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Metta: Lovingkindness Retreat (7 days)
May 17 – 24, 2017 (Wednesday to Wednesday)
This retreat is full with a waitlist of over 70 people. Please consider choosing another retreat.
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 is suitable for both beginning and experienced meditators.
An optional daily period of yoga will be offered by Tanya Diallo Welsh.
21 CE credits are available for psychologists, social workers and nurses. More information here.
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)
Mark Coleman, founder of the Mindfulness Institute, has taught retreats since 1997, following extensive training in several Buddhist traditions. He leads Wilderness Meditation courses, mindfulness teacher trainings, is an executive coach, and author of Awake in the Wild.
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.