Current and Upcoming Events

Events are listed in chronological order. Scroll to the desired month, or click on the month in the below list.



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July 13, 2019
Stepping Lightly into the Waters of Aging, Illness, and Death
with Laura deVault, Heather Karp, and Jeanne van Gemert

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A Daylong Retreat
The Episcopal Center at Duke
505 Alexander Ave.
Durham, NC 27705
9:00AM – 4:00PM


Please join Laura, Heather, and Jeanne for a  Buddhist inquiry into a more meaningful life by exploring and increasing our awareness of Aging, Illness and Death.

In addition to the silent meditation retreat practices of sitting and walking, we will include writing and dialogue: stepping together easily, lightly, and significantly. Please bring your own lunch (no cooking available), a journal or paper and pen. Tea and snacks will be provided.

This daylong activity is being offered free of charge, with donations accepted to support the teachers and defray the costs of renting the facility.

If you plan to attend, please register by contacting us at [email protected], Your email will help in our planning.

July 23-28, 2019

Awakening Together: An Insight Dialogue Retreat with Sharon Beckman-Brindley and Phyllis Hicks, at Southern Dharma Retreat Center, in Hot Springs, NC

We will practice both traditional and silent meditation and Insight Dialogue, an interpersonal meditation form based in Vipassana. In Insight Dialogue we bring the mindfulness and tranquility of silent  meditation directly into our dialogue with others. This co-meditation practice allows a deep investigation into suffering and the ending of suffering.

For more information and to register, please go here



September 20-21
Insight Dialogue and Mindfulness of Race, with Phyllis Hicks and the Triangle Insight Sangha.  See Registration below.

A short non-residential retreat at the Episcopal Center at Duke, 505 Alexander Ave., Durham, NC 27705
September 20 from 1-5 pm
and September 21 from 9-5 pm

Phyllis Hicks, our long-time teacher of Insight Dialogue, in conversation with other sangha members, is developing a day and a half nonresidential retreat to investigate issues of whiteness raised by Ruth King in her book,  Mindful of Race.
At the close of our time with Ruth this spring she said: “What the country is lacking right now is a critical mass of white people understanding whiteness – that’s what’s needed.”


Using the Insight Dialogue guidelines we will explore our experience of racial identity and our capacity to listen at deeper levels to social dynamics that sustain suffering. We will be listening at both an individual and systemic level. With mindfulness established, together we may see what we might not see alone.


Insight Dialogue brings together meditative awareness, the wisdom teachings of the Buddha, and the power of relationship to support insight into the nature, source, and release of human suffering.


*We suggest reading Mindful of Race by Ruth King as a helpful preparation for our time together. Please plan to attend the entire time and bring your own lunch on Saturday (no cooking available). Tea and snacks will be provided.


There is a $26.00 registration fee to cover the building rental and snacks. Scholarships are available if needed. Questions can be directed to Mary Grigsby at [email protected]


This event is offered as expressions of generosity (dana). At the close of the retreat, participants will have the opportunity to offer donations to support the teacher and Triangle Insight.


October 10-13, 2019 
The Fourth Refuge: Trusting in Your Own Potential for Awakening
with Susan Stone and Ron Vereen


Serenity Ridge Retreat Center
Nelson County, Virginia
Thursday 5:30 pm –to– Sunday 1:15 pm


At times we may wonder if we are cut out for the task of meditation, as the sublime qualities we desperately seek seem so far out of reach. Habitual, conditioned patterns appear as obstacles until we understand that they are our gateways to freedom. All we need to do is to stop and see what is already here. We discover that what we are striving so hard to acquire are qualities inherent in the stopping itself. What if everything we need to be free is already here? What if we simply need to be still so as to see what’s getting in the way of more ease, well-being, and insight?


In this retreat we will practice stopping, settling into stillness, and taking refuge in ourselves – the Fourth Refuge – our own potential for Awakening. Utilizing Noble Silence and the familiar Three Refuges as our support – the Buddha, the Dhamma, and the Sangha – we will engage with a variety of mindfulness practices (sitting, walking, mindful movement, inquiry, chanting, mindful speaking and listening) to reveal the stillness that is already here. We will discover that to simply stop and be with ourselves as we are is our gateway to freedom.


Insight Meditation Community of Charlottesville (IMCC) is sponsoring this event. You may Register with them directly HERE.


Early Bird registration discounts are available through Sept. 8th. Scholarships are also available, with a link on the site to the Scholarship Application Form

For information about the teachers please click on this link.

December 5-8.  Retreat CANCELED, rescheduled for September, 2019
An Insight Dialogue Retreat on Issues around Mindfulness of Race, with Phyllis Hicks and the Triangle Insight Sangha


Due to the suspension of operations at the Avila Retreat Center, the retreat previously schedule for December 5-8, 2019 has been cancelled. A nonresidential retreat will be offered instead, Sept 20-21 at the Episcopal Student Center.
See above at September for information.