May 13, 2021

Discovering Freedom: Online Weekend


We’re thrilled to offer this meditation retreat with Anushka Fernandopulle and Pascal Auclair, starting on Friday, September 3, at 7 pm ET.

What does it mean to be present, connected and awake? How do we experience true freedom of body, heart and mind? This silent weekend retreat, open to all, is an opportunity to unplug and explore these questions through Buddhist philosophy and contemplative practices. We will practice mindfulness in sitting meditation, walking meditation, and even while eating. Through these ancient practices, compassion and wisdom deepen, and our innate freedom is revealed.

This page includes the retreat schedule with links to the Zoom sessions. Links to an optional personal practice schedule, recommended home retreat guidelines, Zoom information, and information about online retreat etiquette are located in the Retreat Resources section below. Resources provided by the teachers, if any, will also be posted there.

Closed captioning is available for all Zoom sessions. Please feel free to email us at if this feature would be supportive.

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

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


Note: All times are Eastern Time (ET), and can be adjusted for your own timezone and individual circumstances. To join these sessions, click the corresponding links, below. Special note: This retreat is live-attending only; sessions will not be recorded.

Friday, September 3—Opening Day

7:00 – 8:30 pm — Opening Session – Anushka & Pascal

Saturday, September 4

10:00 – 11:15 am — Instructions and Sit – Pascal

1:00 – 2:15 pm — Sit and Q&A – Anushka

4:00 – 5:15 pm — Sit and Talk – Anushka

7:00 – 8:00 pm — Heart Practices – Pascal

Sunday, September 5


10:00 – 11:15 am — Instructions and Sit – Anushka

1:00 – 2:15 pm — Sit and Q&A – Pascal

4:00 – 5:15 pm — Sit and Talk – Pascal

7:00 – 8:00 pm — Heart Practices – Anushka

Monday, September 6

10:00 – 11:30 — Sit and Closing – Anushka & Pascal

Retreat Resources

Optional Personal Practice Schedule

Guidelines for Your Home Retreat

Using Zoom

IMS Online Program Etiquette