This blog contains announcements, insights and articles from the Insight Meditation Community of Washington

Welcome in the New Year with IMCW's New Online Weeklong Retreat (Space Available)

with Tara Brach, Jonathan Foust, La Sarmiento, Anam Thubten Rinpoche, and Kate Johnson -- This year has been tough on all of us. The pandemic has affected everything in our lives – our work, our routines, our health, and our families. Wouldn’t it be good to have a space where we can go to breathe again – to feel quiet and spacious and free? That will allow us to feel all that is in the moment – both the grief and the small joys? That is what IMCW has created for our 2020 New Year’s Retreat. The end of the year is a perfect time to reflect and to breathe and to prepare for the coming year. Tara Brach tells us: The purpose of a retreat is to follow a formal rhythm of practice that allows you to center yourself, tend your body, quiet your mind, see the present circumstances with clarity and freedom, and open your heart....

What to Expect on a Retreat

Making the decision to enter an extended period of silence with others doing the same—whether it’s for one day, three, or longer—is a powerful commitment to yourself, your practice, and your life. In order to make the most of this precious time, it can be useful (especially if it’s your first time) to know what you might find once you’re there, and what to bring along with you—including attitudes and expectations.

Someone Once a Stranger: A Retreat Experience

The truth about a meditation retreat is that you really don’t know what will happen. Try as you might to predict and you will undoubtedly be surprised. But no matter what, something will happen that will help you to open your eyes, to “wake up,” out of the habitual ways you think and behave.

Maintaining a Fragrance-Free Retreat

Though this issue may be unfamiliar to you, there are a growing number of people who are sensitive to commonly used items. This condition or disability is known as multiple chemical sensitivities (MCS) and involves people who have developed an acute sensitivity to various chemicals in the environment.