All Insight Dialogue Offerings

Online & In-person

Metta Programs offers specific relational meditation practices and teachings in support of wisdom, truth, relinquishment, and peace. Its central offering is a relational understanding of early Buddhist teachings and the innovative, structured meditation practice of Insight Dialogue. To support practice, Metta Programs offerings are available worldwide through retreats, online offerings, and via local practice communities that are facilitated by teachers and students trained in relational Dhamma and Insight Dialogue.  

Dharma Contemplation Group

With Gary Steinberg

March 7 - June 27, 2017
Online via Zoom
In the structured meditation practice of Dharma Contemplation (dhamma in Pali), the wisdom we are contemplating comes directly from the Buddha via his oral teachings, which have been passed down in the Pali texts for two thousand years. Gary will be offering an ongoing Dharma Contemplation group. We’ll begin with a…

Introduction to Insight Dialogue

With Anita Bermont

May 6, 2017
Portland, Oregon
This Day-Long offering of Insight Dialogue will serve both as an introduction for those new to the practice as well as an opportunity for those returning to deepen their practice.

Teaching Presence in Relationship

With Phyllis K. Hicks and Florence Meleo-Meyer

May 19 - 27, 2017
Zenderen, the Netherlands
A professional training designed to prepare instructors to teach Interpersonal Mindfulness Teaching Presence in Relationship is a training designed to prepare MBSR & MBCT instructors to teach Interpersonal Mindfulness to graduates of mindfulness-based programs. Awareness, mental stability, and calmness associated with silent meditation are developed in practice with others. Based…

Insight Dialogue Retreat

With Anne Michel

May 24 - 28, 2017
Switzerland
This residential retreat will be led by Anne Michel in French. For more information please visit the Mudita Association website.

Kalyana Mitta (Spiritual Friendship)

With Bhikkhu Sukhacitto

June 2 - 5, 2017
Berlin, Germany
This non-residential Insight Dialogue weekend will begin with an introductory evening workshop open to the public, Friday 2 June 2017, 7:30pm – 10pm. A retreat will be held Saturday & Sunday, 3 – 4 June, 9am – 6pm, and Monday, 5 June, 9am – 2pm. Please plan to attend for the duration,…

Introduction to Insight Dialogue

With Bhikkhu Sukhacitto

June 5 - 11, 2017
Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
During this retreat we will meditate together – not next to each other – completely together and truly meditating. We will cultivate mindfulness, quiet concentration, the inquiring mind, energy and other meditative qualities through Insight Dialogue instruction, silent meditation, and a short period of walking meditation and mindful movement. It…

True Refuge: The Heart of Wise Action

With Phyllis K. Hicks and Janet Surrey

June 16 - 20, 2017
Chesterfield, NH
In this Insight Dialogue retreat we will take refuge in awareness, wisdom, and spiritual friendship (Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha) as sources of wise relationship and compassionate action. In these turbulent and challenging times, we will investigate and practice together the Four Noble Truths and cultivate the fruits of relational practice:…

Kalyāṇamittatā: The Perfections and the Floods

With Mary Burns

June 25 - July 2, 2017
Keswick, Ontario (Canada)
Good friendship, good companionship, good comradeship, are the whole of the holy life. (Upaḍḍha Sutta) Most of us live many lives. Our daily lives at home, at work, at play and our spiritual lives on retreat and at home. What would it be like to live one whole life? Join…

The Power and Challenge of Meditating Together

With Bhikkhu Sukhacitto

July 1 - 6, 2017
Niedersachsen, Germany
During this residential retreat we will meditate together – not next to each other – completely together and truly meditating. We will cultivate mindfulness, quiet concentration, the inquiring mind, energy and other meditative qualities. We will be guided step-by-step through the structured meditation practices of Insight Dialogue and Dharma Contemplation,…

Save The Date: The Challenge of Living Together and Taking Refuge

With Phyllis K. Hicks and Bart van Melik

July 2 - 8, 2017
Naarden, The Netherlands
Registration Coming Soon! We are social creatures by nature. Our lives are inextricably interwoven. We need others and social structures in order to survive. Living and being together can bring both great happiness and immense suffering, yet how often do we reflect on how it is to live together? What…

Introduction to Insight Dialogue and Dharma Contemplation

With Bhikkhu Sukhacitto

September 18 - 24, 2017
Dippoldiswalde, Germany
During this residential retreat we will meditate together – not next to each other – completely together and truly meditating. We will cultivate mindfulness, quiet concentration, the inquiring mind, energy and other meditative qualities. We will be guided step-by-step through the structured meditation practices of Insight Dialogue and Dharma Contemplation,…

Relationality As Such: An Insight Dialogue Retreat

With Gregory Kramer

October 20 - 29, 2017
Barre, MA
Registration for this class will open six months before the class begins. Humans are relational beings: biologically, psychologically, and in our practical, lived lives. Human evolution is a story of social adaptations, from our brain structures to our hormonal systems, and human society and culture is the story of our…

Awakening Presence in Relationship

With Florence Meleo-Meyer

November 4 - 8, 2017
Bern, Switzerland
As humans we are exquisitely sensitive, every moment awash in a sea of contact. Touching and being touched, feeling, perceiving, and thinking, we create our world. Can we cultivate awareness in these dynamic moments of contact? Is it possible that human relationships are one of the best fields for cultivating…

Worldwide Insight Teachings Online, Practice at Home

With Gregory Kramer

November 19, 2017
Online
Worldwide Insight is a Dharma practice group that you can join from anywhere in the world. Each Sunday renowned Insight Meditation teachers offer meditation instruction, teachings, and live Q&A on video. Worldwide Insight functions just like city based Insight Meditation groups around the world, but you can attend from anywhere.…

Weekly Drop-in Sessions (Mondays)

Open Dates
Online via Zoom
Mondays at 11:00am-12:15pm US EST Facilitated by Senior ID Practitioners Sue Brown and Susie Clarion Drop-in sessions are open to anyone with some experience in a contemplative practice and familiarity with Insight Dialogue through reading or practice. You may join a drop-in session once or every week; it’s up to you. Session format…

Bristol, England

Open Dates
Bristol, England
Our practice group meets for 8-10 week terms, on Wednesday evenings from 7-9pm. We also have Insight Dialogue days 3 or 4 times a year. We collect donations to cover costs of renting a room and to contribute to Metta Programs. The group is facilitated by Jane Cutler and Jane Whitehead. They…

London, England

Open Dates
London, England
This is a small group of practitioners who meet regularly under the guidance of Gregory Kramer, Phyllis Hicks and Bhante Sukhacitto to facilitate others to practice ID. We offer practice sessions that are designed mainly for those who have already practiced ID with a qualified ID teacher, but are also…

Tampere, Finland

Open Dates
Tampere, Finland
Group meets once a month and welcomes new members with an established mindfulness practice, who have read, or are reading, Gregory Kramer’s book Insight Dialogue: The Interpersonal Path to Freedom.

Freiburg, Germany

Open Dates
Freiburg, Germany
The group meets once a month on a Wednesday evening from 7 – 9pm. Occasionally half days of Insight Dialogue are organized. Basic prerequisite: New members are welcome with a basic familiarity with meditation.

Milano, Italy

Open Dates
Milano, Italy
The group meets in the evenings, 8-10:30pm. Please contact us for more information and scheduled meeting dates.

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Open Dates
Amsterdam, Netherlands
The group meets weekly, Friday evening from 19.30 – 21.30 pm, and includes a silent sit, contemplation and Insight Dialogue Practice, group reflections, and metta. The group is usually facilitated by Aine Howard, who has attended retreats with Gregory Kramer over the last 6 years. Other members who have attended…

Den Bosch, Netherlands

Open Dates
Den Bosch, Netherlands
The group meets once a month for two hours in the evening. The group is facilitated by Inez Roelofs, who has attended several retreats with Gregory Kramer. Basic Prerequisites: familiarity with Insight Dialogue and/or Vipassana.

Groningen, Netherlands

Open Dates
Groningen, Netherlands
Group meets monthly for two hours. The group is usually facilitated by Marieke Duijvestijn, who has attended several retreats with Gregory Kramer. Basic Prerequisites: practice experience with Insight Dialogue (retreat or online).

Leiden, Netherlands

Open Dates
Leiden, Netherlands
The group meets once a month for two hours. The group is facilitated by Nynke Humalda, who has attended several retreats with Gregory Kramer. Basic Prerequisites: familiarity with Insight Dialogue or Vipassana.

Nijmegen, Netherlands

Open Dates
Nijmegen, Netherlands
Group meets every fortnight; frequency, day, time and format of our meetings may change because of growing numbers. Facilitation is shared. Basic Prerequisites: familiarity with Insight Dialogue guidelines and attendance of one teacher-led Insight Dialogue retreat or course. Please contact us if you are interested in joining but do not…

Utrecht, Netherlands

Open Dates
Utrecht, Netherlands
Group meets once a month for two hours in the evening; everyone in the group has attended an ID retreat. Facilitation is shared. Basic Prerequisites: familiarity with Insight Dialogue.

Greater Chicago Area, Illinois

Open Dates
Evanston, Illinois
The group is facilitator led, meets the 2nd Wednesday every month, September through May. Doors open: 6:00 p.m. Silent sit: 6:30-7:00 p.m. Contemplation, ID practice: 7-8:30 p.m. Basic Prerequisites: Reading Gregory Kramer’s, Insight Dialogue: The Interpersonal Path to Freedom, having a regular Mindfulness practice, and having one of the following:…

Missoula, Montana

Open Dates
Missoula, Montana
The group has been meeting together for several years, and is open to welcoming a few new members with an established mindfulness practice, who have read, or are reading, Gregory Kramer’s book Insight Dialogue: The Interpersonal Path to Freedom.

New York, New York

With Bart van Melik

Open Dates
New York, NY
This group meets on the first Sunday of each month, 6:00-8:00pm, and is led by Insight Dialogue Teacher, Bart van Melik. The evening begins with silent meditation practice, followed by gentle mindful movement, and then shifting into dyad practice where interpersonal mindfulness is explored with a partner in response to…

New York, New York

Open Dates
New York, New York
Facilitation is shared; new members are welcome. Basic prerequisites: Familiarity with Insight Dialogue or Interpersonal Mindfulness concepts and practice; commitment to deepening and strengthening your practice in a caring and dedicated community.

Orcas Island, Washington

Open Dates
Group meets biweekly every other Sunday afternoon/evening; 4:30-5pm self-directed body stretching/yoga session, 5-5:30pm silent sit, and 5:30-7:00pm Insight Dialogue practice. Basic prerequisites: read Insight Dialogue: The Interpersonal Path to Freedom by Gregory Kramer, attendance of at least one teacher-led Insight Dialogue retreat, daily meditation practice, and approval of existing group members…

Portland, Oregon

With Anita Bermont

Open Dates
Portland, Oregon
This group meets on the first and third Friday of each month, 7:00-8:30pm, and is led by Anita Bermont. Those with prior Insight Dialogue experience are welcome. Our practice together includes a silent sit, contemplation and guided Insight Dialogue practice, group reflections, and metta.

Seattle, Washington

Open Dates
Seattle, Washington
This group meets the second Sunday of every month; 6:30-7pm silent sit, 7-8:30pm contemplation and Insight Dialogue practice, closing with group reflections. Basic prerequisites: attendance of at least one teacher-led Insight Dialogue retreat, willingness to participate in facilitating because our group is leaderless and co-facilitated each month by volunteers from within…

Vancouver, British Columbia

Open Dates
Vancouver, British Columbia
This group meets the first Tuesday of each month; 7-9:30pm. Basic prerequisites: familiarity with basic Insight Dialogue guidelines and attendance of at least one teacher-led Insight Dialogue retreat or course.

Albany, Auckland

Open Dates
Albany, Auckland
This group meets weekly, every Friday at 12:45pm. Basic prerequisites: for experienced Insight Dialogue meditators wishing to practice together.

Melbourne, Victoria

Open Dates
Melbourne, Victoria
This group meets the fourth Sunday of each month; 1:00-4:00pm. We share facilitation and welcome everyone interested in practicing or facilitating.

Newcastle, NSW, Group A

Open Dates
Newcastle, NSW
This group meets weekly on Tuesdays from 7 – 9 pm. Shared facilitation. Group cycles through guidelines, alternately with and without a contemplation. Basic prerequisites: New membership follows consultation with existing members, familiarity with Insight Dialogue: The Interpersonal Path to Freedom by Gregory Kramer, sound understanding of Insight Dialogue with experience from local workshop…

Newcastle, NSW, Group B

Open Dates
Newcastle, NSW
Group meets fortnightly on a Wednesday, daytime, the hours varying according to members’ work schedules. Facilitator led; group cycles through guideline practice with or without a contemplation. Basic prerequisites: open to new members with some mindfulness experience and familiarity with Insight Dialogue: The Interpersonal Path to Freedom by Gregory Kramer.

Dharma Contemplation Group

With Gary Steinberg

March 7 - June 27, 2017
Online via Zoom
In the structured meditation practice of Dharma Contemplation (dhamma in Pali), the wisdom we are contemplating comes directly from the Buddha via his oral teachings, which have been passed down in the Pali texts for two thousand years. Gary will be offering an ongoing Dharma Contemplation group. We’ll begin with a…

Introduction to Insight Dialogue

With Anita Bermont

May 6, 2017
Portland, Oregon
This Day-Long offering of Insight Dialogue will serve both as an introduction for those new to the practice as well as an opportunity for those returning to deepen their practice.

Teaching Presence in Relationship

With Phyllis K. Hicks and Florence Meleo-Meyer

May 19 - 27, 2017
Zenderen, the Netherlands
A professional training designed to prepare instructors to teach Interpersonal Mindfulness Teaching Presence in Relationship is a training designed to prepare MBSR & MBCT instructors to teach Interpersonal Mindfulness to graduates of mindfulness-based programs. Awareness, mental stability, and calmness associated with silent meditation are developed in practice with others. Based…

Insight Dialogue Retreat

With Anne Michel

May 24 - 28, 2017
Switzerland
This residential retreat will be led by Anne Michel in French. For more information please visit the Mudita Association website.

Kalyana Mitta (Spiritual Friendship)

With Bhikkhu Sukhacitto

June 2 - 5, 2017
Berlin, Germany
This non-residential Insight Dialogue weekend will begin with an introductory evening workshop open to the public, Friday 2 June 2017, 7:30pm – 10pm. A retreat will be held Saturday & Sunday, 3 – 4 June, 9am – 6pm, and Monday, 5 June, 9am – 2pm. Please plan to attend for the duration,…

Introduction to Insight Dialogue

With Bhikkhu Sukhacitto

June 5 - 11, 2017
Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
During this retreat we will meditate together – not next to each other – completely together and truly meditating. We will cultivate mindfulness, quiet concentration, the inquiring mind, energy and other meditative qualities through Insight Dialogue instruction, silent meditation, and a short period of walking meditation and mindful movement. It…

True Refuge: The Heart of Wise Action

With Phyllis K. Hicks and Janet Surrey

June 16 - 20, 2017
Chesterfield, NH
In this Insight Dialogue retreat we will take refuge in awareness, wisdom, and spiritual friendship (Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha) as sources of wise relationship and compassionate action. In these turbulent and challenging times, we will investigate and practice together the Four Noble Truths and cultivate the fruits of relational practice:…

Kalyāṇamittatā: The Perfections and the Floods

With Mary Burns

June 25 - July 2, 2017
Keswick, Ontario (Canada)
Good friendship, good companionship, good comradeship, are the whole of the holy life. (Upaḍḍha Sutta) Most of us live many lives. Our daily lives at home, at work, at play and our spiritual lives on retreat and at home. What would it be like to live one whole life? Join…

The Power and Challenge of Meditating Together

With Bhikkhu Sukhacitto

July 1 - 6, 2017
Niedersachsen, Germany
During this residential retreat we will meditate together – not next to each other – completely together and truly meditating. We will cultivate mindfulness, quiet concentration, the inquiring mind, energy and other meditative qualities. We will be guided step-by-step through the structured meditation practices of Insight Dialogue and Dharma Contemplation,…

Save The Date: The Challenge of Living Together and Taking Refuge

With Phyllis K. Hicks and Bart van Melik

July 2 - 8, 2017
Naarden, The Netherlands
Registration Coming Soon! We are social creatures by nature. Our lives are inextricably interwoven. We need others and social structures in order to survive. Living and being together can bring both great happiness and immense suffering, yet how often do we reflect on how it is to live together? What…

Introduction to Insight Dialogue and Dharma Contemplation

With Bhikkhu Sukhacitto

September 18 - 24, 2017
Dippoldiswalde, Germany
During this residential retreat we will meditate together – not next to each other – completely together and truly meditating. We will cultivate mindfulness, quiet concentration, the inquiring mind, energy and other meditative qualities. We will be guided step-by-step through the structured meditation practices of Insight Dialogue and Dharma Contemplation,…

Relationality As Such: An Insight Dialogue Retreat

With Gregory Kramer

October 20 - 29, 2017
Barre, MA
Registration for this class will open six months before the class begins. Humans are relational beings: biologically, psychologically, and in our practical, lived lives. Human evolution is a story of social adaptations, from our brain structures to our hormonal systems, and human society and culture is the story of our…

Awakening Presence in Relationship

With Florence Meleo-Meyer

November 4 - 8, 2017
Bern, Switzerland
As humans we are exquisitely sensitive, every moment awash in a sea of contact. Touching and being touched, feeling, perceiving, and thinking, we create our world. Can we cultivate awareness in these dynamic moments of contact? Is it possible that human relationships are one of the best fields for cultivating…

Worldwide Insight Teachings Online, Practice at Home

With Gregory Kramer

November 19, 2017
Online
Worldwide Insight is a Dharma practice group that you can join from anywhere in the world. Each Sunday renowned Insight Meditation teachers offer meditation instruction, teachings, and live Q&A on video. Worldwide Insight functions just like city based Insight Meditation groups around the world, but you can attend from anywhere.…

Weekly Drop-in Sessions (Mondays)

Open Dates
Online via Zoom
Mondays at 11:00am-12:15pm US EST Facilitated by Senior ID Practitioners Sue Brown and Susie Clarion Drop-in sessions are open to anyone with some experience in a contemplative practice and familiarity with Insight Dialogue through reading or practice. You may join a drop-in session once or every week; it’s up to you. Session format…