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

With Jane Cutler

Open Dates
Bristol, England
Our practice group meets for 8 to 10 week terms, on Wednesday evenings from 7 – 9 pm. The group is facilitated by Jane Cutler and Jane Whitehead.

London, England

With Emma Donaldson-Feilder

Open Dates
London, England
Our Insight Dialogue group currently meets monthly on a Monday evening in the Swiss Cottage area of London. We also run occasional day-long and weekend retreats in London.

Berlin, Germany

With Stefan Hanser

Open Dates
Berlin, Germany
The group meets once a month on Third Thursday, 7:30 – 9:30 pm. Prerequisites: Regular meditation practice. Both, experienced Insight Dialogue practitioners as well as newcomers are welcome.

Berlin-Kreuzberg, Germany

Open Dates
Berlin-Kreuzberg, Germany
The group meets once a month, Saturdays from 15:00 – 18:00. Meditation practice and familiarity with the Insight Dialogue guidelines is desirable.

Amsterdam, Netherlands

With Riët Aarsse

Open Dates
Amsterdam, Netherlands
The groups meets bi-weekly on Friday evening from 7:30-9:30 pm. Each evening has a theme and we follow the eightfold path in many aspects to support our practise in daily life.

Den Bosch, Netherlands

Open Dates
Den Bosch, Netherlands
The group meets once a month for two hours on Thursday evening. Prerequisites: Participation in at least one Insight Dialogue retreat and/or experience with vipassana meditation.

Groningen, Netherlands

Open Dates
Groningen, Netherlands
The group meets every month, typically on Monday evening from 19:30 – 21:45. Insight Dialogue practice is facilitated by Marieke Duijvestijn.

Leiden, Netherlands

Open Dates
Leiden, Netherlands
The group meets from 7.30 – 9.30 am, typically on the first Monday of the month. Insight Dialogue practise is facilitated by Nynke Humalda.

Nijmegen, Netherlands

Open Dates
Nijmegen, Netherlands
This is a peer-led Insight Dialogue group. We meet on Monday evenings every fortnight in the home of a group member.

Utrecht, Netherlands

Open Dates
Utrecht, Netherlands
The group meets once a month on Friday from 19:30 – 21:30. Insight Dialogue practice is facilitated by the group members.

Vienna, Austria – Tuesday

Open Dates
Vienna, Austria
The group meets on the first Tuesday of each month from 18:30 – 21:00. Prerequisites: Familiarity with Insight Dialogue guidelines and regular meditation practice or participation in the MBSR course or Interpersonal Mindfulness Program.

Vienna, Austria – Thursday

With Harald Reiter

Open Dates
Vienna, Austria
This group meets one Thursday per month, 7:30 – 9:30 pm. Prerequisites: Basic familiarity with meditation.

Online, Portugal

With Elizabeth Faria

Open Dates
This online group meets weekly on Monday mornings from 9-10:30 am EWT/GMT. Insight Dialogue practice is facilitated by Elizabeth (Beth) Faria.

Bern & Fribourg, Switzerland

Open Dates
Bern & Fribourg
The group meets monthly for two hours. Fribourg session is in French; the Bern session in English. Participants can practice in German. Possibility for other locations.

North America

New York, New York, USA

Open Dates
New York, New York
The group meets biweekly on Fridays from 10 am–12 pm. Facilitation is shared. New members are welcome.

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Open Dates
Vancouver, British Columbia
Our Insight Dialogue sangha meets from 7:00 – 9:30 pm on the fourth Thursday of the month. We usually have two peer facilitators guiding each evening.

Arundel, Maine, USA

With Jaylene Summers

Open Dates
Arundel, Maine
The group meets on Saturdays from 10-11:45 am monthly. Insight Dialogue is facilitated by Jaylene Summers.

Evanston, Illinois, USA

With Holly Nelson-Johnson

Open Dates
Evantson, Illinois
The group is facilitator-led. It meets the second Wednesday of the month September through May. Doors open 6:00 pm, silent sit at 6:30 pm, Insight Dialogue practice from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Durham, North Carolina, USA

With Lori Ebert

Open Dates
Durham, North Carolina
The group meets the third Sunday of the month from 9:00 – 11:00 am. Practice sessions are facilitated by experienced Insight Dialogue practitioners who participate in a facilitator cohort under the mentorship of Phyllis Hicks.

Oceania

New Castle, NSW, Australia

Open Dates
Newcastle, NSW
The Newcastle Insight Dialogue Group meets fortnightly during the year, except from late December to end of January. The group is facilitated by Susan Burgoyne who has been practising ID since 2009.
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