Awakening Together: Living Life with Love and Wisdom

Awakening together: Insight Dialogue retreat

Insight Dialogue is a whole life meditation practice designed to help us be awake in our everyday lives. Insight Dialogue brings together meditative awareness, the wisdom teachings of the Buddha, and the power of relationship to support insight into the nature, source, and release of human suffering.
When we are aware we discover the challenging landscape of the mind. Embracing our experience internally and with others with kind interest opens the door to transformation. What we once resisted and avoided becomes the path of practice. Seeing the constructing nature of mind with clarity allows us to explore skillful and compassionate ways to relate to changing experience. Reflecting on: what habitual perceptions sustain and hinder our kind presence? And what heart qualities allow us to open to life wholeheartedly?
The retreat will be held in Social Silence as we explore the power of listening and speaking out of silence. There will be times of silent sitting, mindful movement, and dialogue in groups of 2 or more, with a precise direction of contemplation. Teachings will be offered in English.
This retreat is offered in the Buddhist tradition of dana and generosity. The teachers receive no payment. The registration fee covers the costs of putting on the retreat. Financial support offered by the students at the end of the retreat support the teachers to continue their work throughout the world.

Phyllis Hicks and Bart van Melik
The registration fee for the 6 day retreat is €540,- for a shared room, €600,- for a single room, which includes all meals and accommodation. If you would like to participate but the registration fee is an obstacle please contact the Chairman of the Dutch Foundation for Insight Meditation, Hans Gijsen: +31 (0)10 4672952. If you want to participate please transfer funds to NL72TRIO0338469087 (BIC TRIONL2U) under the name of “Stichting Inzichts Meditatie te Ezinge” indicating “ID-retreat Aug 19-25, 2019.”. Please also state your preference for a double or a single room, when applying.
Starting date: 
maandag, 19 augustus, 2019
Starting time: 
Registration starts at 4 p.m. Dinner is at 6 p.m. The first session is at 7.30 p.m. The retreat will end on 25 of August, after lunch, around 1.30 hrs p.m
End date: 
zondag, 25 augustus, 2019
Building or Centre: 
Hoofdweg 109

More information and registration

Contact name: 
Joyce Curnan and Riët Aarsse
Contact E-mail: 
Foundation for Insight Meditation Netherlands

Prior silent meditation experience is required. If you have a question about the suitability of this retreat please contact us at
To apply please complete the application form and sent it to, also stating your preference for a single or double room!
Thank you for your kind cooperation.

This retreat is led by:
Phyllis Hicks

Phyllis Hicks, DMin, NCLPC is an Insight Dialogue Teacher and teaches Insight Dialogue retreats worldwide. She is a co-author of the Interpersonal Mindfulness Program and serves on Metta Programs Teachers’ Council.
Phyllis is a licensed psychotherapist. For thirty years she has brought together Eastern and Western understandings of psychology and contemplative practice in clinical settings. She studied with a variety of Vipassana teachers and has trained and taught with Gregory Kramer since 2004. She is a guiding teacher for Triangle Insight and teaches Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction at an integrative medical center. She directs the Pastoral Care and Counseling Institute of Durham, North Carolina, a non-profit center for counseling and clinical education. Phyllis lives and works in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Bart van Melik

Bart van Melik found meditation in 2003 and has been teaching meditation since 2009, bringing the practice to diverse communities like juvenile detention centers, homeless shelters and NYC public schools. He is passionate about supporting people to discover how they can find new ways to relate to life’s stresses. Bart graduated from the IMS/Spirit Rock Teacher Training.
“Whatever one frequently thinks and ponders upon, that will become the inclination of one’s mind.” Buddha