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Navigating Beyond Happiness (January 25th-28th, 2024)

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

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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.

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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

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).

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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.

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Metta Meditation Center