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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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Drop-In Sittings

The drop-in sittings are an opportunity to support your practice and sit together with other sangha members in a relaxed atmosphere.

Monday and Wednesday drop-in sittings are appropriate for all levels. No need to attend orientation first. The Friday drop-in is recommended for students with some experience because there is no practice leader.

Mondays: Sitting 5:30 - 6:15 pm, discussion 6:15 - 6:45 pm 
Wednesdays: Sitting 7:00 - 7:30 pm, dharma talk 7:35 - 8:30 pm
Fridays: Unguided sitting 5:45-6:30 pm

On Wednesdays, the sitting is followed by a dharma talk by an IPV or guest teacher. Click here for Wednesday Dharma Talk Schedule. If no teacher is available, or the talk takes place on a day other than Wednesday, there will be a regular open sitting led by a practice leader with a discussion afterwards.

On Mondays, there is an optional discussion time for those who would like to participate. A teacher or practice leader will be present to facilitate the evening. (Once every other month, the dharma discussion is replaced by a newcomer orientation as discussed below.)

On Fridays, there is no practice leader and no formal discussion.

There is no fixed fee for the Monday and Friday sittings, but an opportunity to practice dana, or giving, to the Center. On Wednesdays, the suggestion contribution is $7-25 which is split 60/40 between the teacher and the center.


Morning Open Sitting
Thursdays, 7:45 - 8:30 am
Led by a practice leader, we’ll set for 45 minutes and then adjourn for optional tea or coffee downstairs. We will continue each Thursday. After December 20, please check InsightPV home page for updates.

Orientations

Orientations are on the first Monday of every other month and begin with the open sitting at 5:30pm.

Upcoming dates: Feb 5, Apr 2, Jun 4, Aug 6, Oct 1, Dec 3, 2018

The orientation will give you guidance for the silent meditation at the beginning, then provide an overview of Insight PV history, mission, and guiding principles, as well as the basics of insight meditation and sitting posture.

You do not need to attend an Orientation before participating in other events. Feel free to attend any Monday or Wednesday open sitting or many of our retreats or courses (many are labeled "suitable for beginners" or "suitable for all levels"). When you're ready you can then supplement your learning with an Orientation.


Accessibility
In the interest of making our Center accessible to all, we ask that you refrain from using scented body products. The Center is also wheelchair accessible (closest elevator is at the West entrance).

Practice Leaders
Jen Cannon • Candace Cassin • Jenn Delozier • Hal Fales • Ruth Folchman • Catherine Nagel • Leslie Smith Frank • Melissa Tefft • Theresa Vincent • Kim Weeber

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POC SITTING RESUMES!!

Monthly POC Practice, Discussion & Community Group

Wednesdays:
September 19, October 17, November 14, December 12
5:15-6:30pm

A monthly Insight meditation practice, discussion and community group for POC practitioners. All who identify as POC (person of color) are welcome, whether you identify as Buddhist or not, are an experienced or beginner practitioner, or have been interested in learning about meditation.
Please join us!

Facilitated by Insight PV Practice Leader, Theresa Vincent. For further information, contact Theresa theresa.v.holyoke@gmail.com.

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Parent Meditation Group
meditation followed by open discussion
First and Third Sundays: 6:00pm-7:15pm
Jul 1 & 15, Aug 5 & 19,Sep 2 & 16, Oct 7 & 21, Nov 18, Dec 2 & 16, 2018.
Note: no Parents sit on Sunday, November 4, due to Family Gathering on November 3.
If you are a parent, guardian, or grandparent, join us for a meditation followed by a peer-facilitated discussion about parenting and your practice.

Suggestion donation $5-10 each meeting



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Queer & Trans Sitting
First Thursdays; 7:15 - 8:45 pm
Jul 5, Aug 2, Sep 6, Oct 4, Nov 1, Dec 6, 2018

Come and enjoy an evening of mindfulness and sharing with other queer and trans people. We usually meditate for about 30 minutes, and then have a kind and confidential sharing circle. Friends/partners/allies welcome.


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Young Adult Sitting
Third Thursdays; 7:15 - 8:45 pm
Jul 19, Aug 16, Sep 20, Oct 18, Nov 15, Dec 20, 2018

Come join us for a night of sharing and meditation for young adults. After a brief check in, we meditate for about 30 minutes, and then have discussion. We strive to be real, honest, open, vulnerable, inclusive, and kind in a safe container. Any sharing is optional.


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Engaged Buddhism Group ON HOLD
First Sundays; 1:00 - 3:00 pm
No dates currently schedule. Please check back soon.

A group that sits together, engages with readings, talks, etc. on the subject of engaged Buddhism, and creates a space for an engaged Buddhist practice. Location changes will be announced on the InsightPV home page at least one week prior. Formerly Refuge and Resistance.

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Refuge Recovery
Opportunity to practice dana (generosity)
Fridays; 7:00 - 8:00pm
Refuge Recovery is a community of people who are using the practices of Mindfulness, Compassion, Forgiveness and Generosity to heal the pain and suffering that addiction has caused in their lives and/or the lives of loved ones. No prior experience with meditation required.


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Sit and Knit or Not
Drop-in Practice Group
Thursdays: 10:15am - 12:00pm
No dates currently scheduled.

This monthly drop-in session is for practitioners who would like focused practice support time with other sangha members. We will begin with a 30-minute sitting, followed by a brief check-in with participants, and a topical discussion. Knitting and other contemplative handwork* welcome, but not required. (*Handwork should be quiet, allow you to listen and participate, and not be distracting to others.)

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Cancellations for Drop-In Sittings

If there is a question about snow or other weather-related cancellations, please call Insight PV at 413-527-0388 after 3:00 pm and select the cancellation mailbox.