Discovering Freedom: Online Weekend

Registration for this retreat is closed

Registration is closed for this retreat.
September 03 - September 06, 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)

What does it mean to be present, connected and awake? How do we experience true freedom of body, heart and mind? This silent weekend retreat, open to all, is an opportunity to unplug and explore these questions through Buddhist philosophy and contemplative practices. Guidance in vipassana (insight) and metta (lovingkindness) meditation will be offered, encouraging greater awareness, calm abiding and openheartedness. We will practice mindfulness in sitting meditation, walking meditation, and even while eating. Through these ancient practices, still relevant for modern times, compassion and wisdom deepen, and our innate freedom is revealed.

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:

Friday, Sept 3
7 pm - Opening and Sit - Anushka & Pascal (90-120 min)

Saturday, Sept 4
10 am - Instructions and Sit - Pascal (75 min)
1 pm - Sit and Q&A - Anushka (75 min)
4 pm - Sit and Talk - Anushka (75-90 min)
7 pm - Heart Practices - Pascal (60 min)

Sunday, Sept 5
10 am - Instructions and Sit - Anushka (75 min)
1 pm - Sit and Q&A - Pascal (75 min)
4 pm - Sit and Talk - Pascal (75-90 min)
7 pm - Heart Practices - Anushka (60 min)

Monday, Sept 6
10 am - Sit and Closing - Anushka & Pascal (90-120 min)

Optional Possible Personal Practice Schedule:

9 am sit
9:30 walk
10 am instructions & sit
11:15 am walk
12 lunch
1 pm Sit & Q+A
2:15 pm walk
2:45 pm sit
3:30 pm walk
4 pm Sit & Dharma talk
5:15 pm meal
7 pm heart practices
8 pm walk
8:30pm sit
9 pm rest

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