Liberation of Heart and Mind: Insight Meditation and Lovingkindness Retreat – MM (9 days)

May 25 – June 3, 2018 (Friday to Sunday)

Registration for this retreat is closed

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

All You Choose fee spaces for ages 18-26 have been filled.

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

One space currently available!

All scholarship funds have been awarded.

This intensive silent retreat is an opportunity to explore the Buddha's teachings on liberation by touching into the wordless depths of our own heart, with an emphasis on lovingkindness, compassion, empathetic joy and equanimity. By practicing with interest, acceptance and kindness, we develop greater understanding and compassion. In this way, we increase our ability to meet life's changes with ease and serenity.

With guidance and support from the teachers, both new and experienced meditators will be encouraged to deepen their trust in their own practice. There will also be the optional opportunity to learn the traditional style of reporting one's meditation experience.


Michele McDonald

Michele McDonald has taught insight meditation around the world for over 36 years, helping individuals to find their own natural entry points into stillness and deep liberation. She is a co-founder of Vipassana Hawai'i and a frequent participant in Burma relief projects.

Listen to one of Michele's talks: Old Age, Death, Unconditional Love, and Unconditional Peace given at IMS on June 1, 2018 – 64 minutes, 44.2 MB Download

Jesse Maceo Vega-Frey

Jesse Maceo Vega-Frey's teaching aims to inspire the skills, determination and faith necessary to realize the deepest human freedom. He is the resident teacher for Vipassana Hawai'i and longtime student of Michele McDonald.

Listen to one of Jesse's talks: The Present Moment: Come for the Peace, Stay for the War given at IMS on June 2, 2017 – 59 minutes, 40.4 MB Download


Pari Ruengvisesh

Pari Ruengvisesh was born and raised in Thailand. Her practice is rooted in the Mahasi tradition under the guidance of Sayadaw U Pandita, Sayadaw U Lakkhana, Sayadaw U Vivekananda, Michele McDonald and Steven Smith. A graduate of the Spirit Rock Community Dharma Leaders Program, Pari is committed to practice on intensive retreats and applying the teachings in her daily life.

Darine Monroy

Darine Monroy has been a student of Michele McDonald and Steven Smith since 2011. She has taught for Mindful Schools and has completed the Hakomi Comprehensive Training. Darine was born and raised in Mexico, and meditation retreats have been among the most meaningful experiences of her life.