Loving-Kindness Intensive Workshop / 1 Day Retreat with Avi Craimer

For a couple of years now, Avi has been offering his 7-week course on loving-kindness meditation and emotional transformation. This October, Avi will be leading a full day teaching intensive that will cover half the material in this course in a single Sunday. Topics will include meditation instruction and inspiration for Loving-Kindness, Compassion, and Mudita (appreciative joy), as well as tools to use these practices to work with challenging emotional patterns as they arise on the cushion or in life.

Date: Sunday, October 22nd

Time: 10am-5pm

Location: Om Laila Studio, 64 Henry St.

Cost: $150, vegetarian lunch included.

Register Here

*inquire about sliding scale spots if finances are a barrier.

Email Avi with questions at info[at]avicraimer.com.


Outline of the Day


Class introductions and sharing motivations for practice

Creating a safer space together

Part I – Metta (Loving-Kindness)

Teaching 1: What is metta?

Meditation 1: Building awareness of our basic goodwill towards self and others

Writing Exercise: Creating customized authentic metta phrases

Meditation 2: Loving-Kindness Meditation

Sharing and Questions

Meditation 3: Reverse Metta / Taking Refuge


Part II – Karuna (Compassion)

Teaching 2: Karuna – Responding effectively to suffering

Exploration: Empathic Resonance vs Compassion

Partner Exercise 1: Deep listening with compassion practice

Meditation 4: Self-Compassion

Sharing and Questions

Part III – Mudita (Appreciative Joy)

Teaching 3: Mudita – Fostering joy, gratitude, and encouragement

Partner Exercise 2: Selective noting of good things

Meditation 5: Mudita Practice

Questions and sharing


Part IV – Deepening and Expanding

Teaching 4: Deepening in the path of loving states of consciousness

Meditation 6: Expanding loving states to categories of beings

Meditation 7: Expanding loving states in the 6 spatial directions

Meditation 8: Return to centre

Final Sharing