On-Land Retreat

Spring Insight Retreat

Matthew Brensilver

Matthew Brensilver

Cara Lai

Cara Lai

Brian Lesage

Brian Lesage

Nobody tells us when we're growing up, but being human is a big deal. It feels great, it hurts, it's intense, and we know it won't go on forever. Given this, what kind of happiness is possible? The Buddha suggested that we have underestimated the capacity of our heart. Retreat helps us to remember. In mindfulness meditation, we practice resting, looking deeply, and knowing, moment by moment, what it's like to be human. The more deeply we look, the more reason we have to love. Together, we'll sit in the refuge provided by a 2,600-year legacy of wisdom and kindness. In silence, we come to know the preciousness of our life and the poignancy of the human condition. From this openness, so much goodness unfolds. Throughout this retreat, we’ll offer systematic instructions in mindfulness and lovingkindness practice, and there will be meetings with teachers to support you in your practice.

Affinity Group

Open to all

Matthew Brensilver, PhD

Matthew Brensilver, PhD

Teacher

Matthew Brensilver teaches at the Insight Retreat Center, Spirit Rock and Insight Meditation Society. Before committing to teach meditation full-time, he spent years doing research on addiction pharmacotherapy at the UCLA Center for Behavioral and Addiction Medicine and continues to be interested in the dialogue between Buddhism and science.

Cara Lai

Cara Lai

Teacher

Throughout many mind-body adventures, Cara has explored the concentrated mind, chronic illness, the value of pleasure, the power of maternal energy, and connection to the earth. She tries her best to teach from the most authentic place she can muster, and is still learning about the contentment of simply existing.

Brian Lesage

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