Meditate in 2008 with the Insight Meditation Center of Pioneer Valley

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The Insight Meditation Center of Pioneer Valley, serving Western Massachusetts, announces its classes, retreats and special events for the first half of 2008. This season's offerings include "Power of Mindfulness to Heal & Free Us", "Finding Ease in Everyday Life", "Mindfulness and the Ups and Downs of Parenting" and "Meditation Practices for Depression". In addition, weekly open sittings are held at our Easthampton location. Learn more at

The Insight Meditation Center of Pioneer Valley is pleased to announce its classes, sittings and retreats for the first half of 2008. Insight PV serves Western Massachusetts from its relaxed meditation hall at Eastworks in Easthampton, MA. Attendees learn how to apply Buddhist wisdom to their daily lives in the modern world, easing suffering and learning how to act with greater skill and compassion.

Guiding teacher Rebecca Bradshaw leads the first class of the year, "Power of Mindfulness to Heal & Free Us". This class meets on Monday evenings from January 7-21 and February 4-25. "Meeting our thoughts and emotions with awareness and kindness," says Bradshaw, "gives us the freedom to suffer less and open more to the amazing display of our lives."

Bradshaw and founding teacher Arinna Weisman will lead a three-day weekend retreat in North Amherst, February 15-17. Weisman is returning from a two-year journey of thousands of miles through Buddhist monasteries in England, Europe and Australia. The weekend retreat is non-residential but does require pre-registration at

Adi Bemak will lead a Tuesday evening class, "Finding Ease In Everyday Life", from March 11-April 15. Participants will be invited to experience stillness and insight in a supportive environment. Classes will include guided meditations and time for discussion. Bemak will also lead a Saturday morning retreat for parents and friends of parents on May 17: "Mindfulness and the Ups and Downs of Parenting: A Daily Practice". "Bring your frustrations and your joys," says Bemak, "while continuing to cultivate ease in the busyness of daily life."

On Saturday, July 26, Amita Schmidt will lead a full-day retreat entitled "Meditation Practices for Depression". A similar retreat was one of our most popular last year--an audio recording of it can be downloaded at no charge at

This is just a small sample of this year's events at Insight PV, which include open sittings on Monday and Wednesday evenings, a new film series on Buddhist themes and a "Sit-a-thon" on March 29.

All classes and retreats are offered on a "suggested donation" basis. No one will be turned away from any event for lack of funds. Our Eastworks facility is wheelchair accessible. For the comfort of chemically sensitive individuals, no incense is used at our events. For complete information, please visit our website at

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Rebecca Bradshaw, Guiding Teacher, Insight Meditation Center of Pioneer ValleyRebecca Bradshaw has been practicing Vipassana (Insight) Meditation since 1983 in the United States and Myanmar (Burma). She teaches at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA, at other locations in the United States, and at Kyaswa Monastery in Sagaing, Myanmar. She is a psychotherapist and the Buddhist Advisor at Mt. Holyoke College. Her teaching emphasizes love, gentleness, and balance as we open to the full range of life's experiences.Arinna Weisman, Consulting Guiding Teacher, Insight Meditation Center of Pioneer ValleyArinna Weisman has studied Vipassana (Insight) Meditation since 1979 and has been teaching since 1988. She was the first resident teacher at Insight Meditation Society and is the founding teacher of the Insight Meditation Center of Pioneer Valley (Dhamma Dena). She is also co-author of the book, A Beginner’s Guide to Insight Meditation. She teaches throughout the US and Europe. Visit her website at BemakAdi Bemak has been a practitioner of Insight Meditation for 30 years. She has been teaching Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) since 1993, and has a mindfulness-based counseling practice in Amherst & Northampton. Adi received her training as a Community Dharma Leader at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California.Amita SchmidtAmita Schmidt has been teaching Insight Mediation for over a decade. She was the resident teacher at Insight Meditation Society for six years. She is the author of Dipa Ma: The Life and Legacy of a Buddhist Master. She is also a licensed clinical social worker who works with depression. Visit her website at Yin at the Insight Meditation Center of Pioneer ValleyThe Insight Meditation Center of Pioneer Valley provides a comfortable space in Easthampton, MA for meditation sittings, classes and retreats.Insight Meditation Center of Pioneer Valley LogoThe Insight Meditation Center of Pioneer Valley (Dhamma Dena) was incorporated in 1998 as a 501 (c) (3) religious nonprofit organization. We are a non-residential meditation center in the Theravadin Buddhist Tradition.