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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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August 18 – 20, 2017

Vipassana Meditation Retreat

This is a non-residential retreat with space available.

With Michele McDonald and Jesse Maceo Vega-Frey

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

This is a non-residential retreat. Space is available.


August 24 – September 1, 2017

Freedom Through Understanding: Insight as a Path to Peace

This retreat is now full, with a short waitlist.

With Michele McDonald and Jesse Maceo Vega-Frey

True North Insight, Arnprior, Ottawa, Canada

The teachers will be offering Vipassana practice rooted in deepening our understanding of mindfulness as the intention to understand our experience rather than to judge and control it.
Learn to develop a field of awareness that can be narrowed or broadened, that can incline toward clarity or compassion, depending on the needs of the circumstance. Learn to move with courage toward difficulty when mindfulness and equanimity are strong, and to infuse one’s awareness with gentle care when the challenges seem overwhelming.
The practice is grounded firmly in the Theravada teachings of the Buddha and offered in the spirit of our times. All four foundations of mindfulness will be taught so that yogis can access deeper levels of insight and peace.


October 13 – 15, 2017

Modern Life as Spiritual Path

With Anushka FernandopulleRainbow

Kahumana Cafe and Retreat Center, Waianae, O’ahu

Space available.

Buddhist teachings describe several areas of life which we can benefit from bringing into alignment with our deepest aspirations for well-being and freedom. Come join us for a weekend of meditation practice and intentional living that can inform how you live your life. We will be practicing in silence together, sitting, walking, eating, and resting. There will be time for questions with the teacher and time in nature.


October 27 – November 4, 2017

Ten day retreat

Male spaces available only.

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

This retreat is now open.

With Steven Smith and Michele McDonald

Palolo Zen Center, Honolulu, Hawai’i

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December 29, 2017 – January 8, 2018

 Abiding in the Wild: Nurturing Love, Awareness, and the Heart’s Deep Release

New Year’s Vipassana Retreat with Mindful Movement

with Steven Smith and assisted by Jake Davis

Mindful movement with Julie Seibt

Jungle Yoga, Thailand

Four spots left, email for availability before registering, as you are not guarantee a space by registering.

We will begin each day sitting together in the stillness of this remote jungle lake, as dawn slowly brings on the indescribable jungle chorus of cicadas and gibbons. Together, we will learn to cultivate seamless awareness in all sense fields, nourished by dedicated cultivation of the ‘divine abidings’: unconditional friendliness, wise compassion, empathetic joy, and equanimity. In each moment of returning gently to the present, we develop the ability to abide with clarity and kindness in the midst of both subtle and strong emotions.


January 12 – February 2, 2018

Kyaswa Monastery Fusion Retreat

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

With Steven SmithMichele McDonaldSayadaw U Pannabhinanda, and Sayalay Ma Kamala

Kyaswa Monastery, Sagaing Hills, Myanmar

Space available.

This unique 3-week retreat offers a rare opportunity to practice Metta (lovingkindness) and Vipassana (insight) methods with skilled Burmese monastic and Western lay teachers in the Sagaing Hills of Upper Burma. The first 5 days will focus on Metta practice to lay the foundation for a deeper emphasis on Vipassana during the rest of the retreat. 

Filled with centuries-old pagodas, monasteries, and nunneries, the Sagaing hills are regarded as the spiritual heart of Burma and one of the most important practice centers of Theravada Buddhism. Kyaswa Monastery is itself a 600 year old practice and study center that plays a vital role in the health and vibrancy of nearby Wachet village. 

Yogis are supported in every way by  the heritage of living Dhamma and benefit from a rigorous schedule, individual interviews, carefully prepared food, nightly chanting from local nuns and accommodation in individual kutis nestled along the scenic hillside. 

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.