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May 26, 2017—May 29, 2017

Waking Up Fabulous: Living our Intentions

We are offering this retreat at half price to one participant willing to serve as the AV person. If you are interested in performing this responsibility, please contact our registrar at 845.424.4800.

Open to all who identify as: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, or Queer

Co-Sponsored by The Insight Meditation Society of Washington

The Buddha’s teachings invite us to wake up to what is true and what is real within ourselves and in the world. With Intention we can meet life with care, kindness and with a willingness to learn about what creates freedom.
On this silent meditation retreat, we will explore the practices and teachings of mindfulness, loving-kindness and compassion. We will explore both individually and within community:

• being content in the midst of desire
• being kind in unkind times
• being clear and wise while in confusion

The essence of these practices is to see things as they are, to look into our lives with interest, kindness, compassion and to discover and awaken the capacity that each of us has to live more openly, more wisely, and more lovingly.


Teacher Bios:

Madeline Klyne has been practicing insight meditation for over 30 years. Madeline is a co-founder and teacher at South Shore Insight in Hanover, MA, a teacher at Cambridge Insight Meditation Center, and an assistant teacher at the Insight Meditation Center in Barre, MA. Part of Madeline’s spiritual path was to come out at the age of five.

La Sarmiento is a teacher for the Insight Meditation Community of Washington, DC and Inward Bound Mindfulness Education. They are the guiding teacher for the IMCW People of Color, LGBTQ and Teen Sanghas, and a 2012 graduate of the Spirit Rock Community Dharma Leaders Training Program. La is committed to making the Dharma accessible to all. 

Larry Yang teaches meditation retreats nationally and has a deep interest in creating access to teachings of spiritual liberation for diverse communities. Larry is a core teacher and leader of the East Bay Meditation Center in Oakland—a center dedicated to create accessibility to the Buddha’s Teachings for multicultural communities. Larry is trained within the Theravadan tradition and has practiced meditation extensively in the US, Burma, and Thailand. Larry is also trained as a psychotherapist, with a dedicated interest in cultural competency within organizations.

Jacoby Ballard is a genderqueer transman, justice worker, yoga teacher and dharma fiend. He strives to influence mindfulness practice to be the foundation of profound social change, and to support and uplift the the transformative leaders of marginalized communities.


Room Fees

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Total Fees by Room Choice.