The Way of Insight: 5-day Silent Retreat with Oren Jay Sofer

Date(s) - 08/01/2018 - 08/05/2018
10:00 am - 11:00 am


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During this five-day residential retreat, we’ll explore the practice of Insight Meditation as a way of deepening our understanding and learning to find balance and freedom within the flow of change. We will emphasize developing an attitude of relaxation, kindness, and inquiry towards ourselves, and our moment to moment experience. As a residential course, this retreat provides a valuable opportunity to deepen the skills of awareness and to cultivate inner freedom.

This retreat is open to all levels of experience and will include periods of sitting and walking meditation, question & answer sessions, and guidance in Qi Gong. Participants are required to attend the entire retreat.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 10:00 AM to Sunday, August 5, 2018 11:00 AM
St. Francis Center for Renewal
395 Bridle Path Road, Bethlehem, PA, 18017 United States

FEES: Room & Board
Double Room $475
Single Room $575
These fees do not include compensation for the teachings. There will be an opportunity to offer donations to the teacher at the end of this retreat

Deposits and cancellation policy:

A minimum deposit is required to hold your place. The appropriate deposit should be one half of your retreat fee. If you need to make different arrangements for the payment of the deposit and the retreat fee please contact

The refund policy is as follows: Any deposit or payment made for the retreat is refundable for any reason prior to forty-five (45) days before the retreat, less an administrative fee of fifty dollars ($50.00).

Within the period of forty-five (45) days prior to the retreat, any deposit or payment made for that retreat is refundable only for illness or exceptional circumstances, and at our discretion, less an administrative fee of fifty dollars ($50.00).

Oren Jay Sofer has practiced meditation in the Theravada Buddhist tradition since 1997. He holds a degree in Comparative Religion from Columbia University, is a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner for healing trauma, a Nonviolent Communication Trainer, and a member of the Spirit Rock Teachers’ Council. Oren is the Founder of Next Step Dharma, and the author of the book, Say What You Mean: A Mindful Approach to Nonviolent Communication.

Jozen Tamori Gibson, Assisting Teacher
Jozen Tamori Gibson began formal meditation practice and study in 2004. He is the Director of
Community and Youth Engagement and sangha facilitator with the Brooklyn Zen Center (BZC),
and Program Director for the Awake Youth Project. A participant in the 2017-2021 IMS Teacher
Training Program, Jozen highlights all of his teachers especially his mother, Akimi, and root
Dharma teacher, Pamela Weiss.