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Vipassana Retreat (Dec 16-23/2022) – Insight Meditation

December 16th to 23rd, 2022 (Friday 5:00 PM to Friday 3:00 PM)

Registration Due Date: Friday, November 18th, 2022

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Meditation helps us in a variety of ways and on different levels, from relaxation to gaining freedom from deep mental pain.

It allows us to:

  • Defuse stress and experience greater happiness.
  • Improve our relationship with own mind and body.
  • Identify and understand own feelings.
  • Find true happiness
  • Find inner resources that can help us to be well and happy.
  • Cultivate Joyfulness with loving frendliness and develop wisdom.
  • Improve overall physical and mental health.

This retreat will focus on self-development with inner peace and happiness by improving healthy relationships with oneself.


Co-Teachers: Bhante G (Gunaratana), Bhante Sathi

Bhante G (Gunaratana) is an internationally recognized author and meditation teacher. He has taught in a number of settings, including the American University in Washington D.C. where he served as Buddhist chaplain and also earned a Ph.D. in Philosophy. He has additionally taught at meditation centers worldwide. Bhante G has a strong scholarly background and lifelong commitment to meditation. In 1985, Bhante G co-founded the Bhavana Society and became its abbot. Bhante G has written and published a number of books, including "Mindfulness in Plain English" which has become one of the most bestselling and influential books written on mindfulness. His books have been translated and published in many languages worldwide.

Bhante 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

Suggested Fee: $700

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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Retreat Itinerary

Friday 16th 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 Retreat
  • 07:00 PM – 08:00 PM: Teaching
  • 07:00 PM – 08:00 PM: Guided discussion

Daily Schedule Starting from Saturday 17th

  • 06:00 AM – 07:15 AM: Mindful movements
  • 07:15 AM – 08:15 AM: Meal and independent practice
    8:15 AM – 9:00 AM:Guided meditation
  • 09:00 AM – 10:00 AM: Teachings by Bhante G
  • 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
  • 04:00 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: Practice

Friday 23rd 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: Retreat Closure

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

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Logistics

  • 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