Just This: Waking up to the Truth of Your own Life
Half-day Insight meditation retreat

Saturday, Feb 17
Registration: Against the Stream Boston

The causes of emotional distress and suffering are subtle and hard to see. Ironically, freedom from suffering is not a complicated path: the Buddha taught that learning to be with our experience just as it is provides the only real opportunity for release. Despite this, it’s easy to fall into the habit of using meditation to get away from certain experiences or to try and fix our life, compromising our ability to experience the present moment directly.  This half-day retreat will explore the Buddha’s teachings about suffering and the end of suffering through periods of mindfulness meditation, a dharma talk, and an opportunity for sharing.

Beginners and experienced practitioners welcome.

Escape From the Realm of Hungry Ghosts

Half-Day Meditation Retreat

Saturday, March 3

$35 (w/ option for teacher dana)

In Buddhist mythology, addiction and other forms of strong desire are represented by the hungry ghost, beings whose large stomachs cannot be filled through their impossibly long, skinny necks. This retreat offers an opportunity to develop an understanding of how both mindfulness and heart-opening practices can provide true refuge in the midst of confusion and craving. Sponsored by the local Refuge Recovery sangha, this retreat is appropriate for mediators of all levels and open to both those in recovery and all seeking a more authentic relationship to their desires.

The Body’s Way to Wisdom
Mindfulness Yoga & Meditation Retreat (half-day)

Location: BLDG7 Yoga, Wyomissing, PA
Date: March 4, 2018
Time: 10-2pm


Description: Yoga and Buddhism share the same aim – the liberation of body, mind, and heart.  Postures and breath practice support the body for meditation, and mindfulness enables a more intentional, awareness-based yoga. When integrated, asana and meditation foster self-awareness and insight into the conditions that support greater well-being and personal freedom. This half-day retreat includes alternating periods of yoga postures and guided meditation, and is aimed at helping students expand their understanding of the deepest potential of Buddhist practice and Hatha yoga.

Yoga sessions will be accessible to all-levels of experience and will combine yin, Kripalu, and viniyoga.  Meditation instructions based on the Satipatthana Sutta will guide both beginners and experienced practitioners through the Four Foundations of Mindfulness.

This program is open to anyone who wants to integrate Hatha yoga and Buddhist practice, yoga students who want to begin or develop their meditation practice, and yoga teachers from all traditions who want to experience effective strategies for practicing and teaching with greater presence and ease.

Dharma Talk & Meditation
Friday, March 23
Drop-in class (no registration)

The Noble Truth of Freedom: Insight that Destroys Suffering
1/2 day retreat

Saturday, March 24

Info and Registration: Against the Stream Nashville

Through insight meditation (vipassana) we calm the mind and investigate the root cause of suffering.  Through practice, we learn that genuine freedom is not a complicated path, despite the confusion we experience in our own life.  The depth of the Buddha’s liberation teachings are in their simplicity: radical transformation is found in our capacity to be with experience as it is; we don’t need to change anything!  This day-long retreat will explore the highest ideal of Buddhist teachings – freedom from suffering – through simple meditation techniques and an emphasis on ease and self-acceptance.

Beginners and experienced practitioners welcome

A Body of Wisdom: The Buddha’s First Teaching on Mindfulness
A half-day retreat meditation retreat

Registration & Info: Insight Meditation Center Newbury (IMCN)

The Buddha’s teachings on mindfulness begin with the body. Often a place of discomfort, pain, or self-consciousness, our bodies can be a source of stress in our lives. For each of us, having a body means inevitable change and illness. As much as we might like, we cannot control our body. In the end, our bodies all share the same fate. This same body however, can be a source of understanding that leads to greater freedom from suffering. In this half-day retreat we will explore the Buddhas’ instructions on meditating with the body through periods of sitting and walking meditation, and personal reflection aimed at the deepest truths of the human body.

Beginners and experienced practitioners welcome.

Retreat will include guided meditation, silence, and discussion with an opportunity to ask questions.

Hatha-Dharma Teacher Training and Student Immersion
Mindfulness & Buddhist Foundations for Yoga

An experiential yoga teacher training and student immersion for non-teachers combining Hatha yoga with Buddhist practice.

April 13-15
Friday 6pm-9pm
Saturday 8am-7pm
Sunday 8am-7pm

Hot on Bank
153 Bank Street
New London, CT


Program Description
Yoga and Buddhism share the same aim – the liberation of body, mind, and heart. Postures and breath practice support the body and mind for meditation, and mindfulness enables a more intentional, awareness-based yoga. In this training you will learn the foundations of Mindfulness Yoga and begin guiding an emerging yoga culture that embodies the heart of what it means to practice and live fully.

Yoga students who are not teachers may take this program as an immersive study in the integration of mindfulness, Buddhist teachings, and Hatha yoga.

Learning Outcomes: You will be able to:

  • Integrate meditation into your yoga classes using the 4 Foundations of Mindfulness. The 4 Foundations offer a simple way to help students directly experience how body, mind, and feelings condition each other – this insight naturally deepens our yoga practice and is a source of greater freedom and happiness in daily life.
  • Develop your ability to teach yoga as a path of meditative-awareness addressing: a) the alleviation of stress & suffering; b) the cultivation of wisdom.
  • Effectively empower your students as the source of their own insight through self-reflective language cues and mindfulness-based teaching frameworks.
  • Accomodate a wide range of students, from beginners, those with health challenges, and experienced practitioners.
  • Begin or refine your own meditation practice and embody greater presence and ease in your teaching.

Who this Program is for:

  • Yoga teachers and yoga therapists from all traditions (Eligible for 30 Yoga Alliance CEU’s).
  • Yoga students seeking a deeper integration of Hatha yoga and Buddhist practice.

Certification and Yoga Alliance Continuing Education: Participants will receive a Certificate
of Completion and 25 hours of eligible YA CEU’s.

Yoga & Insight Meditation: Half-Day Retreat 

Against the Stream Boston
May 19

This program is open to anyone interested in exploring the relationship between yoga asana (postures) and insight meditation. Often separated, asana and meditation are mutually supportive practice forms.  Yoga helps to open and relax the body in preparation for meditation, while meditation allows us to bring greater attention and presence to our yoga. Together these two forms foster self-awareness and insight into the conditions that underlie greater well-being and personal freedom.

This half-day retreat includes alternating periods of yoga postures and guided meditation based on the Four Foundations of mindfulness, and is aimed at helping students expand their understanding of Buddhist practice and Hatha yoga. Yoga sessions will be accessible to all-levels of practitioners, including beginners, and will focus on slow movement, stretching, and breathing. Suitable for beginner and experienced meditators.

Metta Meditation Retreat
with Sayadaw U Inndaka, May Mint Oo, Chris Crotty

May 30-June 6, 2018

  • Co-sponsored by Against the Stream Boston (ATSb) and Insight Meditation Center of Newburyport (IMCN)
  • Retreat Location: 443 Middle Street, West Newbury, MA 01985

Registration: Against the Stream Boston

For the Third year in a row, Burmese meditation master Sayadaw U Inndaka is joining Chris Crotty to offer a residential retreat on the East Coast. This seven-night silent retreat will offer instruction in metta or loving-kindness meditation, and will include periods of sitting and walking meditation, dharma talks, and one-on-one teacher interviews. This retreat is suitable for both beginning and experienced meditators, and will be held at IMCN’s beautiful rural meditation center in West Newbury, Massachusetts.  

Sayadaw U Inndaka is from Myanmar (Burma) and was ordained in 1972 by Mahagandhayon Sayadaw. In 1976 he practiced vipassana meditation in the Mahasi Meditation Centre in Mandalay, where he was taught by Chanmyay Sayadaw. Some years later he went to the Chanmyay Yeiktha Meditation Center in Yangon, Myanmar, where he was commissioned to teach meditation. Since 2004 he has been the sayadaw (head monk) of the Chanmyay Myaing Meditation Center, which has locations near Yangon and Mandalay. His books on the practice of metta meditation and the factors of enlightenment have been translated into English and German.

May Myint Oo (Mimmi), Sayadaw U Inndaka’s translator, has been practising meditation since 1992. She sat intensive retreats for many years at the Chanmyay Yeiktha Meditation Center, where she studied under Sayadaw U Janaka and was a volunteer translator and assistant to meditators. Since 2004 she has translated on a volunteer basis for Sayadaw U Inndaka at Chanmyay Myaing Meditation Center and on his teaching trips to Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, India, Switzerland, Germany, the United States, and elsewhere. She has also translated many of his writings.

Chris Crotty is the guiding teacher of Against the Stream Boston. He met Sayadaw U Inndaka in 2010 while sitting the traditional three-month “rains retreat” at Chanmyay Myaing Meditation Center, Yangon, Myanmar. Chris continues to practice with Sayadaw U Inndaka both in Myanmar and the United States.

* Against the Stream Boston is committed to ensuring that the Dharma is available to everyone – Please contact us if cost is prohibitive.

East Coast Insight Meditation Retreat
with Chris Crotty, JoAnna Harper, Vinny Ferraro

August 19-26, 2018
Dharma Drum Retreat Center (DDRC)
Pine Bush, New York

Registration: Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society

$685 – 1,085 (sliding scale).  Anything you pay above the lowest amount on the sliding scale will support help to support our scholarship program and is tax-deductible.  All rooms are single rooms with shared bathrooms.

Limited scholarships available for a minimum of $385.  We currently have limited scholarship funds available and may not be able to support all who need a scholarship to attend. Please consider making payment arrangements if you need support to attend the retreat. If you are interested, please contact us. Download the forms to apply for a scholarship.

The teachers and staff (cooks and retreat manager) are offering their services on a dana basis and you will be given the opportunity to offer dana for them at the end of the retreat. Please feel free to write if you have any additional questions about this.

This retreat is eligible for the following Hemera Fellowships:
Healthcare Professionals

Retreat Description
At this Insight Meditation retreat, we focus our attention on breath, body, heart and mind.  The instructions will be based on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness, in combination with exercises in lovingkindness and compassion.  Each day will include periods of sitting and walking meditation,  dharma talks and interviews.

This retreat is suitable for both beginning and experienced dharma students.

Chris on Personal Retreat – Maine – September

I will be on personal retreat and not teaching for part of September.  I look forward to seeing you upon my return.

North Shore Center for Mindfulness & Insight Meditation

Date: TBD
Time: 7:00-8:15pm

72 Grapevine Rd, Wenham, MA 01984

Drop-in class: no registration required  

This event is offered in the tradition of dana (Pali for giving or generosity): while there is no set cost of attending, we invite you to consider making a donation to support the teacher and The Center for Mindfulness and Insight Meditation.

Johnson State College Wellness & Alternative Medicine Department.

Fall 2018

Course: Living the Good Life: Practicing Health and Wellbeing (3-credits)

Professor Chris Crotty, M.A.

The emphasis of this course is to expand and refine a theoretical understanding of stress and wellness by combining study with experiential learning focused on the actualization of stress reduction. Students will assess their own life-style conditions that support or undermine health, while learning through direct experience specific ways to transform unhealthy behavior patterns through mindfulness, self-awareness, connection to nature, and easy to learn evidence-based skills for emotional regulation and stress reduction. You will explore a variety of mind-body techniques including meditation, yoga postures, and yogic breathing. You will experience the healing power of nature through ceremony, nature-based Rites of Passage, and medicine walks. The goal of this course is for you to gain skills necessary to begin, refine, or deepen your own spiritual life, while developing insight into compassionate and skillful ways to contribute to a globally conscious and sustainable lifestyle of health and wellbeing. This course will also prepare you to bring greater presence, ease, and sustained care to personal and professional relationships in your life.


Chris on Personal Retreat –  Chanmyay Myaing Forest Meditation Center, Burma

I will be on personal retreat and not teaching from January 15-February 12.  I look forward to seeing you when I return.