Metta: Lovingkindness Retreat – SS (7 days)

May 17 – 24, 2017 (Wednesday 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.

This retreat is full with a waitlist of almost 20 people. Please consider choosing another retreat.

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 is suitable for both beginning and experienced meditators.

An optional daily period of yoga will be offered by Tanya Diallo Welsh.

21 CE credits are available for psychologists, social workers and nurses. More information here.


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 Love: The Art of Mindful Connection and other publications.

Listen to one of Sharon's talks: Concentration and Insight given at IMS on January 13, 2014 - 48 minutes, 33.2MB Download

Mark Coleman

Mark Coleman, a member of the Spirit Rock Teachers Council, has taught vipassana retreats for 20 years, following extensive Buddhist practice since 1984. He leads Wilderness Meditation retreats, mindfulness teacher trainings, and is author of Make Peace with Your Mind and Awake in the Wild.

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.