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Roots in to the Ground of Soul
Dates: Jan 09, 2021 - Jan 12, 2021
Online Course

Instructor(s): Catherine McGee, Yahel Avigur

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Soulmaking practices serve to open our senses of sacredness and meaningful participation in the cosmos. They grow out of an understanding of the Buddha’s radical teachings on emptiness, as well as practices of mindfulness, metta, and samatha, and a care for ethics. Through wisely discerning explorations of our ways of looking, of imagination, and of the movements of desire, we liberate beauty, discovery, and creativity, and expand our ranges of knowing and responding to our world. 

Intended for meditators who have already begun to explore Soulmaking Dharma, this online retreat offers an opportunity to consolidate and extend their Soulmaking practice and understanding.

Course prerequisite: Having attended and completed the Autumn online Soulmaking program through BCBS in 2019 or 2020 and/or having attended at least two Soulmaking retreats with Rob Burbea and/or Catherine McGee.


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:

Saturday, January 9

9:15 – 10:45 am Eastern, Session A

11:45 am – 1:15 pm, Session B

2:30 – 4:00 pm, Session C

6:00 – 6:30 pm, Optional Tea Room (informal meeting to connect with others)

7:45 – 8:30 pm, Evening Session 

Sunday, January 10

7:45 – 8:15 am, Morning Session

9:15 – 10:45 am Eastern, Session A

11:45 am – 1:15 pm, Session B

2:30 – 4:00 pm, Session C

6:00 – 6:30 pm, Optional Tea Room (informal meeting to connect with others)

7:45 – 8:30 pm, Evening Session 

Monday, January 11

7:45 – 8:15 am, Morning Session

9:15 – 10:45 am Eastern, Session A

11:45 am – 1:15 pm, Session B

2:30 – 4:00 pm, Session C

6:00 – 6:30 pm, Optional Tea Room (informal meeting to connect with others)

7:45 – 8:30 pm, Evening Session

Tuesday, January 12

7:45 – 8:15 am, Morning Session

9:15 – 10:45 am Eastern, Session A

11:45 am – 1:15 pm, Session B

2:30 – 4:00 pm, Session C

6:00 – 6:30 pm, Optional Tea Room (informal meeting to connect with others)

7:45 – 8:30 pm, Evening Session


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.

  • 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.


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