Retreat with Cara Lai - 3-2-2024

Daylong Retreat, in-person/hybrid at IWM

How to Come Home

with Cara Lai

Saturday, March 2, 2023; 9:00am-4:00pm
This offering is in-person/hybrid.

Suggested donation: $35-$65 registration + teacher donation* (we encourage you to consider giving teacher dana equal to or greater than what you gave for registration)*

Description: Slowing down and luxuriating in the simple things in life sounds good on paper, but in practice can actually be surprisingly difficult.  When we try, we find we've spent most of time leaning forward, living our whole lives for an imagined future. This day-long retreat will help us make the space to slow down, but also to explore and understand why it can feel so challenging to slow down, and what we might have to feel if we do. Ultimately, each and every one of us can discover our capacity to rest back into the here-and-now experience of enlightenment, and to discover the sacred within the ordinariness of the present moment.

IN-PERSON LOCATION: IWM at Eastworks; 116 Pleasant St, Suite 242, Easthampton, MA

Chairs and cushions available.

Please bring your own covered water bottle.

Covid Protocols:

• Masks optional.

• If you have COVID concerns (new symptoms or think you've been exposed), please stay home.

• Field Control Trio Plus portable air purifier will be running (H13 HEPA with an ultraviolet light component).

Cara Lai has spent most of her life in pursuit of meaning and happiness, which landed her on a cushion for much of her adult life. Throughout many mind-body adventures including many long-term retreats, she has explored the concentrated mind, chronic illness, the value of pleasure, the power of maternal energy, and connection to the earth. In the past, Cara has worked as an artist, wilderness guide, social worker and psychotherapist. Now she finds herself intently focused on the dharma path, practicing both on and off the cushion in unconventional ways, and using intuition as her guide. She tries her best to teach from the most authentic and vulnerable place she can muster, and is still learning about the contentment of simply existing.

*In 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/or give later donations through our teacher dana link or in-person at the course/retreat. Everyone is welcome to all of our offerings regardless of ability to donate.

You can give online, in-person, or send checks to Insight Western Mass, 116 Pleasant Street, Suite 242, Easthampton, MA 01027. FYI: we check for mail once per week.

Zoom Link
Password: 242. 

Dial in by phone for audio only: Call (646) 558-8656. Meeting ID: 943 156 1684. Password: 242

Or cut and paste this URL into your browser:

Registration - Benefactor

Max Per Order:30

Registration Option $65

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Registration Option $50

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Registration Option $35

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Registration - no one turned away for lack of funds. Please consider giving teacher dana as you are able.

Max Per Order:30

Donate by check

Send checks to: Insight Western Mass, 116 Pleasant Street #242, Easthampton, MA 01027. When sending a check, please specify how much is for registration and/or teacher dana.

Max Per Order:30