Metta: Lovingkindness Online Retreat
Sharon Salzberg, Oren Jay Sofer, Anushka Fernandopulle, and Jean Esther
Register for this recorded program, and participate at your own pace for 30 days!
Cost is sliding-scale: $150, $220, or $400, your choice.
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.
Open to both new and experienced meditators, this retreat includes instructions for sitting and walking meditation practice, Q&A, and talks about the teachings. All are welcome!
Click the links below to access individual retreat sessions. The times listed are suggestions. We recommend watching the sessions in order: 1-17. Q&A is recorded—we are not receiving additional questions for teachers for this retreat. All sessions are listed here.
Session 2, 10-11a: Instructions, Guided Meditation + Q&A (Jean)
Session 3, 1-1:45p: Qi Gong (Oren)
Session 4, 4-5pm: Metta Practice (Sharon)
Session 5, 7-8pm: Guided Practice + Talk (Anushka)
Session 6, 10-11a: Instructions, Guided Meditation, Q&A (Jean)
Session 7, 1-1:45p: Metta in Action (Anushka)
Session 8, 4-5pm: Guided Practice + Q&A (Sharon)
Session 9, 7-8pm: Guided practice + Talk (Oren)
Session 10, 10-11a: Guided Meditation, Q&A (Anushka)
Session 11, 1-1:45p: Qi Gong (Oren)
Session 12, 4-5pm: Metta Practice + Q&A (Sharon)
Session 13, 7-8pm: Guided practice + Talk (Jean)
Session 14, 10-11a: Instructions, Guided Meditation + Q&A (Oren)
Session 15, 1-1:45p: Metta for the Body (Jean)
Session 16, 4-5pm: Guided Practice + Q&A (Sharon)
Session 17, 7-8pm: Closing Session (Anushka)
Sharon Salzberg is a meditation pioneer and industry leader, a world-renowned teacher and New York Times bestselling author. As one of the first to bring meditation and mindfulness into mainstream American culture over 45 years ago, her relatable, demystifying approach has inspired generations of meditation teachers and wellness influencers. Sharon is co-founder of The Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA, and the author of eleven books, including the New York Times bestseller, Real Happiness, now in its second edition, her seminal work, Lovingkindness and her newest book, Real Change: Mindfulness To Heal Ourselves and the World, coming in September of 2020 from Flatiron Books. Sharon’s secular, modern approach to Buddhist teachings is sought after at schools, conferences and retreat centers around the world. Sharon is the host of her own podcast, The Metta Hour, featuring 100+ interviews with the top leaders and voices in the meditation and mindfulness movement, and her writing can be found on Medium, On Being, the Maria Shriver blog, and Huffington Post. Learn more at www.sharonsalzberg.com
Oren Jay Sofer is a nationally recognized teacher of meditation, mindfulness and Nonviolent Communication. A member of the Spirit Rock Teachers Council, he holds a degree in Comparative Religion from Columbia University, is the author of Say What You Mean: A Mindful Approach to Nonviolent Communication, and co-author of Teaching Mindfulness to Empower Adolescents. Oren is co-founder of Mindful Healthcare and the founder of Next Step Dharma, an innovative online program that helps meditators integrate their retreat experiences into daily life.
Anushka Fernandopulle lives in San Francisco and teaches retreats and workshops around the world. She has trained in the Theravada Buddhist tradition in the US, India and Sri Lanka for over 30 years. Anushka also works as a leadership coach and management consultant, influenced by a BA in anthropology/religion from Harvard and an MBA from Yale School of Management. She is on the Teachers Council at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California. Her teaching is informed by arts, nature, politics, social justice and modern urban life. For more info please see www.anushkaf.org.
Jean Esther, MSW LICSW, has trained in meditation since 1975 and has been a practicing psychotherapist for over 37 years. She is a guiding teacher of True North Insight Meditation Centre in Canada, teaches at Insight Meditation Center of Pioneer Valley , MA, Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (iBme) and elsewhere across North America. Her teachings integrate psychological understanding and somatic awareness with Buddhist teachings on love and wisdom.