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 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

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

Nature in Me and Around Me

Roxanne Dault: Sunday, May 30

As we meditate, we can connect to our changing experience within this mind/body process and recognize that we are part of nature, we are nature. From this investigation in us and around us, we get to know the beauty of this nature that is alive, organic, moving, transforming, unfolding. We understand the elements that create it all, and from this knowledge wisdom, peace and stability of heart take birth. We will dive into this exploration so we can open to the full nature that we are.

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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Tranquility: Staying Steady in the Storm

Rachel Lewis: Sunday, June 13

It’s easy to feel calm when your surroundings or life circumstances are calm. What if it were possible to develop the skill of calm to support us even when conditions aren’t favorable? In this mini-retreat we’ll cultivate this inner stability of heart and mind.

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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Finding Refuge in Breath and Body

Devin Berry: Sunday, June 27

We will use this practice period to explore mindfulness of the body including the full awareness of breathing. In the process, we will cultivate greater openness, compassion and wisdom. Our aspiration is to know the direct experience of breath and body as refuge.

All are welcome, both seasoned and beginning meditators alike. 

“When mindfulness of breathing is developed and cultivated, it is of great fruit and great benefit. When mindfulness of breathing is developed and cultivated, it fulfills the four foundations of mindfulness. When the four foundations of mindfulness are developed and cultivated, they fulfill the seven factors of enlightenment. When the seven enlightenment factors are developed and cultivated, they fulfill true knowledge and liberation.” – the Buddha

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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