Weekend Retreat - Understanding Karma


Fri, 6/14/2013, 7:00pm - Sun, 6/16/2013, 1:30pm



Check "YES" if you are enrolled in the Secular Buddhist Studies Program


June 14, 15, 16

Friday 7-9 pm, Saturday 10-6 pm, Sunday 10-1:30 pm

“Karma is popularly used to describe a sort of “divine plan" that includes its own system of punishment and reward. But the Sanskrit word karma simply means activity.  Karma is the natural, impersonal law of cause and effect."  - Elizabeth Mattis-Namgyel, The Power of an Open Question

Each of us is born into a particular environment which is interdependent upon myriad cultural, familial, genetic, and social causes.  The results of these conditions can be seen in our thought patterns, emotional triggers, and knee-jerk responses:  our “karma”.    By becoming aware of our misperceptions and stories, without judgment or blame, we can learn to react with skill and intention, and begin to generate greater understanding and compassion for ourselves and others. 

IDP Weekend retreats are a wonderful opportunity to immerse yourself in the practices and teachings of the Buddhist tradition in the support of a group environment.  The focus for this retreat will be on the traditional teachings on karma, as well as a western psychological approach to working with conditioned behaviors.  It will include talks and practice instruction, in-depth meditation, short yoga breaks, and discussion.

This practice-based retreat will take place Friday evening 7-9pm, Saturday 10am-6pm, and Sunday 10am-1:30pm, leaving students with ample time to relax and integrate the practice on Sunday afternoon.

PLEASE NOTE:  If you are unable to attend the entire weekend, you may enroll for portions of it.  Contact Kim@theidproject.org for registration details.

Yoga will be led by IDP instructor, Kim Stetz.  These brief stretch breaks are approximately 10-15 minutes long, and are designed to provide support for sitting meditation practice. No prior knowledge of yoga is required.

There will be lunch breaks on Saturday and Sunday, but lunch will not be provided. Participants should bring a bag lunch or take advantage of the diverse eateries available in the neighborhood.

Kate Johnson is a lifelong dancer and longtime yogi, Kate finally learned to sit still at The Interdependence Project, where she completed the year-long Training Immersion Program in December 2011.  A student in the Insight (Vipassana) meditation tradition, she will complete the Mindfulness Yoga and Meditation teacher training at Spirit Rock Meditation Center this year. Kate teaches yoga and mindfulness meditation to high school students in public schools throughout NYC, and is a co-owner of Third Root Community Health Center (www.thirdroot.org), a radically accessible holistic health care cooperative in Brooklyn, NY.



Kimberly Brown is both a student and a teacher at The Interdependence Project.  She's a graduate of the first year-long IDP Training Immersion Program, studies Tibetan and American Buddhism, and practices Kriya Yoga with Alan Finger.  Kimberly has degrees in physics and literature, and spent several years in post-graduate training as a psychodynamic psychotherapist.  She teaches dharma classes and meditation at IDP and privately, and is filled with tremendous gratitude for The Interdependence Project community and its founder, Ethan Nichtern.


Kim Stetz is an Experienced-Registered Yoga Teacher (ERYT), meditation teacher, and a Certified Health Coach. Her dedication to health and wellness comes from her passion for yoga and nutritious food.  From the very first time she stepped on a yoga mat in 1992, she knew her life was about to take the path less traveled. Kim has yoga certifications from OM Yoga NYC, Yoga For Two, The Barnes Method, Relax and Renew, Judith Hansen Lasater, and Anatomy Studies For Yoga Teachers with Jason R. Brown. Kim is also a graduate of The Interdependence Project's Yearlong Immersion Training program.


Retreat Prices*

$20 Friday Night Only
$60 Saturday Only
$40 Sunday Only

Register by May 31st for a 10% Early Bird discount on all prices listed below!

$120 Full Price

IDP member prices for those who joined April 1, 2013 or later
$96 Basic Members
$84 Sustaining Members
$60 Fearless Members
FREE for Endowing Members - contact caitlin@theidproject.org to register

IDP member prices for those who joined before April 1, 2013 - will be honored through September 2013
$90 Full Members
$60 Sustaining Members
$30 Endowing Members
FREE for Visionary Members - contact caitlin@theidproject.org to register

*Click here for more information on Membership and how much your support helps IDP.

Note: IDP Weekend Retreats are very popular and often sell out.  A $40 deposit is required to reserve your seat for this retreat.

IDP is committed to accommodating students experiencing financial hardship.   If you'd like to attend this retreat but are unable to afford it, please inquire about our work-study options by emailing  info@theidproject.org.




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