North Shore Center for Mindfulness & Insight Meditation

Wednesday, Feb. 22,  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.

March 18&19; 25&26

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

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.

Professor Chris Crotty, M.A. is a Buddhist teacher and Hatha yoga instructor. He has practiced meditation since 1998, training with Burmese monastics Sayadaw U Indaka, Sayadaw U Tejaniya and Bhikkhu Analayo, western monastics of the Zen and Thai Forest tradition, and senior western Vipassana teachers.  Chris the founder of Contemplative Wellness & Education, guiding-teacher at Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society Boston, and Manager of teacher training at Inward Bound Mindfulness Education. Chris is trained in Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR), the Path of Freedom Facilitator Training (PoF) through Prison Mindfulness Institute, and the Mindful School’s training for the integration of mindfulness in education. Chris’s Hatha-Dharma Yoga Teacher Training is taught internationally.

The Noble Truth of Freedom: Insight that Destroys Suffering
half-day retreat with Chris Crotty

Rebel Saints Meditation Society, Seattle, WA
Saturday, April 15, 2017

Info & Registration: Rebel Saints Meditation Society

Through insight meditation we calm the mind and investigate the root cause of suffering.  Genuine freedom we learn, is not a complicated path, despite the confusion we may experience in our 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 half-day retreat will explore the highest ideal of Buddhist teachings – freedom from suffering – through mindfulness meditation and an emphasis on ease and self-acceptance.

Beginners and experienced practitioners welcome.

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




Living Dangerously: The Wisdom of Vulnerability
A meditation and relational mindfulness workshop with Chris Crotty & Rod Owens

Saturday, May 6
$35 plus teacher dana

Info & Registration: Against the Stream Boston

This workshop draws upon the 2600 year-old tradition of Buddhist teachings and meditation while challenging the ancient archetype of wisdom. Living Dangerously investigates how learned behaviors intended to make us feel better or protect us from undesirable emotions can limit us from the deepest freedom possible. What if wisdom meant we could be honest about all that is unresolved in our hearts and mind?  What if personal freedom and the alleviation of social suffering benefited from our willingness to be honest, real, vulnerable? Combining meditation, dialogue, and relational mindfulness practices, Chris and Rod will co-create with participants an experience that merges the clarity of wisdom with the acceptance of compassion  – In this way Living Dangerously is the courage to put aside the ways we get caught up in being someone else in order to discover the happiness and freedom in being who we are.

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

May 16-21, 2017

  • Co-sponsored by Against the Stream Boston (ATSb) and Insight Meditation Center of Newburyport (IMCN)
  • Cost: $590 residential, $300 commuter (plus teacher Dana)
    (very limited space; register as early as possible)
  • Retreat Location: 443 Middle Street, West Newbury, MA 01985

Registration: Against the Stream Boston

For the second year in a row, Burmese meditation master Sayadaw U Inndaka is joining Chris Crotty to offer a residential retreat on the East Coast–this time just an hour north of Boston. This five-night silent retreat will offer instruction in vipassana or insight 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.

GenerationX Buddhist Teachers Conference

A gathering of the next generation of Buddhist teachers.

Forum: The Road Ahead

Mindfulness Teacher Training Program: A year-long training & certification in Teaching Mindfulness to Adolescents

iBme’s Mindfulness Teacher Training will prepare educators to implement an in-depth mindfulness curriculum in high schools, colleges and other youth settings. Participants will learn mindfulness practices developed for adolescents and the skills to be effective mindful mentors.

(June 2017- June 2018, including three residential retreats):

June 20-25, 2017 in Concord, MA

Feb 16-20, 2018 in North Andover, MA

June 19-24, 2018 in Concord, MA

Who is this training for?
Professionals who are interested in teaching mindfulness in their high school, college or community through classes, workshops or retreats, and who are committed to deepening their own meditation practice as a foundation for working with adolescents. This includes:
• Public and Private School Educators
• Higher Education Professionals
• Adolescent Counselors & Social Workers
• Health and Wellness Professionals
• Experiential Educators
• Professionals who work with young adults in any capacity

What you will learn?Personal and professional mindfulness teaching skills, including:
• A depth of meditation experience adequate to embody mindfulness
• Methods for compassionate and playful engagement with youth
• Foundations of adolescent developmental psychology
• Science of mindfulness
• Trauma-informed teaching methods
• Ability to create curriculum for diverse populations
• Understanding how issues of social justice including racism, power and privilege intersect and impact teaching
• Ability to apply mindfulness to creative expression, the natural world, and global issues.

Course Structure
• Three 5 day residential retreats
• Online study between retreats
• Monthly small group meetings
• Personal/professional mentoring
• Structured daily meditation practice
• Individualized feedback from faculty
• Practicum and Certification


Core Faculty
Jessica Morey, M.A.
Chris Crotty, M.A.
Rod Owens
Doug Worthen
Khalila Archer
Charisse Minerva
Enrique Collazo
Cara Lai FitzGibbon (assistant)

Guest Faculty
Marvin G Belzer, PhD
Wendy Hasenkamp, PhD
Beatrice Anderson
Dan Siegel
Dawa Phillips

A strong background in the study and practice of mindfulness, including:
• A consistent mindfulness meditation practice for at least three years
• At least 10 days of silent retreat of 5-days or more (eg. one 10-day retreat or two 5-day retreats)
• At least three years of experience working with adolescents
• Experience teaching classes or facilitating groups is suggested.

$7500 (includes tuition, room and board)

Financial Assistance is available. iBme is committed to training diverse leaders in the growing field of secular mindfulness who can serve a wide range of communities reflecting racial, gender, economic, and religious differences.

Mindfulness Teacher Training Retreat
A year-long Training & Certification

For information about iBme’s Teacher Training Program, including how to apply for the next training, visit iBme Teacher Training

Day-long Meditation Retreat
Chris Crotty & Dave Smith

Against the Stream Santa Monica

Info & Registration: Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society

Awakened Heart: Integrating Wisdom and Compassion
Half-day meditation retreat

For Info and Registration please contact Insight Meditation Center Newburyport (IMCN)

Saturday, July 29

Wisdom, represented by clarity and understanding, is half of the Buddhist Path. The other half is compassion, the ability to relate to our whole life with care. In this half-day retreat, we will explore how wisdom and compassion can be integrated and nurtured together, through periods of siting and walking meditation, and silence. This retreat offers an opportunity to develop an understanding of how to bring our whole life into our meditation practice, and how we can bring our meditation out into the world.

Beginners and experienced practitioners welcome.

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

August 20-27
Dharma Drum Retreat Center (DDRC)
Pine Bush, New York

Registration: Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society

Chris on Personal Retreat – Maine – Sept 9-16

I will be on personal retreat and not teaching Sept 9-16.  I look forward to seeing you upon my return.

Dharma Talk & Retreat – Against The Stream San Francisco – Sept 29 & 30

check back soon for program info and registration


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.

Mindfulness Teacher Training Retreat
A year-long Training & Certification

For information about iBme’s Teacher Training Program, including how to apply for the next training, visit iBme Teacher Training

Mindfulness Teacher Training Retreat
A year-long Training & Certification

For information about iBme’s Teacher Training Program, including how to apply for the next training, visit iBme Teacher Training