Living Dharma: A Path of Connection - An Insight Meditation Retreat for Beginners

Registration for this retreat is closed

Registration is closed for this retreat.
May 14 - May 17, 2021 (Friday to Monday)

Meeting format (During program sessions, you will be able to see and hear the teacher, as well as other program participants, and they will be able to see and hear you)

After the challenges of the past year, many of us need an opportunity for renewal, for development of our innate potential for compassion and connectedness. On this retreat, we will explore how insight meditation practice can strengthen our capacities for connection by nurturing inner resources of mindfulness, lovingkindness, and wisdom.

Each day of the retreat, we will practice developing one of these resources, with an emphasis on cultivating continuity throughout the day. On day one, Michael Grady will provide instruction on mindfulness meditation. On day two, Tara Mulay will offer guidance on lovingkindness meditation. On day three, Jean Esther will lead participants in wisdom practices.

This in-home retreat is suitable for very new Insight Meditation students, those who are relatively new, and more experienced meditators who feel they could benefit from the support of group practice in a retreat format. The schedule will include guided meditation periods of 20 to 30 minutes, short dharma talks, and periods for discussion.

13 continuing education credits are available for psychologists, social workers and nurses. Please check our CE page for more information.

Please note that you must register before the 7:00 pm Opening Session on Friday, May 14, to be eligible for CEs.

For this program, sliding scale fees are $120, $155, $195, or $300. Please select the highest rate you can reasonably afford. We also offer a scholarship fee of $60, 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. Select the rate of your choice when you register. Email for more information or to request a no-fee enrollment.

Registration for this program closes 30 minutes prior to the opening session.

Teacher Support
Most IMS teachers—like insight teachers around the world—offer their teachings freely, and rely on the generosity of students for their livelihood. Teachers do not generally receive compensation from IMS program fees, though IMS may offer a modest advance to ensure financial support and the continuation of the teachings. Click here to learn more about teacher support. There will be an opportunity to offer a contribution to your teachers at the end of your program, or you may donate now

Daily Schedule - all times listed in Eastern Time ET:
Note: all bolded sessions are online and will be recorded and posted so you can view it later if you missed one.

Friday, May 14
7 - 8 pm - Opening Session with Michael, Tara and Jean

Saturday - Monday, May 15-17
Mindfulness with Michael Grady (Saturday)
Lovingkindness with Tara Mulay (Sunday)
Wisdom Practices with Jean Esther (Monday)
10 - 11:15 am - Dharma Talk/Guided Meditation
11:15 - 12 noon - Walking Meditation
12 - 1 pm - Guided Meditation & Discussion
1 pm - Lunch
2:30 - 3:00 pm - Sitting Meditation
3:00 - 3:30 pm - Walking Meditation
3:30 - 4:15 pm - Dharma talk
4:15 - 5:00 pm - Walking Meditation
5 - 6 pm - Guided Meditation & Discussion

Monday 5 - 6 pm - Closing Session with Tara, Jean and Michael

Information you might find helpful:
Guidelines For Your Home Retreat
IMS Online Program Etiquette
IMS Online FAQ’s