Freedom, Love and Liberation: A Retreat for the BIPOC Community

Registration for this retreat is closed

Registration is closed for this retreat.
June 17 - June 20, 2021 (Thursday to Sunday)

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).

Coming together as a community, we create a space of ease and support to meditate and cultivate inner freedom. Held on-line with the intention of creating, if possible, an environment of silence wherever we're practicing, this retreat provides an in-depth experience of the Buddha’s teachings on mindful awareness, as well as the cultivation of lovingkindness meditation, illuminating a path toward healing and greater happiness. Those without previous meditation experience are encouraged to participate. We will do nightly chanting. An optional daily period of mindful movement will be offered by Sabra Saperstein.

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 $20, 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 sessions (except Groups) will be recorded and posted so you can view it later if you missed one

Thursday, June 17
4 - 5:30 pm - Opening Session - JoAnna, Devin, Yong
7 - 8 pm - Guided Brahmavihara Meditation - Devin. Chanting - JoAnna, Devin, Yong

Friday, June 18
9 - 10 am - Meditation & Instructions - JoAnna
11 - 12 noon - Movement with Sabra
2 - 3 pm - Groups
4 - 5:00 pm - Talk + Q&R - Devin
7 - 8 pm - Guided Brahmavihara Meditation - Yong. Chanting - JoAnna, Devin, Yong

Saturday, June 19
9 - 10 am - Meditation & Instructions - JoAnna
11 - 12 noon - Movement with Sabra
2 - 3 pm - Groups
4 - 5 pm - Talk + Q&R - Yong
7 - 8 pm - Guided Brahmavihara Meditation - JoAnna. Chanting - JoAnna, Devin, Yong

Sunday, June 20
9 - 10 am - Meditation & Instructions - JoAnna
2 - 3 pm - Groups
4 - 5 pm - Closing Session - JoAnna, Devin, Yong

Information you might find helpful:

Guidelines For Your Home Retreat
IMS Online Program Etiquette
IMS Online FAQ’s