This day of retreat is an opportunity for people ages 18 to 35 to gather and practice Insight Meditation (vipassana) in a supportive community setting. We will explore one of the fundamental anchors and universal truths of our practice: Impermanence. All conditioned things are impermanent, and together, we will uncover how surrendering to this truth can lead to the end of suffering. We will learn to befriend change with wisdom and compassion.
This program is appropriate for both new and experienced meditators. Our day together will include instructions on Insight Meditation and metta practice and will unfold in silent sitting and walking meditation, guidance and Q&A sessions. There will be time after the retreat ends for participants to gather informally for refreshments and discussion.
Matthew Hepburn has been offering meditation instruction at CIMC since 2012. Beyond CIMC, he has taught meditation in prisons, in schools and as a trainee at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA where he is currently a participant in the 2017-2021 Teacher Training Program.
Zeenat Potia teaches mindfulness meditation at the Cambridge Insight Meditation Center, where she has also served on the Board of Directors, for the past seven years. She also teaches at Harvard University, Cambridge Public Schools, Decibel Therapeutics, and many other organizations and companies in Boston. Born and raised in Mumbai, India, Zeenat has over 15 years of combined meditation and yoga training, including extensive silent retreat experience in the Buddhist Theravada tradition at the Insight Meditation Society, and a 200 hour yoga certification through YogaWorks and Natasha Rizopolous. Zeenat integrates over 20 years of business experience in strategic communications, marketing, non-profit, and publishing at Harvard Business School, Oxfam America, the Times of India, and others into her corporate mindfulness offering.