There is a way to release the mind — and heart ! — from confusion, afflictive emotions and wrong understanding about reality. Wise mindfulness can disentangle the tangle that cuts us off from joy and a vibrant heart. It is a way of living that includes meditation but also meditative presence in daily life. During this online home retreat we will put on the Dharma (buddhist psychology) lens to explore our experience with curiosity and tenderness and see how freedom might be possible no matter what is going on.
There will be instructions given by Pascal, guided meditations, Q&A, teachings, periods of silent sitting and walking meditations as well as time for self-structured mindfulness practice.
Beginners and experienced students are welcome to this quiet and friendly gathering.
Sample Schedule (PT)
Friday May 7, 2021
6pm to 8pm welcome and opening
9:30 instructions & sit
3pm dharma talk
5pm pause (Sunday May 9th: closing session for 3-Day Retreat)
7pm guided metta sit
May 11, 2021 (Last Day for the 5-Day Retreat):
9:30 instruction and sit
3pm dharma talk
4:30 closing session
5:15 end of retreat
We would like you to feel free to participate to the extent possible for you, considering your needs, family life, and/or work commitment. You may register for:
- 3-Day Retreat: Friday, Saturday & Sunday or
- 5-Day Retreat: Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, & Tuesday
This is a dana retreat. The Base Cost includes InsightLA’s administration fees only and it does not include compensation to the teacher. There will be an opportunity at the end of the retreat to give a donation/dana to Pascal.
Please consider paying at the highest rate you can afford. Your generosity helps to support fellow practitioners who might not otherwise be able to attend InsightLA. Any amount above the Base Cost becomes a tax deductible donation.
OPTIONAL: Meditation Cabins for Rent at Big Bear Retreat Center
If retreat practice is challenging because of your living situation or you would like to practice in a private location, there is an option to practice this online retreat on your own at the Big Bear Retreat Center. Please note: there would not be any in-person instruction or facilitated activities during your stay.
Big Bear Retreat Center is offering a limited number of its 3 bedroom / 2 bathroom cabins for rent, on a first-come first-served basis, for the duration of this retreat. Each cabin has a living area and small kitchen. The cabin (and portions of the grounds with wifi access) would be your own private space to participate in the online retreat virtually via your computer or phone.
Contact-free vegetarian meals will be delivered to your cabin three times per day, and coffee, tea, and snacks will be available in your cabin’s kitchen. You may also bring your own snacks with you. In addition to your private cabin, you will also have full access to the grounds, trails, meditation hall (limited capacity), and outdoor dining spaces.
Join the waitlist for a cabin on the Big Bear Retreat Center website HERE.
(Arrive 5/7/2021, Depart 5/11/2021)