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

March 17 – 22, 2017 (Friday to Wednesday)

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.

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. An optional daily period of mindful movement will be offered by Leslie Booker.

Teachers

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.

Assistants

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.

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