A Half-Day Online and IN-PERSON Retreat

Annual Women’s Retreat
Transforming Our Fears

April 2, 2022, 10 am – 1 pm (Eastern)

Registration will close at noon the day before. A Zoom link will be sent that afternoon to all who are registered.

Many Buddhist teachers point us in the direction of recognizing and working with fear as an integral part of the path to awakening.  It is also well documented that women are biologically and socially conditioned to take care of others before taking care of themselves in times of difficulty and stress.  At this time of heightened fears for all of us living on this planet – women, men, and children – it can be helpful to turn to the teachings of the Buddha as one source of both support and even uplift.  This Half-Day retreat consists of silent sitting meditation periods, mindful walking and movement, and mindful inquiry using passages from texts written by the Buddha and by women who awakened in the midst of their fears in both ancient and modern times.

Claire Stanley, Vermont Insight’s first Guiding Teacher until she retired from that role in 2018 and a former Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics, teaches meditation and reflective inquiry in the context of Buddhism at Vermont Insight and throughout New England. A long time practitioner, Claire attended her first seven-day meditation retreat in 1986 at Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts. After fifteen years of practice, she received training through the Community Dharma Leader program in the teaching of meditation and scholarly inquiry. That three-year program took place at Spirit Rock Meditation Center with Jack Kornfield and her mentor was Gil Fronsdal. Her main teachers have been Joseph Goldstein, Sharon Salzberg, Carol Wilson, the Venerable Sayadaw U Janaka, and the Venerable Tsoknyi Rinpoche.

In 2001 and 2002, Claire traveled extensively in Asia and ordained as a nun for three months in Burma. In 2004, Claire completed six months of intensive silent meditation practice at The Forest Refuge program of Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts. She co-founded Vermont Insight Mediation Center in 2005. Claire is passionate about the development of kindness of heart and its role in all aspects of daily life through the investigation of non-harming and non-violence in thought, word and action. She holds a Ph.D. in Educational Studies with a specialization in reflectivity.

Registration and Dana for the Teacher

Registration is required.
Registration Fee: $20
Or select the Fee Waiver option.

Dana:  Teachers and meditation centers are supported by your generosity. The registration fee supports Vermont Insight and it is customary to also make a donation to the teacher in appreciation for the teachings.

Zoom Link

Zoom Link Sent April 1st:   Once registrations close at noon on April 1, an email will be sent with the Zoom link before 5 pm.

Please add information@vermontinsight.org to your contacts or check your Junk/Spam/Promotions Mail folders if you have not received the retreat detail letter by 5 pm on April 1.