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Affectionate Awareness as a Path to Liberation


July 26 – August 4, 2017

Affectionate Awareness as a Path to Liberation

With Michele McDonald and Jesse Maceo Vega-Frey

Vallecitos Mountain Ranch, New Mexico

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.

   Casita Cabin

   Tent Cabin

Retreat with Grahame White opened.

July 21 – 29, 2017

Living with a Smile: Nine Day Vipassana Meditation

With Grahame White

Palolo Zen Center, Honolulu, Hawai’i

When we look at a statue of the Buddha, the image of Buddha is always depicted with a slight smile. A smile of a mind filled with personal peace. The Buddha discovered through his own practice that it is possible to put an end to conflict and stress in our lives through the cultivation of awareness and wisdom. During this 9 day retreat we will be walking in the Buddha’s path – practicing SATIPATTHANA VIPASSANA MEDITATION (Insight meditation) so we can experience a personal peace and LIVE WITH A SMILE.

This course will be suitable for both beginners and those with more experience – All are welcome!

Register here now.

Kayanupassana: Contemplation of the Body with Care


April 28 – 30, 2017

Kayanupassana: Contemplation of the Body with Care

Jesse Maceo Vega-Frey

Palolo Zen Center, Honolulu, Hawai’i

Join Jesse Maceo Vega-Frey, our resident teacher, 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.

Second Annual Rains Thai Lake Retreat


Don’t forget to make plans to sit the Second Annual Rains Thai Lake Retreatwith Steven Smith, assisted by Jake Davis, and mindful movement with Julie Seibt June 12 – 22, 2017. Get your airline tickets and passport ready now.

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

Practice in the stillness of this remote jungle lake, as dawn slowly brings on the indescribable jungle chorus of cicadas and gibbons. 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. There will be mindful movement classes twice a day and  opportunity for mindful swimming and kayaking in the afternoons.