An IMS Urban Retreat at NYI

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An IMS Urban Retreat at NYI
DaRa Williams with Devin Berry and Tara Mulay
Saturday, July 25th, 2020 | 10:00am – 6:00pm
Sunday, July 26th, 2020 | 10:00am – 6:00pm


NOTE: This retreat is likely to include Friday and/or Monday.

Join us for this upcoming retreat at NYI. The topic and details of the retreat will be updated to this description as soon as they become available. The retreat will last the full weekend and participants can expect to attend the full retreat schedule. These weekend retreats typically include periods of sitting meditation as well walking meditation along with teachings and talks by the teacher. Some retreats may include periods of group interaction. More to follow.

This retreat is open to everyone. We will honor and abide in noble silence including longer periods of silent sitting, as well as mindful movement practice and group inquiry. There will time for Q&A.

NYI will provide a plant-based lunch with gluten free options for these two days as well as teas and nutritious snacks.

IMS Urban Retreats at New York Insight: These non-residential retreats are a great opportunity to deepen and integrate our mindfulness meditation practice into our daily lives within the urban environment and within the container of noble silence. While this weekend retreat is suitable for beginners through experienced meditators, some meditation exposure is helpful.

Learn more about IMS Urban Retreats here.

This program is made possible with major support from the Laura S. Rodgers Fund of the Community Foundation of New Jersey.


Please note that consistent with IMS practice, teachers for IMS Urban Retreats offer their talents and services to our community through the practice of dana, the generosity of donations from participants which are collected at the end of the retreat. The registration fees listed below only cover NYI’s direct costs for presenting these programs such as rent, staffing, registration processing, volunteer management, etc.
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Please register at the highest level that your generosity offers.
Explanations of levels follow below.
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Registration Fees

New York Insight Meditation Center has streamlined the registration fee levels. Members of our Circle of Friends are eligible to receive 20% off of the Sustaining Rate via a code provided in the email confirming membership, which you can enter after clicking the Sustaining Level registration.

*Benefactor Level: Supports NYI’s ability to offer the Subsidized Base.

**Sustaining Level: This level reflects the actual costs to support this program. Circle of Friends members eligible for 20% discount with code. Click here to join.

***Subsidized Base: Made possible by the generosity of Benefactor Level above and other donations to ensure participation by those requiring financial assistance.

If you have questions about your registration (cancellation policy, membership discount, email confirmation, etc.), please read our FAQs. If your question is not addressed in the FAQs, please email

If you are unable to pay the Subsidized Base Fee, you can learn about volunteering to offer work exchange and letting us know how much you are able to pay for this program by emailing



DaRa Williams

DaRa Williams
DaRa Williams is a trainer, meditation teacher and psychotherapist. DaRa has been a meditator for the past 25 years and is a practitioner of both Vipassana and Ascension meditation. She is a graduate of the Spirit Rock/Insight Meditation Society Teacher Training Program and is currently a Guiding Teacher at IMS. She is the Program Manager and a core teacher in the current IMS Teacher Training. DaRa has been a clinician and administrator in the field of Mental Health for over 25 years and currently maintains a private practice in Manhattan. She is a certified trainer and practitioner of Indigenous Focusing Oriented Therapy and Complex Trauma. DaRa integrates these skills, understandings and world views in her intention for contributing to the ending of suffering for all beings.

“Both formerly and now, it is only suffering that I describe, and the cessation of suffering.” The Buddha

Devin Berry

Devin Berry is co-founder of Deeper Still, a teen meditation sangha at EBMC and serves as a founding board member of Mindful Peacebuilding. A meditation practitioner since 1999, he is a student of Thich Nhat Hanh as well as a Vipassana practitioner. Devin is a graduate of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction teacher training practicum. He has worked with a wide variety of groups from children, teens and young adults and elders using culturally-informed approaches. For over a decade Devin has worked with many youth organizations including Stepping Stones, The Mosaic Project and Mindful Schools, designing and implementing curricula, teaching and facilitating groups of all ages based in mindfulness practices. Devin recently co-designed and lead a course for African-American elders, and has been co-facilitating trauma-informed, ancestral healing workshops. After completing the training in Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience (STAR) in 2014, he co-founded the Transforming Historical Harms Project of the Bay Area. Devin can be described as an engaging, humorous storyteller who uses poignant anecdotes to convey powerful truths and a breadth of life experience.

Tara Mulay

Tara Mulay has been a practitioner of insight meditation since 2003 and has undertaken intensive retreat practice periods in the United States and Myanmar. She is a current participant in the 2017-2021 IMS teacher training program and a graduate of Spirit Rock Meditation Center’s Community Dharma Leader’s Program.

She is a co-founder of the San Francisco People of Color Insight Meditation Group and has been a leader of Mission Dharma since 2010. She combines a deep love of classical Theravada teachings and practice with a focus on bringing the practice alive in modern daily life.