Events

Upcoming events

    • 16 Nov 2016
    • 21 Dec 2016
    • 6 sessions
    • Common Ground @ Jefferson School City Center, 233 4th Street NW, Charlottesville

    Midday Meditation at Common Ground is led by rotating IMCC teachers.  Join us for guided insight and heart meditations, with time for questions and discussion.   These sitting periods are open to all levels of meditators including those new to practice.  Advance registration is not required and you may drop in at any time.  There is no fee. Donations are welcome, appreciated, and benefit both Common Ground and IMCC.

    • 09 Dec 2016
    • 23 Dec 2016
    • 3 sessions
    • Common Ground @ Jefferson School City Center, 233 4th Street NW, Charlottesville

    Lunch Hour Meditation at Common Ground is led by rotating IMCC teachers.  Join us for guided insight and heart meditations, with time for questions and discussion.   These sitting periods are open to all levels of meditators including those new to practice.  Advance registration is not required and you may drop in at any time.  There is no fee. Donations are welcome, appreciated, and benefit both Common Ground and IMCC.

    • 13 Dec 2016
    • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • JABA, 674 Hillsdale Drive

    Working with Emotional Reactivity

    Teacher: Jeffrey Fracher

    Some of the most difficult challenges that we face in our practice are the result of emotional reactivity. Emotional reactivity is the result of our being controlled by our emotions in ways that are not skillful. One of the basic tenants of Buddhist teaching addresses the need to manage our emotions as we make progress on the spiritual path. Doing so is fundamental to achieving equanimity and acceptance of things as they are, not as we wish them to be. The talk will look at the issue of emotional reactivity in depth. We will explore steps that we can take to better manage our emotional reactivity.

    IMCC meets every Tuesday evening for a period of guided meditation and a talk by one of IMCC's experienced meditation teachers.  The program is designed to be friendly and of interest to people with no meditation experience as well as more advanced practitioners. 


    • 20 Dec 2016
    • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • JABA, 674 Hillsdale Drive

    Holiday Cookie Night

    Teresa Miller will lead a meditation followed by time for socializing and enjoying tea and cookies.

    • 27 Dec 2016
    • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • JABA, 674 Hillsdale Drive

    Tuesday Night Meditation and Dharma Talk with Susan Stone

    • 03 Jan 2017
    • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • JABA, 674 Hillsdale Drive

    Tuesday Night Meditation and Dharma Talk with Pat Coffey

    • 14 Jan 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Sojourners United Church of Christ, 1017 Elliott Ave, Charlottesville, VA

    Living Peace: A Day Long Insight Dialogue Retreat

    led by

    Sharon Beckman-Brindley

    The teaching of our spiritual practice is that true peace isn't to be found "out there" but is already imminent in our own being. In this Day Long retreat, we will practice silent meditation and, together, the contemplations of Insight Dialogue in which we will explore our moment-to-moment experience while meditating in dialogue with others. Meditating in this way together, we will discover and investigate the mind's constructing nature and its great potential for awareness and for freedom as we both remember and cultivate a healing peace in our own, very personal, minds and hearts. 

    Because Insight Dialogue builds on our established meditation practice, prior experience of at least a daylong or weekend insight meditation retreat is requested. If you would like guidance about the suitability of this retreat for you, please contact Sharon,sharon@metta.org.  Additional information about Insight Dialogue may be found at www.metta.org. 

    Scholarships are available. No one will be turned away due to lack of funds.



    • 23 Jan 2017
    • 27 Feb 2017
    • 6 sessions
    • Common Ground Healing Arts Center
    • 9

    6-Week Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation Class

    IMCC will offer a six-week Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation Class open to anyone who is new to meditation or who would like to establish a regular practice of mindfulness and Insight Meditation. 

    The class will cover introductions to mindfulness of the breath, the body, emotions, and thoughts. There will be instruction, guided practice together, and time for discussion and addressing participants questions. Regular home meditation practice is an integral part of the course. 

    The course will be taught by David Silver.

    Location: Common Ground Healing Arts Center at the Jefferson School City Center.  

    Cost: $95 which includes a copy of Gil Fronsdal's book The Issue at Hand.  

    Classes will be held on Monday evenings, January 23-February 27.
    The first class will be 7-9 pm, and the remainder 7-8:30 pm.
    Class size is limited to 20. 

    No one will be turned away due to insufficient funds. A sliding scale is available.


    $95 and includes a copy of Gil Fronsdal's book The Issue at Hand.  
    • 03 Mar 2017
    • 6:00 PM
    • 05 Mar 2017
    • 1:30 PM
    • Sevenoaks Retreat Center, Madison, VA

    Waking Up in Real Life: Practices for Mind, Body and Heart with Trisha Stotler and Jeffrey Fracher, PhD.

    Registration is open: http://bit.ly/2euDxHF

    How do we bring the expansive qualities of mind, body and heart that we cultivate on the cushion into the messy and often difficult places--the "muddy water"--in which we find ourselves, and our world? How do we abide in peace, joy and equanimity in the middle of real life?

    This silent Vipassana meditation retreat will focus on teachings and practices for mind, body and heart that are both imminently practical, and deeply sacred. There will be periods of sitting and walking meditation, as well as opportunities for daily yoga/movement.

    We invite you to join us as we sit with these questions together in supportive community at the beautiful Sevenoaks Retreat Center. Comfortable rooms, 200 acres of walking trails and delicious homemade meals provide a truly special environment for this practice.



    • 31 Mar 2017
    • 7:00 PM
    • 05 Apr 2017
    • 12:00 PM
    • Shalom House Retreat Center, Hanover County, Virginia

    Awareness and Release:
    Practicing with Difficult Emotion

    with Sharon Beckman-Brindley and Phyllis K. Hicks


    Much of the time as humans we live, not so much in life as in our mental patterns, our conditioned views about life. When an internal or external experience arises, we meet it with a mind state, a thought, an emotion or a whole story that colors the actual experience and leads to distorted views of reality and, ultimately to suffering. The practice of mindfulness reveals this process directly and opens the door to cultivating embodied awareness, spaciousness, non-identification and release. We discover the relief of a mind at peace; we learn to work with difficult emotions as discreet phenomena that come, go, and change.

    In this Insight Dialogue retreat we will practice silent meditation and, together, the contemplations of Insight Dialogue in which we will explore our moment-to-moment experience while meditating in dialogue with others. This dialogue practice can open us to perceive and understand things that are normally overlooked in our own personal perceptions. Meditating together, we discover and investigate the mind's constructing nature and its great potential for awareness and for freedom. 

    Click here more information about the meditation practice of Insight Dialogue.

    24.5 CEs available for Nurses, Psychologists, Social Workers and Counselors

    Click here for additional information or to register





    • 12 May 2017
    • 4:00 PM
    • 19 May 2017
    • 2:00 PM
    • Serenity Ridge, Nelson County Virginia

    The Heart of Awakening

    Our world cries out for healing, for peace. Our spiritual practice reminds us that true peace isn't to be found "out there" but is already imminent for each of us in our own being.  In this retreat we will practice allowing our hearts and minds to open unconditionally to life and to our experience just as it is. We will inquire deeply into the forces that constrict our minds and hearts and that keep us from resting in the natural kindness, care and compassion for all that arises when the mind is at peace.

    In May 2017 we will return to the Serenity Ridge retreat center in Nelson County for a silent residential retreat. Our guest teacher will be internationally renowned meditation teacher Ajahn Thanasanti who will be joined by IMCC's Sharon Beckman-Brindley.


    This retreat will be an opportunity for you to establish, re-discover, or deepen your contemplative practice.  It is suitable for beginners as well as seasoned meditators. Through the skilled guidance of our teachers, you will be supported in exploring, healing, and transforming your relationship with yourself and all of creation. 

    So that participants may fully experience the benefits of the teachings and our practice, the retreatants will maintain silence, except for question/answer periods and meetings with the teachers. We will alternate sitting practice with walking meditation, and daily mindful movement classes will be offered.

    A collection of information on our residential retreats, including a link and map for the Serenity Ridge Retreat Center, travel directions, short descriptions on what to expect on retreat, what to bring and other details and advice can be found at IMCC's  residential retreat resources page. 

    Registration Fees and Accommodations

    The type of accommodation you request will determine the cost of your attendance, which you will select on the registration page. (Click the 'register' button to the left on this page.) The cost is inclusive of all of your meals and snacks, tea and coffee.

    50% payment is due upon registration. The balance is due by April 14, 2017. Your registration is not complete until your 50% deposit has been received.

    Room assignments are on a first come, first served basis, and assignments are dependent upon availability. Early registration assures best room assignment.

    For those camping, Serenity Ridge has a number of gravel tent pads in the woods north of the meditation hall: in the past, tents pitched have remained dry even after successive days of rain. Indoor showers and restrooms are located about fifty yards from the camping area.

    Financial Aid and Contributions

    As you know, expenses for retreats are increasing, while personal incomes often are not. This means that some people who want to come to an IMCC retreat cannot afford the cost. It is our intention, when possible, not to turn anyone away for financial reasons. 

    If you require financial support from IMCC, please see the information and application on our residential retreat resources page. Shared rooms are available to those requiring financial assistance.

    If you would like to make a donation to the IMCC Fred Meyer Scholarship Fund in order to assist those in need, you may do so when you register. Contributions are tax deductible; we will provide you with a statement of your contribution upon request. 

    Refund Policy

    If your plans change, please notify us as soon as possible as there may be people on a waiting list for the retreat. Requests for refunds will be considered before April 14, 2017. We are unable to offer refunds after that date due to fees that we must pay in advance to the retreat center. Refunds will be less a $50 cancellation fee. All cancellation fees support our scholarship fund. There will be no refund if you decide to leave the retreat early.

    Dana

    Retreat fees cover the cost of room, board, and facility fees. No part of the fee covers payment to the teachers. Teachers are dependent on dana, which are contributions from those attending the retreat. You will have an opportunity to make a dana payment to the teachers at the end of the retreat.

    Please note:

    If you are in the midst of a life trauma, emotional upheaval or instability that might require individual support beyond our scheduled meetings with teachers, the retreat format may not be a good match at this time. Should  you have any questions about this, please contact the retreat manager. 

    Retreat Manager

    Please direct any questions regarding the registration process or the retreat to our Retreat Manager, Laura DeVault, at info.imccspring17@gmail.com.



IMCC is a nonprofit organization established in 1996. Its primary mission is to promote the instruction and practice of Buddhist Insight Meditation and related teachings that awaken an individual’s natural wisdom and compassion. IMCC is located in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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