Metta: Lovingkindness Retreat – SS (7 days)

May 16 – 23, 2018 (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.

All scholarship funds have been awarded.

This retreat is full with a waitlist of over 30 people. Please consider choosing another retreat.

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.

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

This program qualifies for 21 continuing education credits for psychologists, social workers and nurses. Please check our CE page 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 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 Jay Sofer

Oren Jay Sofer has practiced Buddhist meditation since 1997 and teaches meditation and communication nationally. He is the founder of Next Step Dharma, an online program integrating meditation into daily life. Oren is a member of the Spirit Rock Teacher’s council and author of Say What You Mean: A Mindful Approach to Nonviolent Communication.