Date & Time Details: Please arrive on Friday, May 8th between 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. An early supper will be served.
Closing is at noon on Friday, May 15.

Location: Samish Island Camp, Bow, WA

Address: 11633 Scott Rd., Bow, WA 98232

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Dana: The Annual Cascadia Insight Dialogue Retreat is realized through communal acts of dana. Teachers freely offer the teachings; members of the retreat-team freely offer whatever it takes to plan and execute each year’s retreat. Participants freely offer their gifts to the teachers to support the teachings. We are each a part of this circle of generosity.

Noble Silence: The bulk of this retreat is held in Noble Silence

Meals: Meals are vegetarian. While you are welcome to indicate other dietary requests, the cooks may or may not be able to accommodate them. A small refrigerator is designated for storage of retreatants' special dietary needs, including cooked or ready-to-eat animal protein products. Coffee, tea and light snacks are available throughout the day.

Cancellation: Cancellations will be reimbursed 95% until April 17, and 50% until April 24.

Joining the retreat team: The Cascadia Retreat Team is an all-volunteer team of Insight Dialogue practitioners residing in various communities in British Columbia, Canada, and the U.S. Northwest. We take joy in practicing the Dhamma in our working relationships and invite you to join us in manifesting future retreats and events that bring the teachings of relational Dhamma to this bio-region. The 2020 Cascadia Retreat is the tenth retreat we have organized. If you would like to assist with this or future Cascadia Retreats, contact: [email protected]

10th Annual Cascadia Insight Dialogue Retreat Save the Date

With Gregory Kramer, Tuere Sala, Mary Burns and Nicola Redfern

May 8 - 15, 2020

Registration opens soon.

Refuge in the Fire

The fires of the world have been very hot. There is injustice, climate crisis, and the degradation of dignity and truth. Now it’s getting even hotter. And the pace is accelerating.

How do we find refuge in the Dhamma while remaining fully in relationship with the world and its pain?

What are our sources of joy, inspiration, and resilience in our world at this point?

Insight Dialogue is a practice of contact with the world. It brings us into relationship with ourselves and our bodies, with other people, with nature, and with powerful teachings. True relatedness invites us to an intimacy with things as they are. And how things are is alarming and clearly out of our control. Exactly this is our field of practice. Meeting this with compassion and diligence, over and over, is the deep purpose of meditation, Dhamma, and spiritual friendship. It is also the source (or strength or foundation) of our capacity to engage in the world.

Through an attentive weaving of meditative dialogue, silent meditation, and time in nature, we will deepen the essential meditative qualities that support inquiry into this shared human experience. Meditating together with the support of the six lnsight Dialogue guidelines, we might discover what it’s like to genuinely touch grief and fear without turning away. Perhaps we will emerge from numbness, dissociation, and isolation, moving toward a wakeful wholeness and belonging, ready to fully participate in the liberation of all beings.



Gregory Kramer
Gregory Kramer is the Founding Teacher of the Insight Dialogue Community and has been teaching insight meditation since 1980. He developed the practice of Insight Dialogue and has been teaching it since 1995, offering retreats in North America, Asia, Europe, and Australia. He has studied with esteemed teachers, including Anagarika…
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Tuere Sala
Tuere Sala, one of the guiding teachers at the Seattle Insight Meditation Society, is a retired prosecuting attorney who has practiced Vipassana meditation for over 25 years. Tuere believes that urban meditation is the foundation for today’s practitioner’s path to liberation. She is inspired by bringing the Dharma to nontraditional…
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Mary Burns
Mary Burns teaches Insight Dialogue internationally and also offers the practice online. She engages actively in the Insight Dialogue Community by participating in the Teachers Council, Guiding Sangha, Insight Dialogue Beloved Community cohort and by mentoring facilitators and teachers in development. For more than three decades she has been drawn…
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Nicola Redfern
Nicola Redfern has an extensive background in both Zen and Vipassana meditation. She has been trained to teach Insight Dialogue by founding teacher Gregory Kramer. With a strong belief that awakening is not simply a solo endeavor, she is particularly interested in getting meditation off the cushion and fully integrated…
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