October 22, 2020

Women of Color Retreat: Cultivating Wisdom and Self-Care in These Modern Times


We’re thrilled to offer this meditation retreat that will create a space of ease and support to share experiences and explore powerful tools to overcome the conditioning of neglected self-care so often experienced by women of color. The retreat will be taught by DaRa Williams, Tuere Sala, and Nakawe Berrios Cuebas, and begins on Wednesday, November 18, at 4 pm EST. Lissa Edmond will offer mindful movement.

Learn and deepen body, breath, and heart practices that can be incorporated into your daily life, supporting a sense of balance and harmony. Open to beginners and experienced meditators alike, this is a spacious retreat to learn, practice, and rejuvenate in community.

This page includes the retreat schedule and Zoom information. Retreat resources provided by the teachers, if any, will also be posted on this page.

If you haven’t done so already, please register for this retreat here. If you have questions, please email us at imsonline@dharma.org.

Retreat 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 receive a modest dana advance from IMS to guarantee a minimum level of financial support. (Click here to learn more about the dana practice.)

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Note: All times are Eastern Standard Time and can be adjusted for your own time zone and individual circumstances. To join these sessions, click the corresponding links, below. All sessions (except group practice meetings and movement sessions) will be recorded and posted for viewing later if you miss one. Links for all recorded sessions are located after the Meditation Hall Hours, below.

Wednesday, November 18—Opening Day

4:00 – 6:00 pm—Opening Session

Thursday, November 19 – Friday, November 20

10:00 – 10:45 am—Guided body meditation with instructions

1:00 – 3:00 pm—Dharma talk and guided meditation

4:00 – 5:30 pm—Group practice meetings

4:00 – 5:00 pm—Optional mindful movement (for those not in groups)

7:00 – 8:00 pm—Guided Brahma Vihara meditation (includes restorative movement with Lissa)

Saturday, November 21—Closing Day


10:00 – 10:45 am—Instructions and guided meditation


12:00 – 1:30 pm—Closing Session

Meditation Hall Hours (Thursday and Friday only)

11:00 am – 1:00 pm—Open sitting period

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm—Open sitting period

Session Recordings

Wednesday, November 18
Opening session (Passcode: kPa+5a=f)

Thursday, November 19
Guided body meditation with instructions (Passcode: .4F1bk^8)
Dharma talk and guided meditation (Passcode: 2?S6VW*x)
Guided Brahma Vihara meditation (Passcode: XByU.wt9)

Friday, November 20
Guided body meditation with instructions (no recording)
Dharma talk and guided meditation (Passcode: 0EK!bQFL)
Guided Brahma Vihara meditation (no recording)

Saturday, November 21
Instructions and guided meditation (Passcode: 2H%D*ew.)
Closing session (Passcode: 88CT^nZ%)

Retreat Resources

Expanded Retreat Schedule

How Does an Online Retreat Work?

Manzanita Village Refuges & Precepts

Gentle Seated Mindful Movement (Lissa Edmond)

Post-Retreat Resources

Online Mindfulness and Dharma for People of Color

Teaching team contact information and schedules

Retreat Sangha Contact Form—closed Monday, November 30; no longer available

Zoom FAQ

Does it cost anything to use Zoom for this retreat?

No. Simply click the meeting links in the schedule above to participate. If you haven’t downloaded the Zoom app, no worries—you will be prompted to download and install Zoom when you click a link listed above. (A basic Zoom license is free.)

Will I be seen and heard by other participants during this online retreat?

All participants have the option of being seen and heard. If you’re sensitive about being seen, you can simply turn off your video when the session begins. We recommend that your name be visible so your fellow retreatants know you are present. Please plan to have your mic muted, unless you are invited to speak or the teachers offer other instructions.

Will Zoom work internationally?

You can start or join a meeting from any international location using:
PC, Mac, & Linux
Android & iOS
H.323/SIP devices
Telephone dial-in

Are there any countries or regions where Zoom doesn’t work?

Yes. Users in certain  countries or regions are unable to access Zoom series for regulatory reasons, such as Belarus, Burundi, Central African Republic, Cuba, the Congo, Iran, Iraq, etc. For more information, refer to the US government’s list of sanctioned countries.