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Heart to Heart Retreat: Cultivating the Brahma Viharas in Relationship

Online Program
Dates: May 03, 2024 - May 05, 2024

Instructor(s): devon hase and Rachel Hammerman

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Unconditional love for all beings is the expression of the free heart. 

Join devon hase and Rachel Hammerman for a weekend of cultivating a heart as wide as the world using the Brahma Viharas in relational meditation practices. 

Together, we’ll journey beyond the classical individual practices for developing a boundless heart filled with loving kindness, compassion, appreciative joy and equanimity. We’ll bring these four inherent and immeasurable flavors of love directly into the relational field with relational meditation practices such as Insight Dialogue, Dhamma Contemplation, RAIN, and partner inquiry. 

Brahma” is sometimes translated as “best or sublime” and “Vihara” is sometimes translated as “abiding” or “home.” Through these heart practices, we can return our hearts to their natural state as our best home – free of fear, hatred and ill-will. This sublime abiding is always available to all of us, though it’s not always accessible. The power of cultivating these four heart qualities in relationship with other beings amplifies the deepening of meditative qualities and dhamma wisdom that frees the heart. 

This program will include silent meditation as well as relational practices in pairs and small groups. Each three-hour session may include instruction, a guided meditation, a dharma talk, and partner practice as well as movement and walking practice. 

    About the Instructor(s):
  • devon hase loves long retreats. Cumulatively, she’s spent four years in silent practice in the Insight and Vajrayana traditions. Since discovering meditation in 2000, she has put dharma and community at the center of her life: she spent a decade bringing mindfulness to high school and college classrooms and now teaches at the Insight Meditation Society, Spirit Rock, and other centers around the world. She enjoys supporting practitioners with personal mentoring, and her friendly, conversational approach centers on relational practice and the natural world. Along with her life partner nico, devon co-authored How Not to Be a Hot Mess: A Buddhist Survival Guide for Modern Life. She continues to spend a good part of the time in wilderness retreat in Oregon, Massachusetts, and elsewhere. For more, visit devonandnicohase.com.

  • Rachel Hammerman (she/her/they/them) teaches Vipassana meditation in New York City as a faculty member of the Community Meditation Center of New York and the Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science. Rachel has supported ID teachers in offering online retreats, courses, and classes for the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, Spirit Rock, and New York Insight Meditation Center. As an executive coach, she's particularly interested in helping people integrate Mindfulness and Loving Kindness into their professional lives to work with ease.