On-Land Retreat

In the Presence of Love: A Mettā & Qigong Retreat

This silent retreat will focus on cultivating the quality of lovingkindness (mettā in Pāli), infusing our hearts, minds, and bodies with a strong, caring wisdom. Awareness, as developed through mindfulness practice, leads to clarity, insight, and understanding. Lovingkindness practices open the heart, allow a kind embrace of ourselves, and connect us intimately with all of life. The fusion of these qualities helps us to respond more compassionately to the challenges that we encounter in ourselves and in the world. Qigong is a practice of aligning breath, movement, and awareness for exercise, healing, and meditation. Qigong perfectly complements traditional sitting meditation practice and has a long and well-established connection to contemplative traditions. On this retreat, lovingkindness practices will be supported by periods of guided instruction as well as Qigong, meditation, and regular meetings with the teachers. This retreat is silent except for teacher-led Q&A, small groups, or other practice meetings.

Teaching Team

Vinny Ferraro

Vinny Ferraro

Teacher

Vinny Ferraro has been a practitioner of insight meditation (Vipassanā) since the mid-90s. He’s been the Guiding Teacher of the Big Heart City Sangha in San Francisco for 20 years. He has been trained and empowered by Spirit Rock/IMS and he doesn’t like talking about himself in the 3rd person.

Teja Bell

Teja Bell

Teacher

Teja Bell (Fudo Myoo Rōshi 老師) is a lineage dharma teacher and Rinzai Zen master. He is a 6th-degree Black Belt in Aikido and a life-long practitioner and teacher of Chinese Internal Arts and Qigong. Teja integrates dharma and qigong as embodied mindfulness. He taught over 150 retreats at SRMC.

Leslie Booker

Leslie Booker

Teacher

Booker is a Spirit Rock Teacher Training graduate, committed to creating a culture of belonging. She was voted as one of the 12 Powerful Women in the Mindfulness Movement in 2020, and is a Co-Guiding Teacher of New York Insight. She lives in Philadelphia with her partner and pup.

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