Samish Island Camp, Bow, WA. USA

US$610 ($640 after April 15)
Registration fee covers 8 nights accommodations and 24 meals.

Our teachers do not receive payment. We invite participants to offer dana (freewill donation) to the teachers at the end of the retreat to support the teachings.

Scholarships: All are need-based.

• Partial scholarships are first-come first-served basis.
• Scholarships are available to support participation of practitioners-of-color.
• Canadian practitioners may request a discount to offset extreme currency discrepancy.

See registration information for details.

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8th Annual Cascadia Insight Dialogue Retreat 

May 15 - 23, 2018

Insight Dialogue is an interpersonal meditation practice that brings the mindfulness of traditional Buddhist meditation into our interactions with others in order to awaken together.

In this year’s retreat, we will be invited to take a deep dive into the Dhamma through a meticulous look at how our sense of self and of other is constructed and the way social narratives inform our sense of who we are.  This framework supports our recent years of retreat practice at Cascadia where we inquired into the personal and societal dimensions of confusion that fuel both our own suffering and the suffering in the world.

To pursue this investigation, we will be focusing on the teaching of the five aggregates of clinging, one of the Buddha’s fundamental teachings on liberation, which exposes the illusion of a separate self.  Step-by-step guidance will be provided to make this teaching accessible to those approaching the aggregates for the first time.  For those quite familiar with the aggregates, this retreat summons a challenge to delve in direct experience as grounding for a deepening understanding of this essential Buddhist teaching.  Attention will be placed on cultivating continuous practice such that awareness not only permeates our formal practice but also flows into every part of the day and from there into our daily lives beyond retreat. 

Joseph Goldstein on Insight Dialogue: The Interpersonal Path to Freedom by Gregory Kramer “...breaks new ground in applying the Buddha’s teachings to our lives, relationships, and meditative understandings [...and is] of tremendous benefit to all those seeking freedom in their daily lives.”