Date & Time Details: Dates: Apr 10, 2019 - Apr 16, 2019 Days: Wed - Tue (6 Nights)

Location: Barre Center for Buddhist Studies

Address: 149 Lockwood Road Barre, Massachusetts 01005 (978) 355-2347 ext. 10

Finding Freedom: An Insight Dialogue Retreat

With Nicola Redfern and Phyllis K. Hicks

April 10 - 16, 2019

The triad of gratification, danger and escape is one of the Buddha’s most incisive teachings for investigating the roots of every day experiences that lead to habituation, stress, and suffering and also, to their release. In this retreat we will examine closely the felt sense and the mechanics of gratification, the dangers of habitual gratification, and the path and practices of escape/freedom. When experience is directly known in the here and now, true investigation into the nature of suffering and its release begins. Anchored in wisdom and compassion, insight arises, and the heart-mind can renew its wholesome intentions. With concerted practice, confidence in this path of release grows strong.

We will come together to practice Insight Dialogue, an interpersonal process that brings together meditative awareness (e.g., mindfulness, concentration), the wisdom teachings of the Buddha, and the power of relationship to support insight into the nature, causes, and release of human suffering. In solo silent meditation, and meditating in dialogue with one another, we will cultivate inquiry into this shared human experience and touch the possibility of awakening alone and together. This retreat welcomes both beginners and long time Insight Dialogue practitioners.

Learning Intentions:

To learn guidelines for increasing awareness in the moment of interpersonal contact; support the cultivation of continuous meditation practice throughout the day; and gain a felt sense of the release and freedom that is available when mindfulness is brought to this triad of gratification, danger and escape.

Experience Level:

Prerequisite required–one week-long silent meditation retreat.


Nicola Redfern
Nicola Redfern is an Insight Dialogue teacher with an extensive background in Zen meditation. She has been trained to teach Insight Dialogue by guiding teacher Gregory Kramer and other senior Insight Dialogue teachers.  With a strong belief that awakening is not simply a solo endeavor, she’s particularly interested in getting meditation off…
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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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