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Mindfulness, Kindness and Discovery: Insight Meditation Retreat (7 days)
May 3 – 10, 2015 (Sunday to Sunday)
Two of our three scholarship rates are no longer available.
A limited number of 'You Choose' fee spaces are available for ages 18 – 26. This means you can establish your own retreat fee, based on your financial means. A minimum of $17 per night is required (minimum of $119). Email firstname.lastname@example.org to apply.
A limited number of Fellowships for Educators are available for this retreat. See Fellowships Available for more information.
All aspects of our lives hold the potential for deep learning and liberating wisdom. This silent retreat, suitable for both new and experienced meditators, will support the process of awakening by encouraging continuity of awareness and open-hearted exploration of all that arises throughout the day. Emphasis will be on developing a wise and compassionate attitude in mindfulness practice, as well as nurturing a spirit of inquiry.
A Message from IMS’s Guiding Teachers
Work on expanding and improving IMS’s Retreat Center dining room is scheduled to start in April or May 2015 and to continue through late August.
Inevitably, this will result in construction and machinery noise. However, this will not be sustained and will mostly take place outdoors during regular construction hours, usually Monday – Friday, 7:00am–4:00pm. Toward the end of the project, there will be some indoor work, but this will be planned for between courses.
To help minimize the impact of the noise, windows in our Retreat Center meditation hall will be kept closed. (The air circulation and conditioning system there allows fresh air to move around very well, without opening windows.)
We have decided to continue offering retreats throughout this building period, knowing that conditions for practice are rarely perfect. We trust that this construction endeavor 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.
Michael Grady was a guiding teacher at the Cambridge Insight Meditation Center for more than 20 years. He has practiced insight meditation since 1974 and also trained with the late Master Sheng Yen. He encourages including all of life as an opportunity for awakening.
Listen to one of Michael's talks: Not Self: We Are Included in Nature given at IMS on August 25, 2009 – 52 minutes, 35.3 MB (Download, Stream)
Susan O'Brien has been practicing vipassana meditation since 1980 and has studied with a variety of Western and Asian teachers. She began teaching in 1996 and coordinates the Insight Meditation correspondence course.
Listen to one of Susan's talks: Refuge given at IMS on July 13, 2010 – 51 minutes, 35.1 MB (Download, Stream)
Sara Schedler has practiced insight meditation for 15 years, and has undergone long-term training in both Asia and the West. She has taught at the Cambridge Insight Meditation Center for the past two years.