IMS Online Mini Retreats

Most IMS Online Mini Retreats are designed for meditators of all levels, and there will be some offered specifically for more experienced meditators. Each three-hour retreat will offer guidance in sitting and walking meditation and teachings in a brief Dharma talk. Students will also learn how to maintain mindfulness over multiple meditation sessions and in various forms, as well as how to apply effort in a way that is balanced, sustainable, and effective.

After completing one or more Mini Retreats, students will have a basic understanding of retreat practice, including the progression of how instructions unfold, and gain a “feel” for how to apply oneself in a skillful way during a silent, intensive meditation retreat. Attending one or more Mini Retreats will allow the meditation student to engage in their first day-long or multi-day retreat with a greater sense of ease, confidence and meditative skill.

For Mini Retreats sliding scale fees are $35, $45, $55 or $75. We also offer no-fee enrollment for those who request a fee-waiver. Our “Pay What You Can Afford” system supports the cultivation of a dynamic and inclusive community and contributes to the health and vibrancy of the sangha. Select the rate of your choice when you register. Email imsonline@dharma.org for more information or to request a no-fee enrollment.

Mini Retreat Times
All Mini Retreats are on either a Saturday or Sunday, and follow the same schedule, listed according to Eastern Standard Time (EST):

9:00 – 9:45 am Sitting Meditation & Instructions
9:45 – 10:30 am Walking Meditation & Instructions
10:30 – 11:15 am Sitting Meditation & Instructions
11:15 – 11:45 am Dharma talk and/or Q&A
11:45 – 12:15 pm Walking Meditation
12:15 – 12:45 pm Sitting Meditation

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.

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Schedule

Finding Refuge in Our Direct Experience

Devin Berry: Sunday, March 21

The moment-to-moment investigation of the mind/body process allows us to take refuge in our direct experience. From this refuge, we know life as a constantly changing flow. We then begin to know all aspects of life with increasing balance and equanimity. Out of this knowing emerges compassion and wisdom.

All  times Eastern Time (ET)
9:00 – 9:45 am Sitting Meditation & Instructions
9:45 – 10:30 am Walking Meditation & Instructions
10:30 – 11:15 am Sitting Meditation & Instructions
11:15 – 11:45 am Dharma talk and/or Q&A
11:45 – 12:15 pm Walking Meditation
12:15 – 12:45 pm Sitting Meditation

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Your Home Retreat Center: How Insight Meditation Practice and Your Life Become One

bruni dávila: Saturday, April 10

In the midst of these unusual times, we have this opportunity of doing retreat practice right in the location where our daily life unfolds. Ordinary activities, distractions, and even relational interactions become part of the path of liberation.

With curiosity, kindness, and interest in cultivating well-being and clarity, we carry retreat practice to all aspects of our lives and into this world that we experience moment to moment.

All  times Eastern Time (ET)
9:00 – 9:45 am Sitting Meditation & Instructions
9:45 – 10:30 am Walking Meditation & Instructions
10:30 – 11:15 am Sitting Meditation & Instructions
11:15 – 11:45 am Dharma talk and/or Q&A
11:45 – 12:15 pm Walking Meditation
12:15 – 12:45 pm Sitting Meditation

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Opening Our Hearts and Minds to Insight

Tara Mulay: Saturday, April 24

During this mini-retreat, we will explore qualities of attention that refine our mindfulness practice and provide the ground for insight into the truth. Inclining our minds towards a deeply restful, allowing attention opens us to joy and ease. Clear perception of moment-to-moment experience unclouds our attention. Letting go of a mistaken sense of ownership of passing experience deepens our understanding of the truth of the way things are. These capacities of mind are available to all of us, and they are the seeds of awakening.

All  times Eastern Time (ET)

9:00 – 9:45 am Sitting Meditation & Instructions
9:45 – 10:30 am Walking Meditation & Instructions
10:30 – 11:15 am Sitting Meditation & Instructions
11:15 – 11:45 am Dharma talk and/or Q&A
11:45 – 12:15 pm Walking Meditation
12:15 – 12:45 pm Sitting Meditation

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