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Insight Meditation Society – METTA RETREAT

Sharon’s annual Metta Retreat at Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA is now open for registration. Due to popular demand, the retreat registration is a lottery. Registration is due by October 31st, 2017.

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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 retreat is a residential retreat. Sharon will be joined on the teaching staff for this year’s retreat by Mark Coleman and Oren J. Sofer. This silent retreat, open to all, will include an optional daily period of yoga, offered by Tanya Diallo Welsh. 21 CE credits are available for psychologists, social workers and nurses. More information here.

Kripalu – LOVINGKINDNESS RETREAT – with Stephen Cope

Stephen Cope Sharon SalzbergJoin renowned teachers Sharon Salzberg and Stephen Cope for a weekend of loving-kindness practice (metta meditation) and yoga. The Buddhist and yoga traditions both hold that it is possible to systematically cultivate feelings of loving-kindness, or what yoga philosophy refers to as “friendliness toward all beings.” These two great traditions each developed practices designed to promote the experiences of inner balance, happiness, and equanimity, as well as compassion (karuna) and sympathetic joy (mudita).

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Experience on-the-mat yoga practice and sitting meditation that foster loving-kindness, along with an understanding of the importance of metta and yoga in the overall vision of the contemplative traditions. Sharon and Stephen cultivate a relaxed, friendly atmosphere, welcoming people at all levels of yoga and meditation experience, including beginners.

Recommended reading Sharon Salzberg, Loving-Kindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness and Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation; Stephen Cope, The Great Work of Your Life: A Guide for the Journey to Your True Calling.

Copper Beech Institute – LOVINGKINDNESS – Weekend Retreat

Join Sharon for a weekend retreat at the Copper Beech Institute exploring Lovkindness practice. 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 be 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. His Holiness the Dalai Lama has stated, “My true religion is kindness.”

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Although frequently denigrated in our culture as simplistic and weak, the quality of kindness has an inherent power to transform our worldview from one of fear and isolation to one rooted in clarity, courage, and compassion. The practice of lovingkindness meditation brings to life our innate capacity for connecting to ourselves and others. Through talks, guided meditations, writing exercises, and questions and answers, Sharon Salzberg explores the relevance of right intention, right speech, and right action in cultivating kindness in our hearts and minds. This retreat will also include a Saturday Night on Retreat Performance with Kate Callahan.

To learn more about all the offerings included in this retreat experience, view a sample schedule. Tuition is $250 plus accommodations. The retreat begins Friday, June 9 at 5 p.m. with an all-levels yoga class and concludes around 1 p.m. on Sunday, June 11. Continuing Education credits are available for an additional $20.

1440 Multiversity – LOVINGKINDNESS – Weekend Retreat

SAVE 20% ON REGISTRATION WITH COUPON CODE LOVE1440 IF YOU SIGN UP BEFORE MAY 15!

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Join Sharon at the brand new retreat facility in Northern California for a weekend Lovingkindness retreat. Lovingkindness is a meditation that cultivates our natural capacity for an open and loving heart. Although frequently denigrated in our culture as simplistic and weak, the quality of kindness has an inherent power to transform our worldview from one of fear and isolation to one rooted in clarity, courage, compassion, and genuine happiness. Lovingkindness is traditionally offered with meditations that enrich compassion, joy in the happiness of others, and equanimity.

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Lovingkindness meditation is also referred to as “metta,” which means friendship, gentle, or lovingkindness in Pali, the language of the original Buddhist teachings. Metta is like a gentle rain that falls indiscriminately upon everything. It is a steady, unconditional sense of connection that touches all beings without exception, including oneself. The Buddha first taught metta as an antidote to fear, which is still useful for us today. It also helps us develop greater concentration, access fearlessness, and deepen our capacity to love—in a meditation practice and throughout our daily lives.


Retreat Details

Renowned meditation teacher Sharon Salzberg will guide you in the experience and cultivation of these qualities and you will learn:

– The practice of lovingkindness with classical techniques in modern idiom

– The applications and effects of a consistent practice of lovingkindness

– The relevance of right intention, right speech, and right action in cultivating kindness in our hearts and minds.

Step away from the obligations, distractions, and expectations that so often characterize modern life and relax into the energy of lovingkindness toward yourself and all beings. Nourish yourself with compassionate meditations and exercises to soften the heart, relieve stress, and increase your capacity for giving and receiving love. Cultivate qualities of fearlessness, courage, and clarity with meditations that have been practices for thousands of years.

Space Between

This has been a very rewarding and gratifying month as I have been able to re-establish a focused and steady practice. I have found it easier to slip into the space between and experience the freedom and peace that it offers. Thank you Sharon Salzberg, your Read More

Endings = Beginnings

Before I opened today’s meditation, I went out for my morning run.  It was a frosty morning; crisp and clear with signs of spring bursting out in small yellow flowers and pink blossoms on the trees. Throughout my run I Read More

The Present

During meditation, I sometimes find myself getting caught up with difficult thoughts or emotions and if I go in too deep and try to analyze and understand, things get murky and cloudy, questions begets questions. I have difficulty letting go until I get to Read More

Warm Fuzzy

Sending lovingkindness out to all beings gave me such a feeling of comfort. I kept it very general and broad so as to not get caught up with ‘difficult’ beings. As such, I felt hopeful. I felt grateful for all the good that Read More

Embrace Energy

Opening the Heart meditation has got to be one of the most powerful and nurturing meditations I can offer myself. I am not certain what metaphysical aspects come into play here, but during this practice, I can actually feel a gathering of Read More


May all beings be happy ♡