Weekend Retreat, via Zoom
Community Weekend Retreat: Taking Refuge in the Heart
Rebecca Bradshaw and Jean Esther with trellis stepter
Friday, January 28-Sunday, January 30
2:30pm-6pm; 7:30pm-8pm ET
Sunday: 9am-1pm ET
The detailed retreat schedule is included on the registration page.
retreat will take place via Zoom.
PLEASE join us in this
quiet time of winter to make space for what lives in our hearts, and
whatever sorrows and joys they may hold. Given our human condition
and life circumstances we can often find ourselves ricocheting from agitated
reactivity to overwhelm, numbness and despair in our emotional life.
Through the support of
Sangha, sitting together in meditation, and drawing on teachings from the
Buddha, we can begin to open to the vast space that lives between those
polarities of reactivity and numbness. We can touch into a
wise and tender compassionate aliveness that is our birthright and true home.
We look forward to
spending this sacred time with you in community.
If you would like
additional support in this retreat, we encourage you to buddy up with a sangha
member or two, and following Covid precautions that feel appropriate, do the
retreat together at one of your homes.
Dana distribution decided by teachers.
Suggested donation: $60-110 registration + teacher donation (we encourage you to consider giving teacher dana equal to or greater than what you gave for registration)*
Rebecca Bradshaw is
a Guiding Teacher Emeritus of Insight WM, 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
Jean Esther, MSW began formal meditation training in 1975. She has been training in the Theravadan
Buddhist tradition since 1982 with senior Western teachers as well as Burmese
and Western Monastics. Since 2008, she has undertaken extensive teacher
training in both Vipassana practice and non-dual awareness. Jean's dharma
teaching is informed by over 36 years of practice as a psychotherapist
integrating spiritual inquiry and somatic awareness with psychological
understanding. For over 20 years, she trained with renowned Jungian analyst
Marion Woodman, exploring the awakening of consciousness through the body,
psyche and the arts. The wellspring and root of her work are the Buddha's
teachings on love and wisdom. Jean is a Guiding Teacher of True North Insight
in Ontario, Canada. A senior teacher at InsightPV, she also teaches at Insight
Meditation Society in Barre, MA, with IBME (Inward Bound Mindfulness Education)
and across the US and Canada. In addition, she has a private psychotherapy
practice in Northampton, MA.
trellis stepter (President of IWM Board of Directors; Teacher-in-Training)
keeping with the Buddhist tradition of dana (generosity), the suggested
registration amounts for our classes and retreats do not include any
payment for the teachers. The teachers are paid entirely out of the
students' generosity. Please consider giving a donation to the teachers
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 teacher dana at the time
registration, during the retreat, or later. Everyone is welcome to all
of our offerings regardless of ability to
You can give online or send checks to Insight Western Mass, 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.