May 6, 2021

Freedom and Ease of Being: A Meditation Retreat for Our LGBTQAI+ Community


We’re thrilled to offer this meditation retreat with Pascal Auclair and Anushka Fernandopulle, starting on Friday, September 17, at 7 pm ET.

We’ll create a virtual space of ease and support for LGBTQAI+ people to cultivate mindfulness, kindness and wisdom through insight meditation. Sharing silence and meditative space with community allows us to make greater peace with ourselves and our lives, one moment at a time. While listening to the teachings of wisdom and compassion and mindfully sitting, walking, eating and resting, liberating insights arise, and clarity and freedom are gained.

This retreat is open to both experienced and beginner meditators who self-identify as queer, questioning, trans, nonbinary, genderqueer, bisexual, lesbian, gay, agender, intersex or two-spirit.

This page includes the retreat schedule with links to the Zoom sessions. Links to a possible 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. All sessions will be recorded and posted for viewing later if you miss one.

Friday, September 17—Opening Day

7:00 – 8:30 pm — Link to session recording   (Passcode: 3Kd?6^!C)

Saturday, September 18

10:00 – 11:15 am — Link to session recording  (Passcode: D0v23l&%)

1:00 – 2:15 pm — Q&A session – not recorded

4:00 – 5:15 pm — Link to session recording  (Passcode: #r2H+wNU)

7:00 – 8:00 pm — Link to session recording  (Passcode: =!mF47kE)

Sunday, September 19


10:00 – 11:15 am — Link to session recording   (Passcode: Xt!$3yi^)

1:00 – 2:15 pm — Q&A session – not recorded

4:00 – 5:15 pm — Link to session recording   (Passcode: qax54!?c)

7:00 – 8:30 pm — Link to session recording   (XW9ac2=t)

Retreat Resources

Possible Personal Practice Schedule

Guidelines for Your Home Retreat

Using Zoom

IMS Online Program Etiquette