Lovingkindness meditation (metta) is a practice that teaches us how to cultivate forgiveness, kindness, open-hearted friendship and love toward ourselves and toward others. Originating in the Buddhist meditation traditions, metta practice has come to the West in recent decades, and is now used by people of all backgrounds and affiliations to open the heart and develop patience, compassion and acceptance. It has the capacity to heal, soften, and regenerate body, mind and spirit.
This retreat will teach the various techniques of lovingkindness meditation in sitting and walking meditation, and there will be ample time for practice. Since metta is a happiness practice, we can relax and sit comfortably in chairs or on cushions, no special postures are required. This retreat is suitable for all levels of experience, including those new to meditation and to the retreat experience.
There will be handouts to support your home practice, and the book Lovingkindness: the Revolutionary Art of Happiness by Sharon Salzberg (Shambhala Publications) is recommended but not required.
2021 CURRENT COVID-19 PROTOCOLS:
A vaccination requirement is in place for all participants on this retreat. Follow this link for more information about the vaccine requirement, including an avenue for medical exemption.
All participants will be housed in single sleeping rooms.
We will continue to require all retreatants, staff and teachers to remain masked throughout the retreat.
All participants will be required to follow all covid-19 health and safety guidelines in place at Cloud Mountain. Follow this link for comprehensive information about the specific guidelines in place at this time.
The retreat container will be constructed in accordance with the current covid-19 conditions at the time to maximize individual and group health. We reserve the right to adjust expectations of acceptable behaviors within the retreat environment to respond most appropriately to covid-19 conditions. PLEASE FOLLOW THIS LINK FOR UPDATED INFORMATION ABOUT OUR COVID-19 HEALTH AND SAFETY PROTOCOLS.
Scholarship funds are available on all retreats to assist those with financial challenges. For more information, read the Scholarship section of our overview information.
Prerequisites: In order to attend this retreat, you must
1) have attended at least one lovingkindness retreat already with Jude,
2) be a current student in one of Jude's ongoing groups,
3) receive special permission from Jude to attend.
Subsidized fee : $210 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) and staff
Sustaining fee : $230 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) and staff
Supporting fee : $250 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) and staff