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The Freedom of Non-Clinging: An Insight Dialogue Retreat
Dates: Jan 22, 2021 - Jan 24, 2021
Online Course

Instructor(s): Nicola Redfern, Bart Van Melik

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In this retreat we will investigate closely the process of clinging, and the direct experience of the release from clinging. This is the cornerstone of the Buddha’s teaching on the Four Noble Truths: that suffering is caused by clinging, and freedom comes with its release. The Buddha pointed to four types of clinging (to sense pleasure, views, rituals, and self), and we will explore each in turn. Additionally, we will be practicing with the four elements as a support for loosening clinging to the construct of a solid, separate self.

We will be practicing silent meditation as well as Insight Dialogue. Insight Dialogue is 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 the release of human suffering.

The intention for this retreat is to learn and practice guidelines for increasing meditative awareness as we speak and listen, and as we move through the various activities of the day. A further intention is to deepen our familiarity with the felt sense of clinging and its release.

Application/Prerequisite: No previous experience with Insight Dialogue needed but prior meditation experience is required. This can include a consistent silent meditation practice or previous experience with mindfulness or meditation courses and retreats. 

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. While participants are asked to commit to participating for the entire retreat so we can weave a deep sense of community together, those in the Pacific time zone are invited to join after the early morning meditation session if it creates a more manageable schedule. The schedule of Zoom meetings for this course (shown in US Eastern Time) is as follows:

Friday, January 22

2:30 – 5:00 pm, Opening Session

Saturday, January 23 

8:15 – 9:00 am, Morning Session

10:30 – 12:30 pm, Mid-morning Session

3:00 – 5:00 pm, Afternoon Session

7:00 – 7:45 pm, Evening Session

Sunday, January 24 

8:15 – 9:00 am, Morning Session

10:30 – 12:30 pm, Mid-morning Session

3:00 – 5:00 pm, Afternoon 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.

  • 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.