A Weekend Metta Retreat
February 12th -15th, 2021
Retreat Cancelled: We're sorry to have to cancel this retreat. We look forward to re-scheduling at a future date and time.
An immersion in loving-kindness practices to cultivate a loving and peaceful heart!
Love creates a communion with life. Love expands us, connects us, sweetens us, ennobles us. Love springs up in tender concern, it blossoms into caring action. It makes beauty out of all we touch. In any moment we can step beyond our small self and embrace each other as beloved parts of a whole. - Jack Kornfield
The practice of metta (or loving-kindness) dates back to at least the time of the Buddha 2500 years ago, if not earlier. It is designed to cultivate kindness and friendliness towards ourselves and others. A consistent metta practice -
quiets our inner critic leading to greater self-acceptance
increases positive emotions of love, joy, contentment, gratitude, hope, awe
reduces depression and PTSD (i.e. increases resilience)
strengthens our capacity for empathy and compassion
increases the length of telomeres (i.e. increases youthfulness)
(Check out this link for a list of science-backed benefits of a metta practice.)
If nothing else, given the conditions in our world today, wouldn't you agree that a little more love and kindness could benefit us all?
This retreat is open to both beginning and experienced meditators. We will have 15 hours of live Zoom sessions with two certified mindfulness meditation teachers. The sessions will include -
Sitting & walking meditation
Discussions and Q&A (with opportunities to connect with each other in breakout rooms)
Sessions will be recorded and made available to all registered participants at the end of the retreat.