Past Retreats

led by Kate Dresher
Friday October 27-Sunday October 29
Vipassana, or Insight Meditation, is the art of coming to know the body and heart directly and deeply.  The practice of attending to our moment-to-moment experience with growing interest, acceptance and care cultivates a deepening awareness and creates the possibility of true intimacy with and understanding of ourselves, others and all of life.  Here, we can discover joy, healing and an ever-growing compassion and wisdom.   Increasingly, we access and rest into a natural steadiness, clarity and ease that informs all aspects of how we live and respond to life’s experiences.
Grounded firmly in the teachings of the Buddha, well preserved in the Theravada tradition, vipassana meditation is a direct and reliable path to natural, profound peace and freedom. The weekend retreat will include a Dharma talk on Fridaynight–open to retreatants as well as the general public– and full practice days on Saturday and Sunday.  Practice periods will include alternating periods of sitting, standing and walking meditation.  Guidance will be given through meditation instructions, Dhamma talks, q&a sessions and small group practice discussion.  Individual practice discussions with the teacher may also be available. 
Date and Times: Friday October 27 from 7:00-9:00 pm  Free Public Talk
Saturday October 28 from 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Sunday October 29 from 9:00 am-12:00 noon, with potluck lunch after the retreat
Location: Show Me Dharma, 1600 West Broadway, Columbia, MO
Cost: $55-$100 sliding scale based on ability to pay. Any amount paid over the base fee of $55 is a tax deductible contribution to Show Me Dharma. Scholarships are available. To request a scholarship, please contact the registrar, Tricia Straub.
About the Teacher:  Kate Dresher has been practicing meditation since 1998 and, at the request of her root teacher, Michele McDonald, began teaching in 2010. She has studied with both Asian and Western meditation masters, most notably Venerables Chanmyay Myaing Sayadaw and Sayadaw U Vivekananda, and practiced for a time as a nun in Burma. She has also trained to offer spiritual care, as a Buddhist chaplain, for those facing difficulty or loss. Kate is involved in teaching metta and vipassana retreats primarily in the Northwest U.S. and British Columbia, where she resides. She emphasizes practicing right where we are as a doorway to the natural unfolding of wisdom and love.
For more information please contact Tricia Straub at


Mindfulness in Action: A Non-Residential Retreat led by Rev. Robert Brumet

Friday July 21 – Saturday July 22 at  Unity Center  GET DIRECTIONS

Location: 1600 W Broadway, Columbia, Missouri

If you are confused, concerned or curious about the events in our nation and our world and if you seek a mindful approach to determining what is yours to do in these changing times then this retreat is designed specifically for you. Mindfulness-in-Action is an inter-personal process based on the practice of Insight meditation. This retreat is designed to help you explore your internal response to the changing world around us and to discern that which is yours to do at this time in your life. The exploration is conducted within the structure of a meditation retreat which will include silent sitting and walking meditation, small group connections, and exploration of the themes of Being Comfortable with Uncertainty and Discovering What is Emerging.
This retreat is appropriate for beginners as well as experienced meditators.

Registration fee: $55 – $100. Space is limited to 50 participants. A wait-list will be created, if needed.Partial scholarships are available on a limited basis.

Refund Policy: When requested in writing, we will honor 100% refund prior to July 10. No refunds after that date.

Retreat Schedule
Friday, July 21, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Saturday, July 22, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

About the Teacher:
Robert Brumet has practiced Insight Meditation since 1988. He has been leading a local sangha and conducting meditation retreats throughout North America since 1995. In the early 1990s he received vipassana facilitator training from Shinzen Young. In January 2000 he graduated from the Community Dharma Leader training program, sponsored by Spirit Rock Meditation Center. Robert is one of the founding members of Mid-America Dharma. He lives in Kansas City and teaches at Unity Institute and Seminary near Lee’s Summit MO. RobertBrumet_300x420

Visit Robert’s website and blog at

Co-sponsored by Show Me Dharma and Unity Center of Columbia

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