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Metta (Loving-kindness) Research Retreat
Sylvia Boorstein, Donald Rothberg, Larry Yang
Saturday, October 25, 3:00pm - Saturday, November 1, 12:00pm
upper Retreat Hall
$1610 - $805 sliding scale, plus a donation to the teacher(s) and retreat staff. Code 208R14.
Registration Now Closed


Lottery-style Registration Period

The lottery-style open enrollment period has been extended from May 1, 2014, through 5:00pm on July 30, 2014. No preference is given to when you apply within this period of time. After the enrollment period closes, you will be notified of your status the Week of August 18, 2014; please refrain from calling before this deadline. Participants will be selected based on a balanced demographic for the study.

***NOTE: Those who complete the research component of this retreat will receive $105 stipend as a part of the funding from Fetzer Institute for offsetting the additional facility fees required for this retreat.

Participant Criteria
We are seeking applicants who are first time participants and those with past experiences in loving kindness retreats. Participants in this retreat must meet the following criteria:

  • Be in good physical health who can agree to a 7-day silent retreat

  • Be free from recreational drugs use for six weeks prior to the retreat

  • Be free from any anti-anxiety, anti-depression or anti-seizure medication which may interfere with the measurement of oxytocin

Sylvia, Donald and Larry are offering the retreat in collaboration with a research team from Johns Hopkins University.

Retreat Description
This seven-day retreat cultivating the orientation of the mind towards good will and kindness emphasizes the meditation technique of the silent mental repetition of phrases of good will throughout the day, through all activities. The retreat will be held in silence, except for instructions, Dharma talks and personal meetings with teachers and will follow the traditional daily retreat schedule that alternates periods of seated meditation with periods of walking meditation.

The research component will measure psychological and biological changes and will require that participants agree to provide the necessary data and meet certain eligibility requirements. Also, to assure a balanced demographic for the testing, registration will be by application. Persons with all levels of practice experience (including no previous experience) are welcome to apply. Space is limited so early application is recommended.

Click here to read the testing components and the eligibility requirements

Spirit Rock extends a special invitation to young adults (age 18-26) who wish to attend this retreat at a rate of $25 per night, on a first come, first serve basis. A limited number of special rates are available, please apply early.

Supported by the ongoing generosity of our sangha, we have begun construction on our lower campus for a permanent Community Hall and support buildings. Our upper campus, where your residential retreat occurs, is not part of the construction. Please refer to the Construction Map for the location of construction relative to the Retreat Hall.

While some ambient machinery sound may travel, it will not be continuous or nearby. Construction will take place during business work hours (Monday – Friday, 7:00am - 4:00pm) and on some Saturdays. We look forward to supporting your practice here at Spirit Rock.

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Also remember that the cost above is priced as a sliding scale. Please pay at the highest level of the sliding scale that you can afford. This allows others who need to pay less the opportunity to attend. Fee is for room and board. Teaching and staffing of the retreats is by donation at the end of the retreat. For more information, see Retreat FAQ.




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