Meditation Sangha Retreat
Atlanta Insight Meditation
“Cultivating a Life of Lovingkindness”
March 24 - 26, 2023
During this Metta Retreat we will come together to create a container of lovingkindness as we immerse ourselves in the practices of this boundless home of the heart. We will focus on different forms of Metta practice and we will contemplate the interplay of metta with the other divine abodes of the heart: compassion, joy, and equanimity,
From Friday evening through midday Sunday, we will enter into Noble Silence as we alternate periods of sitting and walking meditation. Held in the beautiful natural surroundings of The Mountain Retreat, we will aspire to cultivate within and around us a sense of stillness and open-heartedness.
During the retreat, Dhamma talks along with periods of instruction and opportunity for Q&A will be offered by teachers Stephanie Swann & Susan Reviere. Optional meetings with the teachers will be made available as well.
If you have never done metta practice, this is a beautiful introduction. If metta is already a part of your practice, taking several days to commit solely to your practice can deepen and strengthen your experience of open heartedness.
We hope you’ll join us.
In keeping with Buddhist tradition, this retreat is offered by the teachers freely. However, at the end of the retreat, participants will have an opportunity to offer dana to the teachers if they are so moved to do so. Dana is the Pali word for generosity. If this concept is new to you, it will be explained in more depth at the retreat.
About Our Retreat Leaders
Stephanie Swann, PhD began her journey into meditation in 1988. After many fits and starts and experimenting with various methods and traditions, she began her daily practice in Vipassana meditation in 2008.
Of the many joys in this life, studying the Dhamma and practicing meditation are the greatest, she says. The other greatest joy is sharing the teachings with others. Stephanie has been a psychotherapist specializing in trauma treatment since 1996. Buddhist psychology, along with Interpersonal Neurobiology, plays a central role in her understanding of stress, suffering, and healing.In addition, Stephanie has been teaching Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction since 2010 and is one of only four certified instructors in the state of Georgia. She received her certification through the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Stephanie is currently teaching mindfulness courses through Atlanta Mindfulness Institute, where she has created several classes in mindfulness for graduates of MBSR. Stephanie is a 2017 graduate of Barre Center for Buddhist Studies Entering the Path training and is currently a member of the Community Dharma Leaders Program (CDL6) through Spirit Rock Meditation Center. She currently studies individually with Gloria Taraniya Ambrosia in the Theravada tradition.Stephanie enjoys using gentle humor in her teaching and she invites her students to embrace the beautiful messiness of life, and to use this as a loving connection to fellow human beings. Stephanie lives in Decatur with her spouse Nancy, their three dogs, and one cat (who wishes he too were a dog).
Susan Reviere, PhD, has studied Buddhism and mindfulness/meditation practices for more than 30 years, initially exploring the Thich Nhat Hanh and Zen traditions before settling into her spiritual home in the Insight tradition.
She has studied and practiced intensively through one-on-one mentoring, residential retreats, sutta study, and intensive study courses with Dori Langevin, Tara Brach & the Insight Meditation Community of Washington, Lisa Ernst of One Dharma Nashville, Thanissara & Kittisaro & Sacred Mountain Sangha, Gloria Taraniya Ambrosia & Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, Mindful Schools, and Awareness Training Institute (ATI).Susan is a graduate of the 2-year Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training Program led by Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield and certified by ATI and UC Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center, and she now serves as a mentor for this program training new teachers. She serves on the mentor team for several of Tara Brach's online mindfulness courses; and she mentors for the Sounds True Power of Awareness meditation training course also taught by Tara Brach & Jack Kornfield. With the Insight Meditation Community of Washington, Susan served as a mentor and facilitated IMCW's first online meditation group.She is a clinical psychologist, offering both mindfulness-based psychotherapy and mindfulness/meditation mentoring.Susan loves the Brahma Viharas and holds deep interest in the sacred feminine and devotional practice. Her passions are her family, Dhamma study, hiking, mountains, and music; and her commitments are open-heartedness, gratitude, environmental and social justice, and embodied spirituality. She finds joy in sharing these transformative teachings and hopes to transmit her love of the Dhamma to others on this path.
Program: March 24 - 26, 2023
Registration Begins: November 15, 2023
Registration Closes in January
3 day / 2 night Adult Double occupancy $220 + Tax 6.75%
3 day / 2 night Adult Single occupancy $340.00 + Tax 6.75%
(no roommate) (limited availability)
Saturday Commuter rate $60.00 + 6.75%
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