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Metta: Lovingkindness Retreat (7 days)

February 20 – 27, 2015 (Friday to Friday)

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. 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. 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 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)

Lila Kate Wheeler

Lila Kate Wheeler attended her first IMS retreat in 1977 and began to teach in the mid-2000s. She remains both a teacher and a student, relying on Theravada, Himalayan, Advaita and Western Buddhist wisdom. Her aim is to help people cultivate insight, tolerance and love. 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. He holds a degree in Comparative Religion from Columbia University, is a Somatic Experiencing practitioner for healing trauma, and a current participant in the IMS/Spirit Rock Teacher Training Program.

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