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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 September events are now open. See all currently open events by clicking the "Register Now" button below:

All Open Events



Half Day Retreat
Coming Together in Sacred LGBTQI Community
Jean Esther
Saturday, September 30; 9:00am - 12:30pm
Suggested contribution: $15-25 registration + teacher donation
How do we experience peace and/or it’s absence? This half day retreat is an opportunity to share in spiritual practice together and to investigate the Buddha’s teachings on liberation. Through silent sitting and walking meditation, dharma reflections, and shared discussion, we will work with this salient question. Open to new and experienced meditators. Feel free to bring your own lunch if you wish to hang out afterwards for informal time together till 1:15pm.



One Day Retreat
Standing Up With Wisdom and Compassion: Engaged Buddhist Response on Behalf of the Earth and All Sentient Beings
Manny Mansbach
Saturday, October 7; 9:30am-4:00pm
Suggested contribution: $25-40 registration + teacher donation

“As Buddhists, holding true to the radical edge of the Buddha’s own life, we have much to offer at this time, particularly when we align with faith communities and activists who seek to inform a response that deescalates our divisive consciousness.” –Thanissara

Inspired by Time to Stand Up: An Engaged Buddhist Manifesto for Our Earth, by Thanissara, a senior dharma teacher who spent years as a nun and student of the Thai Master Ajahn Chah. Purchasing and reading some of this book prior to the class is encouraged but not required.

In Thanissara’s view, awakening is seen not only as cultivating beneficial mind states, but also involves co-creating an emergent wise and loving responsiveness to the conditions of our world. Thanissara exhorts us to move beyond being “simply traditionalists and good meditators” to create and sustain new forms of beloved community in our meditation sanghas and with others. She asks us to consider what role the Buddhist sangha will have in advocating for a sustainable future and a just society?

“Buddhism is being challenged: what can we who call ourselves Buddhists offer from all our practice, in response to a world in crisis? And what value is all this meditation and mindfulness if we just sit by and let the world burn? …As humane and ethical uprisings increase, sitting on the sideline does not honor the Buddha’s example. Instead there has to be a reconfiguration of how we hold and engage Buddhist practice…. Our awakening journey is no longer a solo, privileged occupation…my invitation is to widen the scope of our Dharma practice to include all beings who are abused and marginalized, within and around us, for the sake of our burning world.” Together, we’ll explore how we can more fully integrate our inner practice with deepening attention and skillful response to social, racial and environmental justice.




Half Day Retreat ☸
Aren’t All of Us Beginning Meditators?
Peggy Gillespie
Saturday, October 21; 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.



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.
Registration opens by September 30.



Half Day Retreat ☸
Finding Ease in the Face of Illness
Kim Weeber
Saturday, November 11; 9:30am–12:00pm
Suggested contribution: $15-25 registration + teacher donation
 
All of us become ill at times, and many of us at some point in our lives will face a serious illness. As much as we have heard about unsatisfactoriness and impermanence, when our life plans are turned upside down, we often react in ways that cause more suffering. We will look at ways in which we can come to terms with illness, learn more compassion for ourselves and acceptance of what is happening.  Suitable for everyone.
Registration opens by September 30.



Half Day Retreat
The Back of the Heart
Mark Hart
Saturday, November 18; 9:00am-12:30pm
Suggested contribution: $15-25 registration + teacher donation
This half day retreat will focus on bringing energy from the head and our identification with thinking down into the heart center. As we learn to rest in the back of the heart we find a place less confused with the emotional issues and affection for particular other with which the front-heart is preoccupied, and a place with easier access to resting in Awareness itself, the ground of the mind.
Registration opens by September 30.



One Day Retreat
Liberation Through Anger
Lama Rod Owens
Saturday, December 2; 9:30am - 4:30pm
Suggested contribution: $25-40 registration + teacher donation

Many of us struggle with anger and aggression. Sometimes we are aware of our anger but often we are out of touch with how anger manifests in most parts of our lives. The Buddha taught that anger was a form of aversion, a direct effort to avoid a certain situation. Historically and of late, we have witnessed how anger gives way to violence. Unfortunately, we seem to be surrounded by this negative energy in our homes, workplaces, and schools. How do we begin working with this energy in our practice, enabling us to transform anger in our minds and in our environments into peace? How do we understand that anger is actually an important teacher for us? In the retreat, we will explore the nature of anger through dharma talks, meditation practice, dyads, discussion, and simple movement.
Registration opens by September 30.



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. 
Registration opens by September 30.



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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.