About Down to Earth Dharma Weekend

Weekend Retreat

Down to Earth Dharma

Rebecca Bradshaw with trellis stepter

Friday evening - Sunday, March 19 - 21: Fri 7pm-9pm; Sat 9am-8pm; Sun 9am-3pm ET
(With additional times for optional community sits.)

Suggested donation: $60-110 registration + teacher donation  (we encourage you to consider giving  teacher dana equal to or greater than the amount you gave for registration)*

People of all gender identities are warmly invited to participate in this retreat where we will approach the teachings of the Buddha through our experience of what is known as the feminine archetype: by way of immanence, embodiment, the felt, the intuitive, and the sacred. Rather than striving in our spiritual practice to transcend this world, we will honor and explore our deep embeddedness in life on this earth. 

Through sense embodiment and deep interest in life as it unfolds, the contractions that bind us will have space to dissolve. This grants our hearts and minds the freedom to come into intimate connection with ourselves, other people, animals, plants, and all life. From this abiding presence, we can then respond to life’s challenges with greater understanding and compassion. 

Rebecca with teacher-in-training trellis stepter.

Rebecca Bradshaw is a Guiding Teacher Emeritus of Insight PV, and one of the Guiding Teachers at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA. She has been practicing Vipassana meditation since 1983 in the United States and Myanmar (Burma) and teaching since 1993. She completed her dharma teacher training at Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, where she is part of the three month retreat teacher team and leads retreats for young adults. She also teaches at other locations in the United States and abroad, including a Spanish language retreat. Rebecca has a master's degree in Counseling Psychology, is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), and works as a psychotherapist with meditators interested in supplementing their meditation practice with psychotherapeutic work. Her teaching explores the convergence of love and wisdom. For more information about Rebecca and her teaching schedule, you can visit her website at

*In keeping with the Buddhist tradition of dana (generosity), the suggested registration amounts for our classes and retreats (other than Wednesday night dharma talks) do not include any payment for the teacher. The teachers are paid entirely out of the students' generosity. Please consider giving a donation to the teacher in order to support their ability to continue to share the dharma. We encourage you to consider teacher dana equal to or greater than the amount you gave for registration. You may give a donation at the time of registration and give later donations through our teacher dana link.  Everyone is welcome to all of our events regardless of ability to donate.

You can give online or send checks to InsightPV, 116 Pleasant Street, Suite 242, Easthampton, MA 01027.