Awakening: Insight Meditation Retreat for Experienced Practioners

This retreat is held online.

IMS Online
This retreat is held online.
April 24 - April 28, 2021 (Saturday to Wednesday)


Both Webinar and Meeting Format (Some program sessions allow you to see and hear only the teacher, while other program sessions will allow you to see and hear the teacher as well as other program participants).

This silent retreat will focus on freeing awareness from the bonds of our personal narrative and mental projections. Teacher guidance will help retreatants strengthen a fearless presence that holds the entirety of life within the magnanimous heart. Together, we will explore the spiritual path as a journey through our self-constructed identity into realms of profound stillness and contentment.

The prerequisite for this retreat is three years of experience in the Insight or Zen traditions and 3-week long or longer silent residential retreats.

For this course, sliding scale fees are $200, $325, or $500. We also offer a scholarship fee of $100, and no-fee enrollment for those who request a fee-waiver. Our “Pay What You Can Afford" system supports the cultivation of a dynamic and inclusive community and contributes to the health and vibrancy of the sangha. Email imsonline@dharma.org for more information or to request a scholarship or no-fee enrollment.

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 listed in Eastern Time ET:
Note: All sessions (except Q&A) will be recorded and posted so you can view it later if you missed one.

Saturday, April 24-Tuesday, April 27
11 am - 12 noon - Guided Meditation, Instructions for the Day
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm - Dharma Talk, Sitting
3 pm - 3:45 pm - Qigong with Ellen McCown
4:15 pm - 5 pm - Q & A
7:15 pm - 8 pm - Guided Meditation

Wednesday, April 28
11 am - 12 noon - Guided Meditation
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm - Closing Talk, Refuges & Precepts, Metta

Suggested At-Home Schedule - listed in Eastern Time ET:
7 am - sitting
7:30 - walking
8 am - breakfast
9 am - walking
9:45 am - sitting
10:30 am - walking
11 am - First Session
12 noon - lunch
1 pm - walking
1:30 pm - Second Session
2:30 pm - walking
3 pm - Third Session
3:45 pm - walking
4:15 pm - Fourth Session
5 pm - dinner
6:30 pm - walking
7:15 pm - Fifth Session
8 pm - walking
8:30 - sitting
9:15 - rest or continued formal practice


Information you might find helpful:

Guidelines For Your Home Retreat


Teachers