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Introduction to a Soulmaking Dharma
Dates: Jul 03, 2021 - Jul 04, 2021
Online Course

Instructor(s): Catherine McGee, Yahel Avigur

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In this introductory course we will consider four of the key themes of a Soulmaking Dharma: Sacredness, Desire, Imagination, and Emptiness.

Dharma practice reveals how our ways of sensing and seeing shape the world of experience, and that we are always and inevitably participating in the process of perceiving.

Understanding this, the Soulmaking practitioner learns to perceive themselves, others, and the world in Soulful ways. These are ways of sensing and seeing that open more dimensionality, meaningfulness, and beauty and restore and expand our sense of sacredness.

Some practitioners are finding a Soulmaking Dharma, rooted in the Buddha's teaching of emptiness, ethics, and meditative training, to be a particularly resonant path of contemporary Buddhist practice.

Each meeting will include meditation practices, teachings, discussion, and inquiries with Sangha and whole group reflections.

This retreat is intended for experienced Dharma practitioners who:

  • are interested in learning more about Soulmaking Dharma;
  • recognize a desire for more of something they might term soul, beauty, or sacredness;
  • can readily access a full body awareness in their meditation practice;
  • have an open mind.

Starting in September this year there will also be a thirteen-week intensive online Soulmaking Dharma retreat for experienced and committed practitioners who have a desire to dedicate themselves to understanding and learning more about Soulmaking Dharma.

This introduction weekend can serve as a ‘stand alone’ course for those who would like a short introduction to this work. Or, for those who might be interested to take the longer Fall course it can serve to give a better sense of the Soulmaking Dharma before you applying to the Fall course.

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. 


Our intention is to build sangha and provide meaningful virtual interactions with each other and with teachers in our online programs. When registering this weekend program, please plan to attend as many sessions as possible. The schedule of Zoom meetings for this retreat (shown in US Eastern Time) is as follows:


Saturday, July 3

10:00 am – 12:00 pm

1:00 – 3:00 pm


Sunday, July 4

10:00 am – 12:00 pm

1:00 – 3:00 pm


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.


  • Catherine McGee has been teaching Insight Meditation retreats internationally since 1999, and since 2014 has been collaborating with Rob Burbea in shaping and teaching Soulmaking Dharma. She is a member of the Gaia House teacher council, teaches yearly at IMS, and is a guiding teacher for One Earth Sangha – a web-based sangha exploring Buddhist responses to the climate crisis.

  • Yahel Avigur has been a devoted practitioner of insight meditation since 2003, combining practices from other streams of Therevada Buddhism. Since 2013 he’s practiced with the guidance of Rob Burbea, and in 2020 completed his teacher-training under his guidance. For the last four years, Yahel has been teaching Dharma in Israel. He is also dedicated to educational work and social activism, and practices Hakomi, a meditative-dialogical approach to psychological healing.