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Resting in the heart of Minnesota beauty, the Metta Meditation 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 one hour drive from Minneapolis and Saint Paul.

Metta (loving friendliness) is a common value in all spiritual communities. Buddhist and 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. Our space contains a retreat center and personal cabins that provide space, facilities, and programs for those seeking space for retreats, educational enrichment, relaxation, and renewal. We welcome all people to our serene setting with gracious hospitality!

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. With its simple, lakeside architecture, our center provides anything you may need for your next gathering regarding kitchen items, seating space, amenities, and more. For more information about our retreat center please check out what we have for your next gathering.

We also offer private hermitage cabins nestled in the woodlands. You can reserve these unique cabins for your own personal retreat. To learn more about our cozy cabins, please check them out for your next personal retreat.


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