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People of Color Retreat, Insight Meditation Society, MA

June 28, 2018 - July 3, 2018

Coming together as a community, we create a space of ease and support to meditate and cultivate inner freedom. Held in an environment of silence, this retreat provides an in-depth experience of the Buddha’s teachings on mindful awareness, illuminating a path toward healing and greater happiness. Those without previous meditation experience are encouraged to participate.

An optional daily period of mindful movement will be offered by teacher trainee Roxanne Dault.

Our wish is to make this retreat accessible to any person of color who would like to attend. We offer a You Choose fee option for this course, charging a minimum of just $20 per night (i.e. $100 minimum total). Those who can contribute more, however, help ensure that the community of POC meditators continues to flourish.

This course is co-sponsored by IMS and New York Insight. Registration Link. 


DaRa Williams

DaRa Williams has practiced vipassana meditation for 25 years and serves as an IMS guiding teacher. She is also a certified coordinating trainer for Aboriginal Focusing Oriented Complex Trauma Therapy and maintains a private psychotherapy practice in the New York City area. “It is my experience that meditation and the Dharma are ideal for transforming suffering. Awareness, wisdom and a compassionate heart become the vehicle for transformation, connection and freedom.”

Ruth King

Ruth King has practiced vipassana since 1992 and teaches at insight communities nationwide. She is a guiding teacher at Insight Meditation Community of Washington, DC, and founder of Mindful Members Insight Meditation Community in Charlotte, NC. Ruth has a special interest in mindfulness, transforming racism, and the Bodhisattva path – she designed and teaches nationwide the Mindful of Race Trainingand is the author of Mindful of Race: Understanding and Transforming Habits of Harm.

JoAnna Hardy

JoAnna Hardy has practiced in multiple traditions since 1999, and in 2005 her practice landed on the Theravada insight tradition. Retreat teaching, bringing the Dharma to communities and individuals who don’t typically have access to traditional settings, and building multicultural community are her focus. She is co-guiding teacher at Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society.


Devin Berry

Devin Berry has practiced meditation since 1999 and has undertaken several longer-term retreats. He teaches at East Bay Meditation Center in Oakland, CA, and nationally. He has completed Spirit Rock’s Dedicated Practitioners Program and is currently a participant in the 2017-2021 IMS Teacher Training Program.


bruni dávila

bruni dávila has practiced Vipassana and Zen since 1995. A student of Gil Fronsdal, she practices and teaches at the Insight Meditation Center in Redwood City, CA, and also teaches Spanish Dharma in the wider Bay Area. She is currently a participant in IMS’s 2017-2021 Teacher Training Program.


Jozen Tamori Gibson

Jozen Tamori Gibson began formal meditation practice and study in 2004. He is the Director of Community and Youth Engagement and sangha facilitator with the Brooklyn Zen Center (BZC), and Program Director for the Awake Youth Project. A participant in the 2017-2021 IMS Teacher Training Program, Jozen highlights all of his teachers especially his mother, Akimi, and root Dharma teacher, Pamela Weiss.
Roxanne Dault

Roxanne Dault has been practicing meditation for over 10 years, both in Asia and in the West. Teaching at True North Insight in Canada, she is also trained in Somatic Experiencing® for the healing of stress and trauma. She is a participant in the 2017-2021 IMS Teacher Training Program.



June 28, 2018
July 3, 2018
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