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SEEING SECURITY EVERYWHERE 2022: Finding Refuge in the Storm of Uncertainty

June 10, 2022 – June 19, 2022 all-day


Finding Refuge in the Storm of Uncertainty

Weekend/ June 10-12, 2022

9-Day / June 10-19, 2022

Online Intensive Meditation Retreat

with Michele McDonald, Steven Smith, Jesse Maceo Vega-Frey, and Darine Monroy

In the Attadanada Sutta, the Buddha is quoted as saying,

Not harsh, not greedy, not perturbed, everywhere in tune:

This is the reward — I say when asked — for those who are free from pre-conceptions.

For one unperturbed — who understands — there is no accumulating.

Abstaining, unaroused, they see security everywhere.

During this era of uncertainty and possibility, we encourage our students to take the time to heed the call into silence and exploration – to use it as an opportunity to develop the beautiful qualities of mind that we know are available to us in any moment but which do not arise easily without training.

Join this group of teachers for a supported Self-Retreat during this period of time where the challenges of the past, the instability of the present and the undependability of the future has been brought into intense focus. How can we find peace amid the volatility, compassion amid the tragedy, loving kindness amid the anger?

While your individual schedule may vary from other yogis in the group, every participant will be offered:

~ Daily practice instructions

~ Interviews

~ Dhamma talks

~ Group chanting in the evenings

Instructions, talks, and chanting will be offered live and will also be recorded so that yogis in various time zones can listen and watch at their convenience.

We understand that the conditions of seclusion may vary greatly for all of us and so we cannot expect the same degree of support that we might have at a retreat center. Nevertheless, we expect all full-time yogis who sign up to be able to have the capacity to mostly stay in silence during their days, to primarily be yogis during this time – amid other tasks and responsibilities that may be necessary for us to manage from time to time. We understand that given the reality of their lives, many yogis will need to cook, clean, answer a few emails, respond to a bit of work, etc. Part of the value of self-retreat is the ability to integrate our practice into our daily lives. At the same time it is very easy for the protection of the container to fall apart entirely and without that protection our practice will not have the conditions in which to flourish.

Yogis will have three options to participate:

1. As Full-Time Yogis for the 9-Day Retreat you will be expected to hold a great-deal of seclusion and silence and participate in the full program for the full duration. These yogis will be included in the interview schedule posted each day for one-on-one teacher support during the week and have Q&A Sessions at various points. All sessions will be recorded and so can be watched again or, for yogis in distant time zones, viewed at your convenience. Because space is limited, we truly require these slots for people who are in formal secluded self-retreat throughout their days during the program.

The full-time Intensive option is only open to students of Steven, Michele, Jesse, and Darine who have sat retreat courses with them in the past.

If you have been sitting with us online for the past few years and would like to join full time, please get in touch with us and let’s see what might work.


2. As Part-Time yogis for the 9-Day Retreat : you can join any sessions you are available to attend during the week and watch the recordings at your convenience. You will not be included on the interview schedule and are asked to only quietly observe the Q&A sessions.


3. As Weekend Yogis : Open to all – you are invited to join for the entire opening weekend portion of the retreat.


The daily schedule will look something like this:

(all Times Hawaii Standard – Pacific+3, Mounatin +4, Central +5, Eastern+6)

  • 5am ~ Sitting Meditation
  • 7am  ~ Walking Meditation
  • 10am  ~ Sitting with Instructions
  • 11:30 ~ Interviews (weekdays), Q&A (weekends)
  • 2pm  ~ Dhamma Talk
  • 4pm  ~ Metta Chanting and Sit

Vipassana Hawaii regularly has participants for our online retreats from around the world. Please know that all sessions will be recorded and available on the Oriana retreat platform to watch at your convenience. Interview times will take your time zone into consideration as much as possible.

Please contact Vipassana Hawaii with any questions you may have regarding your participation.


All fees for the program will go to sustaining the basic needs of the organization. NO ONE WILL BE TURNED AWAY FOR LACK OF FUNDS.

You may pay the full price upon registration or register for a scholarship amount that matches your budget. There is no request process: just sign up for what works for you. Please be aware that this open-payment system is an experiment and a risk for us. It will certainly require those who can afford to pay more than the base price do so in order to expand our ability to provide Dhamma to those who cannot.

We look forward to supporting you in the ways we know best during these challenging times.


In accordance with tradition, all Vipassana Hawai’i internationally respected teachers offer their teachings free of charge and are supported through the freely-offered generosity of students and supporters. Costs associated with retreats cover the growing expenses associated with online services, online storage, broadcasting equipment, and website administration – but do not support teacher time, training, effort, or energy. We believe that this commitment helps keep the purity of the teachings alive and thriving, as it has for millennia. They do not collect salaries in keeping with the time-honored tradition of sharing openly the chance for peace. This allows us to keep our registration fees as low as possible but also means that the livelihood of our teachers is precarious. As a result, we strive to give back in any for – including monetarily – so that they may continue their endeavors and share their wisdom. Vipassana Teachers must be supported in this way if we are to keep this tradition alive, healthy, and with integrity in the modern era. Dana, or generosity, can be offered by cash or check at the end of the retreat or online here.