July 22, 2020

Heartfelt Wisdom: Online Insight Meditation Weekend Retreat

Heartfelt Wisdom: Online Insight Meditation Weekend Retreat

Pascal Auclair, Devin Berry & Devon Hase

Friday, December 11 – Sunday, December 13

Registration gives you access to the livestream event as well as unlimited access to each recorded session through our replay library.

Cost is sliding-scale: $110, $180, or $300, your choice. Registration fees support the Insight Meditation Society’s work online and at our physical retreat centers in Barre, MA.

Financial Assistance is available. We invite you to reach out—nobody will be turned away for lack of funds. To inquire, please email imsonline@dharma.org.


Can the qualities of friendliness, care, courage, joy and balance create the right conditions for the deepening of wisdom? Or are they simply beautiful expressions of it? Or both? While silently sitting and walking with meditative presence, and with guidance from the teachers, we can open more fully to the life both around us and inside of us. Through the quality of this connection, we can discover for ourselves how living with a sense of fullness and engagement might be possible.

This online weekend retreat is open to all, both beginning meditators and those with more experience.

Optional Possible Personal Practice Schedule:

  • 9 am sit

  • 9:30 walk

  • 10 am instructions 

  • 11:15 am walk

  • 12 lunch

  • 1 pm Q+A 

  • 2:15 pm walk

  • 2:45 pm sit

  • 3:30 pm walk

  • 4 pm talk 

  • 5:15 pm meal

  • 7 pm heart practices 

  • 8 pm walk

  • 8:30pm sit

  • 9 pm rest

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 teachers at the end of this course.

Daily Schedule:
**all times are Eastern Standard Time (EST)
Note: all sessions (except Q&A) will be recorded and posted so you can view later if you miss the livestream.

Friday, 12/11
7 pm – 8:30 pm – Opening and Meditation – Devin, Devon, Pascal

Saturday, 12/12
10 am – 11:15 am – Instructions and Meditation – Pascal
1 pm – 2:15 pm – Q&A – Devon
4 pm – 5:30 pm – Meditation and Dharma Talk – Devin
7 pm – 8 pm – Heart Practices – Pascal

Sunday, 12/13
10 am – 11:15 am – Instructions and Meditation – Devon
1 pm – 2:15 pm – Q&A – Devin
4 pm – 5:30 pm – Meditation and Dharma Talk – Pascal
7 pm – 8:30 pm – Closing – Devon & Devin, with Pascal


Teacher Bios

Pascal Auclair has been immersed in Buddhist practice and study since 1997, sitting retreats in Asia and America with revered monastics and lay teachers. He has been mentored by Joseph Goldstein and Jack Kornfield at the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Massachusetts and Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California, where he now teaches retreats. Pascal teaches in North America and in Europe. He is a co-founder of True North Insight in Canada. His depth of insight, classical training, and creative expression all combine in a wise and compassionate presence. In addition, his warmth and humor make Pascal a much appreciated teacher.

Devin Berry has been meditating for over 20 years. His practice is primarily informed by the classical teachings of early Buddhism and the Insight Meditation tradition. He has undertaken many periods of silent long-term retreat practice. Devin completed the Dedicated Practitioners Program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, where he is a visiting teacher. He is currently in the 2017-2021 Insight Meditation Society Teacher Training Program. Devin served as a core leader with San Francisco POC Insight Sangha. He is a community teacher at East Bay Meditation Center in Oakland, CA where he co-founded the teen sangha and the Men of Color sangha. Devin currently serves on the Board of Directors of Insight World Aid. He has recently relocated to Western Massachusetts and teaches nationally.

Devin is passionate about the power of witnessing and storytelling as a liberation tool. He is deeply committed to the personal and collective liberation of marginalized communities knowing that through the integration of reflection and insight, clarity and wisdom give rise to wise action.

Devon Hase began intensive meditation training in 2000. After spending a decade teaching English and social studies in high school and college classrooms, she entered a two-year period of retreat. She has studied at monasteries in Nepal and India, and practices in the Insight and Vajrayana traditions. Currently, Devon teaches at the Insight Meditation Society, Spirit Rock, and throughout North America and Europe. She also mentors dharma practitioners online, is a mentor in Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach’s Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program, and teaches on the Ten Percent Happier and Simple Habit apps. Along with her life partner Craig, she co-authored their first book, How Not to Be a Hot Mess: A Survival Guide for Modern Life, which offers six really good pieces of semi-Buddhist advice to keep you anchored and steady amidst the chaos of modern life. Devon loves long retreat and is passionate about creative ways to bring depth practice into the daily spin of things. She now lives together with Craig in urban retreat in her hometown of Ashland, Oregon, splitting each week between teaching and practice. For more info visit www.devonandcraighase.com.