Your Life Is Your Practice: Insight Meditation Weekend

Registration for this retreat is closed

Registration is closed for this retreat.
August 25 - August 27, 2023 (Friday to Sunday)

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

Given the strong interest in this retreat, we are also now offering an online version that will include remote access to all talks and sits in the meditation hall, as well as the opportunity to participate in the Question and Response session with Narayan. (Note that there is no practice discussion for this retreat.) Please click here for more information and to register. If you have questions about the online option, email IMS Online at .

Insight meditation (
vipassana in Pali, the language of the original Buddhist teachings) is the simple and direct practice of moment-to-moment mindfulness. Through careful and sustained observation, we experience for ourselves the ever-changing flow of the mind/body process. This awareness leads us to accept more fully the pleasure and pain, fear and joy, sadness and happiness that life inevitably brings. As insight deepens, we develop greater equanimity and peace in the face of change, and wisdom and compassion increasingly become the guiding principles of our lives.

The Buddha first taught vipassana over 2,500 years ago. The various methods of this practice have been well preserved in the Theravada tradition of Buddhism. This silent weekend course, suitable for both beginning and experienced meditators, is rooted in this ancient and well-mapped path to awakening, and draws on the full spectrum of this tradition’s lineages.

An optional daily period of mindful movement will be offered by Juan Sosa.

A limited number of Hemera Contemplative Fellowships are available. You are welcome to apply even if you are already confirmed or waitlisted for this retreat.

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.