Retreats

Dec. 9: Reincarnate! Discovering the Unity of Body and Mind
Jan. 12-14: Finding Freedom and Ease
May 30-Jun 6: Metta Meditation Retreat
TBD: Coming Home: The Simplicity of Mindfulness

Dec. 9: Reincarnate! Discovering the Unity of Body and Mind

A Half-Day Retreat with Kate Lila Wheeler

Description
This afternoon we will practice being aware of our embodiment in a relaxed way, feeling into the connection and discovering the unity of body and mind. As awareness gently explores in a natural manner, it often reveals a space of awareness where thoughts can drift in and out with less disturbance.

This retreat is suitable for both beginning and experienced practitioners. There will be sitting meditation instructions, walking meditation instructions, and an opportunity for questions and discussion with the teacher.

When
Saturday, December 9, 2–5 p.m.

Where
The Arlington Center
369 Mass Ave.
Arlington, MA

Cost
$35 plus teacher dana

Registration
Please use the following link to pay the registration fee online; payment secures your place in the retreat.

Please email us at info@againstthestreamboston.org with any questions about this program or how to register.

Teacher
Kate Lila Wheeler began practicing meditation in 1977, and she has been encouraged to teach in several Buddhist and Hindu traditions. Her aim is to help people cultivate love, tolerance, and freedom. She also writes fiction. Find out more about Kate here.

Jan. 12-14: Finding Freedom and Ease

A Weekend Meditation Retreat with Chris Crotty

Description
Through insight meditation we calm the mind and investigate the root cause of suffering. Genuine freedom, we learn, is not a complicated path, despite the confusion we may experience in our life. The depth of the Buddha’s liberation teachings are in their simplicity: radical transformation is found in our capacity to be with experience as it is; we don’t need to change anything. This weekend retreat will explore the highest ideal of Buddhist teachings—freedom from suffering—through mindfulness meditation and an emphasis on ease and self-acceptance.

Cosponsored by IMC Newburyport, this retreat is open to both new and experienced practitioners, and will include meditation instruction, sitting and walking meditation, dharma talks, and individual interviews.

When
Friday, January 12, to Sunday, January 14, 2018 (two nights)

Where
Insight Meditation Center of Newburyport (IMCN)
West Newbury, MA
More information about the retreat, including accommodations, here.

Cost
This retreat offers both residential and commuter options. The residential option allows you to stay in the retreat residence at IMCN and better maintain your container of silence, while the commuter option allows you to sleep at home each night for a lower cost. There is also an option to attend on Saturday only, for a daylong retreat. Fees are as follows:

Residential: $300
Commuter: $250
Saturday only: $90

Registration
Please use the following link to register and pay the registration fee online.

Payment

Please email us at info@againstthestreamboston.org with any questions about this program or how to register.

May 30-Jun 6: Metta Meditation Retreat

With Sayadaw U Inndaka, May Myint Oo, and Chris Crotty

Description
For the third year in a row, Burmese meditation master Sayadaw U Inndaka and his translator Mimmi are joining Chris Crotty to offer a residential retreat on the East Coast. This seven-night silent retreat will offer instruction in metta or loving-kindness meditation, and will include periods of sitting and walking meditation, dharma talks, and one-on-one teacher interviews. This retreat is suitable for both beginning and experienced meditators, and will be held at IMC Newburyport’s beautiful rural meditation center in West Newbury, Massachusetts.

When
Wednesday, May 30 to Wednesday, June 6, 2018 (seven nights)

Where
Insight Meditation Center of Newburyport
West Newbury, MA

Registration
Registration is not yet open for this retreat – please check back soon! You may also email us at info@againstthestreamboston.org with pressing questions.

Teachers

Sayadaw U Inndaka is from Myanmar (Burma) and was ordained in 1972 by Mahagandhayon Sayadaw. In 1976 he practiced vipassana meditation in the Mahasi Meditation Center in Mandalay, where he was taught by Chanmyay Sayadaw. Some years later he went to the Chanmyay Yeiktha Meditation Center in Yangon, Myanmar, where he was commissioned to teach meditation. Since 2004 he has been the sayadaw (head monk) of the Chanmyay Myaing Meditation Center, which has locations near Yangon and Mandalay. His books on the practice of metta meditation and the factors of enlightenment have been translated into English and German.

May Myint Oo (Mimmi) has been practising meditation since 1992. She sat intensive retreats for many years at the Chanmyay Yeiktha Meditation Center, where she studied under Sayadaw U Janaka and was a volunteer translator and assistant to meditators. Since 2004 she has translated on a volunteer basis for Sayadaw U Inndaka at Chanmyay Myaing Meditation Center and on his teaching trips to Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, India, Switzerland, Germany, the United States, and elsewhere. She has also translated many of his writings.

Chris Crotty is the guiding teacher of Against the Stream Boston. He met Sayadaw U Inndaka in 2010 while sitting the traditional three-month “rains retreat” at Chanmyay Myaing Meditation Center, Yangon, Myanmar. Chris continues to practice with Sayadaw U Inndaka both in Myanmar and the United States.

TBD: Coming Home: The Simplicity of Mindfulness

With Cara Lai FitzGibbon and Logan Thompson

Cara Lai Fitzgibbon

Description
For many of us, childhood summers were a time of simple joy and freedom. What happened to the effortless joy of life that was once so close to us? As adults we practice mindfulness to rediscover this. Let’s get to the core of what this practice is about and become intimate with the expansive simplicity of this moment.

When
Date and time to be determined

Where
Against the Stream Boston

Cost
$35 plus teacher dana
(an optional additional session may be added, cost to attend both sessions is $60 plus teacher dana)

Registration
Registration for this program is not yet open.

Teachers
Logan Thompson has been practicing mindfulness for ten years, studying with Joseph Goldstein and Tara Brach. He recently left the business world, where he earned an MBA and worked as a business strategist, to pursue a full-time career in mindfulness. He lives and works at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA. He teaches mindfulness in several arenas: prisons, teen retreats, businesses, and academia.

Cara Lai FitzGibbon rediscovered the Buddhist path in her years as an outdoor educator. She began attending long-term meditation retreats, and her life was quickly transformed. Through her practice she moved toward work in mental heath, and she now works as a mindfulness-based psychotherapist and artist in Burlington, Vermont. In 2016 she completed Facilitator II training with Against the Stream, and is currently enrolled in the Spirit Rock Teacher Training program. She loves working with teens and has staffed numerous teen retreats with Inward Bound Mindfulness Education.