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IMCW News

This blog contains announcements, insights and articles from the Insight Meditation Community of Washington

IMCW Annual Report 2020: Collective Awakening

For IMCW, like many other organizations, the past year has been one of celebrations and challenges. While our first and second quarters saw the excitement of hiring of an interim executive director, bringing on several new board members, and the conclusion to our year+, community-wide visioning process, the third and fourth quarters were quickly overshadowed by COVID-19, and the national upheaval that followed the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and others.  Like other caring communities, IMCW moved quickly to create the needed supports for our sangha...

Welcome in the New Year with IMCW's New Online Weeklong Retreat (Space Available)

with Tara Brach, Jonathan Foust, La Sarmiento, Anam Thubten Rinpoche, and Kate Johnson -- This year has been tough on all of us. The pandemic has affected everything in our lives – our work, our routines, our health, and our families. Wouldn’t it be good to have a space where we can go to breathe again – to feel quiet and spacious and free? That will allow us to feel all that is in the moment – both the grief and the small joys? That is what IMCW has created for our 2020 New Year’s Retreat. The end of the year is a perfect time to reflect and to breathe and to prepare for the coming year. Tara Brach tell us: The purpose of a retreat is to follow a formal rhythm of practice that allows you to center yourself, tend your body, quiet your mind, see the present circumstances with clarity and freedom, and open your heart....

IMCW Tackles the Pandemic

At a time when we all need community and mindfulness practice, IMCW has been delighted to welcome so many members who live out of the area to our new online, Zoom classes – people from as close as Pennsylvania, and as far away as Chicago, Seattle, Albuquerque, Canada, Great Britain, Portugal, India, Brazil, Japan and Australia. Students who have moved away, students who have listened to our audio dharma but couldn’t attend classes due to distance, family and work obligations, illness or other reasons, have been able to join the daytime and evening classes IMCW offer each week....

IMCW Introduces New Board of Directors

IMCW’s new board of directors has been busily preparing for its first meeting this month. Its goals for the coming year are to work on the next phase of the long-term visioning process begun in 2018, and to continue developing and supporting a more diverse sangha here at IMCW, including teachers, board, staff and community members. To that end, we are pleased to announce our new board...
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Invitation: IMCW Fundraising Committee

IMCW is looking for individuals to serve on its fundraising committee. With input from the governing board, this group is charged with imagining and implementing funding priorities based on IMCW’s stated long-range goals. Among other things, these include expanding annual giving and class dana, and supporting a range of initiatives geared toward awakening to racial, environmental and social issues...