Insight Meditation Retreats
For people with
over-active minds who want a break
So, your mind is driving you crazy. The endless stream of random thoughts distracts you and makes it hard to focus. You're managing your life, but at the end of the day, you feel exhausted and overwhelmed. Even as you go to bed and try to sleep, the thoughts relentlessly scream for your attention.
You have probably tried to silence the thoughts by distracting yourself with entertainment, stimulation, pleasure, or even pain. You may have drowned out the mental commentary with alcohol or drugs, or you may have seen a doctor and received a prescription for medication that promises to give you a respite.
While these strategies may offer some relief from your demanding thoughts, they are short-term fixes that rely on substances that you eventually have to take in higher doses more often to get the same effect. None of these approaches actually deal with the cause of your thinking habit, and so they cannot produce a sustainable long term result.
What you need is a way to unhook yourself from the constant commentary of your thinking mind by finding another place to put your attention. This is usually not an easy process because the story running through your mind is so compelling that it is hard to take your focus off of it for even a few moments. And that is what keeps it going.
Fortunately, there is a set of simple tools that were created for just this problem by the Buddha over 2,500 years ago in ancient India. Known as meditation or mindfulness, they are simple practices that enable you to focus your awareness on ordinary bodily sensations such as breathing or walking. As you do this, the thinking mind begins to relax and subside because you are no longer giving it your attention.
I have been practicing Insight Meditation since 1976, and leading retreats since 1999. I can show you how to refocus your awareness so that you become more present and your thoughts fade into the distant background – there when you need them, but not demanding your attention and causing stress.
The focus of my teaching is to give you tools and support you in practicing them. You can then use them to relax and center yourself so you can be present and aware without being tense or anxious. You don't need to subscribe to beliefs or doctrines, or conform to a set of ideals. The result will be greater freedom and autonomy and a continually fresh perspective, unconstrained by old fears,doubts, and worries.
Weekend Retreats for 2015
October 2 - 4
Retreats begin at 6:00 on Friday and end by 3:00 on Sunday
Registration deadline: 7 days before retreat
Limited to 14 people
To register send a non-refundable
deposit of $175
You can send a check to:
Sky Meadow Retreat
63 Winchester Rd.
Greensboro Bend, VT 05842
Or deposit by credit card via PayPal:
You may also pay in full at this time
We cannot accept credit cards at the retreat
Please bring cash or check to your retreat to pay
for the balance
Working Scholarship Program
We now have scholarship funds for a limited number
of people to attend any workshop or retreat led by Miles
for half-price. Please contact us via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org)
if you are interested. You will still need to send a
non-refundable deposit of half of the retreat fee to
register. Instead of paying the balance at your retreat
or workshop, you will be asked to help out for a few hours
a day during your stay. Possible jobs include cleaning
(kitchen, bathrooms, main room, or entryway), gardening,
firewood carrying, or brush piling. We will not require
you to do physical work beyond your capacity, and will
schedule your work times so that you do not miss any of
If a retreat does not reach minimum
enrollment and we have to cancel, we will
either return your deposit in full or you may come as
planned for a self-directed solo retreat which will
include a private room or cabin, and one hour of private
instruction with Miles, for the price of your deposit
only. ($175) This type of solo retreat does not
include meals. You may bring your own food and use
our fully equipped kitchen. You may also transfer your
deposit to any future retreat. If you are planning to
travel to Sky Meadow by airplane, we recommend that you
contact us one month or less before your retreat to be
sure that the weekend has enough participants to run.
Insight Meditation Retreat Deposit