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Retreat limited to 20 participants (in-person), hurry up and reserve your spot!

February 10th to 13th, 2022 (Thursday 5:00 PM to Sunday 3:00 PM)

Registration Due Date: Sunday, January 10th, 2022

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Grief is often thought of to be the emotion experienced after the loss of something. We all experience grief at some point in ourselves. It is part of what makes us human.

In fact, some cultures even have multiple concepts and types of grief along with different expectations associated with each type. Although grief is defined and experienced differently around the world, the emotion is very much universal.

During this retreat, we will use our experiences to help us understand how we experience grief and how to overcome it.

This retreat will also assist you with developing mindfulness during moments in your life where the feelings of grief are prevalent. You might never forget your loss, but you can certainly help overcome your grief.

Teacher: Bhante Sathi

Retreat Format: Hybrid (online and in-person)

Fee: In-person ($350), Online ($200)

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View of center from Lake Elysian
Metta Meditation Center on the shores of Lake Elysian

Schedule

Thursday Night Schedule:

  • 05:00 PM – 06:00 PM: Check-in (for those attending in person)
  • 06:00 PM – 07:00 PM: Opening night - Welcome & Introduction (group in-person & zoom)
  • 08:00 PM – 09:00 PM: Group discussion (group in-person & zoom)

Friday & Saturday Schedule:

  • 06:00 AM – 07:15 AM: Mindful movements
  • 07:15 AM – 08:15 AM: Meal and independent practice (individual)
  • 08:30 AM – 10:00 AM: Morning teachings (group in-person & zoom)
  • 10:00 AM – 11:15 AM: Walking and sitting practice (group in-person & zoom)
  • 11:15 AM – 12:00 PM: Mindful moments
  • 12:00 PM – 02:00 PM: Lunch and independent practice (individual)
  • 02:00 PM – 03:00 PM: Q&A (group in-person & zoom)
  • 03:15 PM – 04:00 PM: Group sitting (group in-person & zoom)
  • 04:00 PM – 05:00 PM: Mindful motion with Yoga or Qigong (group in-person & zoom)
  • 06:00 PM – 07:00 PM: Snack or dinner
  • 07:00 PM – 08:00 PM: Teaching & talk (group in-person & zoom)
  • 08:30 PM – 09:00 PM: Guided discussion

Sunday Closing Day:

  • 01:00 PM – 03:00 PM: Closing practice (group in-person & zoom)

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Logistics

If attending the retreat in person:

  • Location: Google Maps has been known to take our guests to the main house rather than the center. When you arrive, you’ll pull into a gravel road on the highway, simply keep driving until you see a large yellow building on your left-hand side next to a large white cross. That is where the Center is.
  • Accommodations: The registration fee is inclusive of a single room and meals. Rooms are dorm-style with shared bathrooms.
  • Clothing: Try to bring comfortable clothing as you will be spending a lot of time conducting various types of meditation and mindfulness practices.
  • Toiletries: Try to avoid bringing heavily scented items and some individuals are sensitive to such products.
  • Food: We provide food for you. If you need to bring your own food for whatever reason, we encourage you to put your name on the food and place it in the fridge located on the main floor. We can show you where that is when you check-in.
  • Towels and sheets: Please keep in mind that we do not provide linens for your stay as we only have a few extra. We recommend bringing a set of twin sheets and some towels. If you forget these items, we can help you out by letting you borrow some of our extras.

If attending the retreat online, here are a few tips:

  • Try to find a quiet room away from people and pets.
  • Try to eat home-cooked food. This will be elaborated more later on.
  • Try to wear comfortable clothes
  • Try to arrive at the call about 5-10 minutes before meditation and discussion. If your computer decides it wants to update or gives you trouble just email the retreat coordinator.
  • Try to get a good night’s rest.
  • Be mindful and relax!

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December 9th to 12th, 2021 (Thursday 5:00 PM to Sunday 3:00 PM)

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Unhappiness leads to depression. Depression comes in many forms. For some, depression can mean a constant feeling of loneliness, sadness, or dread. For others, it can mean a constant state of numbness or hopelessness.

Contrary to what some believe, depression does not care how much money you have, what you do for a living, who you are married to, what social group you associate yourself with.

Depression can be strong, but we can help you be stronger. While depression, like any other mental illness, is not always cured through mental exercises alone, we can help you strengthen your mental wellbeing so you can overcome life’s challenges one day at a time.

During this retreat, we will give you the mental techniques to recognize what depression is and how to overcome it with the help of mindfulness.

Teacher: Bhante Sathi

Retreat Format: Hybrid (online and in-person)

Fee: In-person ($350), Online ($200)

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View of center from Lake Elysian
Metta Meditation Center on the shores of Lake Elysian

Schedule

Thursday Night Schedule:

  • 05:00 PM – 06:00 PM: Check-in (for those attending in person)
  • 06:00 PM – 07:00 PM: Opening night - Welcome & Introduction (group in-person & zoom)
  • 08:00 PM – 09:00 PM: Group discussion (group in-person & zoom)

Friday & Saturday Schedule:

  • 06:00 AM – 07:15 AM: Mindful movements
  • 07:15 AM – 08:15 AM: Meal and independent practice (individual)
  • 08:30 AM – 10:00 AM: Morning teachings (group in-person & zoom)
  • 10:00 AM – 11:15 AM: Walking and sitting practice (group in-person & zoom)
  • 11:15 AM – 12:00 PM: Mindful moments
  • 12:00 PM – 02:00 PM: Lunch and independent practice (individual)
  • 02:00 PM – 03:00 PM: Q&A (group in-person & zoom)
  • 03:15 PM – 04:00 PM: Group sitting (group in-person & zoom)
  • 04:00 PM – 05:00 PM: Mindful motion with Yoga or Qigong (group in-person & zoom)
  • 06:00 PM – 07:00 PM: Snack or dinner
  • 07:00 PM – 08:00 PM: Teaching & talk (group in-person & zoom)
  • 08:30 PM – 09:00 PM: Guided discussion

Sunday Closing Day:

  • 01:00 PM – 03:00 PM: Closing practice (group in-person & zoom)

Click here to register


Logistics

If attending the retreat in person:

  • Location: Google Maps has been known to take our guests to the main house rather than the center. When you arrive, you’ll pull into a gravel road on the highway, simply keep driving until you see a large yellow building on your left-hand side next to a large white cross. That is where the Center is.
  • Accommodations: The registration fee is inclusive of a room and meals. Rooms are dorm-style with shared bathrooms.
  • Clothing: Try to bring comfortable clothing as you will be spending a lot of time conducting various types of meditation and mindfulness practices.
  • Toiletries: Try to avoid bringing heavily scented items and some individuals are sensitive to such products.
  • Food: We provide food for you. If you need to bring your own food for whatever reason, we encourage you to put your name on the food and place it in the fridge located on the main floor. We can show you where that is when you check-in.
  • Towels and sheets: Please keep in mind that we do not provide linens for your stay as we only have a few extra. We recommend bringing a set of twin sheets and some towels. If you forget these items, we can help you out by letting you borrow some of our extras.

If attending the retreat online, here are a few tips:

  • Try to find a quiet room away from people and pets.
  • Try to eat home-cooked food. This will be elaborated more later on.
  • Try to wear comfortable clothes
  • Try to arrive at the call about 5-10 minutes before meditation and discussion. If your computer decides it wants to update or gives you trouble just email the retreat coordinator.
  • Try to get a good night’s rest.
  • Be mindful and relax!

Click here to register

Metta Meditation Center

Want to be a certified meditation teacher? Join our 2022 Mindfulness Meditation Teaching Certification Program!

We are so happy to announce that Triple Gem of the North is offering a Meditation/Mindfulness teaching certification. This certification is a 9 Month Course and it attests to an acceptable level of knowledge and teaching skills required for mindful meditation teaching. To sign up for the program, use the link

Registration Due Date: Friday, December 17th, 2021
Teacher: Bhante Sathi
Retreat Format: In-Person Only
Total Cost: $2200 ($2000 if paid in full by December 1st, but for installment payment options and information can be found in the "Payment Options" section)


The training will prepare you as a meditation and mindfulness teacher by educating our students on the following topics:

  • Understanding, practicing and mastering mindfulness.
  • Historical evolution of mindfulness.
  • Several different Eastern mindfulness pathways.
  • How to become a teacher based on the Buddhist Suttas.
  • Understand the Bodhisatwa mind and become a Bodhisatwa (a person on the path to Buddhahood).
  • Understanding the Buddhist way of life by studying key Suttas.
  • The Triple Gem, The Buddha, The Dhamma, The Sangha.
  • Being a community member and creating a mindful community.
  • Becoming a life-long teacher using Insight Meditation and Mind Culture.

To sign up for the program, use the link


The certification program requirements include:

  • Completion of assignments.
  • Memorization of key Buddhist Suttas. We will study a total of 21 Suttas.
  • Attending at least 75% of training retreats.
  • Participants will complete one or more hands-on training sessions while a monk observes. For example, a guided meditation class.

To sign up for the program, use the link


Payment Options

Option 1 - Total Cost: $2200 ( $2000 if paid in full by December 17th)

Option 2 - Installment Payment

  • Program Entry Fee - Early Bird Discount due by December 1st: $350
  • Program Entry Fee - Regular, due by January 21st: $700
  • Additional Payments: March 11th - $250 / April 29th - $250 / July 8th - $250 / August 19th- $250 / September 30th - $250
  • Expense Breakdown for 1 person - Room / Food / Teaching Fees

Fees will cover lodging and food expenses. (breakfast, lunch, and a light dinner). Food will be Vegan food. Please let us know if you have any food restrictions as we will do our best to accommodate you. You may also provide your own lunch if needed.

To sign up for the program, use the link


Training Schedule

All training will be held at the Metta Meditation Retreat Center in Janesville, MN. Each retreat will begin at 6:00 pm Friday and will end at 4:00 pm on Sunday. Participants may stay at the Center Sunday night, checking out before 10:00 am Monday morning.

January 21-23: Overview of the program and a historical context

We will be focusing on “Understanding, practicing and mastering Mindfulness Meditation”. Historical evolution of Mindfulness. We will be studying all kinds of eastern mindful pathways.

March 11-13: Being a good student is the teacher

How to be a student and how to be a teacher. We will be studying various Buddhist teaching methods by studying several suttas.

April 29- May 1: On becoming a Bodhisatva

Understanding Bodhisatva mind and becoming a Bodhisatva (One who is working toward becoming enlightened.) We will be studying Buddhist Sutras to understand the Buddhist way of life.

July 8-10: The Triple Gem

Understanding and utilizing the Buddha, Dhamma, and Sangha.

August 19-21: Creating a Mindful Community

Understanding the different ways a Mindful Community can be developed, and what are the guiding principles for it.

September 30-October 1: Insight Meditation and Mind Culture

Being a life-long teacher using mindfulness. Utilizing Bhavana (Insight Meditation) and culturing the mind.

To sign up for the program, use the link


Requirements

Minimum 1-year weekly meditation or more than 3 residential retreats under a qualified teacher.

You will have to submit a recommendation letter from your teacher if you are not a Triple Gem meditator.

To sign up for the program, use the link