IMS Online Mini Retreats

IMS Online Mini Retreats are designed for meditation students with little or no retreat experience. 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.

Schedule

Showing Up for Our Lives

Rachel Lewis: Sunday, December 6

In meditation, we learn to cultivate helpful states like calm and concentration, and we also learn to develop the ability to bring kind interest to whatever it is that’s arising in our experience. In this half-day retreat we’ll explore the capacity of the mind to have friendly interest in all aspects of our present-moment experience, and the way this attitude of mind can bring clarity and resilience as we navigate through difficulties. With kind interest, we can show up fully for our lives the way they are right now.

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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Peace in the Stillness

Roxanne Dault: Sunday, December 27

When the world is running in all directions, our meditation practice can be a place of grounding and care. Mindful awareness is a compass so we can fully discover the stillness present in each moment. We will nourish these qualities of peace and calm during this retreat.

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

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

Donate Now: Teacher Dana

 

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

Donate Now: Teacher Dana