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Affectionate Awareness as a Path to Liberation at Vallecitos Mountain Ranch

Vipassana Hawai‘i is pleased to announce Affectionate Awareness as a Path to Liberation with Michele McDonald and Jesse Maceo Vega-Frey.Held at The Vallecitos Mountain Ranch, a magical, 135-acre wilderness ranch and retreat center nestled 8,880 feet above sea level in the Tusas Mountains, 50 miles west of Taos, New Mexico. We hope you will have the opportunity of attending!

July 30 – August 8

Affectionate Awareness as a Path to Liberation

Michele McDonald, Jesse Maceo Vega-Frey

Vallecitos Mountain Ranch, Tusas Mountains, New Mexico

Develop compassionate awareness and a more loving heart with this unique Metta and Vipassana practice. Experience days at beautiful Vallecitos cultivating Unconditional Love, Wise Compassion, Empathetic Joy and Equanimity – are meditations fusing innate spiritual emotions with the intuitive wisdom of Vipassana.

This course is suitable for beginners and those who have experience in meditation.

Public Dhamma Talk by Vipassana Teacher Grahame White

Please join Vipassana Hawai‘i Teacher Grahame White for our weekly sitting and Dhamma talk. Grahame will be here teaching the retreat this weekend and next week. He has kindly offered to give the Dhamma talk this Sunday, April 26th.

Grahame 2012 PZC copy

Sunday, April 26,  2015

Sitting with Grahame White

5 – 6:30 pm: Sitting (45 minutes) followed by Dhamma talk

Chan Khong Buddhist Temple at 1105 Hind Iuka Drive in Aina Haina.

Grahame White has been involved in Buddhist meditation practice for over 40 years. He began his study in England in 1969 before being ordained as a Buddhist monk for one year in Bodh Gaya, India in 1971. He took a primary role in the establishment of Vipassana meditation in the tradition of Mahasi Sayadaw in Australia and co-founded the Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Center outside Sydney. He has helped pioneer a workshop format that enhances the transfer of mindfulness from the formal sitting practice into daily life. Grahame teaches a classical tradition of insight meditation with a relaxed, accessible style.

Dana for the teacher and temple is welcome.

We look forward to seeing you!

Vipassana Metta Retreat and Mindfulness Practice Retreat with Michele McDonald and Jesse Maceo Vega Frey


Just a reminder that there is still space available for two retreat opportunities at one location, Hollyhock. Experience seven days practicing Metta (unconditional love and kindness) and Vipassana (insight) meditation, followed by seven days of cultivating mindfulness, on beautiful Cortes Island, British Columbia, at the Hollyhock Centre.

Practice and cultivate 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 29 – May 6, 2015 – Metta Vipassana Practice 
Cultivate Unconditional Love, Wise Compassion, Empathetic Joy, and Equanimity.

May 6 – May 13, 2015 – Mindfulness Practice 
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.

Joy Kerfoot will be offering mindful movement. Pari Ruengvisesh will be assisting Michele and Jesse.

Request a Reservation for This Program

Register early to ensure your program and accommodation choice.


Grahame 2015 Spring Flyer 2

Please register now for guiding teacher Grahame White‘s April retreat on O’ahu. Registration is filling up.

Costs for the retreat are $600 residential, and $500 non-residential.  All meals are included. You may register via this link. Note that residential spaces at the Palolo Zen Center Zendo are limited. Register soon if you want to secure overnight accommodations. Please forward this email to friends that may be interested.

A silent vipassana meditation retreat with Grahame White

April 24 – 30, 2015

Palolo Zen Center, Honolulu, Hawai’i

Visit our website for more information regarding the retreat and other retreats.

Mahalo and see you soon!

Vipassana Hawai’i Team