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Awakening Together: An Insight Dialogue BIPOC Retreat
Dates: Aug 27, 2021 - Aug 29, 2021
Online Course

Instructor(s): Tuere Sala, Nolitha Tsengiwe, Elizabeth Faria

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There is an African Proverb that says, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Together, we are stronger and more resilient and can support one another to go a little bit further on the path towards awakening. This retreat is about just that: supporting each other to awaken together. We will integrate the wisdom practice of Insight Dialogue and the heart practices of the “Divine Abodes” (brahmavihāra). Insight Dialogue is vipassana meditation practiced in relationship. It weaves together the meditative qualities of right effort, right mindfulness, and right concentration with the wisdom of Dhamma and the voice of another to cultivate connection, inner strength, and deep concentration. The Divine Abodes are the four heart practices of loving-kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy, and equanimity. When practiced in relationship with concentration, they cultivate our innate capacity to joyfully open the heart to others. Together, we can become aware of the multilayered, co-created moment and learn to stand with equanimity in a tumultuous world..

As we work to become a more inclusive, equitable, and diverse community, we invite feedback/suggestions you may have regarding ways that we can make participation in the program more accessible and welcoming; please email us at contact@buddhistinquiry.org.


Online Retreat: This retreat will be hosted on the Zoom video conferencing platform and closed captions are available. 


Friday, August 27

7:00 - 9:00 pm, Opening Session


Saturday, August 28

10:00 am - 12:00 pm, Morning Session

2:00 - 4:00 pm, Afternoon Session

7:00 - 9:00 pm, Evening Session


Sunday, August 29

10:00 am - 12:00 pm, Closing Session


Our intention is to build sangha and provide meaningful virtual interactions with each other and with teachers in our online programs. When registering for this program, please plan to attend as many sessions as possible. 


Please check the time of the group meetings in your timezone here, and please note that sessions will not be recorded.


Registration fees for online retreats are nonrefundable after the retreat start date. Cancellations prior to the start date of the retreat will incur a $25 admin fee. Thank you for your understanding.


  • Tuere Sala is a Guiding Teacher at Seattle Meditation Society (SIMS). She is a retired prosecuting attorney who has practiced Vipassana meditation for over 25 years and has been a practicing member of SIMS since 2001. She is also the founding teacher of the Capitol Hill Meditation Group.Tuere has a long history of assisting others in establishing and maintaining a daily practice. Her teachings reflect an approach to Dharma that is both easy to follow and understand – making it accessible to everyone.

  • Nolitha is a mindfulness teacher, psychologist and executive coach in South Africa. She has been a meditation practitioner for more than twenty years under Kittisaro and Thanissara, who are students of Ajahn Chah. Nolitha completed CDL4 (Community Dharma Leadership) at Spirit Rock and is currently in a four year meditation teacher training program at the Insight Meditation Society (IMS). She is a mentor for 25 students training through Spirit Rock and Sounds True to be meditation teachers. Nolitha facilitates race work, using Insight Dialogue (Relational Mindfulness). She is a guiding teacher at Dharmagiri KZN, South Africa.

  • Elizabeth Faria is an Insight Dialogue teacher. She has taught online programs, as well as workshops and retreats in Australia and Brazil. Practicing meditation since 1996, she has trained with a Burmese meditation master and in the Thai Forest tradition. She is a graduate of the Australian Association of Buddhist Counsellors and Psychotherapists Professional Training Course in Buddhism and Psychotherapy. She has worked as a psychotherapist for the last 30 years working with inter-generational trauma. She has long been interested in the integration of The Noble Eightfold Path with the whole life experience, and in the practice of the liberating teachings of satipatthana and the brahmaviharas. She lives in New South Wales, Australia.


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