Affectionate Awareness as a Path to Liberation Retreat
With Michelle McDonald and Jesse Maceo Vega-Frey
July 26 - August 4, 2017
Develop your heart’s capacity for liberatory clarity and kindness with this unique integration of Metta (lovingkindness) and Vipassana (insight) practices. Experience the richness of quietude in the beautiful Vallecitos wilderness while cultivating the wisdom of Vipassana and the tenderness of the 4 Brahma Viharas: Unconditional Love, Compassion, Appreciative Joy, and Equanimity. Michele and Jesse are enthusiastic about supporting yogis with both technical rigor and spacious ease.
Michele has been teaching vipassana since 1982. She emphasizes a 6-sense door awareness steeped in reverence for our bodies and helps students find their natural entry points into stillness. She encourages a gentle strengthening of mindfulness and concentration so that people can access the peaceful depths of their experience in every moment with clarity, ease, and authenticity.
Jesse is the resident teacher for Vipassana Hawai’i and when off-island teaches across the US and Canada. His teaching aims to inspire the skills, determination, and faith necessary to realize the deepest human freedom and is especially moved to help deepen our relationship to sila, ethical conduct, as an unending exploration of moral integrity.
About the Teachers
Michele co-founded Vipassana Hawai’i in 1984 with Steven Smith. She has taught Insight meditation for over twenty-five years, teaches extensively throughout the United States, in Canada, Burma, and various locations around the world. Michele has been a quiet pioneer having being the first woman to teach a formal retreat in Burma, side-by-side with a senior […]Learn more about Michelle McDonald
Jesse Maceo Vega-Frey moved to the Island of Hawai‘i in 2011 to serve as key support for the Hawai‘i Island and O‘ahu sanghas. As a teacher of Vipassana (insight) meditation and other meditation practices from the Theravadan Buddhist tradition, he aims to inspire the skills, determination, and faith necessary to realize the deepest human freedom. Jesse is […]Learn more about Jesse Maceo Vega-Frey