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2018 SIM Residential Retreat

September 7

SIM Residential Retreat with Steve Armstrong – Friday, September 7 through Friday, 12:00 Noon, September 14, 2018

Awareness, Insight and Liberation

This seven-night retreat in a forest retreat grounds just outside Foresthill, California in the Sierra Nevada foothills will integrate the mindfulness meditation instructions of Mahāsi Sayadaw with the practical mindful awareness guidance of Sayadaw U Tejaniya. This retreat is suitable for both new and experienced meditators. People of all walks of life are warmly welcome.

Steve will offer a clear path for developing clarity of awareness with each arising moment. This leads to stability of mind and the insightful knowledge of liberation. Such knowledge weakens deeply conditioned habits of mind that cause unhappiness, and strengthens conditions for an enduring sense of well-being.


Picture of Steve Armstrong

Steven Armstrong has studied the dhamma and practiced insight meditation since 1975. He served for many years at the Insight Meditation Society in Massachusetts as Executive Director, Board member and senior teacher of the annual three month retreat. As a monk in Burma for 5 years, under the guidance of the late Sayadaw U Pandita, he undertook intensive, silent practice of insight and lovingkindness meditations and in Australia, he studied the Buddhist psychology (abhidhamma) with Sayadaw U Zagara. Since 2004, he has been practicing “mindfulness of mind” with Sayadaw U Tejaniya and now integrates the teachings of these two awareness and insight traditions.

He has been leading meditation retreats internationally since 1990, presenting the core teachings of the Buddha; and offering a variety of Buddhist mindfulness practices, encouraging cultivation of insightful awareness and liberating understanding in all life activities. He encourages spiritual development of an unshakeable sense of well-being.

Along with Kamala Masters, Steve is a co-founding Director and Guiding Teacher of the Vipassana Metta Foundation; they developed “Ho’omalamalama,” a 17-acre dhamma sanctuary and hermitage on Maui where they have planted more than 2500 fruit, shade, tropical hardwood and native Hawaiian trees. Since 2005, he has directed the Myanmar Schools Project, building or renovating over 100 schools, clinics and nunneries in Myanmar. Steve was the managing editor of the Manual of Insight, a previously unpublished authoritative and comprehensive meditation manual by Mahāsi Sayadaw, the Burmese monk & teacher who revived our current form of practice.

  • Retreat Flyer (.pdf) will be posted by January 28.


We’ve worked very hard to keep cost down. Registration fees are substantially lower than previous years. You can select from two different registration fee levels:     Regular: $700.00       Donor Level:  $775.00
Both levels cover the costs of accommodations, meals and administration. Donor level registration reduces overall retreat costs and supports scholarship assistance for participants facing special financial demands.


  • This retreat offers two registration types: Priority Registration and Open Registration.
  • Priority Registrations begin end of day Saturday, January 27, 2018 – check this space again for the online registration links and further details.


A limited number of partial or full scholarships are available based on need. Contact the retreat registrar for an application which is due July 4.


  • Up to June 5, full refund.
  • After June 5 and up to July 15, $400 deposit will be retained by SIM.
  • After July 15, no refunds will be given. A waiver of this policy will be considered in limited circumstances based on application demonstrating financial hardship.

Contact the Registrar

For more information or for questions, contact the retreat registrar using the form below:




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Community of the Great Commission
30303 Chicken Hawk Road
Foresthill, CA 95631 United States
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