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.  

Untangling the Knot at the Heart of Fabricating “Self” and “Other”

With Gregory Kramer, Janet Surrey and Rosalie Dores

September 18 - 25, 2018
Devon, England
Understanding suffering and its cessation calls us to investigate the knot-hard tangle of the self. That knot is held tight by thirst, by craving.  When two or more are gathered, great forces are at work and we usually pull the knots tighter. But these forces can also untangle the knot. As mindfulness…

A Sea of Suffering, A Call to Action, An Always Available Refuge

With Gregory Kramer and Rosalie Dores

September 29 - 30, 2018
London, England
In an ever changing, increasingly uncertain and troubled world, the Buddha’s teachings offer a source of sustenance, refuge, and inspiration. Insight Dialogue is a liberating insight practice rooted in early Buddhist teachings. It bridges the experience of those teachings with the reality of our lives, shedding new light on the importance…

Untangling All of It: The Personality and the Root Self

With Gregory Kramer

October 13 - 21, 2018
Barre, MA
The conditioned personality—called attabhava in the Buddha’s teachings–is the locus of most of our pain: tangled relationships, painful memories, dysfunctional patterns of behavior, and other formations that rush through this life. The Buddha taught that the conditioned personality is a tangle that can be untangled: gradually, patiently, with care. The…

Returning to Love: the Wisdom of Release

With Phyllis K. Hicks and Florence Meleo-Meyer

October 23 - 28, 2018
Lage Vuursche (near Hilversum), Netherlands
Insight Dialogue seeks to bring the Dhamma to life in the body and heart as intuitive wisdom. Cultivating awareness of the habitual tensions that maintain suffering and learning the pathways of release reestablishes us freshly in the ever unfolding moment. Returning to loving presence is a source of resiliency in…

Interpersonal Mindfulness: Cultivating Presence in Relationship

With Phyllis K. Hicks and Florence Meleo-Meyer

October 30 - November 4, 2018
Madrid, Spain
In this five-days retreat, we will use the power of relational meditation practice to understand the habits of heart and mind that lead to stress and distress, and how to free ourselves from those habits so that we can live together with greater ease and happiness. Working together in pairs,…

Cultivating Spiritual Friendship: A Day of Insight Dialogue

With Bhikkhu Sukhacitto and Janet Surrey

November 3, 2018
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
The Buddha called Spiritual Friendship the “whole of the holy life”; and that one who associates with Noble Friends will expect to progress well on the Path of Awakening. Insight Dialogue is a fully engaged, relational co-meditation practice which develops the Factors of Awakening, including sati (mindfulness) and samadhi (concentration)…

Introduction to Insight Dialogue

With Bhikkhu Sukhacitto

November 9 - 11, 2018
Hendersonville, NC
(near Asheville)
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. It is an opportunity…

Teaching Presence in Relationship

With Phyllis K. Hicks and Florence Meleo-Meyer

March 30 - April 7, 2019
Barza d'Ispra (Varese), Italia
(in the vicinity of Milan, Italy)
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…

Save the (New) Date: An Insight Dialogue Retreat for Therapists and Health Professionals

With Phyllis K. Hicks and Sharon Beckman-Brindley

May 5 - 10, 2019
Hanover County, VA
Register on or before Apr 2, 2019 and receive a $45.00 early registration discount.
This Insight Dialogue retreat, developed by and for mental health professionals, offers a dynamic and practical dialogue between Buddhist psychology, mindfulness meditation, and western psychotherapy.

Weekly Drop-in Sessions (Thursdays) – New

Open Dates
Online via Zoom
Thursdays at 7:00pm-8:30pm ET Facilitated by ID Practitioner Dave Leggatt. 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 includes silent practice, a contemplation…

Weekly Drop-in Sessions (Mondays)

Open Dates
Online via Zoom
Mondays at 11:00am-12:15pm US EST Facilitated by ID Practitioners Sue Brown, Susie Clarion, Patricia Fontaine, and Michael Wilder 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…

Lausanne, Switzerland

Open Dates
Lausanne, Switzerland
We meet once per month from 7 to 9pm. We ask participants to be familiar with Insight Dialogue guidelines and to have a regular meditation practice. […]

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.

Berlin-Kreuzberg, Germany

Open Dates
Berlin-Kreuzberg, Germany
The group meets once a month on a Saturday from 15:00 to 18:00. Monday meetings may also be planned. Meeting dates will be published on the groups Facebook page. Our practice together includes a silent sit, contemplation and guided Insight Dialogue practice, and group reflections. Basic prerequisites: familiarity with basic Insight Dialogue…

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
Group meets monthly for two hours. The group is usually facilitated by Riët Aarsse, who has attended multiple retreats with Gregory Kramer, Phyllis Hicks and/or Bart van Melik.

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.

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 first Sunday of every month; 7pm -8:30pm and third Wednesday of every month.

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.

Sydney, NSW

Open Dates
Sydney, NSW
This group meets the first Sunday of the month from 2 – 4 pm. Facilitation is shared. Basic prerequisites: Sound understanding of the ID guidelines through an ID retreat or workshop or, at least, Gregory Kramer's book.

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.

Toronto, Ontario

Open Dates
Toronto, Ontario
The group meets online on Thursday evenings, 7:00 to 9:00pm. Open to anybody interested in practicing Insight Dialogue living in South West and Central Ontario. The online practice will be supported by regular daylong, weekend and longer retreats.

Vienna, Austria – Tuesday

Open Dates
Vienna, Austria
The group meets on the first Tuesday of each month from 18:30 - 21:00. Basic prerequisites: familiarity with Insight Dialogue guidelines, regular meditation practice.

Vienna, Austria – Thursday

Open Dates
Vienna, Austria
This group meets on a Thursday evening each month; 7:30-9:30pm. Basic prerequisites: familiarity with meditation.

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.

Untangling the Knot at the Heart of Fabricating “Self” and “Other”

With Gregory Kramer, Janet Surrey and Rosalie Dores

September 18 - 25, 2018
Devon, England
Understanding suffering and its cessation calls us to investigate the knot-hard tangle of the self. That knot is held tight by thirst, by craving.  When two or more are gathered, great forces are at work and we usually pull the knots tighter. But these forces can also untangle the knot. As mindfulness…

A Sea of Suffering, A Call to Action, An Always Available Refuge

With Gregory Kramer and Rosalie Dores

September 29 - 30, 2018
London, England
In an ever changing, increasingly uncertain and troubled world, the Buddha’s teachings offer a source of sustenance, refuge, and inspiration. Insight Dialogue is a liberating insight practice rooted in early Buddhist teachings. It bridges the experience of those teachings with the reality of our lives, shedding new light on the importance…

Untangling All of It: The Personality and the Root Self

With Gregory Kramer

October 13 - 21, 2018
Barre, MA
The conditioned personality—called attabhava in the Buddha’s teachings–is the locus of most of our pain: tangled relationships, painful memories, dysfunctional patterns of behavior, and other formations that rush through this life. The Buddha taught that the conditioned personality is a tangle that can be untangled: gradually, patiently, with care. The…

Returning to Love: the Wisdom of Release

With Phyllis K. Hicks and Florence Meleo-Meyer

October 23 - 28, 2018
Lage Vuursche (near Hilversum), Netherlands
Insight Dialogue seeks to bring the Dhamma to life in the body and heart as intuitive wisdom. Cultivating awareness of the habitual tensions that maintain suffering and learning the pathways of release reestablishes us freshly in the ever unfolding moment. Returning to loving presence is a source of resiliency in…

Interpersonal Mindfulness: Cultivating Presence in Relationship

With Phyllis K. Hicks and Florence Meleo-Meyer

October 30 - November 4, 2018
Madrid, Spain
In this five-days retreat, we will use the power of relational meditation practice to understand the habits of heart and mind that lead to stress and distress, and how to free ourselves from those habits so that we can live together with greater ease and happiness. Working together in pairs,…

Cultivating Spiritual Friendship: A Day of Insight Dialogue

With Bhikkhu Sukhacitto and Janet Surrey

November 3, 2018
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
The Buddha called Spiritual Friendship the “whole of the holy life”; and that one who associates with Noble Friends will expect to progress well on the Path of Awakening. Insight Dialogue is a fully engaged, relational co-meditation practice which develops the Factors of Awakening, including sati (mindfulness) and samadhi (concentration)…

Introduction to Insight Dialogue

With Bhikkhu Sukhacitto

November 9 - 11, 2018
Hendersonville, NC
(near Asheville)
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. It is an opportunity…

Teaching Presence in Relationship

With Phyllis K. Hicks and Florence Meleo-Meyer

March 30 - April 7, 2019
Barza d'Ispra (Varese), Italia
(in the vicinity of Milan, Italy)
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…

Save the (New) Date: An Insight Dialogue Retreat for Therapists and Health Professionals

With Phyllis K. Hicks and Sharon Beckman-Brindley

May 5 - 10, 2019
Hanover County, VA
Register on or before Apr 2, 2019 and receive a $45.00 early registration discount.
This Insight Dialogue retreat, developed by and for mental health professionals, offers a dynamic and practical dialogue between Buddhist psychology, mindfulness meditation, and western psychotherapy.

Weekly Drop-in Sessions (Thursdays) – New

Open Dates
Online via Zoom
Thursdays at 7:00pm-8:30pm ET Facilitated by ID Practitioner Dave Leggatt. 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 includes silent practice, a contemplation…

Weekly Drop-in Sessions (Mondays)

Open Dates
Online via Zoom
Mondays at 11:00am-12:15pm US EST Facilitated by ID Practitioners Sue Brown, Susie Clarion, Patricia Fontaine, and Michael Wilder 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…