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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.

CE credits are available for Psychologists and Licensed Mental Health Counselors.


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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