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Metta: Lovingkindness Retreat (7 days)

February 20 – 27, 2015 (Friday to Friday)

There may be rides available for this retreat. You can also offer a ride. Click here to view the listings.

This retreat is full with a waitlist of over 40 people. 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.

This silent retreat, open to all, will include an optional daily period of yoga, offered by Éowyn Ahlstrom.

19 CE credits are available for Psychologists, Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Social Workers and Nurses. An additional fee of $50 ($25 for Nurses) will be payable at the end of your retreat when you receive your certificate.

Psychologists: This program is co-sponsored by the Insight Meditation Society and the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy. 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 offers 19 hours of credit.

Licensed Mental Health Counselors: The Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP™) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy (Provider #6048) is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. This retreat is approved for 19 clock hours. It is also applicable for Commonwealth of Massachusetts Counseling/Allied Mental Health and PDP accreditation.

Social Workers: This program has been approved for 19 Social Work Continuing Education hours for relicensure, in accordance with 258 CMR. Collaborative of NASW and the Boston College and Simmons Schools of Social Work. Authorization Number D 70345-3.

Nurses: Nurses are welcome to pursue continuing education credit with IMS. As an approved provider through the APA and the NASW, many certifying and licensing nursing boards will accept the CEUs that IMS offers. We strongly recommend that you contact the board through which you are licensed or certified, to learn of your particular requirements. Specific questions can be directed to your state board. Please refer to the ncsbn.org website for more information.


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)

Gina Sharpe

Gina Sharpe has studied and practiced the dharma for many years. She is the guiding teacher of New York Insight Meditation Center, which she co-founded in 1997.

Listen to one of Gina's talks: Compassion - When Love Meets Suffering given at IMS on August 30, 2011 – 57 minutes, 39.1 MB (Download, Stream)

Lila Kate Wheeler

Lila Kate Wheeler attended her first IMS retreat in 1977. She teaches insight and lovingkindness practices from Theravada, Himalayan and Western Buddhist traditions. Her aim is to help people find ease, re-training the heart and mind. She is also a writer.

Listen to one of Lila's talks: Unconditional Mindfulness given at IMS on January 28, 2011 – 60 minutes, 41.1 MB (Download, Stream)


Oren J. Sofer

Oren J. Sofer has practiced Buddhist meditation since 1997, and is a longtime student of both Joseph Goldstein and Ven. Ajahn Sucitto. He is a current participant in the IMS/Spirit Rock Teacher Training, and also a Somatic Experiencing practitioner for healing trauma.

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