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 email@example.com 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.