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With Sayadaw U Indaka and Kate Dresher

Join us for a 5- or 10-day intensive retreat to deepen in the practices of Metta (Lovingkindness) and Vipassana (Insight) meditation in the beautiful and serene surrounds of Trout Lake Abbey.


About the Retreat:

Metta practice is a way of working with fear and anger, developing inner tranquility, and understanding inter-connectedness. Through this practice, we come to know the heart’s boundless nature and increasingly recognize our essential wholeness and capacities to love and embody kindness. Metta softens our hearts and is a valuable base for vipassana practice.

In the vipassana portion of the retreat, participants will be supported in cultivating careful attention. This was taught by the Buddha as a basis for true compassion and wisdom—the foundation from which grows our ability to fully experience and meet life with grace and ease.

The retreat will include sitting and walking meditation instruction as well as an emphasis on cultivating mindfulness in daily life activities. Guidance will also be given through dharma talks and group and individual meetings with the teachers.

Participants can attend the 5-day Metta, 5-day Vipassana, or full 10-day retreat.

New and experienced meditators are welcome.

If you’d like to attend, please register early. A minimum number of pre-registered participants is required to run the retreat.


About the Teachers:

Sayadaw U Indaka is from Myanmar and was ordained in 1972 by Mahagandhayon Sayadaw. In 1976 he practiced vipassana meditation in the Mahasi Meditation Center in Mandalay, where he was taught by Chanmyay Sayadaw (Sayadaw U Janaka). He later went to the Chanmyay Yeiktha Meditation Center in Yangon and was commissioned to teach meditation. Since 2004 he has been the abbot of Chanmyay Myaing Meditation Center, which has locations near Yangon and Mandalay. His books on the practice of metta meditation and the factors of enlightenment have been translated into English and German.

Kate Dresher has been practicing meditation since 1998. She has been sharing the Dhamma since 2010, leading metta and vipassana meditation retreats in the U.S.and Canada. She has spent numerous periods in intensive retreat, studying primarily with teachers in the lineage of Mahasi Sayadaw. In 2008, she met Sayadaw U Indaka. She ordained and practiced under his guidance for 5 months at Chanmyay Myaing Meditation Center in Myanmar.

Registration Information:

Reach out to Kate Dresher at retreats.kd@gmail.com to register. 


Full Retreat (10 days, May 8-18, 2019): $825 

Metta Retreat (5 days, May 8-13, 2019): $425 

Vipassana Retreat (5 days, May 13-18, 2019): $425

Lodging accommodations are a separate fee and process, arranged directly with the Trout Lake Abbey, which offers a range of options starting at $36 per night.