The Centers for Mindfulness & Insight Meditation in Redding, CT and Wenham, MA will team up to hold a 5-day Mahasati insight meditation retreat from Thursday evening, June 24 to 1:00 PM Monday, June 28. The retreat will be led by Thai Forest monk and meditation master, Achan Da, and Psychologist, Michael Bresnan, at the Wisdom House retreat center, which is situated on 54 acres of meadows, woods, and brooks in the beautiful northwest hills of Connecticut.
Achan Da is an ordained Thai Forest Monk who has been teaching for decades and who practiced under Thai meditation master Luangpor Teean Jittasubho. Achan Da is currently Abbott of our center in Redding, CT. Michael Bresnan is a licensed psychologist who has been practicing insight meditation for over 25 years. He is the founder and Executive Director of our MA and CT centers.
The retreat leaders practice and teach Mahasati Insight meditation, which is a form of Vipassana meditation originating from Southeast Asia. The objective of Mahasati meditation is the elimination of mental and emotional suffering through the clear seeing and understanding of the body and mind in the present moment. The practice is based on the teaching of the 20th-century Thai insight meditation master, Luangpor Teean, and uses attention to the movement of the body as an anchor for mindfulness and insight practice.
This retreat is open to all levels of practitioners and is a wonderful opportunity to deepen one’s meditation practice by allowing one to cultivate self-awareness for an extended period of time without distraction. While the retreat will be conducted mainly in silence, there will also be Dharma talks and question and answer periods. As is the tradition with meditation retreats, all attendees will have a private interview period with Achan Da as a further aid to their practice.
Wisdom House provides an excellent atmosphere for meditation. Normally we use a separate Farm House building when we host a retreat at Wisdom House, but this year, due to COVID, we will have the entire facility to ourselves, which will allow our group of 16 participants to easily socially distance. In addition, each person will have their own room, though some may have to share a bath with one other person.
Wholesome and delicious meals are served, including bread and desserts baked on the premises by the Wisdom House staff chef. Meals will be served in individual boxes for each participant to maximize safety.
The retreat begins at 7:00 PM on Thursday evening and concludes at 1:00 PM Monday afternoon. The cost for the 5-day retreat is $500. There are a limited number of spots for this retreat, and it has filled up early in past years. To make a reservation, or for more information, please contact Michael at cfmim.org.