Events

Upcoming events

    • 28 Feb 2017
    • 7:30 PM
    • JABA

    Robert Hodge, guiding teacher at Whitehall Meditation will be a guest speaker on February 28.  Guided meditation will be followed by a dharma talk.

    Mindfulness of Breath


    Mindfulness of the Breath is the first meditation practice in the Satipatthana Sutta (The Four Foundations of Mindfulness), the most well-known discourse by the Buddha.  He held mindfulness of breathing in high regard:


    Twenty years after the Buddha attained enlightenment, a senior monk by the name of Ananda became his personal attendant. One day he asked the Buddha, “Venerable sir, if people ask me whether you are still practicing meditation, what shall I tell them?” The Buddha replied that, yes, he was still meditating “What kind of meditation do you practice, venerable sir?” Ananda asked. “Mindfulness of breathing,” the Buddha answered.


    In this session, we will explore and practice mindfulness of breathing to experience its benefits. 


    Jefferson Area Board for Aging (JABA)
    674 Hillsdale Drive
    Charlottesville, VA
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    • 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.



    • 07 Mar 2017
    • 7:30 PM
    • JABA

    Location:

    Jefferson Area Board for Aging (JABA)
    674 Hillsdale Drive
    Charlottesville, VA
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    • 14 Mar 2017
    • 7:30 PM
    • JABA

    Location:

    Jefferson Area Board for Aging (JABA)
    674 Hillsdale Drive
    Charlottesville, VA
    Map


    • 21 Mar 2017
    • 7:30 PM
    • JABA

    Hugh Byrne will be visiting IMCC on March 21.  He will lead meditation followed by a dharma talk.




    Jefferson Area Board for Aging (JABA)
    674 Hillsdale Drive
    Charlottesville, VA
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    • 22 Mar 2017
    • 6:00 PM
    • Jefferson Madison Regional Central Library

    Susan Bauer-Wu, President of the Mind Life Institute will moderate a discussion with Hugh Byrne, author of The Here-and-Now Habit: How Mindfulness Can Help You Break Unhealthy Habits Once and for Alland Emily Esfahani Smith, author of The Power of Meaning: Crafting a Life That Matters, whose books offer powerful practices for incorporating mindfulness and meaning into our lives.


    Location:
    Central JMRL Library
    201 E Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
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    • 28 Mar 2017
    • 7:30 PM
    • JABA

    Location:

    Jefferson Area Board for Aging (JABA)
    674 Hillsdale Drive
    Charlottesville, VA
    Map


    • 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 Emotions

    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 for 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.





    • 04 Apr 2017
    • 7:30 PM
    • JABA

    Location:

    Jefferson Area Board for Aging (JABA)
    674 Hillsdale Drive
    Charlottesville, VA
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    • 10 Apr 2017
    • 7:00 PM
    • Common Ground Healing Arts Center
    • 19

    Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation :6-WeekClass

    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. 

    Cost: $95 which includes a copy of Gil Fronsdal's book The Issue at Hand. No one will be turned away due to insufficient funds. A sliding scale is available.

    Schedule: Monday evenings, April 10-May 15.
    The first class will be 7-9 pm, and the remainder 7-8:30 pm.

    Class size: 20

    Teacher: David Silver
    Contact David with any questions about the class or financial arrangements. 

    Location:
    Common Ground Healing Arts Center

    233 4th St NW #219
    Charlottesville, VA

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    • 11 Apr 2017
    • 7:30 PM
    • JABA

    Location:

    Jefferson Area Board for Aging (JABA)
    674 Hillsdale Drive
    Charlottesville, VA
    Map


    • 18 Apr 2017
    • 7:30 PM
    • JABA

    Location:

    Jefferson Area Board for Aging (JABA)
    674 Hillsdale Drive
    Charlottesville, VA
    Map


    • 25 Apr 2017
    • 7:30 PM
    • JABA

    Location:

    Jefferson Area Board for Aging (JABA)
    674 Hillsdale Drive
    Charlottesville, VA
    Map


    • 12 May 2017
    • 4:00 PM
    • 19 May 2017
    • 2:00 PM
    • Serenity Ridge Retreat Center, 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.

    Early Registration: The discounted early registration rate is in effect until February 1, 2017.  To receive the discounted rate, payment in full must be made at the time of registration.  

    Regular Registration: After February 1, rates will increase by 5%. A 50% deposit will be due upon registration. The balance will be 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.


    Location:
    Serenity Ridge Retreat Center
    554 Drumheller Ln
    Shipman, VA 22971

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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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