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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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October 13 – 15, 2017

Modern Life as Spiritual Path

With Anushka FernandopulleRainbow

Kahumana Cafe and Retreat Center, Waianae, O’ahu

Three spots left.

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.


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October 27 – November 4, 2017

Ten day retreat

Waitlist only.

With Steven Smith and assisted by Jake Davis

Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre

Medlow Bath – Blue Mountains Australia


November 10 – 12, 2017

 Protecting the Sacred in Difficult Times

A weekend Vipassana Meditation Retreat

With Jesse Maceo Vega-Frey

Lanai Hongwanji Buddhist Temple, Lanai, HI

Filling fast, limited space, don’t wait.

Join Buddhist teacher Jesse Maceo Vega-Frey for a weekend retreat on the wonderful island of Lanai. During our time together we will be in silence,  learning about the practices and principles of vipassana: mindfulness, concentration, and kindness offered in our tradition to stabilize the mind and gain powerful insight into the nature of life to help us alleviate suffering. We will take our inspiration from the members of the Lanai Hongwanji community, who once had to protect their sacred altar from confiscation or destruction during WWII. We will learn about their powerful story and use it as an example of how we must all protect our most sacred places of the heart when confronted by threats and challenges in life or within our own minds. This retreat is a fundraiser for the Lanai Hongwanji – all proceeds will go to helping support their important temple.


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November 24 – December 2, 2017

Dhamma: Pure, Deep, and Simple

Five spots left.

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

Filled, waitlist only.

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.


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January 12 – February 2, 2018

Kyaswa Monastery Fusion Retreat

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

With Sayadaw U Pannabhinanda, Michele McDonald, Steven Smith and assisted by Sayalay Ma Kamala

Kyaswa Monastery, Sagaing Hills, Myanmar

Email for availability.

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. 


February 3 – 19, 2018 (16 nights/17 days)

Ultimate Reality Pilgrimage
The Buddha Smile Tour, India

With Grahame White

The opportunity has now arisen to be able to offer a seven-day Vipassana retreat in Bodh Gaya, the site of the Buddha’s awakenings, with permission given by the Abbot, at the new Burmese Vihara in Bodh Gaya, India. This will be the inaugural retreat, and hopefully becoming an annual event.

Following this retreat, we will head off on our nine-day pilgrimage. We will be visiting famous sites such as Nalanda, Rajgir, Vultures Peak, Vaisali, Kushinagar, Varanasi and Sarnath. From Varanasi we will fly to Bopal for a short bus ride to the UNESCO listed site of Sanchi Stupor where we will stay two nights and explore this site. After Sanchi we will fly back to Varanasi and bus back to Bodh Gaya where we will end our pilgrimage.

An exciting trip is being offered and we invite you to join us for this for this wonderful Buddha Smile Pilgrimage. There are a number of tour options available. Further details are available here.


February 23 to March 3, 2018

Finding Peace and Balance in your life through the practices of

Loving-kindness, Compassion, Appreciative Joy and Equanimity

 With Bhante Buddharakkhita

Save the date. This retreat has not yet opened for registration.


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.