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15th Anniversary People of Color Retreat (6 days)

July 18 – 24, 2017 (Tuesday to Monday)

There may be rides available for this retreat. You can also offer a ride. Click here to view the listings.

This retreat is full with a long waitlist. To be added to the list, submit a registration and deposit.

This year, we celebrate the 15th anniversary of this insight meditation course for people of color, co-sponsored by IMS and New York Insight.

Coming together as a community, we create a space of ease and support to meditate and cultivate inner freedom. Held in an environment of silence, this retreat provides an in-depth experience of the Buddha’s teachings on mindful awareness, illuminating a path toward healing and greater happiness. Those without previous meditation experience are encouraged to participate.

An optional daily period of mindful movement will be offered by Leslie Booker.

Our wish is to make this retreat accessible to any person of color who would like to attend. We offer a You Choose fee option for this course, charging a minimum of just $20 per night (i.e. $120 minimum total). Those who can contribute more, however, help ensure that the community of POC meditators continues to flourish.

Free bus transportation is provided on a first-come, first-served basis between New York City and IMS. To reserve a seat, complete your registration, and then call us at 978-355-4378, ext. 0 or email rc@dharma.org.


DaRa Williams

DaRa Williams has practiced vipassana meditation for 25 years. She completed the IMS/Spirit Rock Teacher Training and serves as an associate guiding teacher at IMS. She is also a certified coordinating trainer for Aboriginal Focusing Oriented Complex Trauma Therapy. "It is my experience that meditation and the Dharma are ideal for transforming suffering. Awareness, wisdom and a compassionate heart become the vehicle for transformation, connection and freedom."

Bonnie Duran

Bonnie Duran, DrPH, began Buddhist meditation practice 35 years ago. She enjoys teaching Spirit Rock's Dedicated Practitioners Program, short and long retreats, and holds a People of Color and Allies Sangha in Seattle, WA. She also directs the University of Washington's Center for Indigenous Health Research.

Listen to one of Bonnie's talks: Mana (Conceit) and Skillful Means given at IMS on September 15, 2012 – 53 minutes, 32.3 MB (Download, Stream)

Jaya Karen Rudgard

Jaya Karen Rudgard began meditating in the 1980s and practiced for eight years as a nun in the Theravada tradition with Ven. Ajahn Sumedho. She is a graduate of the IMS/Spirit Rock Teacher Training and teaches insight meditation and mindfulness in the UK and internationally.


Devin Berry

Devin Berry has practiced meditation since 1999, and is a community teacher at East Bay Meditation Center in Oakland, CA. He recently completed Spirit Rock's Dedicated Practitioners Program, and is currently a participant in IMS's 2017-2021 Teacher Training Program.

Yong Oh

Yong Oh has studied Soto Zen and vipassana with various teachers since 2006. An acupuncturist, he teaches meditation and mindfulness and is also trained in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. He is a participant in the 2017-2021 IMS Teacher Training Program.

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