Strengthening the Heart, Cultivating Kindness: Metta Retreat – OS (5 days)

March 17 – 22, 2017 (Friday to Wednesday)

Registration for this retreat is closed

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

Spaces still available!

All scholarship funds have been awarded.

All You Choose fee spaces for ages 18-26 have been filled.

Fellowships for Educators, Health Care Professionals and Artists for this retreat have been filled.

Metta, sometimes translated as unconditional kindness or universal friendliness, grows from our capacity for basic human warmth. It is the first of four sublime states that can be cultivated as a powerful support for well-being, concentration and the deepening of insight practice.

In this silent metta retreat, we will explore a range of techniques for developing kindness, as well as ways to release the obstacles that often get in the way of living with more ease, happiness and peace. Our time together will include silent and guided sitting meditation, walking meditation, Dharma talks, instructions and group interviews with the teachers.

This retreat is appropriate for both beginning and more experienced meditators. Teacher trainee Leslie Booker will also offer an optional daily period of mindful movement.


Oren J. Sofer

Oren J. Sofer has practiced Buddhist meditation since 1997 and teaches meditation and communication nationally. He is the founder of Next Step Dharma, an online program for integrating the fruits of retreat into daily life. He is also a Somatic Experiencing practitioner for healing trauma.

Jill Shepherd

Jill Shepherd sat her first insight meditation retreat in Thailand in 1999. She currently divides her time between the US, Australia and New Zealand, teaching residential retreats and supporting local communities to explore the Dharma in daily life.


Devin Berry

Devin Berry has practiced meditation since 1999 and has undertaken several longer-term retreats. He teaches at East Bay Meditation Center in Oakland, CA, and nationally. He has completed Spirit Rock’s Dedicated Practitioners Program and is currently a participant in the 2017-2021 IMS Teacher Training Program.

Leslie Booker

Leslie Booker brings her heart, wisdom and compassion to the intersection of social justice, yoga and mindfulness. A graduate of Spirit Rock's Community Dharma Leaders Program and a current participant in Spirit Rock's 2017-2021 Teacher Training Program, she teaches nationally utilizing the foundation of Dharma and embodied wisdom practices.