An Insight Dialogue Retreat and optional 'sharing ID' days
Insight Dialogue brings the Buddha’s teachings to life relationally in the body and heart as intuitive wisdom. Cultivating awareness of the habitual tensions that maintain suffering and learning new pathways of release establish us freshly in the present moment. Returning to loving presence is a source of strength and recovery in the midst of life’s challenges. It allows us to see clearly and engage wisely personally and socially.
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The three bases of Insight Dialogue practice – meditation, wisdom, and relationship – form the foundation and a path for letting go and liberation. The retreat will be held in Social Silence (Noble 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 guided contemplations.
This is an opportunity to encounter Insight Dialogue for the first time and for experienced ID meditators to deepen their practice. The retreat will be taught in English, however, Bart is a native Dutch speaker and will happily assist anyone who would benefit from help with translation.
Prior silent meditation experience is required.
Direct following the retreat from 3 p.m. Friday 14th August until Sunday 16th August, Phyllis will be leading us in an additional offering: Sharing the practise of Insight Dialogue with Others.
If you are inspired to offer the practice to others in your local communities, you can register to continue with Phyllis for this post-retreat opportunity to cultivate skills and deepened your understanding of ID. Prior retreat attendance is a prerequisite. Phyllis is offering this extension with the support of the Insight Dialogue Community. There will be an opportunity to offer dana to the Insight Dialogue Teaching Community (IDTC) when we close.
Phyllis Hicks is a meditation teacher, psychotherapist and minister. For twenty-five years she has combined eastern and western understandings of psychology and contemplative practice, studying with a variety of western Vipassana teachers since 1999. She has studied intensively with Gregory Kramer in the practice of Insight Dialogue since 2004. She directs the Pastoral Care and Counseling Institute of Durham, a nonprofit centre for counseling and clinical education, and teaches Insight Dialogue in the United States.
Bart van Melik has been teaching personal meditation and Insight Dialogue since 2009, with a specific focus on working with diverse populations. He is a graduate of the Community Dharma Leader Program at Spirit Rock and is currently in the Spirit Rock/IMS teacher training program; his mentors are Joseph Goldstein, Carol Wilson, Gregory Kramer and his son Lou. Bart teaches through the Metta Foundation and is a senior teacher at the Lineage 1 Project. He also teaches meditation and yoga at a Veterans Affairs hospital, juvenile detention center, homeless shelters, and Public Schools in NYC. Bart holds an MA in Psychology of Culture and Religion from the Nijmegen University in The Netherlands. His passion is supporting people to discover how they can find new ways to relate to the stress created by our life circumstances.