Fee varies dependent on accommodation preference. Please see Southern Dharma website.

Date & Time Details: Check-in is from 2:00-4:00 p.m. on the first day of the retreat. Orientation begins promptly at 5:00 p.m. on the first day. (5 nights)

Location: Spring Creek, NC

Address: Southern Dharma Retreat Center 1661 West Road Hot Springs, NC 28743 http://www.southerndharma.org/

Phyllis Hicks
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Dana: This retreat is offered in the Buddhist tradition of dana. The teachers receive no payment and offer their time, energy, and wisdom as a gift to their students. Donations offered by the students at the end of the retreat support the teachers’ livelihoods.

Insight Dialogue: Living the Dharma

With Phyllis K. Hicks and Jane Cutler

July 7 - 12, 2020

Insight Dialogue brings the Dharma to life relationally in the body and heart as intuitive wisdom. Cultivating awareness of habitual tensions that maintain suffering and learning new pathways of release, establishes us freshly in the ever-unfolding moment.  Returning to loving presence is a source of resiliency in the midst of life’s challenges and supports our capacity to see clearly and engage wisely personally and socially.

The Buddha taught that the way to peace, joy and happiness is release: a state of mind and heart that has let go of the relentless insistence that our life and our relationships be other than what they are. In this retreat, we will inquire deeply together into this teaching, into the nature of this release and into the forces that obscure our minds and constrict our hearts from resting in its natural ease.

We will practice both traditional silent meditation and Insight Dialogue, an interpersonal meditation form based in Vipassana. In Insight Dialogue we bring the mindfulness and tranquility of our meditation directly into our dialogue with others. This co-meditation practice allows us a deep investigation into suffering and the ending of suffering as we share together in deep practice. We find that fears and concepts soften and trust and calm naturally arise as we rest anchored in universal wisdom, kindness and compassion.

Because Insight Dialogue meditation builds on our silent meditation, an ongoing meditation/mindfulness practice and previous retreat experience is requested for participation in this retreat. If you have questions about the suitability of this retreat for you, please feel free to email Phyllis at [email protected]


Phyllis K. Hicks
Phyllis Hicks teaches Insight Dialogue retreats internationally and chairs the Insight Dialogue Community Teachers’ Council. Phyllis has trained and taught with Gregory Kramer since 2004. She has worked as a psychotherapist for over 30 years, bringing together Eastern and Western understandings of psychology and contemplative practice in a clinical setting.…
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Jane Cutler
Jane Cutler has been practicing and facilitating Insight Dialogue since 2008. She entered the teacher development cohort in 2019. With her life partner Jane Whitehead, she offers a program of Insight Dialogue evening practice, online practice, day long and weekend retreats. She also mentors those wanting to develop their engagement…
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