Cultivating Curiosity, Kindness & Care: An Urban Retreat at NYI

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Cultivating Curiosity, Kindness & Care: An Urban Retreat at NYI
with Bart van Melik
Saturday, September 26th, 2020 | 10:00am – 6:00pm
Sunday, September 27th, 2020 | 10:00am – 4:00pm


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.

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.

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



Bart van Melik

Bart van Melik found meditation in 2003 and has been teaching meditation since 2009, bringing the practice to diverse communities like juvenile detention centers, homeless shelters and NYC public schools. He is passionate about supporting people to discover how they can find new ways to relate to life’s stresses. Bart graduated from the IMS/Spirit Rock Teacher Training.

“Whatever one frequently thinks and ponders upon, that will become the inclination of one’s mind.” Buddha