Natural Wisdom and Compassion: Insight Meditation Retreat – SA (7 days)

April 27 – May 4, 2018 (Friday to Friday)

Registration for this retreat is closed

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

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

All scholarship funds have been awarded.

During this weeklong retreat, we will explore and cultivate the practice of awareness that leads to well-being and liberation. When the mind is supported by skillful qualities and is unclouded by confusion, greed, and negativity, reality can be accurately recognized. We are able to see that everything that appears is the natural display of impersonal conditions giving rise to their lawful effect. With the ease of simply knowing our own experience moment by moment, deeply conditioned habits of mind that lead to suffering for ourselves and others are weakened. Natural wisdom and compassion can arise and grow.

This retreat will be held in Noble Silence and is suitable for beginners as well as more experienced meditators. People from all walks of life are warmly welcome.

Each day, the format will include periods of sitting and walking meditation, with self-scheduled sessions also encouraged if appropriate for your practice. During these, participants can establish their own rhythm of sitting, walking and other forms of meditation. Meals, resting and daily work times will also be used as opportunities to cultivate and maintain awareness.

An optional daily period of mindful movement will be offered by Femi Akinnagbe.


Annie Nugent

Annie Nugent has practiced since 1979 and was an IMS Resident Teacher from 1999 to 2003. She has been part of the teaching team for the annual Three-Month Retreat for a number of years and has taught at the Forest Refuge since 2004. Her teaching style aims to reveal how all aspects of our lives can help us come to a clear and direct understanding of the Truth.

Listen to one of Annie's talks: Trust in the Unfolding Process of the Dharma given at IMS on November 15, 2010 – 55 minutes, 23.2 MB Download

Deborah Ratner Helzer

Deborah Ratner Helzer first took up meditation while working on her engineering degree. She has practiced with Western and Asian teachers, including a year as a nun in Burma. She is currently raising her children and teaching near Washington, DC.

Listen to one of Deborah's talks: Opening the Door to Insight given at IMS on August 4, 2014 – 57 minutes, 39.5 MB Download

Keri Pederson

Keri Pederson began meditating in 1998 in the lineage of S.N. Goenka. After sitting retreats with a variety of lay and monastic teachers in the US and Asia, she started teaching meditation in 2007. A graduate of the IMS/Spirit Rock Teacher Training Program, she lives and teaches in Seattle, where she also works in elder-care and is the mother of a young son.