August 6, 2020

Down to Earth Dharma: Buddhism from a Feminine Paradigm

Down to Earth Dharma: Buddhism from a Feminine Paradigm

Rebecca Bradshaw, Roxanne Dault and Shelly Graf

Friday, October 2 – Wednesday, October 7
People of all gender identities are warmly invited to participate in this retreat approaching the teachings of the Buddha through our experience of what is known as the feminine archetype: by way of immanence, embodiment, the felt, the intuitive, and the sacred. Rather than striving in our spiritual practice to transcend this world, we will honor and explore our deep embeddedness in life on this earth.
Through sense embodiment and deep interest in life as it unfolds, the contractions that bind us will have space to dissolve. This will grant our hearts and minds the freedom to come into intimate connection with ourselves, other people, animals, plants, and all life. From this abiding presence, we can then respond to life’s challenges with greater understanding and compassion.
The retreat will include vipassana (insight) and metta (loving-kindness) meditations and instructions, dharma talks about the Buddha’s teachings,  and group meetings with the teachers to discuss your practice. A daily optional session of guided mindful movement will be offered by Sabra Saperstein. During the retreat, participants will be encouraged to relate with the natural world and to nourish themselves through connecting with beauty.

Registration gives you access to the livestream event as well as unlimited access to each recorded session through our replay library.

Cost is sliding-scale: $200, $325, or $500. Registration fees support the Insight Meditation Society’s work online and at our physical retreat centers in Barre, MA.

Financial Assistance is available. We welcome you to reach out, nobody will be turned away for lack of funds. To inquire, please email imsonline@dharma.org.

A note on dana (generosity)
Most IMS teachers—like insight teachers around the world—rely on the generosity of students for their livelihood and receive no compensation from course fees. All IMS online teachers are offered a dana guarantee by IMS to ensure they receive a minimum level of financial support for this offering. (Click here to learn more about the dana practice.) There will be an opportunity for you to offer a contribution to teachers at the end of this course.

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Daily Schedule – all times listed in Eastern Daylight Time (EDT):
Note: all sessions (except meeting groups and movement) will be recorded and posted so you can view later if you miss the livestream.

Friday, October 2
4 pm – 5:30 pm – Opening Session – Rebecca, Roxanne, Shelly, Sabra
7:15 pm – 8 pm – Guided Meditation – Shelly

Saturday, October 3
9 am – 10 am –  Meditation & Instructions – Rebecca
10:15 am – 11:15 am – Meeting Groups –  all teachers
2 pm – 3 pm – Metta Meditation – Roxanne
3:15 pm – 4:15 pm – Movement with Sabra
7 pm – 8 pm – Dharma Talk – Rebecca

Sunday, October 4
9 am – 10 am –  Meditation & Instructions – Shelly
10:15 am – 11:15 am – Meeting Groups –  all teachers
2 pm – 3 pm – Metta Meditation – Rebecca
3:15 pm – 4:15 pm – Movement with Sabra
7 pm – 8 pm – Dharma Talk – Roxanne

Monday, October 5
9 am – 10 am –  Meditation & Instructions – Rebecca
10:15 am – 11:15 am – Meeting Groups –  all teachers
2 pm – 3 pm – Metta Meditation – Shelly
3:15 pm – 4:15 pm – Movement with Sabra
7 pm – 8 pm – Dharma Talk – Rebecca

Tuesday, October 6
9 am – 10 am –  Meditation & Instructions – Roxanne
10:15 am – 11:15 am – Meeting Groups –  all teachers
2 pm – 3 pm – Metta Meditation – Rebecca
3:15 pm – 4:15 pm – Movement with Sabra
7 pm – 8 pm – Dharma Talk – Shelly

Wednesday, October 7
9 am – 10 am –  Meditation & Instructions – Rebecca
10:45 am – 12:15 pm – Meditation & Closing Session – Rebecca, Roxanne, Shelly, Sabra

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Teacher Bios

Rebecca Bradshaw, a Guiding Teacher of the Insight Meditation Society, has been practicing Vipassana meditation since 1983 in the United States and Myanmar (Burma) and teaching since 1993. She completed her dharma teacher training at Insight Meditation Society, where she is part of the three-month retreat teacher team, leads retreats for young adults, and serves as a member of the diversity committee. She also teaches at other locations in the United States and abroad, including Spanish language retreats. Rebecca emphasizes a body-centered approach to meditation, supplemented with large doses of loving kindness. Rebecca has a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC).

Roxanne Dault has been dedicated to this practice since 2006, sitting long silent retreats both in Asia and in the West. A teacher at True North Insight in Canada, she is also trained in Somatic Experiencing®, a body-mind approach aimed at relieving the symptoms of trauma. Roxanne also serves on the Board of Directors of Insight World Aid. She speaks French, English and is learning her ancestors’ language, Anishinaabemowin. Currently, she is participating in the 2017-2021 IMS Teacher Training Program.

Shelly Graf started their meditation practice in 2004 at Common Ground Meditation Center. Since 2010, they’ve taught this practice to young adults, in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction classes, and at meditation retreats. They are a participant in the 2017-2021 IMS Teacher Training Program.

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