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People of Color Retreat (6 days)

June 20 – 26, 2014 (Friday 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 wait list. To be added to the list, submit a registration and deposit.

This insight meditation course, co-sponsored by IMS and New York Insight Meditation Center, creates a space of ease and support for people of color to meditate together and cultivate inner freedom. Held in an environment of silence, it 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. The teachers will be assisted by DaRa Williams, and a daily period of optional yoga 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 $15 per night. 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.


Gina Sharpe

Gina Sharpe has studied and practiced the dharma for many years in Asia and the US. She has been teaching since 1994 and is the guiding teacher of New York Insight Meditation Center, which she co-founded in 1997.

Listen to one of Gina's talks: Compassion - When Love Meets Suffering given at IMS on August 30, 2011 – 57 minutes, 39.1 MB (Download, Stream)

Larry Yang

Larry Yang has taught meditation since 1999. He is a Spirit Rock Meditation Center teacher and a core teacher of the East Bay Meditation Center in Oakland, CA and the guiding teacher of the Insight Community of the Desert in Palm Springs, CA

Listen to a Sangha News interview with Larry & Gina Sharpe: Diverse World, Diverse Sangha, June 2010 – 12 minutes, 8.5 MB (Download)

Bonnie Duran

Bonnie Duran, Dr.P.H., began Buddhist meditation practice 30 years ago. She is currently participating in the IMS/Spirit Rock Teacher Training Program. An associate professor of public health, she conducts research in partnership with US tribal organizations.

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