Finding Freedom through Insight Meditation, March 1 – 8, 2024

Albuquerque Insight Meditation Center

Weeklong Residential Retreat

Brian Lesage and Diana Clark

March 1 – 8, 2024

Insight meditation is a simple and direct practice based on moment-to-moment awareness, a technique that opens the heart and clears the mind. This will be an opportunity to practice continuous mindfulness in silence throughout the day—in sitting and walking meditation. In the silence we are freed from much of the daily barrage of stimulus that draws our attention outward, letting us delve deeply inward. Learning to be aware of our experience from a place of stillness and equanimity allows us to see more clearly, and as insight deepens, compassion and wisdom can arise.

The retreat is designed for beginners and experienced practitioners alike and will include meditation instruction, Dharma talks, and practice discussions with the teachers.

WHERE: Norbertine Abbey
WHEN: March 1 – 8, 2024
FEE: Sliding scale $795, $895, $995*
*some scholarships available

NOTE: We will be using a lottery for the retreat as there are limited spots available. Double room occupancy is a option for a reduced fee. Click here to apply, and we will be in contact the second week in December regarding acceptance.

There will also be an option for local people to commute to the retreat. It will require a commitment to attend each morning for the first talk after breakfast and to stay until after the evening talk. Carpool information will be provided for people who prefer not to drive in the dark after the evening talk.

For more information or questions, click here to contact the retreat manager Donna Haughney. (While Donna is on retreat from October 23 to December 6, click here to contact Kathy Lyons.)

About Diana…

Being inspired by the Buddha’s teachings on peace and freedom and supported by her own discoveries along the Buddhist path of practice, Diana Clark, PhD, teaches with an emphasis on both the beautiful and the practical. She has trained exclusively in the Theravada tradition, including cumulative years of silent meditation retreats. In addition, she studies and teaches about the earliest Buddhist teachings found in the Pali Canon. Diana also has a PhD in biochemistry. Just as studying biochemistry helped her understand the workings of the human body, practicing Buddhism has helped her understand the workings of the human mind and heart.

About Brian…

Brian Lesage has practiced Buddhist meditation since 1988 and has taught meditation since 2000. He has studied in the Zen, Theravada and Tibetan schools of Buddhism. He was ordained in the Rinzai Zen tradition in 1996. His training in Vipassana Meditation includes doing extended meditation retreats in Myanmar (Burma), Nepal, and India as well as numerous retreats in the U.S. He leads retreats and teaches meditation courses nationwide. You can also visit his website, Liberating Awareness, at

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