All Insight Dialogue Offerings

  • $425.00 – Woman's Dormitory
  • $450.00 – Double Room
    (50% deposit upon registration)

Date & Time Details: Tuesday June 26th to Sunday July 1st, 2018 (5 nights)

Location: Spring Creek, NC


Southern Dharma Retreat Center Please visit the Southern Dharma website for further information on travel, facilities, and meals:

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.

True Refuge: the Heart of Wise Action

With Sharon Beckman-Brindley and Phyllis K. Hicks

June 26 - July 1, 2018

As humans we are exquisitely sensitive and can easily become overwhelmed in the sea of relentless sensory contact. Learning how to cultivate mindfulness and tranquility in the flow of daily life is a profound resource for peace and for wise action.

In this Insight Dialogue retreat we will practice taking refuge in awareness, wisdom, and spiritual friendship (Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha). We will investigate obstacles to friendship and beloved community, internally in the heart-mind, and externally in social constructions, cultivating Lovingkindness, Compassion, Appreciative Joy, and Relational Equanimity. We will explore foundations for peace, possibilities for courageous personal and collective action, and the benefits of deep companionship on the Noble Eightfold Path.

This retreat is both an introduction to Insight Dialogue and an opportunity to deepen practice. It will be held in Noble Silence except for the Insight Dialogue sessions. We will alternate periods of silent meditation practice, Insight Dialogue, mindful movement and time in nature.

Insight Dialogue is an interpersonal meditation form based in Vipassana. In Insight Dialogue practice, we extend our solitary meditation into a meditation of speaking and listening in contemplation with others.

An ongoing meditation/mindfulness practice and previous retreat experience would be extremely helpful as background for this retreat.  If you have questions about the suitability of this retreat for you, please feel free to email Phyllis or Sharon.


Sharon Beckman-Brindley
Sharon Beckman-Brindley, Ph.D., is an Insight Dialogue Teacher who has taught Insight Dialogue retreats worldwide. As a clinical psychologist, Sharon has served as team leader for Metta’s Relational Insight Meditation Program. She also served on the Metta Programs’ Teachers Council. Sharon has practiced Vipassana meditation for over thirty years. Since 2001 she…
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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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