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Remembering what Matters: An Insight Dialogue Retreat (Online)
Dates: May 01, 2020 - May 03, 2020
Online Course

Instructor(s): Nicola Redfern, Bart Van Melik

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So much competes for our attention these days as our world transitions from the comfort of what was familiar to a future that is yet to unfold. Our capacity to be with the unknown is tested. It is an opportunity for us each to take even deeper refuge in our spiritual practice as a beacon to guide us in the uncertainty. In this retreat, now offered online, we will remember and deepen practices that nourish and ground us in an inner well-being that is not so dependent on outer circumstances.

We will come together to practice silent meditation as well as Insight Dialogue, an interpersonal meditation practice that brings together mindfulness and concentration, the wisdom teachings of the Buddha and the power of relationship to support insight into the causes and release of human suffering. 

Prerequisite: Some prior Insight Dialogue experience is required for this course.

Online Course: Our intention is to build sangha and provide meaningful virtual interactions with each other and teachers in our online courses. When registering for an online course, please note that you should plan to commit to the course for the entire time period outlined -- beginning on the evening of the first day and ending in the afternoon of the final day. The schedule for this course (shown in Eastern Daylight Time) is as follows:

7:00 – 9:00 pm, Opening Session

8:15 – 9:00 am, First Morning Session
10:30 – 12:30 pm, Second Morning Session
3:00 -- 5:00 pm, Afternoon Session
7:00 – 7:45 pm, Evening Session

8:15 – 9:00 am, First Morning Session
10:30 – 12:30 pm, Second Morning Session
3:00 – 5:00 pm, Closing Session

  • Nicola Redfern is an Insight Dialogue teacher with an extensive background in both Zen and Vipassana meditation. She has been trained to teach Insight Dialogue by founding teacher Gregory Kramer. With a strong belief that awakening is not simply a solo endeavor, Nicola is particularly interested in getting meditation off the cushion and fully integrated into life, work, and relationships. She has also taught Nonviolent Communication and co-teaches courses on unlearning racism. Nicola lives in Santa Fe, NM.

  • Bart van Melik has been teaching insight meditation and Insight Dialogue meditation since 2009, with a special focus on diverse communities. He brings the practice to juvenile detention centers, homeless shelters and NYC public schools, and is passionate about supporting people finding new ways to relate to life’s stresses.