All Insight Dialogue Offerings

Location: Bow, WA

Address: Samish Island Camp, Bow, WA (near Bellingham). For more information, please visit the Cascadia Insight Dialogue website.

Cascadia Retreat Team

Scholarship: Partial scholarships are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Dana: Our teachers do not receive payment. We invite participants to offer "dana" (freewill donation) to the teachers at the end of the retreat to support the teachings.

Retreat Fee: US$610 ($640 after April 15) Registration fee covers 8 nights accommodations and 24 meals.

8th Annual Cascadia Insight Dialogue Retreat

With Mary Burns and Nicola Redfern

May 15 - 23, 2018

Insight Dialogue is an interpersonal meditation practice that brings the mindfulness of traditional Buddhist meditation into our interactions with others in order to awaken together.

In this year’s retreat, we will be invited to take a deep dive into the Dhamma through a meticulous look at how our sense of self and of other is constructed and the way social narratives inform our sense of who we are.  This framework supports our recent years of retreat practice at Cascadia where we inquired into the personal and societal dimensions of confusion that fuel both our own suffering and the suffering in the world.

To pursue this investigation, we will be focusing on the teaching of the five aggregates of clinging, one of the Buddha’s fundamental teachings on liberation, which exposes the illusion of a separate self.  Step-by-step guidance will be provided to make this teaching accessible to those approaching the aggregates for the first time.  For those quite familiar with the aggregates, this retreat summons a challenge to delve in direct experience as grounding for a deepening understanding of this essential Buddhist teaching.  Attention will be placed on cultivating continuous practice such that awareness not only permeates our formal practice but also flows into every part of the day and from there into our daily lives beyond retreat.


Mary Burns
Mary Burns, LCSW is an Insight Dialogue Teacher. Mary serves as the Chairperson for Metta Programs Teachers’ Council and as a member of Metta’s Guiding Sangha. She is a faculty member for Metta’s Whole Life Program and Relational Insight Meditation Program. She offers retreats worldwide. Over the years she has…
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Nicola Redfern
Nicola Redfern, MA is an Insight Dialogue Teacher in Training. She began practicing insight meditation in 2001, studying with a variety of teachers, and has had the good fortune of many months spent in silent retreat. Nicola has studied Zen intensively with Joan Sutherland Roshi since 2007 and Insight Dialogue with Gregory Kramer…
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