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Ehipassiko — Come and See for Yourself


Insight Dialogue: Awakening Together Under the Bodhi Tree
Bart van Melik, Janet Surrey

April 17, 2016
10:00 am - 05:00 pm

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Walk-in registration is available via cash or check.

This daylong retreat will introduce the meditation guidelines of Insight Dialogue and offer an opportunity to explore the possibilities of a fully engaged co-meditation practice.

We will explore the origins of suffering within relationship as well as the great potential of cultivating together in relationships the mental factors of awakening, including mindfulness, concentration, equanimity and loving kindness.  We will investigate Speaking and Listening as meditative practices held and nourished by the deep foundation of silent practice.

There will be periods of silent internal practice and relational practice of Insight Dialogue in dyads and small groups. Contemplations from the book The Buddha's Wife: the Path of Awakening Together will be offered.  The devotional practice to particular relationships in our lives as parents, friends, partners and adult children will be explored as whole life relational practices and part of the Eightfold path.


Beginners of Insight Dialogue are welcome, some prior meditation experience is recommended.

*Registration fee does not include teacher support.

Teacher support: Suggested starting donation is $30 but whatever you offer is greatly appreciated and no one is ever turned away for lack of funds.  All donations go to support the teacher(s).

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bart van melik

Bart van Melik Bart van Melik has been teaching personal meditation and Insight Dialogue since 2009, with a specific focus on working with diverse populations. He is a graduate of the Community Dharma Leader Program at Spirit Rock and is currently in the Spirit Rock/IMS teacher training program; his mentors are Joseph Goldstein, Carol Wilson, Gregory Kramer and his son Lou. Bart also teaches through the Metta Foundation and is a senior teacher at the Lineage Project.  He also teaches meditation and yoga at a VA hospital, juvenile detention center, homeless shelters, and Public Schools in NYC. Bart holds an MA in Psychology of Culture and Religion from the Nijmegen University in The Netherlands.  His passion is supporting people to discover how they can find new ways to relate to the stress created by our life circumstances.

janet surrey

Janet Surrey Jan is a recognized teacher of Insight Dialogue as taught by Gregory Kramer. She is also a graduate of the Community Dharma Leader program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center.  Jan lives in the Boston area and is on the Faculty and Board of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy.  She is also a clinical psychologist and Founding Scholar of the Jean Baker Miller Training Institute at the Wellesley College Stone Center. She is the author of the new book The Buddha's Wife: The Path of Awakening Together.

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