Freedom Here and Now: Insight Meditation Retreat – CDC (5 days)

February 27 – March 4, 2018 (Tuesday to Sunday)

There may be rides available for this retreat. You can also offer a ride. Click here to view the listings.

This retreat is full with a short waitlist. To be added to the list, submit a registration and deposit.

All scholarship funds have been awarded.

A limited number of fellowships for Educators, Health Care Professionals and Artists are available.


An often unexamined view in the mind of meditators is that our freedom and happiness will come about some time in the future, and after a lot of hard work. During this retreat, we will explore the very real and obtainable freedom that is found right in this very moment.

While diligent effort is certainly an important aspect of the meditative path, learning how to relax the mind and body is also essential. When this relaxation happens, the grasp of the mind’s wanting and not wanting is diminished, and we connect more fully with the truth of the present moment.

Through silent sitting and walking practice, guided meditations, instructions and time for questions, we will explore the freedom that is possible here and now. Teacher trainee Leslie Booker will also offer an optional daily period of mindful movement.

This course is suitable for both beginning and experienced meditators.

This program qualifies for 15 continuing education credits for psychologists, social workers and nurses. Please check our CE page for more information.

Teachers

Chas DiCapua

Chas DiCapua has offered meditation since 2001. He is interested in how all aspects of life can be used toward awakening. Currently the IMS Resident Teacher, he teaches throughout the US.

Listen to one of Chas's talks: Renunciation given at IMS on July 31, 2016 – 67 minutes, 33.4 MB Download

Jean Esther

Jean Esther, MSW LICSW, has trained in meditation since 1975 and has been a practicing psychotherapist for over 36 years. She is a guiding teacher of True North Insight Meditation Centre in Canada, teaches at Insight Meditation Center of Pioneer Valley , MA, Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (IBME) and elsewhere across North America. Her teachings integrate psychological understanding and somatic awareness with Buddhist teachings on love and wisdom.

Assistants

Leslie Booker

Leslie Booker brings her heart, wisdom and compassion to the intersection of social justice, yoga and mindfulness. A graduate of Spirit Rock's Community Dharma Leaders Program and a current participant in Spirit Rock's 2017-2021 Teacher Training Program, she teaches nationally utilizing the foundation of Dharma and embodied wisdom practices.