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  • Location Benedict Canyon Retreat House
  • Experience Levels All
  • This class is a donation based class. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.
  • Date Starts Friday, May 31, 2024
    Ends Sunday, June 2, 2024

    2 nights
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This event is the in-person version of a hybrid  retreat which will take place both in-person and online. To register for the online version of this event, click here.

To see clearly is to see things as they are, absent of our judgments and stories. When we see clearly, we shed negativity and stress and live more freely.

Join Senior Teacher Melissa McKay for a non-residential weekend vipassana retreat. Cultivate tranquility and clear inner seeing by spending time in silence, alternating between periods of sitting and walking meditation.

About Vipassana

Vipassana is an ancient, transformative meditation technique. Through self-observation, deep insight arises. In Vipassana, we focus attention on the body and mind, observing sensations and the movement of energy as it arises, then dissipates again. 

Among the many benefits of Vipassana is the cultivation of inner peace and clarity. To see clearly is to see things, including ourselves, as they truly are.

Who is this retreat for?

This weekend retreat is for anyone who is ready to deepen their meditation practice and live with greater lucidity and therefore, ease.  

Suitable for all levels, this non-residential weekend experience is a good opportunity for those who would like to learn more about intensive retreat practice. 

Where is this event located? 

This event will take place in-person at the Benedict Canyon Retreat House. Find directions, information on what to bring and more at the link. As a non-residential retreat, participants will return home Friday and Saturday evening.

About Melissa McKay

Melissa McKay has been practicing meditation since the mid 1990’s.  She has trained in Vipassana (insight, mindfulness) meditation and metta meditation in Burma and the United States.

Her first retreat was with Sayadaw U Pandita. The profound changes she saw in herself gave her a strong faith and dedication to the practice. She continues to attend intensive meditation retreats yearly and has trained for over 10,000 hours. Learn more about Melissa here.  

“Melissa is one of the most experienced practitioners of the new generation of teachers.” -Jack Kornfield

“Melissa is so obviously immersed in the teachings and shares them with such grace and eloquence.  She makes herself so accessible and genuinely cares about her students.  I felt so held in the light of her awareness.” -Anonymous Student 

“Melissa is a thoughtful teacher known for her deep care of students and skillfulness in making  esoteric teachings accessible and relatable to modern day living.” -Lodro Rinzler (author and teacher)



6:30-7:30pm  Introduction and Talk
7:30-7:45  Stretch
7:45-8:30 Meditation

Saturday and Sunday:
6-6:45am  Meditation at home (optional)
6:45-8    Breakfast at home
8:30-9:30   Guided meditation
9:30-10:15  Walking meditation
10:15-11    Sitting meditation
11-11:30  Walking meditation
11:30-1pm   Lunch and rest
1-2     Sitting meditation
2-2:45  Walking meditation  
2:45- 3:30  Sitting meditation
3:30- 4  Tea and optional talking
4-5   Questions and Discussion
5-9  Continue practice at home  (optional Saturday only)

Suggested Donation: $185


Melissa McKay Teacher

Melissa began her path of meditation in 1998 with a small group of dedicated practitioners in Oakland, CA with her beloved, though not known, teacher named Barbara Janus who introduced her to the teachings of Sayadaw U Pandita of Burma. Her first retreat was with Sayadaw U Pandita and the profound changes she saw in... Read more

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