Teaching – USA

USA: October  – December 2017

October 25 – December 5: co-teaching six-week retreat

28 September 2017 Update: due to last-minute cancellations, a few places are now available
Insight Meditation Society 1230 Pleasant St Barre MA 01005
phone: +1 978-355-4378
To register:

USA: January 22 – February 12 2018

February 2-11: co-teaching nine-day retreat with Joseph Goldstein IMS

Insight Meditation Society 1230 Pleasant St Barre MA 01005
phone: +1 978-355-4378

A lottery will be conducted for this retreat. Registrations are due by October 17, 2017.

The Path to Awakening: Insight Meditation retreat

Insight meditation (vipassana in Pali, the language of the original Buddhist teachings) is the simple and direct practice of moment-to-moment mindfulness. Through careful and sustained observation, we experience for ourselves the ever-changing flow of the mind/body process. This awareness leads us to accept more fully the pleasure and pain, fear and joy, sadness and happiness that life inevitably brings. As insight deepens, we develop greater equanimity and peace in the face of change, and wisdom and compassion increasingly become the guiding principles of our lives.

The Buddha first taught vipassana over 2,500 years ago. The various methods of this practice have been well preserved in the Theravada tradition of Buddhism. This silent retreat, suitable for both beginning and experienced meditators, is rooted in this ancient and well-mapped path to awakening, and draws on the full spectrum of this tradition’s lineages.

An optional daily period of yoga will be offered by Eowyn Ahlstrom.

Sliding Scale Fees: Benefactor: $1,980; Sustaining: $1,225; Mid: $945; Base: $665; Scholarship: $400, $350, $305

To register: https://www.dharma.org/retreat-description/?id=464

February 24 – March 3: co-teaching seven-day retreat with Gil Fronsdal IRC

Insight Retreat Center 1906 Glen Canyon Drive Santa Cruz CA 95060

A silent mindfulness retreat with alternating sitting and walking meditation, instruction, dharma talks, work meditation, and practice discussion with the teachers. Suitable for both beginners and experienced practitioners.

FAQ – APPLY ONLINE – Registration opens October 24, 2017 – please check back then –  or Register for Carpooling
  • Note: Your application and $200 deposit must by received by 11/14/17 to be entered into the lottery. Applicants will be notified in late November if they have been Accepted or are on the Waiting List. Subsequent applications will be added to the Waiting List.
  • Questions: Contact the Registrar (email preferred), Kristen Kenedy, kristen@insightretreatcenter.org or 650-206-9460

USA: October-December 2018

October 23 – December 4: co-teaching six-week retreat IMS

Insight Meditation Society 1230 Pleasant St Barre MA 01005
phone: +1 978-355-4378


Rebecca Bradshaw, Greg Scharf, Winnie Nazarko, Brian Lesage, DaRa Williams & Jill Shepherd


Sliding Scale Fees

Benefactor: $9,240; Sustaining: $5,710; Mid: $4,265; Base: $2,820; Scholarship: $1,850, $1,630, $1,410

Prerequisite is two silent retreats of a week or more with recognized insight meditation teachers. Please document this experience, including teachers’ names, dates and length of courses when registering. 

Includes optional yoga once a week.

A limited number of You Choose fee spaces are available for people of color, young adults (18-32 year olds), and other experienced retreatants in financial need. This means you can establish your own retreat fee, based on your financial means. A minimum of $20 per night, or $840 for six weeks, is required. Email registration@dharma.org to apply.


December 5-31: co-teaching one-month retreat with Caroline Jones

Forest Refuge 97 Lockwood Road Barre MA 01005
phone: +1 978-355-2063
To register: