&1)

Sunday, April 26
Link to 11:00 am Instructions Recording (Password: 0w##@72a)
Link to12:45 pm Q&A/Discussion Recording (Password: 1a@zZ?m!)
Link to 2:45 pm Group Sit (Password: 8Q!6*ne3)
Link to 4:30 pm Q&A/Discussion (Password: 0t@M^4+3)
Link to 6:00 pm Closing/Reflection Recording (Password: 7i!o$589)



Retreat Dana—Donate Now

Home Practice Resources

Links and Resources Shared by Carol and Alexis

Ajahn Sumedho — talks at Amaravati Monastery

Bhikkhu Anālayo’s offerings on the BCBS website

Sayadaw U Tejaniya (Burmese monk) —
Book Alexis referenced: When Awareness Becomes Natural
Current interview with U Tejaniya about practicing in these days 

A cool website for uplifting news

Mindful Movement and Dharma Seed Talks

Sabra Saperstein

Mindful Movement

Carol Wilson

Courage and Trust in Our Path
Perception of Impermanence Leads to Awakening
Reflections on the First Noble Truth

Alexis Santos

Cultivating Awareness + Wisdom
Exploring Faith and Right View
The Journey to a Daily Life Practice

Zoom FAQ

Does it cost anything to use Zoom for this retreat?

No. Simply click the meeting links in the schedule above to participate. If you haven’t downloaded the Zoom app, no worries—you will be prompted to download and install Zoom when you click a link listed above. (A basic Zoom license is free.)

Will I be seen and heard by other participants during this online retreat?

The retreat teachers will be the only ones seen and heard during most of the retreat. We will have all participants muted, so you will not need to have your video turned on or worry about your audio working, except to see and hear the retreat teachers. During Q&A sessions you will have the option to turn on your microphone and video to ask a question.

Will Zoom work internationally?

You can start or join a meeting from any international location using:
PC, Mac, & Linux
Android & iOS
H.323/SIP devices
Telephone dial-in

Are there any countries or regions where Zoom doesn’t work?

Yes. Users in certain  countries or regions are unable to access Zoom series for regulatory reasons, such as Belarus, Burundi, Central African Republic, Cuba, the Congo, Iran, Iraq, etc. For more information, refer to the US government’s list of sanctioned countries.