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Retreats

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Vipassana Hawai‘i offers a variety of programs aligned with Buddhist Theravadic teachings  in Hawai‘i, the US mainland, Canada, and Southeast Asia. Whether you are a beginner or an seasoned yogi, we provide a diverse range of practice opportunities throughout the year. Click through to learn more about us, or to join our Hawai‘i sangha at Sunday sittings.

Upcoming Retreats


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December 29, 2016 – January 8, 2017

This retreat is filled. Wait list available here.

 New Year’s Vipassana Retreat with Mindful Movement 

With Steven Smith and assisted by Jake Davis

Mindful movement with Julie Seibt

Jungle Yoga, Khao Sok National Park, Thailand


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January 12 – February 2, 2017

Kyaswa Monastery Fusion Retreat

Three-week meditation retreat in the tradition of Mahasi Sayadaw,

With Steven SmithMa Kamala, and Sayadaw U Pannabhinanda

and assisted by Jake Davis

Kyaswa Monastery, Sagaing Hills, Myanmar


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January 20 – 28, 2017

Unraveling Our Emotions through the Practice of Loving-kindness, Mindfulness, and Insight Meditation

With Bhante Buddharakkhita

Would you like to gain a deeper understanding of the nature of emotions and how they impact your life and the people around you? Do you want to learn how to turn difficult emotions like fear, anger, and self-criticism into opportunities for courage, loving-kindness, and acceptance?

Palolo Zen Center, Honolulu, Hawai’i


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March 31 – April 8, 2017

Nine-day Retreat for (Australian) Fall

Only male places available now.

With Steven Smith and assisted by Jake Davis

Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre

Medlow Bath – Blue Mountains Australia


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April 21 – 23, 2017

Metta Vipassana Meditation Retreat 

With Steven Smith and Michele McDonald

Sponsored by Hollyhock, Asian Centre at UBC in Vancouver, Canada


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April 26 – May 10, 2017

Metta Vipassana:
Awareness As A Path to Liberation

With Steven Smith and Michele McDonald

Hollyhock on Cortes Island, British Columbia, Canada


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April 28 – May 5, 2017

Kayanupassana: Contemplation of the Body with Care

Jesse Maceo Vega-Frey

Palolo Zen Center, Honolulu, Hawai’i
Join Jesse for this silent intensive vipassana meditation retreat where we will emphasize the cultivation of insight knowledge and kindness through the manifold experiences of the body. Training will include mindfulness of breath, mindfulness of the 4 elements, touch-points, and body-based brahma vihara practices of lovingkindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity. The other foundations of mindfulness: feeling tone, mind states, and other phenomena, will be introduced to support our practice as well.

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May 26 – June 8, 2017

Liberation of Heart and Mind: Insight Meditation and Lovingkindness Retreat

With Michele McDonald, Jesse Maceo Vega-Frey, Rebecca Bradshaw, and Greg Scharf

Insight Meditation Society, Barre, Massachusetts

This two-week course, held in an environment of silence, is a precious opportunity to experience the depth of practice that a longer retreat allows. We will explore the Buddha’s teachings on liberation by touching into the wordless depths of our own heart with an emphasis on lovingkindness, compassion, empathetic joy and equanimity. By practicing with interest, acceptance and kindness, we develop greater understanding and compassion. In this way, we increase our ability to meet life’s changes with ease and serenity.


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June 12 – 22, 2017

Second Annual Rains Thai Lake Retreat

With Steven Smith and assisted by Jake Davis

Mindful movement with Julie Seibt

Jungle Yoga, Khao Sok National Park, Thailand


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June 9 – 11, 2017

Liberation of Heart and Mind:  Lovingkindness Retreat and Insight Weekend

With Michele McDonald and Jesse Maceo Vega-Frey

Insight Meditation Society, Barre, Massachusetts

This silent weekend course, open to all, is an opportunity to explore the Buddha’s teachings on liberation, with an emphasis on the practice of metta, or lovingkindness. Through learning to connect with our mind/heart/body process with interest and acceptance, we touch into the wordless depths of our own heart, and develop greater understanding and compassion. In this way, we increase our ability to meet life’s changes with graceful ease and serenity.

 


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July 21 – 29, 2017

Living with a Smile: Nine Day Vipassana Meditation

With Grahame White

Palolo Zen Center, Honolulu, Hawai’i


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July 26 – August 4, 2017

Affectionate Awareness as a Path to Liberation

With Michele McDonald and Jesse Maceo Vega-Frey

Develop your heart’s capacity for clarity and kindness with this unique integration of Metta (lovingkindness) and Vipassana (insight) practices. Experience the richness of quietude in the beautiful Vallecitos wilderness while cultivating the wisdom of Vipassana and the tenderness of the 4 Brahma Viharas: Unconditional Love, Compassion, Appreciative Joy, and Equanimity.

Vallecitos Mountain Ranch, New Mexico


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August 10 – 16, 2017

Vipassana Retreat at Sea to Sky

With Michele McDonald and Jesse Maceo Vega-Frey

Vipassana meditation (Insight or Mindfulness practice) is the moment-to-moment investigation of the mind / body process through calm and focused awareness. As insight deepens, wisdom and compassion arise.

Sea to Sky Retreat Centre is a secluded 40 acre site of extraordinary natural beauty in British Columbia’s coastal mountain range.

Sponsored by BCIMS  Sea to Sky Retreat Centre, Daisy Lake, Whistler, British Columbia, Canada


August 18 – 20, 2017

Vipassana Meditation Retreat

With Michele McDonald and Jesse Maceo Vega-Frey

Sponsored by BCIMS, held at Asian Centre at UBC in Vancouver, Canada


August 24 – September 1, 2017

Freedom Through Understanding: Insight as a Path to Peace

With Michele McDonald and Jesse Maceo Vega-Frey

True North Insight, Arnprior, Ottowa, Canada


October 27 – November 4, 2017

Ten day retreat

With Steven Smith and assisted by Jake Davis

Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre

Medlow Bath – Blue Mountains Australia


November 24 – December 2, 2017

Dhamma: Pure, Deep, and Simple

With Steven Smith and Michele McDonald

Palolo Zen Center, Honolulu, Hawai’i


December , 2016 – January , 2018

 New Year’s Vipassana Retreat with Mindful Movement 

With Steven Smith and assisted by Jake Davis

Mindful movement with Julie Seibt

Khao Sok National Park, Thailand


January  – February , 2018

Kyaswa Monastery Fusion Retreat

Three-week meditation retreat in the tradition of Mahasi Sayadaw,

With Steven SmithMichele McDonald, and Sayadaw U Pannabhinanda

Kyaswa Monastery, Sagaing Hills, Myanmar


If you are interested in or have questions about any of the upcoming retreats please feel free to contact us by email.

Please note our Cancellation Policy:
If you cancel more than 45 days prior to the retreat: We will refund all fees less $50.00.
If you cancel 10-44 days prior to the retreat: We will refund all fees less $100.00.
If you cancel less than 10 days prior to the event: Last-minute cancellations are costly and sometimes mean that others cannot attend the retreat. Unfortunately we cannot afford to offer a refund.
* Daylong retreats within Hawai”i comply with a different cancellation policy, as noted on the registration pages.