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Finding Freedom: An Insight Dialogue Retreat
Dates: Apr 10, 2019 - Apr 16, 2019
Days: Wed - Tue (6 Nights)

Instructor(s): Nicola Redfern, Phyllis Hicks

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The triad of gratification, danger and escape is one of the Buddha's most incisive teachings for investigating the roots of every day experiences that lead to habituation, stress, and suffering and also, to their release. In this retreat we will examine closely the felt sense and the mechanics of gratification, the dangers of habitual gratification, and the path and practices of escape/freedom. When experience is directly known in the here and now, true investigation into the nature of suffering and its release begins. Anchored in wisdom and compassion, insight arises, and the heart-mind can renew its wholesome intentions. With concerted practice, confidence in this path of release grows strong.

We will come together to practice Insight Dialogue, an interpersonal process that brings together meditative awareness (e.g., mindfulness, concentration), the wisdom teachings of the Buddha, and the power of relationship to support insight into the nature, causes, and release of human suffering. In solo silent meditation, and meditating in dialogue with one another, we will cultivate inquiry into this shared human experience and touch the possibility of awakening alone and together. This retreat welcomes both beginners and long time Insight Dialogue practitioners.

Learning Intentions:

To learn guidelines for increasing awareness in the moment of interpersonal contact; support the cultivation of continuous meditation practice throughout the day; and gain a felt sense of the release and freedom that is available when mindfulness is brought to this triad of gratification, danger and escape.

Experience Level:

Prerequisite required–one week-long silent meditation retreat.

  • Phyllis Hicks has studied with a number of Vipassana teachers and has trained and taught with Gregory Kramer, the developer of Insight Dialogue, since 2004. She teaches Insight Dialogue internationally. She has worked as a psychotherapist for twenty-eight years, bringing together Eastern and Western understandings of psychology and contemplative practice in a clinical setting. She is a co-developer of the Interpersonal Mindfulness Program, teaches MBSR at an Integrative Medical Center, and is a guiding teacher for Triangle Insight. She lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

  • Nicola Redfern is an Insight Dialogue Teacher. She began practicing insight meditation in 2001, studying with a variety of teachers, and has had the good fortune of many months spent in silent retreat. Nicola has studied Zen intensively with Joan Sutherland Roshi since 2007 and Insight Dialogue with Gregory Kramer since 2009. She has taught Nonviolent Communication and is now a caregiver working with the sick and elderly. She is particularly interested in getting meditation off the cushion and fully integrated into life, work, and relationships, activating the potential to wake each other up.