Community Non-Residential Retreat 2019

Friday February 1

Insight Meditation Center of Pioneer Valley

116 Pleasant Street #242, Easthampton, MA 01027

Community Non Residential Retreat with Rebecca Bradshaw and Jean Esther  Friday, February 1,  7:00 - 9:00pm, Saturday, February 2, 9:00am - 8:00pm, AND Sunday, February 3, 9:00am - 2:00pm.  Suggested contribution: $60-110 registration + teacher donation Come join the Insight PV Community in our annual non-residential retreat together.

Joining with the awakening quality of midwinter, we will dedicate ourselves to developing mindfulness, wisdom, and lovingkindness in our hearts and minds. This retreat will provide a chance to share time with sangha and support each other on the path.


We will engage in sitting and walking meditation, dharma talks, discussion periods and small group meetings with a teacher. Please bring lunch for Saturday. Saturday dinner and Sunday lunch will be provided.

We ask that each registrant choose a "yogi job" to help make the whole weekend run more smoothly. You will be sent information on how to choose your job by the January 11, 2019. We are also looking for a Retreat Manager to work with Joyce to coordinate the many moving parts of this event including transporting supplies to Pioneer Valley Co-housing and making sure all yogi jobs are filled.

You are welcome to consider this service your complete dana for the event. Please contact Joyce if interested.  *Our teachers give freely of their time, wisdom, and experience and depend upon contributions from students for their livelihood.

That’s not all...

We recommend an equal or greater donation to the teacher than for registration. Rebecca Bradshaw is the Guiding Teacher of Insight PV, and one of the Guiding Teachers at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA.

She has been practicing Vipassana meditation since 1983 in the United States and Myanmar (Burma) and teaching since 1993. She completed her dharma teacher training at Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, where she is part of the three month retreat teacher team and leads retreats for young adults.

She also teaches at other locations in the United States and abroad, including a Spanish language retreat. Rebecca has a master's degree in Counseling Psychology, is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), and works as a psychotherapist with meditators interested in supplementing their meditation practice with psychotherapeutic work.

Here’s the deal:

Her teaching explores the convergence of love and wisdom. Jean Esther , MSW began formal meditation training in 1975. She has been training in the Theravadan Buddhist tradition since 1982 with senior Western teachers as well as Burmese and Western Monastics.

Since 2008, she has undertaken extensive teacher training in both Vipassana practice and non-dual awareness. Jean's dharma teaching is informed by over 36 years of practice as a psychotherapist integrating spiritual inquiry and somatic awareness with psychological understanding.

For over 20 years, she trained with renowned Jungian analyst Marion Woodman, exploring the awakening of consciousness through the body, psyche and the arts. The wellspring and root of her work are the Buddha's teachings on love and wisdom.

I can’t emphasize this enough:

Jean is a Guiding Teacher of True North Insight in Ontario, Canada. A senior teacher at InsightPV, she also teaches at Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA, with IBME (Inward Bound Mindfulness Education) and across the US and Canada.

Insight Meditation Center of Pioneer Valley

116 Pleasant Street #242, Easthampton, MA 01027