This program is now full. 

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Padma Meditation: Finding Freedom & Joy! with Padma Shyam, July 13 – 17
Mindfulness Meditation: The Practice of Waking Up with Robert Beatty, October 12-17


Experience seven days practicing Metta (unconditional love and kindness) meditation, followed by seven days of Vipassana (insight) cultivating mindfulness, on beautiful Cortes Island. 

Discover the four immeasurables (unconditional love, wise compassion, empathetic joy, and equanimity) through meditations that fuse these fundamental spiritual emotions with the intuitive wisdom of Vipassana. Develop compassionate awareness and a more loving heart with a unique melding of mindful movement alongside the Metta and Vipassana practices.

Participants may attend the full fourteen day practice, or come during one of the following weeks.  

April 25 – May 2Metta
Cultivate Unconditional Love, Wise Compassion, Empathetic Joy, and Equanimity. The Immeasurables are beautiful capacities of the heart which fuse innate spiritual emotions with intuitive wisdom.

May 2 – May 9: Vipassana
Cultivate Mindfulness with a 6 sense-door awareness practice including affectionate awareness and reverence for our bodies, liberating the heart-mind with clarity, ease and authenticity.

Michele McDonald is an Insight meditation teacher of 35 years. She teaches extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Burma, and various locations around the world. As a guiding teacher for Vipassana Hawai’i she has been a quiet pioneer. She is the first woman to have taught a formal retreat in Burma, side-by-side with a senior monastic figure (Sayadaw U Lakkhana, Abbot of Kyaswa Monastery). Her style of teaching focuses on helping individuals find entry points into stillness and liberation that are natural for them.

Steven V. Smith co-founded Vipassana Hawai’i in 1984 and in 1995 founded the MettaDana Project for educational and medical projects in Burma. Also in 1995 Steven helped establish the Kyaswa Valley Retreat Center in Burma, headed by Sayadaw U Lakkhana, Abbot of Kyaswa Monastery. This partnership helped usher in the beginnings of Vipassana Hawai’i’s Fusion Dhamma approach combining traditional and contemporary teaching styles in the same retreat. Anchored in the Theravadan Buddhist Burmese lineage of Mahasi Sayadaw since 1974, he was trained and sanctioned as a teacher by revered monk and meditation master Sayadaw U Pandita. Steven divides his time teaching Vipassana and the Divine Abodes (loving-kindness, compassion, joy, equanimity) at meditation retreats around the world.

Joy Kerfoot will be offering mindful movement.

Pari Ruengvisesh will be assisting Michele and Steve.

Michele and Steven will also be teaching Metta Vipassana: Cultivating Love & Wisdom in Vancouver on April 20-22, 2018.