Half-day Retreat, via Zoom
Cultivating Ease and Release in Turbulent Times: An Insight Dialogue Retreat
with Janet Surrey and Florence Meleo-Meyer
Saturday, November 6, 2021; 8:30am-12:30pm ET
retreat will take place via Zoom.
In this half day retreat, we will
introduce and practice with the first two meditation guidelines of
Insight Dialogue: Pause and Relax. Insight Dialogue is an
interpersonal meditation practice in the Insight tradition
with three foundations: the cultivation of meditative awareness, the
investigation of the wisdom teachings of the Buddhadharma, and the
wholesome potential of our relational nature. In our practice together,
we will cultivate states of body, mind and heart which incline toward
calm, tranquility, and the release of stress. Even in the midst of
these turbulent times, we can establish a practice of the kindness of
release, internally, and together within our relationships.
will be periods of silent practice, short dharma talks, Insight
Dialogue contemplations in dyads and small groups, and the sharing of
the fruits of our practice in the whole group.
8:30-9: Intro and silent practice
9-10:40: ID session one
10:40-11: Stretching and body care
11-12:30: ID session two
Suggested donation: $15-30 registration + teacher donation (we encourage you to consider giving teacher dana equal to or greater than what you gave for registration)*
Teacher dana will be evenly divided unless specified otherwise.
Janet Surrey, PhD, is an Insight Dialogue Teacher. She
teaches Insight Dialogue retreats worldwide and leads a monthly practice
group in the Boston area. Jan has been a faculty member of Metta’s
Relational Insight Meditation Program and serves on Metta Programs’
Jan has studied with a number of Vipassana
teachers for over 25 years, and has worked with Gregory Kramer since
2007. Her original teacher was Vimala Thakar, but Jan has also done many
retreats with Thich Nhat Hanh and Joanna Macy. In 2008 she completed a
two and a half year Community Dharma Leader training at Spirit Rock
Jan is a practicing clinical psychologist and
founding scholar of the Jean Baker Miller Training Institute at the
Wellesley Centers for Women. She is on the faculty and board of the
Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy. Jan is dedicated to a
lifelong exploration of the power of relationships to create suffering
and the power of relationships to liberate and transform suffering. Jan
lives in Newton, Massachusetts.
Florence Meleo-Meyer is an Insight Dialogue Teacher.
She teaches courses and retreats in Interpersonal Mindfulness, which is
based on Insight Dialogue.
Florence has taught meditation for over 30 years. She is certified as a
Siddha Yoga meditation teacher as well as a Mindfulness-based Stress
Reduction teacher. She has studied in India and the US with meditation
masters, S.Muktananda and S.Chidvilasananda. Since 2003 she has studied
Insight Dialogue, trained and taught with Gregory Kramer. Florence holds
degrees in education and psychotherapy and is a licensed family
therapist. She is a senior teacher at the Center for Mindfulness at the
University of Massachusetts Medical School, where she also directs
Oasis, An Institute for Mindfulness-Based Professional Education and
Innovation. She has trained and taught with Saki Santorelli EdD and Jon
Kabat-Zinn,PhD. Florence lives and works in central Massachusetts.
keeping with the Buddhist tradition of dana (generosity), the suggested
registration amounts for our classes and retreats 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
You can give online or send checks to InsightPV, 116 Pleasant Street, Suite 242, Easthampton, MA 01027.
in by phone for audio only: Call (646)
558-8656. Meeting ID: 943
156 1684. Password: 242.