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Uncovering Innate Freedom: Labor Day Meditation Weekend (3 days)

August 30 – September 2, 2013 (Friday to Monday)

Registration for this retreat is closed

There may be rides available for this retreat. You can also offer a ride. Click here to view the listings.

This retreat is full with a wait list. To be added to the list, submit a registration and deposit.

All scholarship funds have been awarded.


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 is an opportunity to explore these questions through Buddhist philosophy and practice. Guidance in vipassana (insight) and metta (lovingkindness) meditations will be offered, encouraging greater awareness, calm abiding and loving friendliness. Through these practices, compassion and wisdom deepen, and our innate freedom is revealed.

Both beginners and experienced meditators are welcome.

Optional daily yoga sessions led by Éowyn Ahlstrom will be included to support our openness and vitality.

A Message from IMS’s Guiding Teachers

Inevitably, there'll be some noise as IMS’s project to renovate the Catskills is underway. (Its completion is currently scheduled for late August 2013.) The work, however, will take place primarily indoors during regular construction hours, usually Monday – Friday, 7:00am–4:00pm.

In the Retreat Center meditation hall, the impact of any renovation noise is further reduced by an air circulation and conditioning system that allows fresh air to move around without opening the windows.

The teachers at IMS decided to continue offering retreats throughout this building period, knowing that conditions for practice are rarely perfect. We trust that these particular conditions can be met with the equanimity and grace with which we meet a range of conditions in our lives.

All of us at IMS look forward to supporting you on retreat.

Teachers

Pascal Auclair

Pascal Auclair has been immersed in the dharma since 1997, studying with revered Asian monastic and lay Western teachers. A co-founder of True North Insight Meditation Centre in Canada, he enjoys sharing the Buddha's teachings with all curious people.

Listen to one of Pascal's talks: Four Ways We Get Too Tight given at IMS on August 2, 2011 – 64 minutes, 44.3 MB (Download, Stream)

Anushka Fernandopulle

Anushka Fernandopulle is on the Teachers Council at Spirit Rock Meditation Center and works as a leadership coach and management consultant. Her teaching is informed by creative arts, nature, political engagement and modern urban life.

Listen to one of Anushka's talks: Metta: Digging a Good Trench in the Heart given at IMS on August 1, 2009 – 54 minutes, 37.6 MB (Download, Stream)

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