IMS Online Mini Retreats

Mini Retreats are designed for meditators of all levels, unless otherwise specified. They are ideal for newer meditators who seek to build their skills at home before attending a residential retreat, as well as for experienced practitioners looking to reconnect with a daily practice.

Each Mini Retreat teacher offers guidance in sitting and walking meditation, and delivers a Dharma Talk and Q&A to help bring context and clarity to the practices. Attendees learn how to develop mindful awareness with balance and sustainability.

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. for more information or to request a no-fee enrollment.

Mini Retreat Sample Schedule (Eastern Time)

9:00 – 9:45 am: Welcome, 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 & Closing

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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Mindfulness, Gentleness & Clarity

Tara Mulay: Saturday, September 11 (Past Event)

During this mini-retreat, we will explore the wise intention of harmlessness or gentleness as the supportive basis for our mindfulness practice. Rooting our practice in the quality of gentleness opens us to an allowing, accepting attention that brings calm to our hearts and minds. With acceptance we are able to rest in clear seeing of moment-to-moment experience as it unfolds. 

Mindfulness infused with gentleness is a capacity available to all of us.  It is a cause and condition for awakening.  Our aspiration for this retreat is to create a supportive environment where we can open to this potential within us. As we practice together, the intention of nonharming and gentleness can take root, to nourish our meditation practice on the cushion and in the world.

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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