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Embodied Loving-Kindness : An Online Meditation Retreat

Monday, June 15, 2020 - 5:00 pm to Sunday, June 21, 2020 - 1:00 pm

Late Prayer

Tenderness does not choose its own uses.

It goes out to everything equally

Including rabbit and hawk.

Look: in the iron bucket,

A single nail, a single ruby –

All the heavens and hells.

They rattle in the heart and make one sound.

-Jane Hirshfield

Loving Kindness practice is a healing balm for feelings of fear and anxiety that tend to naturally arise during times of uncertainty and change. We are in the midst of global transformation and uncertainty.

A devoted practice of Metta transforms us from the inside out. An inner warmth bud, blossoms and naturally offers it’s fragrance.

We discover much more agency over our ability to welcome life and appreciate others.  It is a practice that reveals profound depth as we inquire into these mysteries we call ‘heart’ and ‘love’.

Please join us as we practice a gradual expansion of Metta practice, from sparking and directing warmth and well wishing for ourselves and others to an all-permeating embodied openness that excludes nothing.

This retreat will take place through the zoom app. You will receive a link to the retreat once you register. We will have a meeting with all those registered at 6PM Monday June 15 to check in about the logistics, details and answer any practical questions about the retreat format. 

Doing a retreat at home can be empowering, take up the practice in your own home and know the peace and clarity of mind in your own dwelling place! To support doing home retreat we recommend doing the following:

1. Reflect on your intention
2. Create a sacred space with a simple altar and meditation supports in a clean room that allows for calm/peace of mind
3. Commit to a schedule, we have a schedule posted below. We ask that you commit to at least 4 hours of meditation a day. Part-time attendance is welcome. Join for a week, the weekend or the whole week. Please let us know the dates you plan to attend. Email the with your planned schedule.
4. Give up or reduce media, phone and extra computer use for the duration of the retreat
5. Keep the practice going during the "breaks" by engaging with Mindful Eating during meals and choosing simple work (gardening, cleaning, etc.), body practice/exercise (walking, yoga, qi gong) or creative projects that support your meditation practice/intention.
6. Consider being in silence for the full day, everyday, or practicing silence for specific periods during the day.
7. If you live with others, communicate with them what your intention is for this week of practice and ask them to support you

Sliding Scale: $50 - $250

4:50 Wake- up bell
5:30 Practice session
7:20 Service
8:00 Breakfast

9:30 work practice
11:00 End Work
11:30 Practice session
12:50 Service
1:00 Lunch

3:00 Practice session and talk
5:20 Service
5:30 Dinner

7:00 Practice session
9:20 Formal Tea
10:00 Closing Rounds


Great Vow Zen Monastery
79640 Quincy-Mayger Road (Mail to: P.O. Box 188)
Clatskanie, Oregon 97016
Donations welcomed