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Insight Meditation Retreat for 18–32 Year Olds (7 days)
July 22 – 29, 2015 (Wednesday to Wednesday)
This retreat is full with a long waitlist. To be added to the list, submit a registration and deposit.
Join a community of young people exploring the breadth and depth of the heart and mind in a silent retreat setting. With the Buddhist teachings of wisdom and compassion as our guide, we will cultivate a whole-hearted attention to the present moment, leading to an embodied ease, clarity and kindness.
The retreat format includes daily meditation instruction, group and individual meetings with teachers, opportunities for questions and discussion, and optional daily yoga offered by Kavitha Rao.
The course will end with a day of optional activities centered on building relationships, supporting community, and integrating the practice into our daily lives. All are welcome to attend – the retreat is open to both beginning and experienced meditators.
Our wish is to make this retreat accessible to anyone who would like to attend. We offer a ‘You Choose’ fee option for this course, charging a minimum of just $17 per night (ie $119 minimum total). Those who can contribute more, however, help IMS to continue providing financial aid to as many people as possible.
21 CE credits are available for psychologists, social workers and nurses. More information here.
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.
Rebecca Bradshaw is the guiding teacher of the Insight Meditation Center of Pioneer Valley, MA. She leads vipassana retreats, including Spanish language courses, emphasizing embodied clarity and kindness. She holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology, and also serves as an IMS guiding teacher.
Listen to one of Rebecca's talks: Happiness of Equanimity given at IMS on June 10, 2009 – 57 minutes, 38.5 MB (Download, Stream)
Chas DiCapua has offered meditation since 2001. He is interested in how all aspects of life can be used towards awakening. Currently the IMS Resident Teacher, he teaches throughout the US.
Listen to one of Chas's talks: The Illusion of Not Good Enough given at IMS on October 8, 2011 – 67 minutes, 45.8 MB (Download, Stream)
Jesse Maceo Vega-Frey
Jesse Maceo Vega-Frey's teaching aims to inspire the skills, determination and faith necessary to realize the deepest human freedom. He is the resident teacher for Vipassana Hawai’i and longtime student of Michele McDonald.
Listen to one of Jesse's talks: Rooting Our Faith in the Deepest Truth given at IMS on June 11, 2011 – 55 minutes, 38.2 MB (Download, Stream)
Madeline Klyne has loved the dharma since 1986. A co-founder of South Shore Insight Meditation Center, she teaches there and at the Cambridge Insight Meditation Center. Madeline also leads retreats for LGBTIQ communities at other meditation centers.
Listen to one of Madeline's talks: Life is Fleeting given at IMS on September 15, 2007 – 47 minutes, 21.5 MB (Download, Stream)
Milena Cardenas Ophuls
Milena Cardenas Ophuls has practiced vipassana since 1996. In her native Colombia, she was a licensed psychologist. Currently in training with Rebecca Bradshaw, she looks forward to teaching the dharma in English and Spanish.