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Mindfulness and Metta: A Retreat for Experienced Meditators (3 days)

July 4 – 7, 2015 (Saturday to Tuesday)

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 30 people. To be added to the list, submit a registration and deposit. Jack will also be teaching at the Garrison Institute, July 31 - August 2, 2015.

All scholarship funds have been awarded.

Mindfulness and metta (lovingkindness) are gateways to liberation. During this silent meditation retreat, we will practice together to quiet the mind, open the heart and see our human life with the eyes of wisdom.

Participants are required to have five years of meditation practice. Please document this when registering.

A Message from IMS’s Guiding Teachers

Work on expanding and improving IMS’s Retreat Center dining room is scheduled to start in April or May 2015 and to continue through late August.

Inevitably, this will result in construction and machinery noise. However, this will not be sustained and will mostly take place outdoors during regular construction hours, usually Monday – Friday, 7:00am–4:00pm. Toward the end of the project, there will be some indoor work, but this will be planned for between courses.

To help minimize the impact of the noise, windows in our Retreat Center meditation hall will be kept closed. (The air circulation and conditioning system there allows fresh air to move around very well, without opening windows.)

We have decided to continue offering retreats throughout this building period, knowing that conditions for practice are rarely perfect. We trust that this construction endeavor can be met with the equanimity and grace with which we meet a range of conditions in our lives.

All of us at IMS look forward to supporting you on retreat.


Jack Kornfield

Jack Kornfield trained as a Buddhist monk in Asia. He is a co-founder of IMS and Spirit Rock Meditation Center, and has taught meditation internationally since 1974. He holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and is the author of a number of books, including The Wise Heart and After the Ecstasy, the Laundry.

Listen to one of Jack's talks: The Garden of the Heart given at IMS on May 5, 2007 – 58 minutes, 26.6 MB (Download, Stream)

Trudy Goodman

Trudy Goodman has practiced Zen and vipassana with Asian and Western teachers since 1974. She founded InsightLA in Los Angeles, co-founded the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy in Boston, and serves both as guiding teacher.


Ruth King

Ruth King has practiced vipassana since 1992. Mentored by Jack Kornfield and a graduate of Spirit Rock’s Dedicated Practitioners’ Program, Ruth teaches nationwide. She has a master's degree in Clinical Psychology, and founded the Mindful Members Practice Community in Charlotte, NC.

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