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Resting in the heart of Minnesota’s beauty, the Metta Meditation Retreat Center is located on the shores of Lake Elysian outside of Janesville, Minnesota.  Our 37 acres of beautiful woodlands and prairies are just a 20-minute drive from Mankato and 1-hour drive from Minneapolis and Saint Paul. We welcome all people to our serene setting with gracious hospitality!


We host meditation, mindfulness, and other wellness retreats for those seeking spiritual refuge, relaxation, and renewal. We offer day retreats, weekend retreats, and personalized retreats all year round. View our Upcoming Retreats and Workshops to view our upcoming programs.


We also offer private hermitage cabins nestled in the woodlands. You can reserve these unique cabins for your own personal retreat. Each equipped with a kitchen and bath, they are the perfect place for a peaceful solo or couples getaway. To learn more about our cozy cabins, see our page for your next personal retreat.

The Metta Meditation Center is a large, two-story building accommodating up to 40 guests. This space is ideal for gatherings of 10 or more people who need a retreat/workshop space, conference center, or meeting rooms. With its simple lakeside architecture, our center provides anything you may need for your next gathering including accommodations, amenities, and more. For more information about our retreat center please check out what we have for your next gathering.

Metta (loving friendliness) is a common value in all spiritual communities. Meditative communities use metta to describe the concept of universal love. The Metta Meditation Center is the ground that we practice and cultivate universal love for all living beings. The center was established by Franciscan nuns who showed us loving-kindness and friendliness throughout the years. This friendship grew before it was passed on to us in the summer of 2017.

The Metta Meditation Retreat Center is supported by gracious donations and with the help of volunteers from our community.