The Sure Heart's Release: Insight and Metta Retreat

Registration is open, with a waitlist.

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August 04 - August 13, 2023 (Friday to Sunday)


This retreat is full with a waitlist of over 30 people. To be added to the list, submit a registration and deposit.

Many of the teachings throughout this retreat will draw from the path to awakening as described in the late
Mahāsi Sayadaw’s Manual of Insight. We’ll explore the steps laid out by the Buddha that lead to the sure heart’s release: the purification of conduct, the purification of mind through concentration and insight, the understanding of absolute and conventional reality, and the stages of insight that lead to nibbana (liberation).


Held in Noble Silence, the course will include instructions for sitting and walking meditations, teacher talks and guided lovingkindness meditations, Q&A, and group and individual practice discussions. Instructions will include the four foundations of mindfulness, with emphasis on the relaxed practice of mindfulness of mind.


The daily schedule will alternate periods of sitting and walking, with open practice sessions also available, depending on individual needs. Meals, resting, and mindful work-as-practice times will all be used as opportunities to maintain continuous awareness.


Optional mindful movement guidance will also be offered by Mark Nunberg to support the continuity of mindfulness, relaxation, concentration and vitality. Based on qigong, the simple movements can be easily done by most people, regardless of age or flexibility.


Suitable for both new and experienced meditators, participants from all walks of life are warmly welcome!

A limited number of Hemera Contemplative Fellowships are available.

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.

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