The retreat will focus on the cultivation of samadhi, or unification of mind. Instruction will be given on using the breath as a primary object of awareness. Loving-kindness meditation will also be offered, brightening the heart/mind and supporting wise concentration.
The teachers will have practice meetings with retreatants, so individuals have personalized support for their practice. There will be daily meditation instructions, as well as evening talks on the Buddha’s teachings.
Daily movement practice led by Éowyn Ahlstrom will ease and refresh the body, strengthening mindfulness as the doorway to samadhi.
This silent retreat is open to both beginners and those who have well-established practices of many years.
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. Click here to learn more about teacher support. There will be an opportunity to offer a contribution to your teachers at the end of this program, or you may donate now.