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Description:

Embark on a transformative journey of self-discovery and inner peace with our 4-Day Buddhist Retreat: Mindfulness and Liberation. Rooted in the timeless wisdom of Buddhist teachings, this immersive retreat offers a profound opportunity to explore the depths of your mind, cultivate mindfulness, and experience the liberation that comes from understanding the nature of your own consciousness.

Highlights:

  1. Guided Meditation: Throughout the retreat, you'll engage in daily guided meditation sessions led by experienced meditation instructors. These sessions will help you develop mindfulness, enhance your concentration, and discover the power of a tranquil mind.
  2. Dharma Talks: Learn from seasoned Buddhist teachers as they share their insights on the core principles of Buddhism, including the Four Noble Truths, the Eightfold Path, and the concept of impermanence. Gain a deeper understanding of how these teachings can be applied to your daily life.
  3. Mindful Activities: Explore mindfulness in action through various activities, such as mindful walking, mindful eating, and mindful breathing exercises. These practical experiences will help you integrate mindfulness into your everyday routine.
  4. Silent Contemplation: Embrace the power of silence as you partake in periods of silent contemplation. Silence provides a space for self-reflection, inner exploration, and a deeper connection to your own inner wisdom.
  5. Noble Silence: Experience the profound practice of Noble Silence during specific segments of the retreat, allowing you to disconnect from the distractions of the outside world and truly focus on your inner journey.
  6. Yoga and Mindful Movement: Complement your meditation practice with gentle yoga and mindful movement sessions. These practices promote physical and mental well-being, enhancing your overall sense of balance and tranquility.
  7. Liberation Through Insight: Discover the path to liberation as you delve into the practice of Vipassana meditation. Learn to observe your thoughts, emotions, and sensations with equanimity, leading to a deeper sense of freedom and self-realization.
  8. Vegetarian Meals: Savor nourishing and delicious vegetarian meals that are not only healthy for the body but also in line with the principles of compassion and mindfulness.
  9. Community and Support: Connect with like-minded individuals who are on their own journey of self-discovery. Share your experiences, insights, and challenges in a supportive and compassionate community.
  10. Breathtaking Natural Setting: Immerse yourself in the serene and natural surroundings of our retreat center, providing the ideal backdrop for deepening your mindfulness practice.

This 4-Day Buddhist Retreat: Mindfulness and Liberation is a unique opportunity to unplug from the chaos of daily life, explore the depths of your consciousness, and cultivate a greater sense of peace, compassion, and inner freedom. Whether you are new to Buddhism or seeking to deepen your practice, this retreat offers a transformative and enriching experience that can lead to a more meaningful and harmonious life.

Join us on this transformative journey to find the path to mindfulness and liberation within yourself.

Teacher: Bhante Sathi, Sathi has been practicing meditation for more than 35 years and teaching for 25 years. Sathi has traveled all over the United States and Europe to lead meditation retreats and workshops. Sathi is the founder and leading teacher at the Metta meditation center.

Retreat Format: In-person only

Fee: $420, which includes food and lodging. Additionally, there is a discounted rate of $370 for sponsors of the Triplegem. (Sponsors are individuals who generously contribute through monthly donations surpassing $100 or more.)

Dāna (Pali, Generosity): Please note that the retreat fee covers the Center’s expenses of hosting participants. It is customary to make additional donations for the teacher and meals.

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Make your payment here

Food: Vegan breakfast and lunch will be provided. dinner will be a light snack.

Accommodation: This retreat is at the Metta Meditation Center. Your allocated room will be given at the time of registration. You will find the accommodations are not luxurious, but quite adequate for the purpose of the retreat. There is a scenic view of the lake and the meditation hall is quiet and spacious. Bedrooms are conveniently accessible. There are separate quarters for male and female participants. Most rooms have two beds so you will likely have a roommate. Rooms will be assigned based on the same gender. If you have any preference for a roommate or a single room, please let us know in advance.

Attendance: Retreat participants are asked and strongly encouraged to start and end the retreat with the entire group. Any exceptions to this are only made by the teacher with special permission granted.

Clothing and Other Details: Clothing worn during the retreat should cover the entire body (for example long pants are preferred over shorts). Short sleeve shirts are acceptable though sleeveless shirts should be avoided. Clothing should be comfortable. Also, heavily scented perfumes/products should be avoided. There are members of the community who are sensitive to certain scents.

To reserve your spot immediately, register and submit your payment below.

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Retreat Itinerary

Thursday Night Schedule

  • 05:00 PM – 06:00 PM: Check-in
  • 06:00 PM – 07:00 PM: Opening night - Welcome & Introduction
  • 07:00 PM – 07:45 PM: Sitting Meditation
  • 08:00 PM – 09:00 PM: Guided discussion 

Friday & Saturday Schedule

  • 06:00 AM – 07:00 AM: Mindful movements
  • 07:00 AM – 08:00 AM: Meal and independent practice
  • 08:30 AM – 10:00 AM: Morning teachings
  • 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM: Walking and sitting practice
  • 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM: Mindful moments
  • 12:00 PM – 02:00 PM: Lunch and independent practice 
  • 02:00 PM – 03:00 PM: Q&A
  • 03:30 PM – 04:30 PM: Group sitting
  • 04:30 PM – 05:30 PM: Mindful motion with Yoga or Qigong
  • 06:00 PM – 07:00 PM: Snack or dinner
  • 07:00 PM – 09:00 PM: Guided discussion

Sunday Closing Day

  • 06:00 AM – 07:00 AM: Mindful movements
  • 07:00 AM – 08:00 AM: Meal and independent practice
  • 08:30 AM – 10:00 AM: Morning teachings
  • 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM: Walking and sitting practice
  • 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM: Mindful moments
  • 12:00 PM – 01:00 PM: Lunch and independent practice 
  • 01:00 PM – 02:00 PM: Cleaning
  • 02:00 PM – 03:00 PM: Closing practice

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.

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Dates: December 14-21 (Starts Saturday, December 14th, 3 pm - Ends Saturday, December 21st, 12pm)

Description:

As the year draws to a close, allow yourself the gift of profound self-discovery, inner peace, and mindfulness at our End-of-Year Vipassana Retreat. This residential retreat, taking place from December 14th to December 21st, 2024, offers a unique opportunity for extended immersion in the timeless practice of Vipassana meditation.

Key Aspects of the Residential Retreat:

  1. Vipassana Meditation: Dive deep into the ancient art of Vipassana meditation, a practice that invites you to observe the true nature of your mind and emotions. This technique can lead to profound insights, mental clarity, and inner tranquility.
  2. Silent Retreat: Experience the transformative power of silence as you engage in extended periods of contemplation and meditation. Disconnect from the external noise and distractions to connect with your inner self.
  3. Guided Meditation: Benefit from the guidance of experienced meditation instructors who will lead you through Vipassana meditation sessions. Their expertise will help you refine your practice and deepen your insights.
  4. Practical Mindfulness: Discover how to integrate mindfulness into your everyday life. Learn to bring heightened awareness to daily activities such as walking, eating, and communication, enabling you to live more mindfully.
  5. Noble Silence: Embrace the practice of Noble Silence, a powerful tool for self-reflection and heightened self-awareness. By reducing external distractions, you can connect with your inner world on a profound level.
  6. Nutritious Vegetarian Cuisine: Nourish your body and spirit with wholesome and delicious vegetarian meals. This dietary choice complements your meditation practice and supports your overall well-being.
  7. Supportive Community: Forge connections with a like-minded community of fellow retreatants. Share your experiences, insights, and challenges, and find encouragement on your path of self-discovery.
  8. Scenic Residential Setting: The retreat unfolds in a serene and picturesque residential environment. The tranquil surroundings provide an ideal backdrop for deepening your meditation practice and fostering a deeper connection with nature.

Join Us:

This End-of-Year Vipassana Retreat is your opportunity to close the year with a profound journey within. Take a break from the demands of daily life and explore the depths of your consciousness. Discover inner peace, wisdom, and the tranquility that resides within you.

Reserve your spot today and start the new year with a renewed sense of purpose, mindfulness, and self-awareness. The End-of-Year Vipassana Retreat promises a transformative experience that can guide you towards a more centered and harmonious life.

Teacher: Bhante Sathi, Sathi has been practicing meditation for more than 35 years and teaching for 25 years. Sathi has traveled all over the United States and Europe to lead meditation retreats and workshops. Sathi is the founder and leading teacher at the Metta meditation center.

Retreat Format: In-person only

Fee: $750, which includes food and lodging. There is also a discounted rate of $700 for sponsors of the Triplegem, ( Sponsors are individuals who generously contribute through monthly donations surpassing $100 or more)

Dāna (Pali, Generosity): Please note that the retreat fee covers the Center’s expenses of hosting participants. It is customary to make additional donations for the teacher and meals.

Click here to register

Food: Vegan breakfast and lunch will be provided. dinner will be a light snack.

Accommodation: This retreat is at the Metta Meditation Center. Your allocated room will be given at the time of registration. You will find the accommodations are not luxurious, but quite adequate for the purpose of the retreat. There is a scenic view of the lake and the meditation hall is quiet and spacious. Bedrooms are conveniently accessible. There are separate quarters for male and female participants. Most rooms have two beds so you will likely have a roommate. Rooms will be assigned based on the same gender. If you have any preference for a roommate or a single room, please let us know in advance.

Attendance: Retreat participants are asked and strongly encouraged to start and end the retreat with the entire group. Any exceptions to this are only made by the teacher with special permission granted.

Clothing and Other Details: Clothing worn during the retreat should cover the entire body (for example long pants are preferred over shorts). Short sleeve shirts are acceptable though sleeveless shirts should be avoided. Clothing should be comfortable. Also, heavily scented perfumes/products should be avoided. There are members of the community who are sensitive to certain scents.

Click here to register

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Retreat Itinerary

Saturday

  • 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM: checking
  • 04:00 PM – 06:00 PM: Teaching
  • 06:00 PM – 07:00 PM: Supper
  • 07:00 PM – 09:00 PM: Group Practice 

Sunday to Tuesday

  • 06:00 AM – 07:00 AM: Mindful movements
  • 07:00 AM – 08:00 AM: Meal and independent practice
  • 08:30 AM – 10:00 AM: Morning teachings
  • 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM: Walking and sitting practice
  • 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM: Mindful moments
  • 12:00 PM – 02:00 PM: Lunch and independent practice 
  • 02:00 PM – 03:00 PM: Q&A
  • 03:30 PM – 05:00 PM: Group sitting
  • 05:00 PM – 06:00 PM: Mindful motion with Yoga or Qigong
  • 06:00 PM – 07:00 PM: Snack or dinner
  • 07:00 PM – 08:30 PM: Guided discussion
  • 08:30 PM – 09:00 PM: Sitting Practice

Wednesday to Friday

  • 06:00 AM – 07:00 AM: Mindful movements
  • 07:00 AM – 08:00 AM: Meal and independent practice
  • 08:30 AM – 9:30 AM: Morning teachings
  • 09:30 AM – 11:30 AM: Walking and sitting practice
  • 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM: Mindful moments
  • 12:00 PM – 02:00 PM: Lunch and independent practice 
  • 02:00 PM – 03:00 PM: Q&A
  • 03:30 PM – 05:00 PM: Group sitting
  • 05:00 PM – 06:00 PM: Mindful motion with Yoga or Qigong
  • 06:00 PM – 07:00 PM: Snack or dinner
  • 07:00 PM – 08:30 PM: Guided discussion
  • 08:30 PM – 09:00 PM: Sitting Practice

Closing Day

  • 06:00 AM – 07:00 AM: Mindful movements
  • 07:00 AM – 08:00 AM: Meal and Independent Practice 
  • 08:30 AM – 9:30 AM: Teaching and Meditation 
  • 09:30 AM - 11:00 AM : Cleaning
  • 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Closing
  • 12:00 PM Lunch

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.

Click here to register

Make your payment here

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January 25-28, 2024 (Thursday 5:00 PM to Sunday 3:00 PM)

Register now to secure your spot.

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Unhappiness often leads to a range of emotional challenges, with depression manifesting in various forms. For some, it may be an overwhelming sense of loneliness, sadness, or constant dread. Others experience it as a persistent state of numbness or hopelessness. It's important to understand that depression does not discriminate based on your socioeconomic status, occupation, relationships, or social affiliations. It can affect anyone, but it doesn't have to define you.

At our upcoming retreat, "Navigating Beyond Unhappiness," scheduled from January 25 to 28, 2024, we aim to empower you to strengthen your mental well-being, offering you tools to face life's challenges with resilience and mindfulness. While depression is a complex condition that may not always be resolved through mental exercises alone, we can provide you with the guidance and support to bolster your mental resilience and work towards a brighter future, one step at a time.

Key Elements of the Retreat:

1. Understanding Depression: Gain insight into what depression is and how it can affect you. We will explore the various manifestations of depression and offer knowledge to help you recognize its signs in your life or the lives of those around you.

2. Mental Techniques: Learn practical mental techniques and mindfulness practices that can empower you to navigate and manage the effects of unhappiness and depression. These techniques will help you develop emotional resilience and a sense of inner strength.

3. Personal Growth: This retreat is not just about addressing unhappiness and depression; it's a journey of personal growth. Discover your inner potential and cultivate the skills to overcome life's challenges with confidence and mindfulness.

4. Supportive Community: Connect with others who share similar experiences and challenges. Share your stories, provide and receive support, and build a network of understanding and empathy.

5. Holistic Well-being: In addition to mental techniques, we'll explore various aspects of well-being, including physical health, nutrition, and self-care practices that can complement your mental health journey.

Join us from January 25 to 28, 2024, at the "Navigating Beyond Unhappiness" retreat. It's an opportunity to discover your inner strength, understand and address unhappiness and depression, and embrace the path of personal growth and self-empowerment. We believe that with the right guidance and mindfulness practices, you can find the strength to overcome life's challenges and create a happier and more fulfilling life.


Teacher: Bhante Sathi, Sathi has been practicing meditation for more than 35 years and teaching for 25 years. Sathi has traveled all over the United States and Europe to lead meditation retreats and workshops. Sathi is the founder and leading teacher at the Metta meditation center.

Retreat Format: In-person only

Fee: $420, which includes food and lodging. Additionally, there is a discounted rate of $370 for sponsors of the Triplegem. (Sponsors are individuals who generously contribute through monthly donations surpassing $100 or more.)

Dāna (Pali, Generosity): Please note that the retreat fee covers the Center’s expenses of hosting participants. It is customary to make additional donations for the teacher and meals.

Click here to register

Make your payment here

Food: Vegan breakfast and lunch will be provided. dinner will be a light snack.

Accommodation: This retreat is at the Metta Meditation Center. Your allocated room will be given at the time of registration. You will find the accommodations are not luxurious, but quite adequate for the purpose of the retreat. There is a scenic view of the lake and the meditation hall is quiet and spacious. Bedrooms are conveniently accessible. There are separate quarters for male and female participants. Most rooms have two beds so you will likely have a roommate. Rooms will be assigned based on the same gender. If you have any preference for a roommate or a single room, please let us know in advance.

Attendance: Retreat participants are asked and strongly encouraged to start and end the retreat with the entire group. Any exceptions to this are only made by the teacher with special permission granted.

Clothing and Other Details: Clothing worn during the retreat should cover the entire body (for example long pants are preferred over shorts). Short sleeve shirts are acceptable though sleeveless shirts should be avoided. Clothing should be comfortable. Also, heavily scented perfumes/products should be avoided. There are members of the community who are sensitive to certain scents.


Winter Retreat

Retreat Itinerary

Thursday Night Schedule

  • 05:00 PM – 06:00 PM: Check-in
  • 06:00 PM – 07:00 PM: Opening night - Welcome & Introduction
  • 07:00 PM – 07:45 PM: Sitting Meditation
  • 08:00 PM – 09:00 PM: Guided discussion 

Friday & Saturday Schedule

  • 06:00 AM – 07:00 AM: Mindful movements
  • 07:00 AM – 08:00 AM: Meal and independent practice
  • 08:30 AM – 10:00 AM: Morning teachings
  • 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM: Walking and sitting practice
  • 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM: Mindful moments
  • 12:00 PM – 02:00 PM: Lunch and independent practice 
  • 02:00 PM – 03:00 PM: Q&A
  • 03:30 PM – 04:30 PM: Group sitting
  • 04:30 PM – 05:30 PM: Mindful motion with Yoga or Qigong
  • 06:00 PM – 07:00 PM: Snack or dinner
  • 07:00 PM – 09:00 PM: Guided discussion

Sunday Closing Day

  • 06:00 AM – 07:00 AM: Mindful movements
  • 07:00 AM – 08:00 AM: Meal and independent practice
  • 08:30 AM – 10:00 AM: Morning teachings
  • 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM: Walking and sitting practice
  • 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM: Mindful moments
  • 12:00 PM – 01:00 PM: Lunch and independent practice 
  • 01:00 PM – 02:00 PM: Cleaning
  • 02:00 PM – 03:00 PM: Closing practice

Note: deepening ourself with practice while investigation ourself. (Sammaditti Sutta, Bojjanga Sutta).

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.

Click here to register

Metta Meditation Center

We are so happy to announce that Triple Gem of the North is offering a Meditation/Mindfulness teaching certification. This certification attests to an acceptable level of knowledge and teaching skills required for mindful meditation teaching.

Registration for this program is closed. View our 2024 program here.


The history of mindfulness goes back hundreds of years, originating from Buddhist concepts. It did not become popular in the west until the late 1970s. Over the years, mindfulness has evolved to become an integrated part of schools, workplaces, and everyday life. In this training program, we will be diving into the original Buddhist teachings on mindfulness and how to become a successful teacher in this field.

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 (scriptures).
  • 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.

The certification program content

  • Completion of assignments, including 40 hours of Zoom training between in-person workshops.
  • Around 120 hours between 6 weekends of in-person workshops.
  • Understanding of key principles of historical meditation methods (Buddhist, hindu).

To earn certificate 

  • Attending at least 5 workshops out of 6. All 6 workshops are recommended.
  • Participants will complete one or more hands-on training sessions while a monk observes. For example, a guided meditation class.

Payment Options
Option 1 - Total Cost: $2700 ( $2500 if paid in full by Feb 15th 2023)
Option 2 - Installment Payment

  • Program Entry Fee (Due by Feb 15,2023): $1000
  • 6 Payments of $290

Fees will cover lodging and food (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) expenses, and guest teacher travel expenses. The meals will be Vegan. Please let us know if you have any additional food restrictions, and we will do our best to accommodate you. You may also provide your own meals if needed.


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 3:00 pm on Sunday. Participants may stay at the Center Sunday night, checking out before 10:00 am Monday morning.

April 14-16 - 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.

May 19-21 - 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.

July 7-9 - 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.

Sep 1-3- The Triple Gem
Understanding and utilizing the Buddha, Dhamma, and Sangha.

Oct 27-29 - Creating a Mindful Community
Understanding the different ways a Mindful Community can be developed, and what are the guiding principles for it.

December 1-3 - Insight Meditation and Mind Culture
Being a life-long teacher using mindfulness. Utilizing Bhavana (Insight Meditation) and culturing the mind.


Example Schedule

Friday

5:30 PM - Supper

6:00 PM - Teachings

7:00 PM - Guided Meditation and Guided Discussion

9:30 PM - End of Day

Saturday

6:00 AM - Meditation

7:00 AM - Breakfast

8:00 AM - Teachings

9:00 AM - Meditation

10:00AM - Mindful Movements 

11:00 AM - Teachings

12:00 PM - Lunch

1:00 PM - Independent Practice

2:00 PM - Q&A

4:00 PM - Teachings

5:00 PM - Meditation

6:00 PM - Supper

7:00 PM - Guided Meditation and Guided Discussion 

9:30 PM - End of Day

Sunday

6:00 AM - Meditation

7:00 AM - Breakfast

8:00 AM - Teachings

9:00 AM - Meditation

10:00 AM - Mindful Movements 

11:00 AM - Teachings

12:00 PM - Lunch

1:00 PM - Independent Practice

2:00 PM - Q&A

3:00 PM - End of Weekend Workshop 


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 part of Triple Gem community. If you are unable to provide a letter, please email us about your situation.

Submit your application before January 31st, 2023

To sign up for the program, use this link

March 21-24, 2024 (Thursday 5:00 PM to Sunday 3:00 PM)

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Join us for a transformative online retreat, "Self-Love and Enhanced Insight," from March 21 to 24, 2024. This retreat offers a unique opportunity to deepen your self-awareness, cultivate self-love, and gain valuable insights that will benefit you for a lifetime.

What to Expect:

During this three-day online retreat, you'll have the chance to:

1. Inner Self Awareness: Explore the depths of your inner self as you embark on a journey of self-discovery.

2. Mindful Observation: Develop insights by observing your actions and reactions without judgment. This practice will help you better understand your thought patterns and emotions.

3. Befriending Yourself: Discover how to become your own noble friend, fostering a loving and compassionate relationship with yourself.

4. Mindfulness and Love: Learn and practice mindfulness techniques that promote friendliness and self-love, enhancing your emotional well-being.

5. Healthy Lifestyle: Receive guidance and inspiration to live a healthier, more loving lifestyle that nurtures your physical and emotional health.

6. Healing Techniques: Experience healing practices that promote mental and emotional well-being, helping you release and transform past wounds.

7. Daily Buddhist Techniques: Acquire valuable Buddhist techniques that you can integrate into your daily life, promoting mindfulness and inner peace.

Join Us:

Embrace the journey of self-discovery, self-love, and enhanced insight by joining our online retreat from March 21 to 24, 2024. The wisdom and practices you'll gain during this retreat are not only transformative but also applicable to your daily life, providing a foundation for lasting self-love and inner harmony.

Don't miss this opportunity to embark on a path of self-improvement and personal growth. Reserve your spot today and unlock the power of self-love and insight that can lead to a more fulfilling and meaningful life.

Teacher: Bhante Sathi, Sathi has been practicing meditation for more than 35 years and teaching for 25 years. Sathi has traveled all over the United States and Europe to lead meditation retreats and workshops. Sathi is the founder and leading teacher at the Metta meditation center.

Retreat Format: In-person only

Fee: $420, which includes food and lodging. Additionally, there is a discounted rate of $370 for sponsors of the Triplegem. (Sponsors are individuals who generously contribute through monthly donations surpassing $100 or more.)

Dāna (Pali, Generosity): Please note that the retreat fee covers the Center’s expenses of hosting participants. It is customary to make additional donations for the teacher and meals.

Click here to register

Food: Vegan breakfast and lunch will be provided. dinner will be a light snack.

Accommodation: This retreat is at the Metta Meditation Center. Your allocated room will be given at the time of registration. You will find the accommodations are not luxurious, but quite adequate for the purpose of the retreat. There is a scenic view of the lake and the meditation hall is quiet and spacious. Bedrooms are conveniently accessible. There are separate quarters for male and female participants. Most rooms have two beds so you will likely have a roommate. Rooms will be assigned based on the same gender. If you have any preference for a roommate or a single room, please let us know in advance.

Attendance: Retreat participants are asked and strongly encouraged to start and end the retreat with the entire group. Any exceptions to this are only made by the teacher with special permission granted.

Clothing and Other Details: Clothing worn during the retreat should cover the entire body (for example long pants are preferred over shorts). Short sleeve shirts are acceptable though sleeveless shirts should be avoided. Clothing should be comfortable. Also, heavily scented perfumes/products should be avoided. There are members of the community who are sensitive to certain scents.

Click here to register

Retreat Itinerary

Thursday Night Schedule

  • 05:00 PM – 06:00 PM: Check-in
  • 06:00 PM – 07:00 PM: Opening night - Welcome & Introduction
  • 07:00 PM – 07:45 PM: Sitting Meditation
  • 08:00 PM – 09:00 PM: Guided discussion 

Friday & Saturday Schedule

  • 06:00 AM – 07:00 AM: Mindful movements
  • 07:00 AM – 08:00 AM: Meal and independent practice
  • 08:30 AM – 10:00 AM: Morning teachings
  • 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM: Walking and sitting practice
  • 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM: Mindful moments
  • 12:00 PM – 02:00 PM: Lunch and independent practice 
  • 02:00 PM – 03:00 PM: Q&A
  • 03:30 PM – 04:30 PM: Group sitting
  • 04:30 PM – 05:30 PM: Mindful motion with Yoga or Qigong
  • 06:00 PM – 07:00 PM: Snack or dinner
  • 07:00 PM – 09:00 PM: Guided discussion

Sunday Closing Day

  • 06:00 AM – 07:00 AM: Mindful movements
  • 07:00 AM – 08:00 AM: Meal and independent practice
  • 08:30 AM – 10:00 AM: Morning teachings
  • 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM: Walking and sitting practice
  • 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM: Mindful moments
  • 12:00 PM – 01:00 PM: Lunch and independent practice 
  • 01:00 PM – 02:00 PM: Cleaning
  • 02:00 PM – 03:00 PM: Closing practice

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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 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.

May 24th to 27th, 2023 (Thursday 5:00 PM to Sunday 3:00 PM)

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Join us for a profound insight meditation retreat, "Embracing Aging, Death, and Dying with Insight," from May 23 to 26, 2024. This retreat is a transformative journey where we explore the profound teachings of the Buddha and gain valuable insights into the inevitable aspects of aging, death, and dying.

What to Expect:

This retreat is an opportunity to:

1. Positive Perspective: Learn how to approach the natural processes of aging, death, and dying with a positive attitude. Explore the wisdom that the Buddha's teachings offer for facing these universal realities with grace and acceptance.

2. Supporting Others: Acquire the skills to provide support and compassion to those who may be struggling with these challenging life transitions, becoming a source of comfort and guidance.

3. Insight Through Experience: Understand that these experiences can be powerful sources of insight and transformation. By facing these realities head-on, you can gain profound wisdom and personal growth.

4. Buddhist Meditation Techniques: Explore the techniques introduced by the Buddha for gaining insight into the nature of life and death. Through guided meditation, you will practice these techniques to deepen your understanding.

Join Us:

Embrace this opportunity to delve into the teachings of the Buddha and cultivate the wisdom and insight needed to navigate the realities of aging, death, and dying. The knowledge and practices you acquire during this retreat can transform your perspective and lead to a more mindful and compassionate approach to these universal aspects of life.

Don't miss this chance to embark on a journey of self-discovery, empathy, and enlightenment. Reserve your spot today and unlock the teachings of the Buddha that can help you face these profound realities with grace and understanding.


Teacher: Bhante Sathi, Sathi has been practicing meditation for more than 35 years and teaching for 25 years. Sathi has traveled all over the United States and Europe to lead meditation retreats and workshops. Sathi is the founder and leading teacher at the Metta meditation center.

Retreat Format: In-person only

Fee: $420, which includes food and lodging. Additionally, there is a discounted rate of $370 for sponsors of the Triplegem. (Sponsors are individuals who generously contribute through monthly donations surpassing $100 or more.)

Dāna (Pali, Generosity): Please note that the retreat fee covers the Center’s expenses of hosting participants. It is customary to make additional donations for the teacher and meals.

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Food: Vegan breakfast and lunch will be provided. dinner will be a light snack.

Accommodation: This retreat is at the Metta Meditation Center. Your allocated room will be given at the time of registration. You will find the accommodations are not luxurious, but quite adequate for the purpose of the retreat. There is a scenic view of the lake and the meditation hall is quiet and spacious. Bedrooms are conveniently accessible. There are separate quarters for male and female participants. Most rooms have two beds so you will likely have a roommate. Rooms will be assigned based on the same gender. If you have any preference for a roommate or a single room, please let us know in advance.

Attendance: Retreat participants are asked and strongly encouraged to start and end the retreat with the entire group. Any exceptions to this are only made by the teacher with special permission granted.

Clothing and Other Details: Clothing worn during the retreat should cover the entire body (for example long pants are preferred over shorts). Short sleeve shirts are acceptable though sleeveless shirts should be avoided. Clothing should be comfortable. Also, heavily scented perfumes/products should be avoided. There are members of the community who are sensitive to certain scents.

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Retreat Itinerary

Friday Night Schedule

  • 05:00 PM – 06:00 PM: Check-in
  • 06:00 PM – 07:00 PM: Opening night - Welcome & Introduction
  • 07:00 PM – 07:45 PM: Sitting Meditation
  • 08:00 PM – 09:00 PM: Guided discussion 

Saturday & Sunday Schedule

  • 06:00 AM – 07:00 AM: Mindful movements
  • 07:00 AM – 08:00 AM: Meal and independent practice
  • 08:30 AM – 10:00 AM: Morning teachings
  • 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM: Walking and sitting practice
  • 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM: Mindful moments
  • 12:00 PM – 02:00 PM: Lunch and independent practice 
  • 02:00 PM – 03:00 PM: Q&A
  • 03:30 PM – 04:30 PM: Group sitting
  • 04:30 PM – 05:30 PM: Mindful motion with Yoga or Qigong
  • 06:00 PM – 07:00 PM: Snack or dinner
  • 07:00 PM – 09:00 PM: Guided discussion

Monday Closing Day

  • 06:00 AM – 07:00 AM: Mindful movements
  • 07:00 AM – 08:00 AM: Meal and independent practice
  • 08:30 AM – 10:00 AM: Morning teachings
  • 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM: Walking and sitting practice
  • 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM: Mindful moments
  • 12:00 PM – 01:00 PM: Lunch and independent practice 
  • 01:00 PM – 02:00 PM: Cleaning
  • 02:00 PM – 03:00 PM: Closing practice

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Note: deepening ourself with practice while investigation ourself. (Sammaditti Sutta, Bojjanga Sutta).


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.

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March 30th - April 2nd, 2023

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The jhanas are eight progressive altered states of consciousness which can be reached through meditation practice. There are four initial states that meditators can experience through guided insight practice. Each of these states of awareness have been found to yield a deeper, more subtle awareness than the previous one. The jhanas themselves are not awakening— they are a skillful means for stilling the mind. They are attainable by anyone who devotes the time and sincerity of practice necessary to realize them.
Jhana practice is helpful for gaining the deep insights necessary for ending personal suffering. The jhanas are an advanced practice in Buddhist meditation. In this retreat, we will be studying those Eight Jhanas and practicing to achieve each state of awareness. 

Teacher: Bhante Sathi

Retreat Format: In-person only

Fee: $420 includes food and lodging ($370 for monthly sponsors of Triple Gem of the North)

Dāna (Pali, Generosity): Please note that the retreat fee covers the Center’s expenses of hosting participants. It is customary to make additional donations for the teacher and meals.

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Winter Retreat

Retreat Itinerary

Thursday 30th Afternoon Schedule

  • 05:00 PM – 05:30 PM: Check-in
  • 05:30 PM – 06:00 PM: Light Supper
  • 06:00 PM – 07:00 PM: Opening night - Introduction to Mindfulness
  • 07:00 PM – 08:00 PM: Teaching
  • 08:00 PM – 09:00 PM: Guided discussion

Daily Schedule starting Friday 31st & Saturday 1st

  • 06:00 AM – 07:15 AM: Mindful movements
  • 07:15 AM – 08:15 AM: Meal and independent practice
  • 08:30 AM – 10:00 AM: Morning teachings
  • 10:00 AM – 11:15 AM: Walking and sitting practice
  • 11:15 AM – 12:00 PM: Mindful moments
  • 12:00 PM – 02:00 PM: Lunch and independent practice 
  • 02:00 PM – 03:00 PM: Q&A
  • 03:15 PM – 04:00 PM: Jhana Meditation
  • 04:00 PM – 05:00 PM: Mindful motion with Yoga or Qigong
  • 06:00 PM – 07:00 PM: Light Supper
  • 07:00 PM – 08:30 PM: Guided discussion
  • 08:30 PM – 09:00 PM: Jhana Meditation

Sunday the 2nd Schedule

  • 06:00 AM – 07:15 AM: Mindful movements
  • 07:15 AM – 08:15 AM: Meal and independent practice
  • 08:30 AM – 10:00 AM: Morning teachings
  • 10:00 AM – 11:15 AM: Walking and sitting practice
  • 11:15 AM – 12:00 PM: Jhana Meditation
  • 12:00 PM – 01:00 PM: Lunch and independent practice 
  • 02:00 PM – 03:00 PM: Retreat Closure

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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 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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Metta Meditation Center

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

May 25th to 28th, 2023 (Thursday 5:00 PM to Sunday 3:00 PM)

Registration Due Date: Friday, April 21st, 2022

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The Seven Factors of Awakening are qualities cultivated on the path to liberating of the mind. These seven factors refer to both psychological qualities we can develop as well as practices to be undertaken. When fully developed, they are know as the seven jewels of Buddhist practice.

Developing The Seven Factors of Awakening will help us to have peace of mind. Guidance and practice in this retreat will be focused on these factors.    

Seven Factors of Awakening (Saptha Bojjangha)

  • Mindfulness (Sati), to maintain awareness of reality, in particular the teachings.
  • Investigation of the nature of reality (Damma Vichaya).
  • Energy (Virya), determination, effort.
  • Joy or rapture (Piti).
  • Relaxation or tranquility (Passaddi) of both body and mind.
  • Concentration, (Samashi) a calm, one-pointed state of mind, or clear awareness
  • Equanimity (Upekha). To accept reality as-it-is (yathā-bhuta) without craving or aversion.

Teacher: Bhante Sathi

Retreat Format: In-person only

Fee: $420 include food and Lodging, ($370 for monthly contributors)

Dāna (Pali, Generosity): Please note that the retreat fee covers the Center’s expenses of hosting participants. It is customary to make additional donations for the teacher and meals.

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Make your payment here

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Retreat Itinerary

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
  • 08:00 PM – 09:00 PM: Group discussion 

Friday & Saturday Schedule

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

Sunday Closing Day

  • 06:00 AM – 07:15 AM: Mindful movements
  • 07:15 AM – 08:15 AM: Meal and independent practice
  • 08:30 AM – 10:00 AM: Morning teachings
  • 10:00 AM – 11:15 AM: Walking and sitting practice
  • 11:15 AM – 12:00 PM: Mindful moments
  • 12:00 PM – 01:00 PM: Lunch and independent practice 
  • 01:00 PM – 03:00 PM: Closing practice

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Note: Day one and two, Samatha (Mindfulness) Meditation; From day three Vipassana meditations methods (Satipattana Sutta, elements, four foundations of mindfulness, Sapta Bojjanga).

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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 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

Make your payment here

Donate with PayPal button
Metta Meditation Center

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

Make your payment here

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February 9th - 12th

Registration Due Date: January 10th



We are social beings, thus the relationships we form with others impact our mental, emotional, and physical well-being. Wholesome and nourishing relationships, whether romantic, friendships, or familial, can help make life healthier. A positive relationship can be shared between any two people or a group of people who support, encourage, and help each other practically as well as emotionally. While we don't have to be romantically involved to enjoy the benefits of a healthy relationship, there is research on the positive effects a healthy romantic relationship can have on your health.

In this retreat, we will primarily focus on nourishing healthy romantic relationships and how we can promote relational quality. Bhante Sathi will teach from Buddhas orginal teachings of "Singalowada sutta"; "Viyaggapadda Sutta"; "Chatu sanwasa Sutta."

Facilitators: Bhante Sathi and Dr. Dharshini Goonetilleke, Ed.D, LPCC

Retreat Format: In-person only

Fee: $420 for one person, $800 for a couples. A 15% discount is applied for sponsors of Triple Gem of the North.

(Sponsors are those who donate $100 or more monthly, or $1000 or more annually to Triple Gem of the North)

Dāna (Pali, Generosity): Please note that the retreat fee covers the Center’s expenses of hosting participants. It is customary to make additional donations for the teacher and meals.

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Make your payment here

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Retreat Itinerary

Thursday Night

  • 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM: Arriving and checking in
  • 06:00 PM – 07:00 PM: Opening Night Welcome & Introduction
  • 08:00 PM – 09:00 PM: Group Discussion (Bhante Sathi)

Friday & Saturday

  • 06:00 AM – 07:15 AM: Mindful movements
  • 07:15 AM – 08:15 AM: Meal and independent practice
  • 08:30 AM – 10:00 AM: Morning teachings (Bhante)
  • 10:00 AM – 11:15 AM: Walking and sitting practice
  • 11:15 AM – 12:00 PM: Mindful moments
  • 12:00 PM – 02:00 PM: Lunch and independent practice 
  • 02:00 PM – 03:00 PM: Q&A
  • 03:15 PM – 04:30 PM: Activity (hear beyonds words)
  • 04:30 PM – 05:30 PM: Mindful motion with Yoga or Qigong
  • 06:00 PM – 07:00 PM: Snack or dinner
  • 07:00 PM – 08:30 PM: Guided discussion (Dharshini)
  • 08:30 PM – 09:00 PM: Group Meditation

Sunday Closing Day

  • 06:00 AM – 07:15 AM: Sitting meditation
  • 07:15 AM – 08:30 AM: Meal and Independent Practice 
    10:00 AM – 11:15 AM: Walking and sitting practice
  • 11:15 AM – 12:00 PM: Mindful moments
  • 08:30 AM – 10:00 AM: Teaching and Meditation 
  • 01:00 PM – 02:00 PM: Closing practice 

Note: Day one and two, Samatha (Mindfulness) Meditation; From day three Vipassana meditations methods (Satipattana Sutta, elements, four foundations of mindfulness, Sapta Bojjanga).

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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 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

Make your payment here

Donate with PayPal button
Metta Meditation Center

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

Make your payment here

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Allow yourself to have a mindful and stressless weekend by joining us in this retreat!

July 11th to 14th, 2024 (Thursday 5:00 PM to Sunday 3:00 PM)

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Discover the path to self-discovery and personal growth in our upcoming retreat, "Cultivating Your Inner Self," scheduled from July 11 to 14, 2024. This transformative journey offers the opportunity to explore your inner world, reshape your attitudes, and gain profound insights that can guide you toward wisdom and peacefulness.

What to Expect:

During this retreat, you will:

1. Inner Self Awareness: Embark on a journey of self-awareness, enabling you to explore the depths of your inner self and reconnect with your true essence.

2. Reshaping Attitudes: Learn to reshape your inner attitudes, fostering a more positive and compassionate outlook on life.

3. Beginner's Mind: Understand and cultivate the concept of the "beginner's mind," a mindset of openness and receptivity that can lead to new and transformative insights.

4. Mindful Observation: Gain insight by observing your actions and reactions without judgment. This practice will help you better understand your thought patterns, emotions, and behaviors.

5. Enhancing Wisdom: Develop wisdom and peacefulness as you delve into the teachings of Buddhism and explore practical techniques to apply these principles in your daily life.

6. Mindfulness Techniques: Learn and practice mindfulness techniques that promote present-moment awareness and self-compassion.

7. Healthy and Wise Lifestyle: Discover the art of living a healthy and wise lifestyle that nurtures your physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.

8. Healing Techniques: Experience healing practices that promote mental and emotional well-being, allowing you to release and transform past wounds.

9. Everyday Buddhist Techniques: Acquire valuable Buddhist techniques that you can integrate into your daily life, fostering mindfulness and inner peace.

Join Us:

Unearth the inner wisdom and peace within you by joining our retreat, "Cultivating Your Inner Self," from July 11 to 14, 2024. The insights and practices you'll gain during this retreat are not only transformative but also applicable to your daily life, providing a foundation for lasting self-improvement and personal growth.

Don't miss this chance to embark on a profound journey of self-discovery and personal enrichment. Reserve your spot today and embrace the teachings and practices that can lead to a more mindful, wise, and fulfilling life


Teacher: Bhante Sathi, Sathi has been practicing meditation for more than 35 years and teaching for 25 years. Sathi has traveled all over the United States and Europe to lead meditation retreats and workshops. Sathi is the founder and leading teacher at the Metta meditation center.

Retreat Format: In-person only

Fee: $420, which includes food and lodging. Additionally, there is a discounted rate of $370 for sponsors of the Triplegem. (Sponsors are individuals who generously contribute through monthly donations surpassing $100 or more.)

Dāna (Pali, Generosity): Please note that the retreat fee covers the Center’s expenses of hosting participants. It is customary to make additional donations for the teacher and meals.

Click here to register

Food: Vegan breakfast and lunch will be provided. dinner will be a light snack.

Accommodation: This retreat is at the Metta Meditation Center. Your allocated room will be given at the time of registration. You will find the accommodations are not luxurious, but quite adequate for the purpose of the retreat. There is a scenic view of the lake and the meditation hall is quiet and spacious. Bedrooms are conveniently accessible. There are separate quarters for male and female participants. Most rooms have two beds so you will likely have a roommate. Rooms will be assigned based on the same gender. If you have any preference for a roommate or a single room, please let us know in advance.

Attendance: Retreat participants are asked and strongly encouraged to start and end the retreat with the entire group. Any exceptions to this are only made by the teacher with special permission granted.

Clothing and Other Details: Clothing worn during the retreat should cover the entire body (for example long pants are preferred over shorts). Short sleeve shirts are acceptable though sleeveless shirts should be avoided. Clothing should be comfortable. Also, heavily scented perfumes/products should be avoided. There are members of the community who are sensitive to certain scents.

To reserve your spot immediately, please click on the "donate" button below to make a payment.

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Retreat Itinerary

Thursday Night Schedule

  • 05:00 PM – 06:00 PM: Check-in
  • 06:00 PM – 07:00 PM: Opening night - Welcome & Introduction
  • 07:00 PM – 07:45 PM: Sitting Meditation
  • 08:00 PM – 09:00 PM: Guided discussion 

Friday & Saturday Schedule

  • 06:00 AM – 07:00 AM: Mindful movements
  • 07:00 AM – 08:00 AM: Meal and independent practice
  • 08:30 AM – 10:00 AM: Morning teachings
  • 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM: Walking and sitting practice
  • 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM: Mindful moments
  • 12:00 PM – 02:00 PM: Lunch and independent practice 
  • 02:00 PM – 03:00 PM: Q&A
  • 03:30 PM – 04:30 PM: Group sitting
  • 04:30 PM – 05:30 PM: Mindful motion with Yoga or Qigong
  • 06:00 PM – 07:00 PM: Snack or dinner
  • 07:00 PM – 09:00 PM: Guided discussion

Sunday Closing Day

  • 06:00 AM – 07:00 AM: Mindful movements
  • 07:00 AM – 08:00 AM: Meal and independent practice
  • 08:30 AM – 10:00 AM: Morning teachings
  • 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM: Walking and sitting practice
  • 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM: Mindful moments
  • 12:00 PM – 01:00 PM: Lunch and independent practice 
  • 01:00 PM – 02:00 PM: Cleaning
  • 02:00 PM – 03:00 PM: Closing practice

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.

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