April 16, 2020

Joseph Goldstein & Sharon Salzberg: Shelter for the Heart and Mind

Shelter for the Heart and Mind

Joseph Goldstein and Sharon Salzberg, with Jozen Tamori Gibson
Register for this recorded program, and participate at your own pace for 30 days!

Cost is sliding-scale: $79, $129, or $329, your choice. 

In these times of uncertainty, we are each being offered a fertile ground to more deeply explore the meanings of wisdom and compassion in our lives. The balance, resilience and lovingkindness strengthened in meditation practice can become essential contributions to our own wellbeing, as well as to family and community.

At this extraordinary moment when so many are sheltering in place and holding their breath, IMS co-founders Joseph Goldstein and Sharon Salzberg are coming together to offer teachings to help uplift and inspire. They invite you to join this very special program, designed to offer shelter for the hearts and minds of all.

Presented by the Insight Meditation Society, this 5-day course will focus on three spheres of personal transformation:

  • Deepening concentration to feel more centered and less fragmented;
  • Strengthening mindfulness as the vehicle for greater wisdom and balance;
  • Expanding a sense of connection through lovingkindness for oneself and others.

These meditative tools will be especially useful for these turbulent times when so many are suffering. And, the lessons learned will be applicable to all of life, now and in more joyful months and years ahead. Please join Joseph and Sharon, plus Jozen Tamori Gibson, for this rare opportunity to share shelter and peace through the practices of awareness and compassion.

A note on 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.) There will be an opportunity to offer a contribution to your teacher at the end of this course.


Select the rate you want to pay for the entire program: $79, $129, or $329

Retreat Sessions
Click the links below to access individual retreat sessions. The times listed are suggestions. We recommend watching the sessions in order: 1-20. Q&A is recorded—we are not receiving additional questions for teachers for this retreat. All sessions are listed here.

Day 1
10:00am:     (1) Sharon Salzberg | Opening Session (60 mins)
1:00pm:       (2) Jozen Gibson | Guided Meditation (45 mins)
4:00pm:       (3) Joseph Goldstein | Further Instructions on the Breath and Mindfulness, Part 1 (60 mins)
5:00pm:       (3) Joseph Goldstein | Further Instructions on the Breath and Mindfulness, Part 2 (30 mins)
7:00pm:       (4) Jozen Gibson | Chanting the Brahmaviharas and Silent Meditation (45 mins)

Day 2
10:00am:     (5) Sharon Salzberg | Mindfulness and the Body (60 mins)
1:00pm:       (6) Jozen Gibson | Eating Meditation (45 mins)
4:00pm:       (7) Joseph Goldstein | On Thoughts and Q+A (90 mins)
7:00pm:       (8) Jozen Gibson | Chanting & Silent Meditation (45 mins)

Day 3
10:00am:     (9) Sharon Salzberg | Hindrances + Q&A (60 mins)
1:00pm:       (10) Jozen Gibson | Guided Meditation (45 mins)
4:00pm:       (11) Joseph Goldstein | Mindfulness of Emotions (90 mins)
7:00pm:       (12) Jozen Gibson | Chanting Metta (45 mins)

Day 4
10:00am:     (13) Sharon Salzberg | Metta (60 mins)
1:00pm:       (14) Jozen Gibson | Guided Meditation (45 mins)
4:00pm:       (15) Joseph Goldstein | Q&A (90 mins)
7:00pm:       (16) Jozen Gibson | Chanting and Sit (45 mins)

Day 5
10:00am:     (17) Sharon Salzberg | Continuing Practice and Q+A (60 mins)
1:00pm:       (18) Joseph Goldstein | Final session and Q&A (90 mins)

Bonus Q&A Sessions
3:00pm:       (19) Sharon Salzberg | Bonus Q&A (35 mins)
3:50pm:       (20) Joseph Goldstein | Bonus Q&A + Sit (49 mins)

Teacher Bios

Joseph Goldstein has been leading insight and lovingkindness meditation retreats worldwide since 1974. He is a cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, where he is one of the organization’s guiding teachers. In 1989, together with several other teachers and students of insight meditation, he helped establish the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies. Joseph first became interested in Buddhism as a Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand in 1965. Since 1967 he has studied and practiced different forms of Buddhist meditation under eminent teachers from India, Burma and Tibet. He is the author of Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening, A Heart Full of Peace, One Dharma: The Emerging Western Buddhism, Insight Meditation: The Practice of Freedom, The Experience of Insight, and co-author of Seeking the Heart of Wisdom and Insight Meditation: A Correspondence Course.

Sharon Salzberg is a meditation pioneer and industry leader, a world-renowned teacher and New York Times bestselling author. As one of the first to bring meditation and mindfulness into mainstream American culture over 45 years ago, her relatable, demystifying approach has inspired generations of meditation teachers and wellness influencers. Sharon is co-founder of The Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA, and the author of eleven books, including the New York Times bestseller, Real Happiness, now in its second edition, her seminal work, Lovingkindness and her newest book, Real Change: Mindfulness To Heal Ourselves and the World, coming in September of 2020 from Flatiron Books. Sharon’s secular, modern approach to Buddhist teachings is sought after at schools, conferences and retreat centers around the world. Sharon is the host of her own podcast, The Metta Hour, featuring 100+ interviews with the top leaders and voices in the meditation and mindfulness movement, and her writing can be found on Medium, On Being, the Maria Shriver blog, and Huffington Post. Learn more at www.sharonsalzberg.com

Jozen Tamori Gibson (they, them) began formal meditation practice and study in 2004. Jozen is a student of Sotō Zen and Theravada practices, wisdom traditions, and serves on the New York Insight teacher council. A participant in the 2017-2021 Insight Meditation Society Teacher Training Program, Jozen shares their path of interdependent liberation by honoring the wisdom and compassion of all teachers, highlighting their mother, Akimi, and their dharma root teacher, Pamela Weiss.