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

Natural Clarity and Stillness of Mind

Tara Mulay: Saturday, January 9
*For Experienced Meditators

IMS Online Mini Retreats for Experienced Meditators

Designed for people with an ongoing daily practice and some residential retreat experience, these Mini Retreats will offer instructions and guidance on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness. The retreats are designed to allow students to fine-tune their development of both the samatha (tranquility) and vipassana (clear seeing) aspects of the practice. In addition, continuity of mindfulness throughout the entire retreat period will be emphasized.

Retreat Description

Clearly perceiving the present moment again and again, with gentle, persevering effort, is the ground for awakening. As we develop trust in this process, mindfulness practice deepens. Peace, joy, and insight naturally arise as we return with openness and care to our unfolding experience, both during formal practice and in daily life.

During this mini-retreat, together we will cultivate clear perception, trust in the practice, and a natural stillness of mind that each of us has the capacity to experience.

All  times 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

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The Path of Liberation

Nakawe Cuebas Berrios: Sunday, January 31

The Buddha invites us to cultivate a spacious, kind, receptive mindfulness practice that can enable us to see how the entanglements of suffering get formed in our minds and hearts, and how they can be released.

With this embodied practice we are able to walk the world on this path of liberation with more wisdom and compassion for ourselves and all beings.

In this mini retreat let’s practice together in sangha, in community, where we can support and nourish each other’s practice.

Let go of the past.
Let go of the future.
Let go of the present.
With a heart that is free
cross over to that shore
which is beyond suffering.
Dhammapada verse 348

All  times 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

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Contemplating Wisdom, Virtue, and Harmlessness

Andrea Castillo: Sunday, February 14

As a bee gathers nectar
And moves on without harming
The flower, its color, or its fragrance,
Just so should a sage walk through a village.
~ Dhp IV:49

For this half-day retreat on IMS’s 45th anniversary, we will meditate and reflect on the teachings in the Dhammapada poem Flowers.

All  times 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

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Cultivating Confidence

Jeanne Corrigal: Saturday, March 6

Saddhā, translated as faith, or confidence, is a quality that is important to develop in the beginning and throughout our practice. It is accessible in every moment, and a part of the path of liberation. In this retreat, beginning meditators will be introduced to the Foundations of Mindfulness while experienced practitioners will have an opportunity to settle into this ever-deepening map of practice. Jeanne will offer ways to notice and cultivate this motivating quality of saddhā, and to explore its liberative invitation.

All  times 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

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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 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

Donate Now: Teacher Dana