Local Practice Groups

The group practice of Insight Dialogue is straightforward and accessible: a practice group may be formed anywhere. Insight Dialogue groups might meet once a week; some meet every other week.

The Insight Dialogue practice group is more of a meditation group than a ‘class’ with a teacher and students. Groups are offered on the basis of dana—generosity—and generally occur in people’s homes.  These groups offer practice opportunities between retreats, and may serve as an entry portal for those who haven’t yet experienced Insight Dialogue and an Insight Dialogue retreat.

Local practice groups connect us and can deepen our understanding that participants are all part of a community dedicated to a path of wisdom and compassion. Group practice also reflects the Insight Dialogue principle of  integrating this path with our interpersonal lives.  It can remind us that we awaken together.

Europe

Bristol, England

Open Dates
Bristol, England
Our practice group meets for 8-10 week terms, on Wednesday evenings from 7-9pm. We also have Insight Dialogue days 3 or 4 times a year. We collect donations to cover costs of renting a room and to contribute to Metta Programs. The group is facilitated by Jane Cutler and Jane Whitehead. They…

London, England

Open Dates
London, England
This is a small group of practitioners who meet regularly under the guidance of Gregory Kramer, Phyllis Hicks and Bhante Sukhacitto to facilitate others to practice ID. We offer practice sessions that are designed mainly for those who have already practiced ID with a qualified ID teacher, but are also…

Tampere, Finland

Open Dates
Tampere, Finland
Group meets once a month and welcomes new members with an established mindfulness practice, who have read, or are reading, Gregory Kramer’s book Insight Dialogue: The Interpersonal Path to Freedom.

Berlin-Kreuzberg, Germany

Open Dates
Berlin-Kreuzberg, Germany
The group meets once a month on a Saturday from 15:00 to 18:00. Monday meetings may also be planned. Meeting dates will be published on the groups Facebook page. Our practice together includes a silent sit, contemplation and guided Insight Dialogue practice, and group reflections. Basic prerequisites: familiarity with basic Insight Dialogue…

Freiburg, Germany

Open Dates
Freiburg, Germany
The group meets once a month on a Wednesday evening from 7 – 9pm. Occasionally half days of Insight Dialogue are organized. Basic prerequisite: New members are welcome with a basic familiarity with meditation.

Milano, Italy

Open Dates
Milano, Italy
The group meets in the evenings, 8-10:30pm. Please contact us for more information and scheduled meeting dates.

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Open Dates
Amsterdam, Netherlands
The group meets weekly, Friday evening from 19.30 – 21.30 pm, and includes a silent sit, contemplation and Insight Dialogue Practice, group reflections, and metta. The group is usually facilitated by Aine Howard, who has attended retreats with Gregory Kramer over the last 6 years. Other members who have attended…

Den Bosch, Netherlands

Open Dates
Den Bosch, Netherlands
The group meets once a month for two hours in the evening. The group is facilitated by Inez Roelofs, who has attended several retreats with Gregory Kramer. Basic Prerequisites: familiarity with Insight Dialogue and/or Vipassana.

Groningen, Netherlands

Open Dates
Groningen, Netherlands
Group meets monthly for two hours. The group is usually facilitated by Marieke Duijvestijn, who has attended several retreats with Gregory Kramer. Basic Prerequisites: practice experience with Insight Dialogue (retreat or online).

Leiden, Netherlands

Open Dates
Leiden, Netherlands
The group meets once a month for two hours. The group is facilitated by Nynke Humalda, who has attended several retreats with Gregory Kramer. Basic Prerequisites: familiarity with Insight Dialogue or Vipassana.

Nijmegen, Netherlands

Open Dates
Nijmegen, Netherlands
Group meets every fortnight; frequency, day, time and format of our meetings may change because of growing numbers. Facilitation is shared. Basic Prerequisites: familiarity with Insight Dialogue guidelines and attendance of one teacher-led Insight Dialogue retreat or course. Please contact us if you are interested in joining but do not…

Utrecht, Netherlands

Open Dates
Utrecht, Netherlands
Group meets once a month for two hours in the evening; everyone in the group has attended an ID retreat. Facilitation is shared. Basic Prerequisites: familiarity with Insight Dialogue.

North America

Greater Chicago Area, Illinois

Open Dates
Evanston, Illinois
The group is facilitator led, meets the 2nd Wednesday every month, September through May. Doors open: 6:00 p.m. Silent sit: 6:30-7:00 p.m. Contemplation, ID practice: 7-8:30 p.m. Basic Prerequisites: Reading Gregory Kramer’s, Insight Dialogue: The Interpersonal Path to Freedom, having a regular Mindfulness practice, and having one of the following:…

Missoula, Montana

Open Dates
Missoula, Montana
The group has been meeting together for several years, and is open to welcoming a few new members with an established mindfulness practice, who have read, or are reading, Gregory Kramer’s book Insight Dialogue: The Interpersonal Path to Freedom.

New York, New York

With Bart van Melik

Open Dates
New York, NY
This group meets on the first Sunday of each month, 6:00-8:00pm, and is led by Insight Dialogue Teacher, Bart van Melik. The evening begins with silent meditation practice, followed by gentle mindful movement, and then shifting into dyad practice where interpersonal mindfulness is explored with a partner in response to…

New York, New York

Open Dates
New York, New York
Facilitation is shared; new members are welcome. Basic prerequisites: Familiarity with Insight Dialogue or Interpersonal Mindfulness concepts and practice; commitment to deepening and strengthening your practice in a caring and dedicated community.

Orcas Island, Washington

Open Dates
Group meets biweekly every other Sunday afternoon/evening; 4:30-5pm self-directed body stretching/yoga session, 5-5:30pm silent sit, and 5:30-7:00pm Insight Dialogue practice. Basic prerequisites: read Insight Dialogue: The Interpersonal Path to Freedom by Gregory Kramer, attendance of at least one teacher-led Insight Dialogue retreat, daily meditation practice, and approval of existing group members…

Portland, Oregon

With Anita Bermont

Open Dates
Portland, Oregon
This group meets on the first and third Friday of each month, 7:00-8:30pm, and is led by Anita Bermont. Those with prior Insight Dialogue experience are welcome. Our practice together includes a silent sit, contemplation and guided Insight Dialogue practice, group reflections, and metta.

Seattle, Washington

Open Dates
Seattle, Washington
This group meets the second Sunday of every month; 6:30-7pm silent sit, 7-8:30pm contemplation and Insight Dialogue practice, closing with group reflections. Basic prerequisites: attendance of at least one teacher-led Insight Dialogue retreat, willingness to participate in facilitating because our group is leaderless and co-facilitated each month by volunteers from within…

Toronto, Ontario

Open Dates
Toronto, Ontario
The group meets weekly on Thursday evenings, 7:00 to 9:00pm. Our practice together includes a silent sit, contemplation and guided Insight Dialogue practice, and group reflections. Open to anybody interested in practicing Insight Dialogue.

Vancouver, British Columbia

Open Dates
Vancouver, British Columbia
This group meets the first Tuesday of each month; 7-9:30pm. Basic prerequisites: familiarity with basic Insight Dialogue guidelines and attendance of at least one teacher-led Insight Dialogue retreat or course.

Oceania

Albany, Auckland

Open Dates
Albany, Auckland
This group meets weekly, every Friday at 12:45pm. Basic prerequisites: for experienced Insight Dialogue meditators wishing to practice together.

Melbourne, Victoria

Open Dates
Melbourne, Victoria
This group meets the fourth Sunday of each month; 1:00-4:00pm. We share facilitation and welcome everyone interested in practicing or facilitating.

Newcastle, NSW, Group A

Open Dates
Newcastle, NSW
This group meets weekly on Tuesdays from 7 – 9 pm. Shared facilitation. Group cycles through guidelines, alternately with and without a contemplation. Basic prerequisites: New membership follows consultation with existing members, familiarity with Insight Dialogue: The Interpersonal Path to Freedom by Gregory Kramer, sound understanding of Insight Dialogue with experience from local workshop…

Newcastle, NSW, Group B

Open Dates
Newcastle, NSW
Group meets fortnightly on a Wednesday, daytime, the hours varying according to members’ work schedules. Facilitator led; group cycles through guideline practice with or without a contemplation. Basic prerequisites: open to new members with some mindfulness experience and familiarity with Insight Dialogue: The Interpersonal Path to Freedom by Gregory Kramer.
To publish your local group please contact sarah@metta.org