Due to Covid, this retreat is NOW FULLY ON-LINE and there are just a couple of places available
This eight-day on-line retreat offers a rare opportunity to connect with one of the most highly-respected insight teachers in the US, Gil Fronsdal.
Option 1: Online retreat
Held in silence and grounded in the practice of mindfulness, each day, there will be sessions of guided and silent sitting meditation, walking meditation, dharma talks, and practice discussion with the teachers.
Gil will offer daily practice instructions each morning NZT, and a dharma talk in the early afternoon via Zoom. Jill will give a short evening dharma talk and provide other support as needed.
Participants who can commit to attending most of the sessions each day are invited to choose this option, which gives them two individual practice discussions with Gil online.
Option 2: Audit option
A small number of places will be available for people to join the retreat online as auditors, following the same retreat schedule at home and at a minimum, attending all three instruction sessions each day.
The audit option allows people to join Gil’s on-line teaching sessions via Zoom and to have access to recordings of the talks and guided meditations.
Auditors will not have individual practice discussions with Gil, but there will be two optional opportunities to meet with Jill for a small group practice discussion on Zoom.
Teachers: Gil Fronsdal (USA), supported by Jill Shepherd (NZ)
Gil Fronsdal is the founding teacher, and a co-guiding teacher at the Insight Meditation Center in Redwood City, California and the Insight Retreat Center in Santa Cruz, California. He has been teaching since 1990. Gil has practiced Zen and Vipassana since 1975 and has a Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies from Stanford. He is a husband and father of two boys.
Jill Shepherd is the founding teacher of Auckland Insight. See her bio here.
Experience level: This retreat is best suited to people who have done at least two previous insight meditation two-day residential retreats or equivalent.
Retreat fees: $100 + dana*
Cancellation policy: The payment is refundable up to thirty days before the retreat begins. If you cancel after this time, the retreat cost will be forfeited and used to help provide scholarship places.
If we have to cancel the retreat due to Covid-19, you will receive a full refund.
*Dāna: In most Buddhist traditions the teachers are not paid to teach. Instead, the teachings are given on a ‘dāna’ basis – dana being the Pali word for generosity or giving freely – so there will be an opportunity to offer a donation for the teaching at the end of the event.