Online Urban Retreat: Sweeping Our Temple – Remembering Kind Awareness

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Online Urban Retreat: Sweeping Our Temple – Remembering Kind Awareness

with Leslie Booker & Bart van Melik

Saturday February 27th, 2021 | 9:00 am – 5:00pm ET
Sunday, February 28th, 2021 | 9:00am – 3:00pm ET

The Buddha’s teachings are timeless and can be applied in all circumstances. Wherever our location, we can come home to kind awareness, attune to nature and meditate in community. On this urban retreat we invite you to be mindful of your life at home. There’s no enlightenment outside of daily life.

With the teachings on the 5 Spiritual Powers, (Faith, Energy, Mindfulness, Concentration, and Wisdom), we will train our ability to bear witness to personal and social pains and will immerse ourselves in heart qualities inviting us to dance and vacuum in our temple we call home.

This retreat is open to everyone. There will be periods of guided meditation, mindful movement and group inquiry with room for Q&R.

The weekend’s practice schedule will be:
First Session: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Second Session: 2:00pm – 5:00pm
First Session: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Second Session: 1:00pm – 3:00pm
with instructions for how to practice between the formal meditation periods.


Please register at the highest level that your generosity offers.
Explanations of levels follow below.
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Registration Fees include Teacher Support

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



Leslie Booker

Booker brings her heart and wisdom to the intersection of Dharma + Embodied Wisdom + Activism. She shares her expertise nationally as a guest lecturer at conferences and universities, regarding the need to expand our vision around culturally responsive teachings, and changing the paradigm of self and community care. Booker shared practice with the most vulnerable populations in NYC for over a decade, and has contributed to several books and academic papers. She has trained at Spirit Rock in their Mindful Yoga and Meditation training (2012), Community Dharma Leaders’ Training (2017), and will complete the Spirit Rock 4 year Residential Retreat Teacher Training in 2020. She is committed to working with folks to find a sense of freedom and liberation, in a world that is held captive by greed, hatred and delusion.

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

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