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Eastworks, 2nd Floor
116 Pleasant Street
Suite 242
Easthampton, MA 01027-2755
413-527-0388
general@insightpv.org
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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.


Registrations for Winter/Spring events will open soon. See all currently open events by clicking the "Register Now" button below:

All Open Events



One Day Retreat
Winter Solstice Retreat
Jesse Vega
Sunday, December 17; 9:30am-4:30pm
Suggested donation: $25-40 registration plus 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. 



NEW OFFERING!
New Years Day Retreat and Pot Luck
Reconnecting with the Paramis
Manny Mansbach
Monday, January 1, 2018
12:30-4:30pm, with a light potluck from 4:30-5:15
Regular Monday night sitting at 5:30
Suggested donation: $15-25 registration + teacher donation

Come spend New Years Day afternoon with your fellow sangha members as we reaffirm our commitment to the Paramis, the Buddha’s building blocks of goodness. The Paramis, sometimes referred to as the Ten Perfections of the Heart, can also be seen as the necessary ingredients for the recipe of an awakened heart.

How many of the Paramis can you name offhand without looking at a list? Many dharma students will remember that the list includes generosity and boundless friendliness, but how much consideration have you given to truthfulness and patience and resolve in the context of this practice?

In these challenging and sometimes demoralizing times of bewilderment, structural violence and crisis, we can reconnect with the basics of the path, renewing our faith in the heart’s ability to blossom and awaken. Together we will affirm our own capacity to turn away from delusion, aversion and attachment and toward establishing our lives in wholesome qualities such as wisdom, integrity and equanimity.

REGISTER NOW!




Weekend Retreat
Navigating Our Lives with the
Three Jeweled Compass of a Buddha
A Non Residential Retreat for Young Adults (ages 19-35)
Jean Esther 
Friday - Saturday, January 19-20
Friday 7-9pm; Saturday 10am-5pm + Pot Luck Dinner 
Suggested contribution: $35-55 registration + teacher donation

The three jewels of the Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha are refuges that can support us throughout our lives from early adulthood through our elder years. Drawing from our own BuddhaNature, Wisdom teachings, and spiritual friendship, this retreat will be an opportunity for both experienced and new practitioners of meditation to come together, re-charge ourselves spiritually, and investigate and re-discover how these teachings can guide and support us in both the beautiful and challenging aspects of our lives.

Silent sitting, walking and movement meditation, dharma talks, group inquiry and discussion, and an opportunity to share a meal will fill out our time together. No previous experience necessary. Pre-registration essential before January 9. Please bring your own lunch and a dish to share for pot luck dinner.




One Day Retreat
Shining the Light of Awareness on Fear, Part 1
Michael Grady
Sunday, January 28; 9:30am - 4:30pm
Suggested contribution: $25-40 registration + teacher donation
Within the framework of the Buddha’s teaching on the Four Noble Truths and drawing on the methods grounded in Insight meditation, we will explore ways to respond to fear with equanimity, wisdom and compassion whenever this habit arises in our lives. By including the many expressions of fear such as anxiety, worry, and self-doubt in the field of dharma practice, we can heal and liberate our hearts and minds from the burden and limitations of living a fear-based life. Emphasis in Part 1 will be strengthening mindfulness, compassion, and calm when fear arises. Parts 1 & 2 can be taken individually or as a series.
Registration opens by Wednesday, December 13.



Community Non-Residential Retreat
Rebecca Bradshaw and Jean Esther
Friday evening - Sunday lunch, February 9 - 11
Friday 7:00-9:00pm; Saturday 9:00am-8:00pm; Sunday 9:00am - 2:00pm
Suggested contribution: $60-110 registration + teacher donation
Location: 120 Pulpit Hill Rd, Amherst, MA 01002
Come join the Insight PV Community in our annual non-residential retreat together. Joining with the awakening quality of early spring, we will dedicate ourselves to developing mindfulness, wisdom, and lovingkindness in our hearts and minds. This retreat will provide a chance to share time with sangha and support each other on the path. We will engage in sitting and walking meditation, dharma talks, discussion periods and small group meetings with a teacher.
Registration opens by Wednesday, December 20.



Half day retreat
Opening the Heart: A Morning of Loving Kindness and Compassion
Kim Weeber
Saturday, March 3; 9:30am - 12:30pm
Suggested contribution: $15-25 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.
Registration opens by Wednesday, January 31, 2018.



Half Day Retreat
Retreat for Beginners (Isn’t that All of Us?)
Peggy Gillespie
Sunday, March 11; 9:00am-12:30pm
Suggested contribution: $15-25 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 Wednesday, January 31, 2018.



Presentation/Slide Show
I Will Not Pass Away: Reinstating the Buddha’s Vision of the Four-Fold Sangha
Mindy Zlotnick
Saturday, April 7; 10:00am - 12:00pm
Suggested contribution: $7-25 registration + presenter donation
Due to political and cultural decisions, a strong female monastic presence disappeared for almost 1000 years. The revival of the bhikkhuni sangha in the Theravada tradition began about 30 years ago and has spread throughout the world. This colorful and informative PowerPoint presentation is an overview of the history of the Buddha’s vision of the four-fold sangha, and how women were an integral part of this vision. It presents the history of Theravada Bhikkhunis (fully ordained Buddhist nuns) from the time of the Buddha until present day, using the Aloka Vihara Forest Monastery nuns as an example of a group of pioneering women who are helping to revive the lineage.
Registration opens by Wednesday, February 28, 2018.



One day retreat
Shining the Light of Awareness on Fear, Part 2
Michael Grady
Saturday, April 14; 9:30am - 4:30pm
Suggested contribution: $25-40 registration + teacher donation
Within the framework of the Buddha’s teaching on the Four Noble Truths and drawing on the methods grounded in Insight meditation, we will explore ways to respond to fear with equanimity, wisdom and compassion whenever this habit arises in our lives. By including the many expressions of fear such as anxiety, worry, and self-doubt in the field of dharma practice, we can heal and liberate our hearts and minds from the burden and limitations of living a fear-based life. Emphasis in Part 2 will be strengthening mindfulness, equanimity, and inquiry when fear arises. Parts 1 & 2 can be taken individually or as a series.
Registration opens by February 28, 2018.



One day retreat
Harvesting the Messengers: How Contemplating Change, Loss and Death Can Help Us Live Wonderfully
Manny Mansbach
Saturday, April 28; 9:30am - 4:30pm
Suggested contribution: $25-40 registration + teacher donation

“Love and death are the great gifts that are given to us; mostly they are passed on unopened.” --Rainer Maria Rilke

All of us face uncertainty and seemingly catastrophic, unwelcome change in our lives. Our conditioned response is to turn way, to avoid the certainty of loss, of both small and final deaths. Studying our relationship to what are known as the Four Heavenly Messengers (sickness, aging, death and a person representing the holy life), can help us see how we contribute to our own suffering (“rope-burn”).

Instead of regarding loss and death as enemies, and denying or tightening our grip on what is ungovernable, we can train to become more intimate with the truth of change, meeting life and its challenges with more softness and friendliness, with greater ease and grace.

This day will include dharma talks, silent practice, small-group exercises and discussion. Best suited to people who have done some basic practice, but all are welcome.

Registration opens by Wednesday, March 28, 2018.



Half or Full Day Retreat
Exploring the Flavors of Compassion
Rebecca Bradshaw
Saturday, June 2; 9:00am - 12:30pm or 4:30pm
Suggested contribution: $15-40 registration + teacher donation
In this half-day experiential retreat, we will explore the essence of compassion, allowing ourselves to integrate on physical, emotional, and energetic levels its depths and how it expresses itself. We will investigate common misunderstandings about compassion and enjoy the power and connection that true compassion embodies. Choosing the full day option will give more chance to practice these different aspects of compassion and to participate in group discussion.
Registration opens by Wednesday, March 28, 2018.



One day retreat
Insight Dialogue: Awakening Together Under the Bodhi Tree
Jan Surrey and Florence Meleo-Meyer
Saturday, June 30; 9:30am - 4:30pm
Suggested contribution: $25-40 registration + teacher donation
This retreat will introduce the meditation guidelines of Insight Dialogue and offer an opportunity to explore the possibilities of a fully engaged co-meditation practice. We will explore the origins of suffering within relationship as well as the great potential of cultivating together in relationships the mental factors of awakening, including mindfulness, concentration, equanimity and loving kindness. We will investigate Speaking and Listening as meditative practices held and nourished by the deep foundation of silent practice.
Registration opens by Wednesday, April 25, 2018.



POSTPONED - new date to be determined
One Day Retreat ☸
Love, Separation, Loss, and the Wanting Mind
Adi Bemak
Saturday, November 4; 9:30am-4:30pm
Suggested contribution: $25-40 registration + teacher donation
The Buddha instructs us to use the Five Reflections on aging, illness, death, and separation as a background for a fifth reflection: the power of one’s actions to shape one’s experience. In this day-long retreat we will look closely at our experiences of how love and the wanting mind can both deter and inform us as we practice the truth of the changing nature of our lives. We will sit and walk in silence, and take time to talk with each other, exploring the range of our life experiences. All welcome.
STAY TUNED FOR NEW DATE.



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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.