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.  

Meeting the Three Poisons of Mind

With Janet Surrey

September 24 - November 19, 2017
Cambridge, MA
Insight Dialogue is a fully engaged relational co-meditation practice resting on the deep foundation of silent practice in the Theravadan Buddhist tradition. Please join us for all or any of these Sunday morning meetings in Cambridge. This is an opportunity to learn and practice the meditation guidelines of Insight Dialogue and…

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.…

Spiritual Friendship on the Noble Eightfold Path

With Janet Surrey and Bhikkhu Sukhacitto

December 1 - 4, 2017
Mooinooi, South Africa
The Buddha described spiritual friendship as the “whole of the holy life.” This residential retreat will introduce the meditation guidelines of Insight Dialogue and offer an opportunity to explore the possibilities of a fully engaged co-meditation practice. We will explore the origins of suffering as well as the great potential…

Spiritual Friendship on the Noble Eightfold Path

With Janet Surrey and Bhikkhu Sukhacitto

December 6 - 10, 2017
KwaZulu Natal, South Africa
This residential retreat will introduce the meditation guidelines of Insight Dialogue and offer an opportunity to explore the possibilities of a fully engaged co-meditation practice. We will explore the origins of suffering as well as the great potential of cultivating together the factors of awakening, including mindfulness, concentration, equanimity, loving…

Spiritual friendship on the Noble Eightfold Path

With Bhikkhu Sukhacitto and Janet Surrey

December 12 - 17, 2017
Ixopo, South Africa
This residential retreat introduces the meditation guidelines of Insight Dialogue and offers an opportunity to explore the possibilities of a fully engaged co-meditation practice. We will explore the origins of suffering as well as the great potential of cultivating together the factors of awakening, including mindfulness, concentration, equanimity, loving-kindness and…

Touching the Possible, Living Peace: A New Year’s Insight Dialogue Retreat

With Phyllis K. Hicks

January 4 - 7, 2018
Durham, NC
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. Learning how to cultivate mindfulness in the flow of daily life and relationships is a profound resource for peace and wise action. In this…

Discovering the Synergy of Wisdom, Relationship, and Meditation

With Florence Meleo-Meyer

January 5 - 7, 2018
Stockbridge, MA
During this residential Insight Dialogue retreat we will explore the causes of suffering within relationship, while cultivating concentration, mindfulness, and compassion. This relational practice investigates speaking and listening as meditation, held and nourished by a deep foundation of silence. Insight Dialogue encourages greater ease, freedom, care, and kindness in your personal…

Insight Dialogue Workshop

With Jill Shepherd

January 20 - 21, 2018
Sydney, Australia
In this two-day workshop, 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,…

Kalyāṇa-mittatā Retreat: A Gathering of Friends

With Bhikkhu Sukhacitto

January 20 - 27, 2018
near Hannover, Germany
Experienced Insight Dialogue practitioners and teachers are invited to spend a week exploring what it really means to live the practice in community, to experience the practice unrestrained by the ‘now this, now that’ structure of formal retreats, and to explore ways of bringing continuity of practice into our daily…

Kalyāṇa-mittatā Retreat: A Gathering of Friends

With Bhikkhu Sukhacitto

February 17 - 24, 2018
near Hannover, Germany
Experienced Insight Dialogue practitioners and teachers are invited to spend a week exploring what it really means to live the practice in community, to experience the practice unrestrained by the ‘now this, now that’ structure of formal retreats, and to explore ways of bringing continuity of practice into our daily…

Interpersonal Mindfulness: Cultivating Presence in Relationship

With Phyllis K. Hicks

March 9 - 10, 2018
Boca Raton, Florida
This continuing education course is designed for clinical social workers and allied disciplinary practitioners to experience how mindfulness can enrich our personal development, create relational attunement, and enhance therapeutic relationships. The workshop will offer an introduction to interpersonal mindfulness through learning the meditation guidelines of Insight Dialogue: Pause – Relax –…

Four Truths – Integration – Whole Life Path

With Gregory Kramer and Nicola Redfern

March 31, 2018 - April 8, 2019
Barre, MA
Registration for this retreat is now closed. Please contact BCBS for waitlist information. Do we recognize suffering in all of its layers: personal, interpersonal, social, and in the Dhamma-essence of becoming? Are the forces of hunger, the mechanisms of clinging, and the blinding power of ignorance intimately felt and carefully considered…

Working with the Five Hindrances

With Gary Steinberg

April 3 - May 15, 2018
Online via Zoom
Over seven weeks we’ll explore each of the five hindrances: desire, aversion, restlessness and worry, sloth and torpor, and skeptical doubt, how they manifest, and the impacts both internally and relationally. We’ll utilize the practice of Insight Dialogue to recognize how the hindrances take hold of the mind, and how…

Save the Date: 8th Annual Cascadia Insight Dialogue Retreat

With Gregory Kramer and Mary Burns

May 15 - 23, 2018
Bow, WA
Registration will open in late 2017. Insight Dialogue is an interpersonal meditation practice that brings the mindfulness and tranquility of traditional Buddhist meditation into our interactions with others. Through an attentive weaving of meditative dialogue practice, silent meditation, mindful movement, and time in nature, we will deepen the essential meditative…

The Synergy of Meditation, Wisdom, and Relationship

With Phyllis K. Hicks and Rosalie Dores

June 13 - 19, 2018
Nièvre, France
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 mindfulness? In…

Kalyāṇa-mittatā Retreat: A Gathering of Friends

With Mary Burns and Bhikkhu Sukhacitto

June 21 - July 1, 2018
Toronto, Canada
Experienced Insight Dialogue practitioners and teachers are invited to spend ten days exploring what it really means to live the practice in community, to experience the practice unrestrained by the ‘now this, now that’ structure of formal retreats, and to explore ways of bringing continuity of practice into our daily…

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…

Save the Date: 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…

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.

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
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…

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.

Meeting the Three Poisons of Mind

With Janet Surrey

September 24 - November 19, 2017
Cambridge, MA
Insight Dialogue is a fully engaged relational co-meditation practice resting on the deep foundation of silent practice in the Theravadan Buddhist tradition. Please join us for all or any of these Sunday morning meetings in Cambridge. This is an opportunity to learn and practice the meditation guidelines of Insight Dialogue and…

Toronto, Ontario

Open Dates
Toronto, Ontario
The group meets weekly on Thursday evenings, 7:00 to 9:00pm. Our practice together includes a silent sit, contemplation and guided Insight Dialogue practice, and group reflections. Open to anybody interested in practicing Insight Dialogue.

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.

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.…

Spiritual Friendship on the Noble Eightfold Path

With Janet Surrey and Bhikkhu Sukhacitto

December 1 - 4, 2017
Mooinooi, South Africa
The Buddha described spiritual friendship as the “whole of the holy life.” This residential retreat will introduce the meditation guidelines of Insight Dialogue and offer an opportunity to explore the possibilities of a fully engaged co-meditation practice. We will explore the origins of suffering as well as the great potential…

Spiritual Friendship on the Noble Eightfold Path

With Janet Surrey and Bhikkhu Sukhacitto

December 6 - 10, 2017
KwaZulu Natal, South Africa
This residential retreat will introduce the meditation guidelines of Insight Dialogue and offer an opportunity to explore the possibilities of a fully engaged co-meditation practice. We will explore the origins of suffering as well as the great potential of cultivating together the factors of awakening, including mindfulness, concentration, equanimity, loving…

Spiritual friendship on the Noble Eightfold Path

With Bhikkhu Sukhacitto and Janet Surrey

December 12 - 17, 2017
Ixopo, South Africa
This residential retreat introduces the meditation guidelines of Insight Dialogue and offers an opportunity to explore the possibilities of a fully engaged co-meditation practice. We will explore the origins of suffering as well as the great potential of cultivating together the factors of awakening, including mindfulness, concentration, equanimity, loving-kindness and…

Touching the Possible, Living Peace: A New Year’s Insight Dialogue Retreat

With Phyllis K. Hicks

January 4 - 7, 2018
Durham, NC
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. Learning how to cultivate mindfulness in the flow of daily life and relationships is a profound resource for peace and wise action. In this…

Discovering the Synergy of Wisdom, Relationship, and Meditation

With Florence Meleo-Meyer

January 5 - 7, 2018
Stockbridge, MA
During this residential Insight Dialogue retreat we will explore the causes of suffering within relationship, while cultivating concentration, mindfulness, and compassion. This relational practice investigates speaking and listening as meditation, held and nourished by a deep foundation of silence. Insight Dialogue encourages greater ease, freedom, care, and kindness in your personal…

Insight Dialogue Workshop

With Jill Shepherd

January 20 - 21, 2018
Sydney, Australia
In this two-day workshop, 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,…

Kalyāṇa-mittatā Retreat: A Gathering of Friends

With Bhikkhu Sukhacitto

January 20 - 27, 2018
near Hannover, Germany
Experienced Insight Dialogue practitioners and teachers are invited to spend a week exploring what it really means to live the practice in community, to experience the practice unrestrained by the ‘now this, now that’ structure of formal retreats, and to explore ways of bringing continuity of practice into our daily…

Kalyāṇa-mittatā Retreat: A Gathering of Friends

With Bhikkhu Sukhacitto

February 17 - 24, 2018
near Hannover, Germany
Experienced Insight Dialogue practitioners and teachers are invited to spend a week exploring what it really means to live the practice in community, to experience the practice unrestrained by the ‘now this, now that’ structure of formal retreats, and to explore ways of bringing continuity of practice into our daily…

Interpersonal Mindfulness: Cultivating Presence in Relationship

With Phyllis K. Hicks

March 9 - 10, 2018
Boca Raton, Florida
This continuing education course is designed for clinical social workers and allied disciplinary practitioners to experience how mindfulness can enrich our personal development, create relational attunement, and enhance therapeutic relationships. The workshop will offer an introduction to interpersonal mindfulness through learning the meditation guidelines of Insight Dialogue: Pause – Relax –…

Four Truths – Integration – Whole Life Path

With Gregory Kramer and Nicola Redfern

March 31, 2018 - April 8, 2019
Barre, MA
Registration for this retreat is now closed. Please contact BCBS for waitlist information. Do we recognize suffering in all of its layers: personal, interpersonal, social, and in the Dhamma-essence of becoming? Are the forces of hunger, the mechanisms of clinging, and the blinding power of ignorance intimately felt and carefully considered…

Working with the Five Hindrances

With Gary Steinberg

April 3 - May 15, 2018
Online via Zoom
Over seven weeks we’ll explore each of the five hindrances: desire, aversion, restlessness and worry, sloth and torpor, and skeptical doubt, how they manifest, and the impacts both internally and relationally. We’ll utilize the practice of Insight Dialogue to recognize how the hindrances take hold of the mind, and how…

Save the Date: 8th Annual Cascadia Insight Dialogue Retreat

With Gregory Kramer and Mary Burns

May 15 - 23, 2018
Bow, WA
Registration will open in late 2017. Insight Dialogue is an interpersonal meditation practice that brings the mindfulness and tranquility of traditional Buddhist meditation into our interactions with others. Through an attentive weaving of meditative dialogue practice, silent meditation, mindful movement, and time in nature, we will deepen the essential meditative…

The Synergy of Meditation, Wisdom, and Relationship

With Phyllis K. Hicks and Rosalie Dores

June 13 - 19, 2018
Nièvre, France
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 mindfulness? In…

Kalyāṇa-mittatā Retreat: A Gathering of Friends

With Mary Burns and Bhikkhu Sukhacitto

June 21 - July 1, 2018
Toronto, Canada
Experienced Insight Dialogue practitioners and teachers are invited to spend ten days exploring what it really means to live the practice in community, to experience the practice unrestrained by the ‘now this, now that’ structure of formal retreats, and to explore ways of bringing continuity of practice into our daily…

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…

Save the Date: 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…

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…