Metta (Loving-Kindness) Meditation is a complementary practice to Vipassana (Mindfulness) Meditation. It is a formal practice originally taught by the Buddha as an antidote to fear. When we practice Metta we awaken to our own intrinsic wholeness, peacefulness and kindness and we provide an opportunity to deepen our equanimity. There will be specific instruction in Metta and in walking meditation, mindful movement/Qi Gong and a Dharma talk each day, group interviews and opportunities for discussion with the teacher. This silent retreat is suitable for beginning and experienced students of meditation.
On September 15 our new vaccine requirement goes into effect. Attendees on this retreat will be required to be fully vaccinated and at least two weeks past the date of their second shot (or first, if receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine). You will be required to show proof of vaccination upon arrival; please don’t submit verification before that.
With the vaccination policy in place we will allow participants to remove their masks if they so choose. However, we may ask retreatants to continue masking depending on changing conditions related to the highly-transmissable delta variant, or if other more virulent and transmissable covid-19 variants arise.
A medical exception is in place to allow registration for those with a letter from an MD verifying the medical nature of the exemption. This exception and the accompanying documentation must be provided at the time of registration.
We will be housing participants in retreats after September 15 in single and double rooms, following Cloud Mountain’s customary practice of assigning housing based on registration order. The earliest registrants will be assigned to our single rooms. When the singles have been filled we will assign registrants to doubles.
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 according to changing 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.
Subsidized fee : $350 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) and staff
Sustaining fee : $400 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) and staff
Supporting fee : $450 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) and staff
Following in the Buddhist tradition, none of your registration fee will go to the teacher(s). Please consider offering teacher dāna at the event to support their livelihood. (Dāna is a term for generosity, or freely offered giving. You can find more information about this way of offering the teachings and the "economy of gifts" on our Donation page.)