The Path of Service: An Insight Meditation Retreat

David Chernikoff

July 7–10, 2022

3 nights

This program is now offered in ONLINE format only. More info here

Compassionate action plays a central role in many of the great wisdom traditions. In this retreat, we’ll practice sitting and walking meditation in Noble Silence to quiet our minds and open our hearts. There will be meditation instruction and dharma talks on the retreat theme. We will also do some guided meditations, interactive exercises, and discussions designed to deepen our understanding of the joys and challenges of working to benefit living beings and our planet. Together we’ll create a supportive learning community and remember why the Buddha wisely chose to make the sangha, the community, one of the three refuges.

Teacher Payment and the Practice of Dāna

As a teacher in the Insight Meditation tradition, David is accustomed to being paid in accordance with the traditional Buddhist practice of dāna, a Pali term meaning “generosity freely given.” His intention is for all registration income for this retreat to go to Drala Mountain Center, which is currently in great need of financial support. At the end of the retreat, participants will be invited to offer a free-will financial contribution to David as an expression of appreciation for the teachings and to support the teacher. In that every participant’s situation is unique, there is no suggested amount and offerings of any size will be gratefully accepted. Drala Mountain Center understands that dharma teachers in the West need to make a living and that these are difficult times for many of us. Drala Mountain Center has therefore offered to supplement David’s compensation if it doesn’t reach an agreed upon minimum so that he can continue offering the dharma for all of us.

Other Things to Note

  • There is a significant lodging price reduction for this program. As such, additional discounts such as senior or student are not available for this program. If the cost remains prohibitive, you may contact David Chernikoff at Scholarship funding may be available through the Insight Meditation Community.
  • This program takes place at our Red Feather Campus. Those interested in staying near the majority of retreat activities may wish to book a tent or Red Feather Cabin.
  • Attending from the beginning of this retreat through the end is expected. Partial attendance is not allowed without prior authorization from the teacher.

To get to know David and his style of teaching, visit his website with free dharma talks here.

Please review our current COVID-19 policy before visiting DMC. 

David Chernikoff

David Chernikoff began the study and practice of meditation in 1971 and started teaching insight meditation in 1988. His teaching has been influenced by senior teachers from the Insight Meditation Society and Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Tibetan teachers he studied with during a 3-year stay in Nepal, and spiritual guides from other contemplative traditions, most notably Ram Dass, Father Thomas Keating, Zen teacher Yvonne Rand, and Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi. David taught psychology and meditation for many years at Naropa University. He currently serves as one of the guiding teachers of the Insight Meditation Community of Colorado and has a private practice in Boulder, Colorado. David teaches retreats and workshops throughout the U.S. He is author of the recently released book Life, Part Two: Seven Keys to Awakening with Purpose and Joy as You Age. Learn more at

Program Details

Registration takes place from 2– 5 pm on your program start date. All participants and volunteer staff must check in at our Guest Registration house. Please arrive before 5 pm to check-in and settle into your accommodations. Your program begins with dinner, followed by an orientation. The Guest Registration house closes at 5 pm after which no one is available to provide information or orient you to your accommodations. All programs usually end at 12:30 pm on the program's departure date, followed by lunch. Further specifics regarding your program's schedule will be available upon arrival. If applicable, you will receive an email from the program coordinator in the week prior to your program with any additional information you may need.