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Opening the Heart in the Divine Abodes, IMCW Retreat

July 20, 2017toJuly 24, 2017


During this 5-day silent retreat at the beautiful Sevenoaks Retreat Center in Madison, VA, we will explore the Brahma Viharas, or Divine Abodes – four practices that open and nurture the heart.

In the Buddhist teachings, these four practices – loving kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy, and equanimity – are considered the highest qualities of heart and emotional wellbeing.

On our retreat, we’ll not only begin to sense into these qualities of heart, but practice abiding and dwelling in them as well. Over time, these practices can become our true home, as well as the atmosphere in which we deepen our mindfulness practice and intimacy with life.

Teachers: Mary Aubry, Shell Fischer, and Ruth King


Our Sponsor: Insight Meditation Community of Washington

Registration: Registration opens March 20, 2017.

Our Venue: Sevenoaks Retreat Center in Central Virginia

Please complete a separate registration for each yogi. We want to know about each one of you!


  • Camping $515
  • Camping with shared bath (towels provided). Tent campers need to provide their own tents, bedding, tarps, rain fly, etc.
  • Dorm/multi: $615

Please contact Shell if you’d like to be notified when registration opens for this retreat.