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Lovingkindness in a Difficult Time

  • Breitenbush Hot Springs Detroit, OR 97342 (map)

Rooting our hearts in deep fertile ground enables us to love the world just as it is, with all its beauty and all its trouble. The practice of lovingkindness, or metta, enables us to respond skillfully in the face of conflict, division, and distress, whether in our personal relationships or in the larger world. As spring begins, we'll explore the challenge, support, and grace this practice offers, with Living Earth founder Betsy Toll at Breitenbush Hot Springs. 

skylight in the forest

Stepping away from the challenges of our day to day reality and responsibilities, lovingkindness will be our central focus in this residential retreat. We will explore core practices of metta and teachings on kindness and compassion as we navigate the terrain of our inner lives – our tenderness, our pain, our fears, and our joy. 

Sessions will include meditation, dharma talk, and interactive work that grows richer each day. Simple chanting will be offered morning and late evening. Three practice sessions daily will be balanced with opportunity for silence as well as time to hike, reflect, relax, soak, and enjoy the beauty of Breitenbush. 

meadow pool

REGISTER BY CONTACTING BREITENBUSH AT 503.854.3320. Begins at dinner on Sunday, ends after lunch Wednesday. QUESTIONS? Contact Betsy regarding retreat content.  Facility and registration info at

RETREAT: $165 plus lodging; $25 early discount before March 6.  (Retreat fee covers related facility charges; lodging is in addition.) 

Betsy Toll has been engaged in spiritual practice and meditation, social action, and conscious service for much of her life. She coordinates community programs with Living Earth, and provides spiritual support as a volunteer chaplain to individuals facing death, grief, loss, and trauma. She offers dharma circles and workshops in Portland, and bows to Ram Dass, Joanna Macy, and Joan Halifax as influences and treasured guides on her path.