October 21, 2020

Foundations of Mindfulness-Based Approaches: An Online Insight Meditation Retreat


We’re saddened that we will not be offering our 2021 Foundations of Mindfulness-Based Approaches as a residential retreat. We are thrilled, however, that Bob Stahl, Yuka Nakamura, Christiane Wolf and Antonia Sumbundu will offer the course online here. The retreat begins on Friday, January 8, at 3 pm EST.

This retreat is specifically designed for professionals involved in mindfulness-based approaches, whether as teachers, trainers, psychotherapists, clinicians or researchers. The teachers will offer a sustained schedule of guided and unguided meditation practice, group practice discussions, talks and reflections, all within an environment of silence. A familiarity with formal meditation practice is assumed.

Joining this retreat will require your commitment to attending all the sessions* since we are offering systematic meditation instructions that support the deepening of concentration and insight. (*There may be some optional sittings depending on your time zone; the teachers will clarify at the retreat). Twenty-two (22) continuing education credits are available for psychologists, social workers and nurses who register before the Opening Session. Please check our CE page for more information.

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

This page includes the retreat schedule. Links to suggested home retreat guidelines and at-home practice schedule, 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 imsonline@dharma.org if this feature would be supportive.

If you have additional questions, please email us at imsonline@dharma.org.

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 in the Zoom session schedule are Eastern Standard Time. Corresponding  Pacific Standard Time (PST) and Central European Summer Time (CEST) schedules follow. Times can be adjusted for your own time zone and individual circumstances. To join these sessions, click the corresponding links, below. All sessions (except practice discussion groups) will be recorded and posted for viewing later if you miss one. Links for recorded sessions are located after the retreat schedules, below.

Friday, January 8—Opening Day 

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm — Opening Session

Saturday, January 9 — Tuesday, January 12

8:30 – 9:15 am — Meditation (optional)

10:00 – 11:00 am — Instructions & Reflections

11:15 am – 12:00 pm — Practice Discussion Groups (Groups 1 – 3) / Walking Meditation

1:30 pm – 2:15 pm — Guided Meditation

2:30 – 3:15 pm — Practice Discussion Groups (Groups 4 – 6) / Walking Meditation

4:00 – 5:00 pm — Dharma Talk

7:00 – 7:45 pm — Guided Meditation

Wednesday, January 13—Closing Day

10:00 am – 1:00 pm — Closing Session

Pacific Standard Time

Friday, January 8—Opening Day
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm — Opening Session

Saturday, January 9 — Tuesday, January 12
5:30 – 6:15 am — Meditation (optional)
7:00 – 8:00 am — Instructions & Reflections
8:15 am – 9:00 am — Practice Discussion Groups / Walking Meditation
10:30 – 11:15 am — Guided Meditation
11:30 – 12:15 pm — Practice Discussion Groups / Walking Meditation
1:00 – 2:00 pm — Dharma Talk
4:00 – 4:45 pm — Guided Meditation

Wednesday, January 13—Closing Day
7:00 am – 10:00 am — Closing Session

Central European Summer Time

Friday, January 8—Opening Day
21:00 – 23:00 — Opening Session

Saturday, January 9 — Tuesday, January 12
14:30 – 15:15 — Meditation (optional)
16:00 – 17:00 — Instructions & Reflections
17:15 – 18:00 — Practice Discussion Groups / Walking Meditation
19:30 – 20:15 — Guided Meditation
20:30 – 21:15 — Practice Discussion Groups / Walking Meditation
22:00 – 23:00 — Dharma Talk
1:00 – 1:45 — Guided Meditation

Wednesday, January 13—Closing Day
16:00 – 19:00 — Closing Session

Session Recordings

Friday, January 8
Opening Session (Recording not available)

Saturday, January 9
Morning Meditation (Passcode: ^cEN=6!I)
Instructions & Reflections (Passcode: $HW&SX7.)
Guided Meditation (Passcode: 9RY4G4?G)
Dharma Talk (Passcode: Qq#%#u5Q)
Guided Meditation (Passcode: %0Uln?vy)

Sunday, January 10
Morning Meditation (Passcode: P$Ehz9oJ)
Instructions & Reflections (Passcode: rey*8iA6)
Guided Meditation (Passcode: ieM?7x&=)
Dharma Talk (Passcode: AP&!%h7l)
Guided Meditation (Passcode: kN!4^$TV)

Monday, January 11
Morning Meditation (Passcode: WV#TK5w?)
Instructions & Reflections (Passcode: aQ01pr^S)
Guided Meditation (Passcode: nJ5D=!CS)
Dharma Talk (Passcode: Ee%G7sE@)
Guided Meditation (Passcode: 7@+vUCxM)

Tuesday, January 12
Morning Meditation (Passcode: *!!?u!H0)
Instructions & Reflections (Passcode: WT.qp3.f)
Guided Meditation (Passcode: D9@!0.IC)
Dharma Talk (Passcode: Xjy%$N71)
Guided Meditation (Passcode: 8HB.6wY9)

Wednesday, January 13
Closing Session (Passcode: 7#fUe8&i)

Retreat Resources

Recommended Resources

Guidelines for Your Home Retreat

Suggested At-Home Practice Schedule

Using Zoom

IMS Online Program Etiquette