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116 Pleasant Street
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Easthampton, MA 01027-2755
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Courses & Retreats

Pre-registration is requested for all courses & retreats. If a week before the start date there are not enough registrants, the teacher has the discretion to cancel, so please register early by clicking the "Register Now" link at the end of the description to register online. There is a suggested registration contribution, and also an opportunity to practice dana to the teachers. See more on registration information and cancellation policies below.

 

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All Open Events  

 


Half-day retreat
Opening the Heart: A Morning of Loving Kindness and Compassion
Kim Weeber
Saturday, June 8; 9:00am-12:30pm
Suggested contribution: $15-30 registration + teacher donation
We will practice meditations that cultivate our natural capacity for an open and loving heart. These practices lead to the development of concentration, happiness, compassion, and a greater ability to accept ourselves and others. This retreat is suitable for both beginners and experienced meditators.



Course
Cultivating Qualities of an Awakened Heart 2
Rebecca Bradshaw
4 Tuesdays, June 18 - July 9; 7:00-8:45pm 
Suggested contribution: $32-80 registration + teacher donation
In this eight-week class offered in two four-week segments, we will explore the ten beautiful qualities known as the paramis, or spiritual perfections. These qualities range from generosity, integrity and patience to love, renunciation and truthfulness, and are said to be the qualities of a fully enlightened one. Daily life practice is a great way to explore nourishing these qualities, strengthening our awakened heart. First session is January 29 - February 26, 7:00-8:45 pm. Each segment can be taken separately.



UPDATED INFORMATION FOR THIS WORKSHOP
One-day exploration
Touching the Earth: Embodied Awareness Practice and Mindfulness
Marlon Barrios Solano
Sunday, June 23; 9:30am-4:30pm
Suggested contribution: $25-50 registration + teacher donation
Mindfulness is a quality of peaceful presence, loving awareness and a “felt sense” of integration, connection and embodiment. The body is the first and most important foundation for the establishment of mindfulness. This workshop offers an opportunity for practicing mindfulness and clearing the mind via the vibrancy of the body’s sensations, spaciousness and peaceful embodied awareness. Using the gift of silence, guided meditations, gentle movement and touch, short discussions, and playful games, we will explore and inquire the spacious, relational and joyful quality of embodied awareness and lovingkindness.
This workshop is open to all levels of meditation practice and types of contemplative inquiry. It is facilitated with sensitivity to trauma. Inquiries marlonb@unstablelandscape.net
No meditation experience required. Bring comfortable clothing.



Half-day retreat
Beyond the Limits of Identity: Boundless Love
Tara Mulay & Devin Berry
Saturday, June 29; 9:00am-12:30pm
Suggested contribution: $15-30 registration + teacher donation
The dharma provides us a path to liberation, to understanding our true nature. Suffering arises when we mistakenly take ourselves to be separate. Letting go of constricting self-views, we taste freedom from suffering and can experience transforming self-compassion. The arising of compassion and wisdom allows us to engage, but know the limits of, the identities we inhabit to advocate for our own and our communities’ liberation. In this morning retreat, we will combine meditation, dharma offerings, and discussion focused on cultivating mindfulness imbued with self-compassion. This retreat is appropriate for all levels of experience.



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This course has been cancelled.
Course
The Brahma Viharas
Candace Cassin
4 Tuesdays, January 8 - 29; 10:15am-12:00pm
Suggested contribution: $32-80 registration + teacher donation
The Brahma Viharas, or Divine Abodes — loving friendliness, compassion, appreciative joy, and equanimity — are qualities of the awakened heart and mind. Sometimes our conditioning makes it difficult to access these qualities, or even to remember and trust them, and it is good to know that we can cultivate them. In this class we will investigate the characteristics of each Brahma Vihara, as well as the “near misses” for each. We will look at formal and informal ways to cultivate them in our practice and our lives. Snow date: Tuesday, Feb 5, 2019.
It might be rescheduled later in the year. We apologize for the inconvenience.



Stay tuned for dates of the next series
Family Series
The Sure Heart : A Buddhist Family Group
Bernadine Mellis
6 Fridays, Dates to be announced, 3:30-5:00
Suggested donation: $48-120 per family center registration

In this weekly group, children and parents/caregivers will gather together to play and explore Buddhist teachings and values in a space of lovingkindness, awareness, and acceptance. We will play games, tell stories, and do simple steadiness-building and heart-cultivating exercises. Mostly we will just be together, taking time to see each other with fresh eyes!

Parents may have a short time to meditate together while children prepare a snack for everyone to share. This is a pilot program. It's designed with younger children, ages 3-6, in mind. However, if you think your older children would benefit, feel free to join us.

STAY TUNED

Please contact Bernadine for more information or with questions.



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Registration Procedure

Pre-registration is required for all courses. One week before the course begins, if there are too few pre-registrants, the course may be cancelled at the discretion of the teacher. Unless otherwise stated, over-enrolled courses are first-come, first-served. A note will be placed on the website soon after the course is full to indicate that a Wait List has been started. Please pre-register to hold a place on the Wait List.

Please, pre-register for retreats on-line by clicking on the words "Register now!" below the course or retreat for which you wish to register. Follow the instructions provided at each step.

You may also download a hardcopy Pre-registration Form for Courses and Retreats by clicking Here. Please complete the form and mail it with your Donation for Registration to Insight PV at the address provided. You may also bring the form with your Donation for Registration to Insight PV if you come to another offering before registration closes.

If you are interested in taking a course but have not pre-registered by one week before the start, please pre-register anyway or send an email expressing your interest to registration@insightpv.org. We will refund donations for any offerings that cancel. You may register at the door, IF the course is not full or has not been cancelled.

On-line pre-registration and pre-payment is strongly encouraged, but Insight PV continues its policy of welcoming all, no matter their financial situation. If the suggested contribution is beyond your means, please just let us know for our own income-tracking purposes. If your funds are very limited, please save them for a contribution to the Teacher.

Please, plan to arrive 15 minutes before the start time for the course in order to get settled and ready to start.

If you cannot make the first class you may have an opportunity to sign up, space permitting, at the second class. Courses are offered as a series of classes. For the purposes of building community among the partipants and continuity in the offering, courses are not open on a drop-in basis.

Registration and Teacher Donations

Insight PV suggests donation ranges for each course and retreat to help support the Center, paying for rent, phone, and administration. Teachers and community dharma leaders at Insight PV are not paid for leading courses and retreats. While a dollar amount is not specified for a Teacher Donation, we encourage you to consider making a contribution equal to or greater than the Suggested Donation for Registration. In this way, you support the teacher’s livelihood and the Buddhist tradition of offering the teachings freely.

For each retreat, course, or open sitting, please take a moment to reflect on the value of the offering to you and make an appropriate donation. Insight PV continues its policy of welcoming all, no matter their financial situation. If the Suggested Donation is beyond your means, please just let us know when you register. If your funds are very limited, please save them for a contribution to the Teacher.

Open sittings have no suggested donation, but a box or basket is available for your donations to Insight PV and/or the teacher. All forms of generosity are welcome at Insight PV. Please consider donating your time to help your Center continue to operate with open arms.

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Carpooling
You may want to consider ridesharing to an event or ongoing class. Martin Urbel coordinates ridesharing to Insight PV events. If you are interested, please contact him at urbel@comcast.net.

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Cancellations for Insight PV Classes

If a class is cancelled because of bad weather or teacher illness and cannot be replaced, participants will be offered a refund.  If there is a question about snow or other weather-related cancellations, please call Insight PV at 413-527-0388 and check the Cancellation Mailbox after 3:00 pm.  Also, the Calendar on the website will list that a class is cancelled.