Date & Time Details: The retreat begins at 7pm Monday May 5 and ends at noon Friday May 10, 2019.

Partial attendance or late arrivals require prior approval. Please consult Phyllis Hicks for permission.

Location: Hanover County, VA

Address: The retreat will be held at the Shalom House Retreat Center located in rural western Hanover County, Virginia.

Situated on 100 acres, it is 25 miles northwest of Richmond.

Information and directions can be found at the Shalom House website.

Phyllis Hicks

Pricing: Retreat fee is to be determined; will include shared accommodation, continuing education credit, and all meals

Optional private accommodation may be available, if space allows

Dana: This professional continuing education opportunity 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. The retreat fee covers basic expenses only. Employers offering professional reimbursement should anticipate an inclusion of this donation to teachers.

Save the (New) Date: An Insight Dialogue Retreat for Therapists and Health Professionals

With Phyllis K. Hicks and Sharon Beckman-Brindley

May 5 - 10, 2019

Please note date change.

Registration is not yet open; please check back in late 2018.

Much of the time as humans we live, not so much in present life as in our mental patterns, our conditioned views about life. When an internal or external experience arises, we meet it with a mind state, a thought, an emotion or a whole story that colors the actual experience and leads to distorted views of reality and, ultimately to suffering. The practice of mindfulness reveals this process directly and opens the door to cultivating embodied awareness, spaciousness, non-identification, and release. We discover the relief of a mind at peace, we learn to work with our habitual stories and the difficult emotions that may accompany them as discreet phenomena that come, go, and evolve.

In this Insight Dialogue retreat, we will practice silent meditation and, together, the contemplations of Insight Dialogue in which we will explore our moment-to-moment experience while meditating in dialogue with others.  This dialogue practice can open us to perceive and understand things that are normally overlooked in our own personal perceptions. Meditating together, we discover and investigate the mind’s constructing nature and its great potential for awareness and for freedom.

Program Goals

  • Therapists will be able to describe and practice key components of mindfulness meditation practice. Mindful awareness of three aspects of ordinary experience.
  • Therapists will describe six Insight Dialogue (ID) guidelines that, when practiced, can increase clinical effectiveness by balancing conceptual knowledge with skills of relational presence.
  • Therapists will apply these guidelines to remain present and self-aware while navigating pleasant and unpleasant moments in intrapersonal experience.
  • Apply these ID guidelines to remain present and self-aware while navigating pleasant and unpleasant moments in interpersonal dialogue.
  • Use these guidelines to identify and work in wholesome ways with already arisen difficult mind states, including both thought and emotion, that can interfere with presence, clear discernment and wise intervention.
  • Use these guidelines to develop and practice wholesome discernment and habits which allow one to prevent the arising of additional difficult mind states.
  • Apply these skills to the cultivation and deepening of therapists’ integrated and coherent embodied presence when working with clients’ difficult mind states and emotions


While offered as a professional training, this program is presented primarily in retreat form. Noble silence is practiced through most of the retreat except when we are actively meditating in dialogue together. Opportunities are available towards the end of the retreat for participants to speak and network more informally, further supporting the personal and professional connections that extend beyond the official frame of the retreat.


This retreat is designed for mental health professionals working in a clinical practice, although it may be appropriate for other health care providers. Previous retreat experience and an established meditation practice are considered highly advantageous, but are not required. Please read for more information on the meditation practice of Insight Dialogue.

Continuing Education

24.5 hours of Continuing Education credits are expected to be issued for Psychologists, Social Workers, Nurses and Licensed Professional Counselors.



Phyllis K. Hicks
Phyllis Hicks, DMin, NCLPC is an Insight Dialogue Teacher and teaches Insight Dialogue retreats worldwide. She is a co-author of the Interpersonal Mindfulness Program and serves on Metta Programs Teachers’ Council. Phyllis is a licensed psychotherapist. For thirty years she has brought together Eastern and Western understandings of psychology and…
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Sharon Beckman-Brindley
Sharon Beckman-Brindley, Ph.D., is an Insight Dialogue Teacher who has taught Insight Dialogue retreats worldwide. She also is a co-founder and senior teacher of the Insight Meditation Community in Charlottesville, VA. A clinical psychologist with over 30 years of both meditation experience and practice as a psychotherapist, she has a special…
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