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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 a 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 for Sunday sittings.

Upcoming Retreats

Please note our Cancellation Policy:

~ If you cancel more than 45 days prior to the retreat: We will refund all fees less administrative fees – from $25 – $50.00, depending on the cost of the retreat

~ If you cancel 10-44 days prior to the retreat we will refund all fees less $100- $200.00, depending on the cost of the retreat.

~If you cancel less than 14 days prior to the event we cannot afford to offer a refund. Last-minute cancellations are costly and often mean that others who were once interested can no longer attend the retreat

A Lei of Inner Beauty

A Weekend Vipassana Retreat with Jesse Maceo Vega-Frey

POSTPONED until December 11-13 registration still open!

December 11-13, 2020

Kohala Institute at ʻIole – Kapaʻau, Hawaiʻi Island, HI

May Day ~ Lei Day is a time of celebration and renewal. It is a time to bring forth the goodness in ourselves and share it with the world.

Join Vipassana Hawaiʻi Resident Teacher Jesse Maceo Vega-Frey for a weekend in silent meditation where we will carefully string our lei of inner beauty moment by moment through a clear and caring relationship with the experience of body and mind.

Vipassana (Insight) meditation was developed in the ancient teachings of the Buddha who sought to help liberate beings from suffering.

~ With a commitment to ethical conduct we build the foundation of our spiritual journey.

~ Through the cultivation of concentration and mindfulness we come to see the nature of phenomena in a way that unravels our attachment, aversion, and delusion in regards to experience.

~ By developing the divine abodes of lovingkindness, compassion, appreciation, and equanimity we create a balanced mind whose peaceful love for the joys and hardships of the world is unhindered by preference.

Guidance in sitting and walking meditation will be offered as well as daily Dhamma talks to help integrate the practice into our lives.

CLICK HERE to register!

Liberation of Heart and Mind: Insight Meditation and Lovingkindness Retreat

with Michele McDonald and Jesse Maceo Vega-Frey

assisted by Pari Ruengviseh and Darine Monroy

May 22 – May 31, 2020

Insight Meditation Society – Barre, MA

This intensive silent retreat is an opportunity to 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.

With guidance and support from the teachers, both new and experienced meditators will be encouraged to deepen their trust in their own practice. There will also be the optional opportunity to learn the traditional style of reporting one’s meditation experience.

To register, click here.

Liberation of Heart and Mind: Lovingkindness and Insight Weekend

with Michele McDonald and Jesse Maceo Vega-Frey

Insight Meditation Society – Barre, MA

June 4 – 7, 2020

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.

To register, click here.



Being Aware, Being Wise.

Vipassana Meditation and the Eightfold Path

A Seven-Day Retreat with Grahame White

July 24-31, 2020

Palolo Zen Center – Honolulu, HI

The Buddha’s most explicit path of practice to come out of suffering is the Eightfold Path. This is a set of eight practical approaches that bring Buddhist practice into the width and depth of our lives. In this seven-day course we will explore this Eightfold Path in relationship to Vipassana Meditation. We will discover that practising Vipassana is really living the Eightfold Path.

This retreat will be structured to suit beginners as well as seasoned meditators with an interest in exploring their own mind and body processes.

Each day will consist of sitting and walking meditation as well as nightly talks and daily guidance interviews.

An afternoon mindful yoga period will be offered on this retreat.

All are welcome.

Grahame 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 BodhGaya, 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 Centre outside Sydney., Grahame leads introductory and day long courses in Illawarra & Sydney areas and regularly teaches longer intensive retreats in Honolulu, Hawaii where he is a guiding teacher with the meditation group Vipassana Hawaii. He also teaches yearly retreats in Sri Lanka with the Nirodha Trust. He has also helped pioneer a workshop format that enhances the transfer of mindfulness from the formal sitting practice into daily life. Grahame returns to Myanmar (Burma) regulary in order to deepen his own practice and study of the Buddha’s teachings, at times assisting in the teaching of Vipassana retreats for foreigners. Grahame teaches a classical tradition of insight meditation with a relaxed, accessible style.

CLICK HERE to register

Affectionate Awareness as a Path to Liberation

With Michele McDonald and Jesse Maceo Vega-Frey

Vallecitos Mountain Retreat Center

August 1 – 14, 2020

During this intensive silent retreat, participants will learn to develop their heart’s capacity for liberatory clarity and pervasive tenderness with a unique integration of Vipassana (insight) and Metta (lovingkindness) practices.Michele and Jesse are enthusiastic about supporting yogis with a depth of both technical rigor and spacious ease.

Yogis will be supported by daily instruction periods with time for questions and answers, individual interviews with both teachers, nightly dhamma talks, a vigorous schedule of sitting and walking meditation, as well as free time in the afternoons to silently explore the beauty of the landscape on their own.

Come experience the richness of quietude in the beautiful Vallecitos wilderness while cultivating the wisdom of Vipassana and the tenderness of the four Brahma Viharas: Unconditional Love, Compassion, Appreciative Joy, and Equanimity.

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Vipassana Meditation Retreat

with Michele McDonald and Jesse Maceo Vega-Frey

Aug 28 – Sep 6 2020

Sea to Sky Retreat Centre – Whistler, BC

Vipassana meditation is the moment-to-moment investigation of the mind/body process through calm and focused awareness. As insight deepens, wisdom and compassion arise, slowly untangling our hearts from deep seated patterns of greed, hatred and delusion.

Meditation instruction is provided, emphasizing mindfulness and lovingkindness practices. Sitting and walking meditation sessions are alternated. Individual check-ins with the teachers will be offered on alternating days along with daily question and answer periods.

To register, click here