At-Home Retreat Kits
A Metta (Lovingkindness) Retreat Kit
Cultivating a Heart of Compassion:
Full day retreat, 6 - 8 hrs.
"Metta" is the Pali term for unconditional friendliness or loving-kindness, and is a form of blessing/meditation practice. it is sourced the Buddhist tradition, yet versions of it are found in many spiritual traditions, including Judaism and Celtic Christianity. It is an interspiritual practice that supports all theologies.
A "sitting" meditation/prayer form, Metta takes us through six levels of blessing: one's self, benefactors, loved ones, neutral persons (or strangers), difficult others, and, ultimately, all beings on Earth. It opens our hearts to ourselves and others in profound ways: healing wounds, inviting joy, creating loving regard and compassion for all beings.
In this day long "stay-at-home" retreat, you will will experience each of the six levels of blessing, with a particular focus on cultivating compassion for yourself. You will create sacred space for yourself, develop a "Metta Solar System," enjoy Mindful Eating and a Mindful Walk, be introduced to the "Metta Sutta" as a meditation tool, learn to "Make Your Own Metta," and receive guided instructions for how to offer blessings of compassion to all six levels of beings.
This gentle day "in" will allow you to create a rhythm between “doing” and “being” by listening to your inner wisdom. Choose your activities well. You will be encouraged to include resting, practicing Metta, walking meditation, journaling, reading, creative expression, time in nature, and/or self-care, whatever stirs your heart and provides spiritual nourishment.
Kit includes "Retreat Guidelines," 12 audio segments (downloadable mp3s,) and 5 printable handouts. Once you have purchased this Kit it is yours to keep to use again and again.
This retreat takes 6-8 hrs. to complete. [The program is divided into Morning and Afternoon sessions. These can be done separately if a full-day retreat is not an option for you.]
"This program made a positive impact on my health. I felt I really gifted myself by doing this day "in."
"This was excellent. Beyond my expectations. This is my first time doing something like this and I experienced great truths."
"It was good to be "home" in case I was needed and yet good to be "away." The program met my needs for quiet and reflection and exploration. The quiet was most appreciated."
"Jan's calming voice really slowed me down. I relaxed, felt calm. Thank you!"
"This program brought me peace, calmness, which I was seeking and will continue to practice in my life."