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Eastworks, 2nd Floor
116 Pleasant Street
Suite 242
Easthampton, MA 01027-2755
413-527-0388
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Retreats 

Pre-registration is required for all retreats unless otherwise noted. 

We are a small non-residential retreat center in Western Massachusetts. Please scroll to the bottom of page for logistical information about retreats, registration requirements, cancellation policies, and lunch options.


One day retreat
The Dharma and Difficult Emotions
Michael Grady
Saturday, August 25; 9:30am-4:30pm
Suggested contribution: $25-50 registration + teacher donation

What makes difficult emotions so difficult? We’ll explore this question and the very real potential for transforming our relationship to specific emotions that often generate so much pain and suffering when we are caught by them. By strengthening mindfulness and cultivating a wise and compassionate attitude when we experience emotions such as fear, anxiety, self-judgement, anger, or shame, we can discover greater ease, inner freedom, and discernment in meeting the challenges of everyday life.




Half day retreat
Retreat for Beginners (Isn’t That All of Us?)
Peggy Gillespie
Saturday, October 6; 9:00am - 12:30pm
Suggested contribution: $15-30 registration + teacher donation

If you’ve never meditated before and want to learn about this practice, come. If you’ve meditated for 40 years and want to practice“Beginner’s Mind,” and start fresh, come. Guided meditation instruction, practice periods, time for questions, and discussion about why we practice meditation.

Registration opens by August 10, 2018.



One day retreat
Equanimity
Manny Mansbach
Saturday, October 20; 9:30am-4:30pm
Suggested contribution: $25-50 registration + teacher donation

“Develop a mind that is vast like space, where experiences both pleasant and unpleasant can appear and disappear without conflict, struggle or harm. Rest in a mind like a vast sky.” ~the Buddha

  Given the uncertainty in our lives and the challenging world around us, how do we find and sustain our balance? One answer is that we can develop a heart that is ready for anything. A hallmark of Buddhist practice is working to expand the range of life experiences in which we are free. Equanimity is a reliable wisdom and liberation practice we can establish and nurture to help the mind become firmer and less reactive. When the mind is able to recognize “this is how things are now” with some stability, we can move into decision-making and relationships with greater clarity about when and where we can and can’t effectively influence things. We can be touched by world events and other people, do our absolute best and learn to let go of attachment to outcome.

This daylong is open to beginning and experienced meditators. It will consist of talks, meditations, and discussion about equanimity practice on and off the cushion.
 
“Equanimity teaches us how to stand in the midst of an uncontrollable and uncertain life with a heart that cannot be shattered. What it means to cultivate a mind and heart of boundless stability in the midst of the unstable. To be able to live in a way where we can respond, can be awake. To be awake, yet not drained.” ~Christina Feldman

Registration opens by August 24, 2018.



Half day retreat
Resting in Being
Mark Hart
Saturday, November 17, 9:00am-12:30pm
Suggested contribution: $15-30 registration + teacher donation

The simple practice of noticing and resting in being will be the focus of this half-day workshop/retreat. We will quiet the energies directed to doing, fixing, and becoming and use the senses as a gateway to immediacy of awareness and allowing experience to unfold.

Registration opens by September 21, 2018.



One day retreat
Winter Solstice Retreat
Jesse Maceo Vega-Frey
Saturday, December 22; 9:30am-4:30pm
Suggested contribution: $25-50 registration + teacher donation

Join us for a day of contemplation and silent fellowship as we settle below the hustle and bustle and find nourishment in the stillness at the heart of the season.

Registration opens by October 26, 2018.



Afternoon retreat
New Year's Day Retreat
Rebecca Bradshaw
Tuesday, January 1, 2019; 2:00-6:00pm
Suggested contribution: $15–30 registration + teacher donation

Let's meditate together as our gift to the world, developing mindfulness and loving kindness in our hearts and minds so we can spread it outwardly in our families, with friends, with community, and with our planet. We’ll sit and walk together (instruction provided) and have time to share and support our practice. We’ll end with a potluck dinner together; please bring a vegetarian dish to share. Family and friends are welcome.

Registration opens by November 2, 2018.



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Registration Procedure

Pre-registration is required for all retreats. One week before the retreat, if there are too few pre-registrants, the retreat may be cancelled at the discretion of the teacher. Unless otherwise stated, over-enrolled retreats are first-come, first-served. A note will be placed on the website soon after the retreat 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. Copies of the form are also available at InsightPV. Please complete the form and mail it with your Donation for Registration to InsightPV at the address provided. You may also bring the form with your Donation for Registration to InsightPV if you come to another offering before registration closes.

If you are interested in taking the course/retreat 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 retreat in order to get settled and ready to start.

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.

Lunch
For one-day retreats, it is recommended that you bring a bag lunch so that your retreat is not disrupted. If you cannot bring your lunch, listed below are some restaurants in Easthampton:

Riff's Joint– counter service, eat-in high quality casual food (not a bar, in spite of the name) located right below the Center on the first floor of Eastworks
The Silver Spoon restaurant – traditional American food
Easthampton Diner – traditional diner food
Big E's Supermarket – ready-made and made-to-order sandwiches, hot soups and deli items

Cancellations for Retreats
If there is a question about snow or other weather-related cancellations, please call Insight PV at 413-527-0388 after 6:30 am and select the cancellation mailbox.