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Refuge in Sangha: An Introduction to Insight Dialogue for LGBTQIA+
Dates: Mar 02, 2021 - Apr 20, 2021
Online Course

Instructor(s): Nicola Redfern, Rachel Hammerman

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This eight-week online program is an opportunity for people who self-identify as LGBTQIA+ to come together as sangha to learn and practice Insight Dialogue. 

Insight Dialogue is a whole life meditation practice designed to help us be awake in our everyday lives, particularly as we engage in the complexity of interpersonal relationship. It brings together meditative awareness, the wisdom teachings of the Buddha, and the power of relationship to develop mindfulness, compassion, and insight. In this course we will be bringing wakeful awareness into the heart of speaking and listening, supported by the six Insight Dialogue guidelines. These guidelines help establish and sustain meditative qualities while contemplating the dharma in dialogue together, supporting inquiry and insight into present moment experience. Each week we will practice together as a large group and also in small breakout groups of pairs and threes.

 It is our intention to cultivate a deep and nourishing experience of refuge in LGBTQIA+ sangha as we move through these eight weeks together.

We welcome experienced Insight Dialogue practitioners as well as those new to Insight Dialogue; all participants need to have an established daily silent meditation practice of at least six months.

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 attending all scheduled sessions. The schedule of Zoom meetings for this course (shown in US Eastern Time) is as follows:

Meeting Schedule: Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8:30 pm, between March 2 - April 20 

Meeting Dates: March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; April 6, 13, 20

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 courses are nonrefundable after the course start date. Cancellations prior to the start date of the course will incur a $50 admin fee. Thank you for your understanding.

  • 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.

  • Rachel Hammerman (she/her/they/them) teaches Vipassana meditation in New York City as a faculty member of the Community Meditation Center of New York and the Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science. Rachel has supported ID teachers in offering online retreats, courses, and classes for the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, Spirit Rock, and New York Insight Meditation Center. As an executive coach, she's particularly interested in helping people integrate Mindfulness and Loving Kindness into their professional lives to work with ease.