Are you feeling overwhelmed by endless demands?
Do you need time and space to remember your true intentions?
Do you want to create a healthy relationship with yourself,
experience less anxiety, and find inner peace and clarity?
Meditation is an ancient medicine with proven health benefits. Recommended for the management of stress, anxiety, addiction, and the chronic diseases that they cause,
meditation enables you to become more self-aware, more focused in the present, and better able to manage your emotions.
Insight Meditation Retreats
led by Miles Sherts
How does it work?
In the rush of today's world, many of us are trying to find the pause button. You can see how your focused intentions dissolve into endless distractions, undermined by a nagging sense of self-doubt, disillusion, and anxiety about life. And you’re looking for a time-out to ground yourself, and touch-base with your heart’s deepest desires.
Meditation is a powerful tool for people who want to get to the bottom of their chronic discontent, connect with their life's purpose, and experience true serenity. It shines light into your heart, mind, and body, and helps you feel focused, energized, grounded, and alive. It offers direct relief for anxiety, distraction, self-doubt, disillusion, and depression.
Insight Meditation, also known as Vipassanna or Mindfullness, is a technique for learning to direct and focus your attention. Taught by the Buddha over 2,500 years ago, this practice enables you to observe your thoughts, instead of being absorbed by them. The instructions are simply to notice the sensation of your body breathing, which interrupts the trance of chronic thinking and replaces it with present moment awareness.
Don’t be fooled by the simplicity of this practice. It can be frustrating, uncomfortable, and humbling, and requires discipline and patience. Miles will ease you into this practice gently by breaking down the process into simple, practical steps. And he will encourage you with talks that enable you to apply this ancient medicine to your life now.
While meditation is simple enough to learn on your own, most people realize a need for more support to maintain a regular practice. Miles offers silent, intensive retreats from 2-7 days in length, as well as personal coaching for dedicated students. Sitting for days with a group of people and the guidance of an experienced teacher enables you to pass through thresholds of resistance and deepen your mediation. This in turn makes daily practice more enjoyable and productive.
Miles has practiced Insight Meditation since 1976 and taught since 1999. His teaching emphasizes present-moment awareness rather than formal Buddhist doctrine or theory. He will teach you practical tools for developing your own insight and seeing truth directly for yourself.
Awaken your life-force energy and clear your mind with either
3, 5, or 8 days of silent sitting and walking meditation within a small group in a stunning natural setting.
The 3-day weekend retreat is open to anyone and includes full daily instruction and support.
The 5-day retreat is for experienced meditators who appreciate the support of a group and don't require daily guidance or instruction. This retreat includes a private session with Miles at the end of the retreat.
The 8-day retreat is for anyone who wants to become deeply connected with themselves, a truly transformative experience. Includes a private session with Miles at the end of the retreat.
About the Event
Daily schedule of sitting and walking meditation, meals, and personal time
Set in the secluded, magical 120-acre nature sanctuary of Sky Meadow Retreat in Vermont
Homemade, healthy vegetarian meals harvested mostly from our organic gardens at Sky Meadow. Our beautiful buffet style provides options for food allergies or preferences. Breakfast and lunch buffet, plus evening snack
Comfortable shared Bunk or Private rooms available (with shared bathrooms)
Group circle check-in on the first night and check-out on the last morning
Inspirational evening talks by Miles provides encouragement and insight for the next days meditations
Small group experience with 14 person capacity allows the staff to provide a uniquely supportive environment
Retreat is held in silence and structured in traditional Insight Meditation format
Teachings focus on present moment experience rather than doctrine or theology
No formal religion or belief system required or promoted