Why not find freedom and liberation right here, right now? Through grounding ourselves in the teaching and practices that the Buddha offered, we can stand solidly on the path of freedom. Present in our bodies and connected to the earth, we can be held and graced by the dhamma, the practice, and the ancestors.
Our ancestors made great sacrifices and stayed the course. We honor their memory. Because of them, we know and understand suffering in our bones. The Buddha’s teachings support us in reclaiming the bits and pieces of our histories, and help us to integrate the wisdom of the heart and mind into our lives. In this way, we will bring wholeness and connection for ourselves and for the collective.
We arrive at this retreat to reclaim our freedom of mind, our sovereignty of body and the liberation of the heart. There will be rest, there will be renewal, there will be rejuvenation!
By engaging with various practices, by listening to the dhamma and by being together in sangha, we will cultivate awareness, clarity, understanding and kindness. We can transform any sense of being bound or disempowered as together we decondition and decolonize the mind/heart. Over time, this can lead us to the joy and peace that only come through a heart and mind filled with wisdom and love.
An optional daily period of mindful movement will be offered by Lissa Edmond.
PREREQUISITE: We invite Black, Indigenous and all People of Color (BIPOC) who have been undertaking study and practice for at least three years and have sat three or more 5-7 day retreats to join us for this retreat. At least two of these retreats must be residential; one can have been online.
Please be sure to fill out the application sections asking for any meditation and retreat experience, as this information will be helpful to the teachers. Where applicable, include details of the retreats, including teachers’ names, dates, location and length of the retreat.
Our wish is to make this retreat accessible to anyone who would like to participate. We offer a You Choose fee option for this course, charging a minimum of just $25 per night (i.e. $200 minimum total). Those who can contribute more, however, help IMS to continue providing financial aid to as many people as possible. Don't let cost be an obstacle: as long as there is space in the retreat, we will find a way for you to attend.
Free bus transportation is provided on a first-come, first-served basis between New York City and IMS. You can reserve a seat when you complete your registration.
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.