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People of Color Retreat (6 days)

June 22 – 28, 2015 (Monday to Sunday)

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 insight meditation course, co-sponsored by IMS and New York Insight Meditation Center, creates a space of ease and support for people of color to meditate together and cultivate inner freedom. Held in an environment of silence, it provides an in-depth experience of the Buddha’s teachings on mindful awareness, illuminating a path toward healing and greater happiness. Those without previous meditation experience are encouraged to participate.

Devin Berry will be joining the teaching team for this retreat, as a trainee. A daily period of optional yoga will be offered by Leslie Booker.

Our wish is to make this retreat accessible to any person of color who would like to attend. We offer a ‘You Choose’ fee option for this course, charging a minimum of just $17 per night (ie $102 minimum total). Those who can contribute more, however, help ensure that the community of POC meditators continues to flourish.

Free bus transportation is provided on a first-come, first-served basis between New York City and IMS. To reserve a seat, complete your registration, and then call or email us at 978-355-4378, ext. 0, or rc@dharma.org. The bus is currently full; if you request a seat we will add you to a wait list.

A Message from IMS’s Guiding Teachers

Work on expanding and improving IMS’s Retreat Center dining room has begun and will continue through late summer.

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.


Larry Yang

Larry Yang has taught meditation since 1999. He is a Spirit Rock Meditation Center teacher and a core teacher of the East Bay Meditation Center in Oakland, CA and the guiding teacher of the Insight Community of the Desert in Palm Springs, CA.

Listen to a Sangha News interview with Larry & Gina Sharpe: Diverse World, Diverse Sangha, June 2010 – 12 minutes, 8.5 MB (Download)

Sharon Salzberg

Sharon Salzberg, a co-founder of IMS and BCBS, has practiced meditation since 1971 and has been teaching worldwide since 1974. She is an IMS guiding teacher and author of Real Happiness, Faith, Lovingkindness and other publications.

Listen to one of Sharon's talks: Three Personality Types given at IMS on March 23, 2004 – 48 minutes, 11.1 MB (Download)

JoAnna Harper

JoAnna Harper is a participant in the current IMS/Spirit Rock Teacher Training and a lead teacher at Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society.

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