April 1, 2020

Online Guided Self-Retreat with Bart van Melik and DaRa Williams


We’re saddened that we will not be offering Bart van Melik, DaRa Williams, nakawe cuebas, and Walt Opie’s retreat this April. As most of you probably know, IMS’s Retreat Center is now closed until May 20, and the Forest Refuge is closed through May 31, and , due to concerns over COVID-19.

We are thrilled, however, that Bart and DaRa will offer an online version of their retreat here. At a time when circumstances force us all to isolate, our hope is that this program will bring people together, providing an online space that cultivates intimacy and connection rooted in the Dharma.

This page includes the retreat schedule, Zoom information, and other retreat resources provided by the teachers. If you have additional questions, please email us at imsnews@dharma.org.


(Note: All times are Eastern Time. To join these sessions, click the corresponding links, below.)

Sunday, April 5—Opening Day
11 am: Retreat Opening (90  mins)
Guided meditation and a group talk by all four teachers.
Link to Recording

Monday, April 6
Small group meetings (45 mins)
Each retreatant may sign up for  two group meetings over the course of the retreat.

9am: Bart van Melik
1pm: Walt Opie
4pm: nakawe cuebas
7pm: DaRa Williams

Tuesday, April 7: no meetings

Wednesday, April 8
Small group meetings (45 mins)

9am: Bart van Melik
11am: DaRa Williams
1pm: Walt Opie
4pm: nakawe cuebas

Thursday, April 9—Closing Day
12pm: Retreat Closing (120 mins)
All yogis welcomeguided meditation and group reflections.
Link to recording

Retreat Dana—Donate Now

Home Practice Resources

From the Teaching Team

Suggestions for Creating a Home Retreat


With This Open Time
By Emma Zeck

The Cure
By Albert Huffstickler

Meditation on Gratitude and Joy
By Jack Kornfield

Mindful Movement and Dharma Seed Talks

Sabra Saperstein

Mindful Movement

Bart van Melik

Mindfulness as Psychic Self Defense
Resting in Kind Awareness
Five Hindrances

DaRa Williams

Impermanence: The Arising And Falling Of The Ten Thousand Joys and The Ten Thousand Sorrows
Compassion: Mind and Heart Together

Walt Opie

Working With The Hindrances 
Loving Kindness Practice (Part 1)
Loving Kindness Practice(Part 2)

Zoom FAQ

Does it cost anything to use Zoom for this retreat?

No. Simply click the meeting links in the schedule above to participate. If you haven’t downloaded the Zoom app, no worries—you will be prompted to download and install Zoom when you click a link listed above. (A basic Zoom license is free.)

Will I be seen and heard by other participants during this online retreat?

For the closing session  you will have the option to turn on your microphone and video. For small group meetings you will need to use your microphone and you will have the option to turn on your video.

Will Zoom work internationally?

You can start or join a meeting from any international location using:
PC, Mac, & Linux
Android & iOS
H.323/SIP devices
Telephone dial-in

Are there any countries or regions where Zoom doesn’t work?

Yes. Users in certain  countries or regions are unable to access Zoom series for regulatory reasons, such as Belarus, Burundi, Central African Republic, Cuba, the Congo, Iran, Iraq, etc. For more information, refer to the US government’s list of sanctioned countries.