Finding Freedom Through Insight Meditation Retreat
Saturday & Sunday, October 14th and 15th, 2023
This two-day silent meditation retreat offers the unique opportunity to practice Insight Meditation—a simple and direct practice based on moment-to-moment awareness, a technique that opens the heart and clears the mind. This will be an opportunity to practice continuous mindfulness in silence throughout the day—in sitting and walking meditation. In the silence we are freed from much of the daily barrage of stimulus that draws our attention outward, letting us delve deeply inward. Learning to be aware of our experience from a place of stillness and equanimity allows us to see more clearly, and as insight deepens, compassion and wisdom can arise.
This two-day retreat is for both beginners and experienced practitioners. Participants will participate in formal sitting and walking mindfulness meditation practice, with mindful silence throughout the day. Please bring your own lunch.
Register By: October 3, 2023
There is NO FEE for this retreat. The teachings of the Buddha have been sustained by the 2,500 year old tradition of dana, a Pali word meaning “generosity. Our teachers receive no compensation for their services. Retreatants are encouraged to support them by offering donations to them at the retreat’s end. In the act of giving, we develop our ability to let go, cultivate a spirit of caring, and honor our inter-connectedness.
Registration is Required by October 3, 2023.
Retreat Registration Form
Any applications received after the end of registration will be admitted as room permits.
A lottery will be used to select retreatants. The lottery will occur 10 days prior to the retreat (October 4th.) Those not selected can be placed on the Waiting List. If an applicant is not selected in the lottery after applying for a retreat, the probability of getting accepted increases with each subsequent retreat they apply for in the future.
Our weekend retreat will require the support of many volunteers. Some of the jobs may include directing parking, helping participants sign in, co-managing, etc… Please let us know if you are able to volunteer, and the best way to contact you. Thank you.
Brian Lesage has practiced Buddhist meditation since 1988 and has taught meditation since 2000. He has studied in the Zen, Theravada and Tibetan schools of Buddhism. He was ordained in the Rinzai Zen tradition in 1996. His training in Vipassana Meditation includes doing extended meditation retreats in Myanmar (Burma), Nepal, and India as well as numerous retreats in the U.S. He leads retreats and teaches meditation courses nationwide. Brian also has a private practice in Somatic Experiencing, which is a naturalistic approach to healing trauma.
Details & Location:
This is a non-residential retreat. Additional information about the retreat, including the location and what to bring, will be provided to all participants who register. Please bring your own lunch.
In the spirit of supporting our practice together and our care for everyone in our community, including extended contacts, we want to avoid transmission of any disease and minimize risk to more vulnerable persons as much as possible. We ask community members not to join if they have cold symptoms, or have had possible exposure to Covid-19 in the 2 weeks prior to this retreat.
Face coverings will most likely be optional and not mandatory.
We will continue to monitor the local situation and guidelines. We will update our policies if needed upon review.
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