The ancient Buddhist teaching of Metta (translated as loving-kindness) meditation is a training in discovering and harnessing the power of love.
In this weekend retreat, you will discover how to awaken and expand the quality of love in yourself so you can heal the relationship with yourself and with those around you. Through the practices of mindful and loving awareness, self-compassion, self-forgiveness, and gratitude, you will learn how to transform habits of self-limitation into making friends with yourself. Doing so will allow you to feel grounded and strong even in these uncertain times. When you set yourself free at last you will be able to participate courageously and creatively in our world. You will also learn to practice Metta towards others and our world.
We will present both traditional practices and their modern heart-felt adaptations. The retreat will include silent meditation sits, guided meditations, walking meditations, individual coaching, dharma talks, Q&A, and groups discussions. In this retreat, we will develop the antidotes for divisiveness and hatred as we cultivate the qualities of love and compassion—forces that can liberate our own minds and heal our society and planet.
Held at the beautiful Mount Calvary Monastery Guest House, set in the hills of Santa Barbara, the grounds offer a large terrace overlooking Mission Canyon and landscaped grounds including a labyrinth. The accommodation is mostly in double rooms with shared baths for a maximum of 24 guests. There is a sizable meeting room, and a smaller library and a hospitality area stocked with a refrigerator, microwave, sink, and supplies for making coffee or tea and where the Monks will provide morning coffee. More information on Mount Calvary can be found on the Residential Retreats page.
Check-in between 3:30 – 5:30 PM on Friday followed by and a light supper. Retreat ends after lunch on Sunday after lunch. No late arrivals or early departures. Rooms & Meals: Towels and bed linens are provided. Tasty and nutritious meals are served at breakfast, lunch, and supper with a vegetarian option at each meal. Special dietary needs cannot be accommodated.
COST: price of room below + Dana given at retreat (information on Dana below)
Includes meals, linen, and accommodations,
- Double Room with Shared Bath $420.00
- Single Room with Shared Bath: $500.00
- Triple Room with Shared Bath (Women only) $370.00
Scholarships are available for this program. Visit the Scholarships page to find out more
Dana: In keeping with the Buddhist tradition, the teachers and retreat managers receive no payment. The above cost covers room and board only. Donations offered by students at the end of the retreat are appreciated and support the teachers and retreat managers in continuing to make the teachings available to all.
On or before September 13th we will refund your deposit less a $150.00 fee. July 14th or later: No Refunds or Credit. Fees are not transferable but if we can find someone to take your space we will refund all except the cancellation fee of $150.00.
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