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.  

Introduction to the Vipassana insight dialogue with Bhante Sukhacitto

With Bhikkhu Sukhacitto

November 30 - December 2, 2018
Berlin, Germany
The power and challenge of meditating together: insight dialogue is an interpersonal meditation practice based on Vipassana. Through dialogue, the mindfulness and serenity of the traditional silent meditation practice is brought into interaction with others. This allows us to overlook, perceive, and understand things we normally do in the bustle of our…

Insight Dialogue in daily life – IN GERMAN

With Bhikkhu Sukhacitto

January 12 - 20, 2019
Kalyana Mitta Vihara - House of Noble Friendship
Insight Dialogue practitioners are invited to spend a week exploring what it really means to live the practice in community, to experience the practice unrestrained by the structure of formal retreats, and to explore ways of bringing continuity of practice into our daily lives as we meditate together while sharing our daily…

Insight Dialogue in daily life

With Bhikkhu Sukhacitto

March 23 - 31, 2019
Kalyana Mitta Vihara - House of Noble Friendship
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 structure of formal retreats, and to explore ways of bringing continuity of practice into our daily lives as we meditate together…

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…

Finding Freedom: An Insight Dialogue Retreat

With Nicola Redfern and Phyllis K. Hicks

April 10 - 16, 2019
Barre Center for Buddhist Studies
The triad of gratification, danger and escape is one of the Buddha's most incisive teachings for investigating the roots of every day experiences that lead to habituation, stress, and suffering and also, to their release. In this retreat we will examine closely the felt sense and the mechanics of gratification,…

Insight Dialogue in daily life – IN GERMAN

With Bhikkhu Sukhacitto

April 27 - May 5, 2019
Kalyana Mitta Vihara - House of Noble Friendship
Insight Dialogue practitioners are invited to spend a week exploring what it really means to live the practice in community, to experience the practice unrestrained by the structure of formal retreats, and to explore ways of bringing continuity of practice into our daily lives as we meditate together while sharing our daily…

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.

Save the Date: 9th Annual Cascadia Insight Dialogue Retreat

With Gregory Kramer and Nicola Redfern

May 18 - 25, 2019
Samish Island Camp, Bow, WA
More information to come in November.  If you would like to be added to the Cascadia Retreat mailing list, please email cascadiaretreat@gmail.com

Five Tenets of a Whole Life Path

With Gregory Kramer

October 11 - 20, 2019
Barre Center for Buddhist Studies
The Buddha provided extensive and specific guidance for monastics as to how to live a life inclined towards awakening. Ethics were meticulously spelled out; how to engage with the requisites of food, lodging, robes and medicine was made clear; and community life that supported wisdom, generosity and compassion was variously…

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.

Introduction to the Vipassana insight dialogue with Bhante Sukhacitto

With Bhikkhu Sukhacitto

November 30 - December 2, 2018
Berlin, Germany
The power and challenge of meditating together: insight dialogue is an interpersonal meditation practice based on Vipassana. Through dialogue, the mindfulness and serenity of the traditional silent meditation practice is brought into interaction with others. This allows us to overlook, perceive, and understand things we normally do in the bustle of our…

Insight Dialogue in daily life – IN GERMAN

With Bhikkhu Sukhacitto

January 12 - 20, 2019
Kalyana Mitta Vihara - House of Noble Friendship
Insight Dialogue practitioners are invited to spend a week exploring what it really means to live the practice in community, to experience the practice unrestrained by the structure of formal retreats, and to explore ways of bringing continuity of practice into our daily lives as we meditate together while sharing our daily…

Insight Dialogue in daily life

With Bhikkhu Sukhacitto

March 23 - 31, 2019
Kalyana Mitta Vihara - House of Noble Friendship
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 structure of formal retreats, and to explore ways of bringing continuity of practice into our daily lives as we meditate together…

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…

Finding Freedom: An Insight Dialogue Retreat

With Nicola Redfern and Phyllis K. Hicks

April 10 - 16, 2019
Barre Center for Buddhist Studies
The triad of gratification, danger and escape is one of the Buddha's most incisive teachings for investigating the roots of every day experiences that lead to habituation, stress, and suffering and also, to their release. In this retreat we will examine closely the felt sense and the mechanics of gratification,…

Insight Dialogue in daily life – IN GERMAN

With Bhikkhu Sukhacitto

April 27 - May 5, 2019
Kalyana Mitta Vihara - House of Noble Friendship
Insight Dialogue practitioners are invited to spend a week exploring what it really means to live the practice in community, to experience the practice unrestrained by the structure of formal retreats, and to explore ways of bringing continuity of practice into our daily lives as we meditate together while sharing our daily…

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.

Save the Date: 9th Annual Cascadia Insight Dialogue Retreat

With Gregory Kramer and Nicola Redfern

May 18 - 25, 2019
Samish Island Camp, Bow, WA
More information to come in November.  If you would like to be added to the Cascadia Retreat mailing list, please email cascadiaretreat@gmail.com

Five Tenets of a Whole Life Path

With Gregory Kramer

October 11 - 20, 2019
Barre Center for Buddhist Studies
The Buddha provided extensive and specific guidance for monastics as to how to live a life inclined towards awakening. Ethics were meticulously spelled out; how to engage with the requisites of food, lodging, robes and medicine was made clear; and community life that supported wisdom, generosity and compassion was variously…

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…