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Joy on the Path: An Insight Dialogue Retreat
Dates: Apr 28, 2020 - May 04, 2020
Days: Tue - Mon (6 Nights)

Instructor(s): Nicola Redfern, Sharon Beckman-Brindley

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This retreat will be an experiential inquiry into the Seven Factors of Awakening, with a particular focus on the importance of joy, both as a fruit of practice, and also as an essential element of the path itself. Buddhist teachings often emphasize inquiry into suffering, hunger, clinging and relinquishment, which can appear rather austere. During this retreat we will also explore the true place of happiness and joy on our path of awakening, investigating together the internal conditions that block our deepest happiness as well as those conditions that allow for the emergence of a joyful tranquility and release not 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 nature, causes and release of human suffering. This retreat welcomes both beginners and longtime Insight Dialogue practitioners.

Learning Intentions:

To learn and practice guidelines for increasing meditative awareness in relationship; support the cultivation of continuous meditation practice throughout the various activities of the day; gain an experiential sense of the seven awakening factors and how they build upon one another; and deepen an experience of joy on our path of practice.

Noble Silence and Mindful Speech:

Insight dialogue will be practiced throughout this program. With the exception of the first dinner and last lunch, all meals will be in noble silence.


There is a prerequisite of having sat one week-long silent meditation retreat in order to enroll in this retreat.

  • 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.

  • Sharon Beckman-Brindley, Ph.D., is an Insight Dialogue Teacher who has taught Insight Dialogue retreats worldwide. She also is a co-founder and senior teacher of the Insight Meditation Community in Charlottesville, VA. A clinical psychologist with over 30 years of both meditation experience and practice as a psychotherapist, she has a special interest in developing programs for mental health professionals.

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