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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

 


Clarity and Kindness

on the Pineapple Isle

A weekend Vipassana Meditation Retreat with Jesse Maceo Vega-Frey 

November 8 – 10, 2019

Lanai Hongwanji Buddhist Temple, Lanai, HI

Only Non-Residential Spaces Left- click here

Our time together we will be held in silence, learning about the fundamental practices and principles of Vipassana: mindfulness, concentration, and loving-kindness used to stabilize the mind and gain powerful insight into the nature of life in order to alleviate suffering. Jesse will emphasize mindfulness of breath, mindfulness of the 4 elements in the body, and body-based “divine abodes” of lovingkindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity. In particular we will be sensitizing to the subtle forces at play in our meditation practice so that we attune to the delicate balance between energy and rest, clarity and kindness.
 
Please note our Cancellation Policy:
~If you cancel more than 45 days prior to the retreat: We will refund all fees less administrative/paypal fees – around $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 $200.00.
~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. 

November 29 – December 7, 2019

Dhamma: Pure, Deep, and Simple

With Steven Smith and Michele McDonald

Palolo Zen Center, Honolulu, Hawai’i

Only Non-Residential Spaces Available

Come receive a pure and powerful dhamma-teaching, the practice that awakens wisdom and metta, deeply embodied from the inside. Experience a nine-day Vipassana silent retreat in the beautiful serene Palolo Valley.

Steven Smith and Michele McDonald have been teaching together for over 33 years. Both are founders and guiding teachers for Vipassana Hawai’i.  They offer effective tools to make the practice work for each individual student, liberating the heart-mind with clarity, ease, and authenticity. For more information about the teachers, click here.

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 administrative/paypal fees – around $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 $200.00.
~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. 


December 29, 2019 – January 8, 2020

Abiding in the Wild:

Nurturing Love, Awareness, and the Heart’s Deep Release

New Year’s Vipassana Retreat with Mindful Movement

With Steve Smith, assisted by Pari Ruengviseh and Darine Monroy

and Mindful Movement with Julie Siebt

Jungle Yoga, Cheow Lan (Rajaprapa Lake), Surat Thani, Thailand

Registration is full. Click here to be added to the Waitlist

Please note our Cancellation Policy:
~If you cancel more than 45 days prior to the retreat: We will refund all fees less administrative/paypal fees – around $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 $200.00.
~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. 


 

Kyaswa Monastery Fusion Retreat

The Sagaing Hills of Burma (Myanmar) 
January 12 – February 2, 2020
 
Taught by Sayadaw U Pannananda, Michele McDonald, Steven Smith, assisted by Sayalay Ma Kamala 
 

This unique 3-week retreat offers a rare opportunity to practice Metta (loving-kindness) 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. 

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. 

Base fee of $950 covers all the basic costs of the retreat. Participants are also invited to offer an additional 15% or 25% to help pay for yogi scholarships, MettaDana Project support, and unforeseen retreat expenses.

For more information, go to our googledoc

and to register please click here.

or email kyaswaretreat@gmail.com

Please note our Cancellation Policy:
~If you cancel more than 45 days prior to the retreat: We will refund all fees less administrative/paypal fees – around $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 $200.00.
~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. 


Five Angles for Freedom

A Weekend Vipassana Retreat with Anushka Fernandopulle

Palolo Zen Center, Honolulu, HI

January 17-20, 2020

The path of Buddhist practice is designed to help us release stress, strain and suffering in our life through developing insight. One framework that can help us do this is the “Five Aggregates” or “Five Heaps”, a way of investigating our experience of body and mind that reveals what is true about this life, how we have misperceptions that get us into trouble, and how we can live lives of greater freedom. Join us to learn and practice together. We will be investigating out experience through silent meditation while sitting, walking, eating, and resting. The retreat will be supported by guided meditation, talks, and time for questions.

Anushka has trained in Buddhist meditation for over 30 years, primarily Vipassana or Insight Meditation. After studying Buddhism at Harvard, she spent four years in full-time meditation training in the US, India and Sri Lanka. She was invited to teach Dharma in 1998 and later went through a four year meditation teacher training program with Jack Kornfield, Joseph Goldstein, Sharon Salzberg and other leading Western Buddhist meditation teachers. Anushka joined the Teacher’s Council at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in 2011. Her work has been featured in publications like Tricycle, Lion’s Roar, Turning Wheel, Inquiring Mind, as well as on her blog on the Huffington Post about dharma and politics.

To register, click here


Please note our Cancellation Policy:
~If you cancel more than 45 days prior to the retreat: We will refund all fees less PayPal fees – around $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 $200.00.
~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. 
 

Liberation of Heart and Mind: Insight Meditation and Lovingkindness Retreat

with Michele McDonald and Jesse Maceo Vega-Frey

assisted by Pari Reungvisesh and Darine Monroy
Insight Meditation Society
Barre, MA USA
May 22 – May 31, 2020
 

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 USA
June 04 – June 07, 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.


Vipassana Meditation Retreat

with Michele McDonald

and Jesse Maceo Vega-Frey

Fri, 28 Aug – Sun, 6 Sep 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