Now Online: Indigenous Presence – Decolonizing Our Hearts

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Now Online: Indigenous Presence – Decolonizing Our Hearts
with Bonnie Duran
Saturday, June 13th, 2020 | 1:00pm – 5:00pm ET
Due to COVID-19, this program will now be offered online only. Those who already registered for the in-person program will automatically be transferred to this online program. All registrants will be emailed the link to the online program prior to the program.

This workshop will provide a conceptual framework and practice guidelines for “Indigenous Presence” meditation. This practice maps the fundamental mental health optimizing characteristics of Indigenous ceremony onto the methods and outcomes of another ancient traditional expression of sacred presence, that of mindfulness and loving-kindness meditation. Indigenous Presence is a way of coming into harmony with the present moment and our world; and provides space for acceptance, and the cultivation of clarity, confidence, resilience and strength. This workshop is instructional, experiential and interactive.

During the workshop, participants will explore the techniques of Indigenous Presence meditation and understand the mental heath optimizing characteristics of Indigenous Ceremony and mindfulness meditation.

NYI is committed to ensuring that our programs are available to all, regardless of ability to pay. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

We offer sliding scale fees, and ask that you choose the highest rate you are able to afford based on your financial means. If you can afford the Sustaining rate or higher, you assist our efforts to offer reduced rates and support ongoing financial assistance. If you are unable to pay the Base Fee, you can set up a payment plan or let us know how much you are able to pay at this time by emailing


We are transferring all who registered for the in-person program to the online program. For those who are unable to join us online and considering cancelling their registration, we will honor all requests for refunds. However, the COVID-19 emergency has a devastating financial impact on all of us. If it is affordable for you to have a generous heart, please consider accepting credit towards a future program, or turning your registration into a donation. Thank you!
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


Bonnie Duran

Bonnie Duran met the Dharma in 1982 when she sat a month at Kopan Monastery in Nepal and learned Vipassana in Bodh Gaya, India. Since then, she has taken teachings from many western teachers including Joseph Goldstein and Marcia Rose, as well as Tibetan teachers, Venerable Tsoknyi Rinpoche and Lama Zopa Rinpoche. Bonnie is a graduate of the the Insight Meditation Society (IMS)/Spirit Rock Meditation Center (SRMC) retreat teacher-training program and is now a core-teacher of the IMS Teacher Training Program and the SRMC Dedicated Practioners Program 6. Bonnie teaches long and short retreats at IMS and Spirit Rock and is also involved in Native American spiritual practices and traditions. Dr. Duran is a Professor in the Schools of Social Work and Public Health at the University of Washington and is also the Director of the Center for Indigenous Health Research at the Indigenous Wellness Research Institute.

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