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Metta: Lovingkindness Retreat (7 days)

February 21 – 28, 2014 (Friday to Friday)

Registration for this retreat is closed

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This retreat is full with a long wait. To be added to the list, submit a registration and deposit.

All scholarship funds have been awarded


Metta is the Pali word for friendship or lovingkindness. It is taught as a meditation that cultivates our natural capacity for an open and loving heart. With its roots in practices said to have been taught by the Buddha himself, metta is traditionally offered along with meditations that enrich compassion, joy in the happiness of others and equanimity. These practices lead to the development of concentration, fearlessness, happiness and a greater ability to love.

The teachers for this silent retreat, open to all, will be assisted by Oren J. Sofer. An optional daily period of yoga, offered by Leslie Booker, will be included.

19 CE credits are available for Psychologists and Licensed Mental Health Counselors. An additional fee of $50 will be payable at the end of your retreat when you receive your certificate.IMS offers CE credits through the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy (IMP).

The Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy is approved by the AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course meets the criteria for 25 continuing education credits.

The Institute is recognized by the NATIONAL BOARD FOR CERTIFIED COUNSELORS to sponsor continuing education for National Certified Counselors. We adhere to NBCC Continuing Education Guidelines. This program is approved for 25 contact hours, Provider #6048, and is applicable for Commonwealth of Massachusetts Counseling/Allied Mental Health and PDP accreditation.

IMP and IMS are not offering CE credits through NASW or any other professional organization. However, in some cases CE credits offered by APA or NBCC are accepted by other professions. You will need to inquire with your accrediting body as to whether this is the case.

Teachers

Sharon Salzberg

Sharon Salzberg, a co-founder of IMS and BCBS, has practiced meditation since 1971 and has been teaching worldwide since 1974. She is an IMS guiding teacher and author of Real Happiness, Faith, Lovingkindness and other publications.

Listen to one of Sharon's talks: Three Personality Types given at IMS on March 23, 2004 – 48 minutes, 11.1 MB (Download)

Larry Yang

Larry Yang has taught meditation since 1999. He is a Spirit Rock Meditation Center teacher and a core teacher of the East Bay Meditation Center in Oakland, CA and the guiding teacher of the Insight Community of the Desert in Palm Springs, CA

Listen to a Sangha News interview with Larry & Gina Sharpe: Diverse World, Diverse Sangha, June 2010 – 12 minutes, 8.5 MB (Download)

Winnie Nazarko

Winnie Nazarko started dharma practice 30 years ago, asking, 'Why does there have to be suffering in the world?’ A graduate of the IMS/Spirit Rock Teacher Training Program, she teaches to help individuals realize their full potential for clarity, balance, kindness and wisdom.

Listen to one of Winnie's talks: Seeing the Good given at IMS on November 11, 2011 – 55 minutes, 37.8 MB (Download, Stream)

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