On Campus Program

The Practice of Loving-Kindness A Meditation and Yoga Retreat

Join renowned teachers Sharon Salzberg and Stephen Cope for a week of loving-kindness practice (metta meditation) and yoga. The Buddhist and yoga traditions both hold that it is possible to systematically cultivate loving-kindness, or what yoga philosophy refers to as “friendliness toward all beings.” These two great traditions each developed practices designed to promote the experiences of inner balance, happiness, and equanimity, as well as compassion (karuna) and sympathetic joy (mudita).

Experience practices from both the Buddhist and the yoga traditions that foster loving-kindness, and gain an understanding of the importance of metta in the overall vision of the contemplative traditions. Sharon and Stephen create a relaxed, friendly atmosphere, welcoming people at all levels of yoga and meditation experience, including beginners.

Note This program occurs during Contemplative Week—a week of programming to soothe the mind and body, and renew your connection to yourself. The week includes silent meals and quieter spaces. Explore Contemplative Week at Kripalu.

Recommended reading Sharon Salzberg, Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness and Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation; Stephen Cope, The Great Work of Your Life: A Guide for the Journey to Your True Calling.

Program at a Glance

Yoga Experience
All levels
Suitable For
Program Theme
All Spiritual Practice and Inquiry


Sharon Salzberg is a pioneer in the field of meditation, a world-renowned teacher, and New York Times best-selling author.

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Stephen Cope, MSW, Kripalu's Scholar Emeritus, is the best-selling author of The Great Work of Your Life and Yoga and the Quest for the True Self.

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