Insight Chicago is organizing a visit to Liberation Park in Wisconsin over the weekend of August 28th. Liberation Park is a meditation community founded by Santikaro, former monk and student of the Thai teacher Ajahn Buddhadasa.

Greetings! You are invited to join a group from the Chicago area for a special weekend visit to Liberation Park.  You will experience first-hand this unique, Buddha-Dhamma refuge in a beautiful, natural setting in southwest Wisconsin.  Guided by Santikaro, we will spend a weekend immersed in practice, Dhamma, connection with nature, silence , and community.

For more details and registration, go to the event page.

Liberation Park Grass

chicagomap5A new Insight Chicago meditation group is starting July 20th in Gold Coast near downtown Chicago.

Please join us for Vipassana mindfulness meditation. We’re trying out this new location:

WHEN: Monday evenings from 7 to 8:30 starting July 20

WHERE: 808 North Lake Shore Drive at Chicago Avenue in the Chicago Park District field-house; no stairs; fully accessible; limited street parking with meters

DETAILS: Chairs for as many as 20 people will be available. It’s a tile floor so if you want to use a cushion, you will need to bring your own matt along with the cushion.

QUESTIONS: Email Nicholas at lakeshore@insightchicago.org.

FORMAT: 35-minute sit, followed by a dharma talk and a discussion.

Lake Shore Meditation Group

Bodhi LeafInsight Chicago is happy to announce our first day of sitting and walking meditation of 2015.

Insight Chicago Meditation Community invites meditation practitioners to a community-led day of mindfulness on Saturday, May 23rd in Lincoln Park. Practice will including alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation with recorded dhamma talks. Lunch will not be provided, so bring your own. Please also bring your own cushions. Chairs will be provided.

Go to http://icmc-2015-may-dom.eventbrite.com for registration information. Contact Quincy at ravenswood@insightchicago.org if you have any questions.

Insight Chicago is pleased to host Santikaro for 3 local gatherings in April, where he will give a special presentation on Liberation Park, a nearby resource and refuge for your practice.  We’ll start with sitting meditation, then segue into a slideshow and information sharing about this wonderful resource for healing, awakening and rejuvenation; its mission and vision; and what’s happening today.

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Locations and times for these special gatherings are listed below.  We hope to see you there!

Saturday, April 4 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM at a home in southeast Evanston. Details will be provided when you RSVP.  Contact apleeds@sbcglobal.net or ellen.m.mccammon@gmail.com for more information.

Sunday, April 5 from 7:00 to 8:30 PM at 4636 N Ravenswood Ave., Chicago. Contact Quincy at ravenswood@insightchicago.org for more information.

Wednesday, April 29 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at 5115 N Ravenswood Ave., Chicago. Contact Larry at northside@insightchicago.org for more information.

More About Liberation Park:
Liberation Park, is a young Dhamma refuge in southwestern Wisconsin, with roots in the Thai Theravada tradition of Buddhism and inspired by Suan Mokkh, the ‘radically conservative’ Garden of Liberation founded by Buddhadasa Bhikkhu in southern Thailand. Liberation Park is dedicated to fostering communities of liberatory practice; providing a natural setting for personal retreat and study; and living out Buddhist ethics of healing, right relationship, ecological care, and social responsibility (more).

SantikaroSantikaro and his wife, Jo Marie, moved to this beautiful 70 acre valley in Wisconsin’s picturesque driftless region in 2006 and have been slowly building, through volunteer labor & donations, facilities for practice, study, and simple living.  Visitors enjoy the beauty of land, water, grasses, trees & flowers, birds, quiet, & practice throughout the year.  A four-season hermitage for retreatants is near completion and funds are being raised for a multipurpose Guest House.

Greg-Kramer-color-photo-smallThe Family Action Network (FAN) is sponsoring 4 days of events with Gregory Kramer, Ph.D., the Founder and Guiding Teacher of Metta Programs, and the developer of Insight Dialogue meditation practice.

Gregory will be leading a free one-day retreat, “Insight Dialogue: Practicing Interpersonal Meditation,” on Friday, April 24, and a two-day non-residential retreat, “Insight Dialogue: Deepening the Inquiry,” on Saturday, April 25 and Sunday, April 26. There will be a fee of $100 for the weekend retreat. He will be assisted in his teaching at the retreats by Phyllis Hicks, a Senior Teacher with Metta Programs.

Greg will also be presenting a talk for the general public on Thursday, April 23, 7:00 PM at New Trier High School, Northfield Campus, Cornog Auditorium, 7 Happ Rd., Northfield. It’s titled “Mindfulness in Relationship: The Power of the Shared Human Experience.” No RSVPs are needed for the public lecture, and it is free and open to the public.

Here is the link to register for either/both of the retreats:


Space is limited at both retreats — the link went live about an hour ago, and you are the first to know. But the word will spread fast as we begin to advertise it more heavily, so I advise you to register right away.

Please contact Lonnie Stonitsch if you have any questions: lonnie@stonitsch.net


On Sunday, March 8, Circle of Stillness, the Highland Park sangha, will host a half-day retreat from 9:30am -1:30 pm with Venerable Pannavati.

Ven. Dr. Pannavati, a former Christian pastor, is co-founder and co-Abbot of Embracing-Simplicity Hermitage in Hendersonville, NC. A black, female Buddhist monk ordained in the Theravada and Mahayana traditions, Pannavati founded My Place, Inc. in Hendersonville, NC, which has housed more than 75 homeless youth between the ages of 17 and 23 over the past 4 years.

Pannavati describes her topic as mind training: The absolute Stilling of Thought Produces Nibbana Here and Now! Pannavati states she will take participants through the Buddha’s series of trainings that allow deeper and deeper levels of penetration into stillness, quietude, confidence and joy.  Suitable for all levels, and especially if you feel stuck in your meditation practice.

The room will open at 9:00 am and we encourage you to arrive early to get settled. Please park in only in spaces marked NSSD or NSSDance. We will have chairs but you will need to bring your own cushion or bench if you plan on sitting on the floor. There is no fee but Pannavati’s work depends on dana.

I hope that you will be able to attend this unique opportunity for practice. Please respond by email if you plan to attend mail to: jones2110@comcast.net

The registration page for the spring retreat with Santikaro was showing incorrectly that ticket sales had ended. This has been corrected and registration can now begin.


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