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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 ☸
Retreat for Beginners (Isn't that all of us?)
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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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. 



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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.