A calm mind is essential to living life with more openness and clarity. With clarity comes insight, which frees us from our reactive patterns.
Insight Meditation, also known as Vipassana Meditation, teaches us in gentle, consistent ways to calm the mind by grounding our attention in the present moment. As our practice matures, we learn to tune into the deeper resources of our own hearts and minds and live in a way that is responsive rather than reactive and less attached but no less caring.
Through group discussion and periods of silence, we learn sitting and walking meditation, essential breath practices, and how the power of present moment awareness can transform our minds, hearts, and overall life experiences. We learn calming techniques as well as deeper wisdom practices, and empower ourselves to work skillfully between the two in a way that serves the quality of our own lives and the lives of those that we touch.
Designed and paced to support beginners and experienced students alike, this retreat is also appropriate for helping professionals who want to practice these skills with clients.
Matthew Daniell is also teaching Insight Meditation for Beginners.
The above schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the faculty.
The Children's Program will not be available for this workshop.
Dining Hall Hours (Dinner is included on arrival day):
Breakfast: 7:00 a.m.–8:45 a.m.
Lunch: Noon–2:00 p.m.
Dinner: 6:00 p.m.–7:15 p.m.
Daily Open Classes in meditation, yoga, tai chi, or movement (subject to availability):
7:00–8:00 a.m., 12:15–1:00 p.m., 5:30–6:15 p.m., 5:30–6:30 p.m.
Matthew Daniell has studied Zen, Tibetan Buddhism, and Insight Meditation since 1985, including a year as an ordained monk in Thailand. He is founder and guiding teacher at the Insight Meditation Center of Newburyport, Massachusetts, and part of the religious services department at Phillips Exeter Academy. imcnewburyport.org