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Strengthening the Heart, Cultivating Kindness: Metta Retreat (5 days)

March 17 – 22, 2017 (Friday 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.

Spaces still available!

All scholarship funds have been awarded.

All You Choose fee spaces for ages 18-26 have been filled.

Fellowships for Educators, Health Care Professionals and Artists for this retreat have been filled.

Metta, sometimes translated as unconditional kindness or universal friendliness, grows from our capacity for basic human warmth. It is the first of four sublime states that can be cultivated as a powerful support for well-being, concentration and the deepening of insight practice.

In this silent metta retreat, we will explore a range of techniques for developing kindness, as well as ways to release the obstacles that often get in the way of living with more ease, happiness and peace. Our time together will include silent and guided sitting meditation, walking meditation, Dharma talks, instructions and group interviews with the teachers.

This retreat is appropriate for both beginning and more experienced meditators. Teacher trainee Leslie Booker will also offer an optional daily period of mindful movement.


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 graduate of the IMS/Spirit Rock Teacher Training Program.

Jill Shepherd

Jill Shepherd is a graduate of the IMS/Spirit Rock Teacher Training. She divides her time mainly between the US, Australia and New Zealand, teaching insight meditation retreats and supporting local communities to explore the Dharma in daily life.


Devin Berry

Devin Berry has practiced meditation since 1999, and is a community teacher at East Bay Meditation Center in Oakland, CA. He recently completed Spirit Rock's Dedicated Practitioners Program, and is currently a participant in IMS's 2017-2021 Teacher Training Program.

Leslie Booker

Leslie Booker is a facilitator, public speaker, consultant, and yoga teacher. Sharing mindfulness and yoga with incarcerated and system-involved youth since 2007, she currently serves as Director of Trainings for Lineage Project. Utilizing social justice principles and embodied wisdom practices, she offers workshops on college campuses, national diversity trainings for yoga teachers, and retreats for refuge and resiliency for activists.

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