Upcoming events

    • 25 Feb 2016
    • 7:30 PM
    • 23 Jun 2016
    • 9:00 PM
    • Sojourners United Church of Christ, 1017 Elliott Ave. Cv 22902

    The Precepts in Daily Life~Buddhist ethics in support of joy and freedom

    A 6-meeting course led by the IMCC teaching team

    Meeting once a month, Thursdays, 7:30-9 pm

    At Sojourners United Church of Christ

    Feb 25, March 31, April 28, May 26, June 16 & June 23 (ceremony and party)

    The precepts are guideposts to sane and joyous living and are as central to our practice today as they were in the Buddha’s time.  This course will provide an opportunity for you to move more deeply into your understanding of the meaning of the ethical assumptions in your life.

    The course format will include:

    ·      Small-group, experientially based discussions

    ·      Teachers’ comments

    ·      Handouts

    ·      At the course conclusion, a precepts ceremony and celebration

    Open to all who are interested in exploring the precepts. No prerequisites.

    Cost—$80  (no one will be denied participation due to lack of funds)

    Register online

    For questions contact Susan Stone

    • 13 May 2016
    • 4:00 PM
    • 20 May 2016
    • 2:00 PM
    • Serenity Ridge Retreat Center

    IMCC Spring 2016 Residential Retreat

    In May 2016 we will return to the Serenity Ridge retreat center in Nelson County for a silent residential retreat. Our guest teacher will be nationally renowned meditation teacher Lila Kate Wheeler, who will be joined by IMCC's Pat Coffey. 


    In meditation ~ as in daily life ~ you have all sorts of experiences, some pleasant, some less so.  In this retreat, you will explore ways to bring your meditation practice more fully alive with all of life’s experience.  You will learn that it is possible to gracefully navigate the most difficult of life’s circumstances with greater wisdom, kindness, compassion, and tranquility.  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 interviews 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 our  residential retreat resources page. If you have additional questions, you can contact the retreat manager at the email address below.

    IMCC's intention is to sponsor one Spring week-long retreat, and one Fall week-end retreat in 2016. However, in the event that we are not able to meet our financial obligation for our Spring week-long due to an insufficient number of registrants, we will then open the registration to allow week-end participants as well. We expect to make this decision on April 1. 

    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 delicious vegetarian meals and snacks, tea and coffee.

    50% payment is due upon registration. The balance is due by April 18, 2016. 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: during our Fall-2015 retreat, when it rained six out of the seven days, tents pitched on these remained dry. 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 a IMCC retreat cannot afford the cost. It is our intention, when possible, not to turn anyone away for financial reasons. Scholarship contributions are all tax deductible. If you are making a donation with your application, we will provide you with a statement of your contribution upon request. Donated funds will go into the IMCC Fred Meyer Scholarship Fund in order to assist those in need.

    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.

    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 18, 2016. 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 $75 cancellation fee. There will be no refund if you decide to leave the retreat early.


    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

    • 27 May 2016
    • 4:00 PM (PDT)
    • 02 Jun 2016
    • 2:00 PM (PDT)
    • Joshua Tree, California

    The Buddha taught that the key to peace, joy and happiness is release: a state of mind and heart not driven by a relentless insistence that life, in this moment, be other than it is.  This capacity for freedom is available to each of us in every moment but it is often obscured by our agitated minds and our wounded hearts.  In this retreat, we will combine the steady focused attention of Vipassana meditation with the relational approach of Insight Dialogue to the depths of this fundamental teaching on suffering, its causes and its release. 

    Insight dialogue is an interpersonal meditation form based in Vipassana. In Insight Dialogue practice we extend our solitary meditation into a meditation of speaking and listening in contemplation with others. As we practice together, we will touch directly into an embodied sense of greater empowerment and ease as we see and experience more clearly how the cycle of suffering works in our lives and how it can be released. 

    Click here for more information or to register

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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