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Insight Meditation Retreat for 18-32 Year Olds (7 days)

July 27 – August 3, 2017 (Thursday to Thursday)

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.

Join a community of young people exploring the breadth and depth of the heart and mind in a silent retreat setting. With the Buddhist teachings of wisdom and compassion as our guide, we will cultivate a wholehearted attention to the present moment, leading to an embodied ease, clarity and kindness.

The retreat format includes daily meditation instruction, group and individual meetings with teachers, and opportunities for questions and discussion. An optional daily period of mindful movement will be offered by Leslie Booker.

The course will end with a day of optional activities centered on building relationships, supporting community, and integrating the practice into our everyday lives. All are welcome to attend – the retreat is open to both beginning and experienced meditators.

Our wish is to make this retreat accessible to anyone who would like to participate. We offer a You Choose fee option for this course, charging a minimum of just $20 per night (i.e. $140 minimum total). Those who can contribute more, however, help IMS to continue providing financial aid to as many people as possible.

21 CE credits are available for psychologists, social workers and nurses. More information here.

Participants may also want to take part in a week-long study and practice course for 18-32 year olds offered by the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, which immediately precedes this IMS retreat. The BCBS program will include silent meditation practice in mornings and evenings, with instructions and group interviews, integrated with afternoon classroom sessions examining the teachings found in the Buddhist discourses of the Pāli Nikāyas.


Rebecca Bradshaw

Rebecca Bradshaw is the guiding teacher of the Insight Meditation Center of Pioneer Valley, MA. She leads vipassana retreats, including Spanish language courses, emphasizing embodied clarity and kindness. She holds a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology, and also serves as an IMS guiding teacher.

Listen to one of Rebecca's talks: Clinging and Non-Clinging given at IMS on November 7, 2014 – 62 minutes, 43 MB (Download, Stream)

Chas DiCapua

Chas DiCapua has offered meditation since 2001. He is interested in how all aspects of life can be used towards awakening. Currently the IMS Resident Teacher, he teaches throughout the US.

Listen to one of Chas's talks: Renunciation given at IMS on July 31, 2016 – 67 minutes, 33.4 MB (Download, Stream)

JoAnna Harper

JoAnna Harper has practiced in multiple traditions since 1999, and in 2005 her practice landed on Buddha Dharma. Retreat teaching, bringing the dharma to communities and individuals that don't typically have access to traditional settings, and building multicultural community are her focus. She is co-guiding teacher at Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society.

Bart van Melik

Bart van Melik has been teaching meditation since 2009, with a special focus on diverse communities. He brings the practice to juvenile detention centers, homeless shelters and NYC public schools, and is passionate about supporting people finding new ways to relate to life’s stresses.


Leslie Booker

Leslie Booker is a facilitator, public speaker, consultant, and yoga teacher. Sharing mindfulness and yoga with incarcerated and system-involved youth since 2007, she currently serves as Director of Trainings for Lineage Project. Utilizing social justice principles and embodied wisdom practices, she offers workshops on college campuses, national diversity trainings for yoga teachers, and retreats for refuge and resiliency for activists.

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