Kindness & Compassion Training Meditation Retreat


The Interdependence Project
302 Bowery 3rd Floor / Middle buzzer
New York, NY 10012
United States


Fri, 1/24/2014, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Sat, 1/25/2014, 10:00am - 6:00pm
Sun, 1/26/2014, 10:00am - 1:30pm




January 24-26, 2014
Friday 7-9 pmSaturday 10-6 pmSunday 10-1:30 pm 

If you are unable to attend the entire weekend, you may enroll for portions of it.  Select registration from the drop-down menu at right. 

Loving-kindness is a form of love that truly is an ability, and, as research scientists have shown, it can be learned. - IDP Lineage Mentor Sharon Salzberg

As qualities inherent in every human being, compassion and loving-kindness can be developed and cultivated through practice and training.  With effort, each and every person can learn to be more compassionate, kinder, and more patient. Transform your relationship to yourself, your family, your community, and your world by learning metta and tonglen, contemplative techniques designed to exercise the heart and open the mind.  

Note:  This weekend will focus on the contemplative techniques of metta and tonglen, which are the foundations for other compassion practices.  We suggest participating in this retreat as preparation for our Introduction to Vajrayana weekend in April.

IDP Weekend retreats are a wonderful opportunity to immerse yourself in the practices and teachings of the Buddhist tradition in the support of a group environment. The focus of this retreat will be the Buddha's original teachings on metta meditation and the Tibetan practice of tonglen. The retreat will include talks, practice instruction, in-depth meditation, short yoga breaks, and discussion.

Yoga will be led by IDP instructor Kim Stetz.  These brief stretch breaks are approximately 10-15 minutes long and are designed to be supportive of sitting meditation practice. No prior knowledge of yoga is required.   

This practice-based retreat will take place Friday evening 7 - 9 pm, Saturday 10 am - 6 pm, and Sunday 10 am-1:30 pm, leaving students ample time to relax and integrate the practice on Sunday afternoon.

There will be lunch breaks on Saturday and Sunday, but lunch will not be provided. Participants should bring a bag lunch or choose from the array of diverse eateries in the neighborhood. 


Ven. Lawrence Dō'an Grecco is a Zen Buddhist monk, Buddhist teacher, and certified Zen teacher. He was ordained in the Korean Zen tradition as represented by the Five Mountain Zen Order and the Vietnamese lineage of Ven. Dr. Thich Thien-An. Lawrence is an authorized teacher at the Interdependence Project and holds a certificate in Foundations in Buddhist Chaplaincy from the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care. He writes for The Interdependence Project  in addition to his own blog Open Sky Zen, and works with individuals and couples as a life coach and wedding officiant. Lawrence is the Founding Director of Open Sky Zen Meditation & Buddhist Studies Group which meets regularly in Manhattan.. For more information about Lawrence, please visit


Kate Johnson is a lifelong dancer and longtime yogi, Kate finally learned to sit still at The Interdependence Project, where she completed the year-long Training Immersion Program in December 2011.  A student in the Insight (Vipassana) meditation tradition, she graduated from the Mindfulness Yoga and Meditation teacher training at Spirit Rock Meditation Center and sat a three-month retreat at Insight Meditation Society in 2013.. Kate teaches yoga and mindfulness meditation to high school students in public schools throughout NYC, and is a co-owner of Third Root Community Health Center (, a radically accessible holistic health care cooperative in Brooklyn, NY.


Kim Stetz is an Experienced-Registered Yoga Teacher (ERYT), meditation teacher, and a Certified Health Coach. Her dedication to health and wellness comes from her passion for yoga and nutritious food.  From the very first time she stepped on a yoga mat in 1992, she knew her life was about to take the path less traveled. Kim has yoga certifications from OM Yoga NYC, Yoga For Two, The Barnes Method, Relax and Renew, Judith Hansen Lasater, and Anatomy Studies For Yoga Teachers with Jason R. Brown. Kim is also a graduate of The Interdependence Project's Yearlong Immersion Training program.



$90 - Early Bird Registration by January 17, 2014
$120 Full Price
$96 Basic Members
$84 Sustaining Members
$60 Fearless Members
Free for Endowing Members - contact to register

If you are unable to attend the entire weekend, you may enroll for portions of it.  Select registration from the drop-down menu at right. 

As a not-for-profit organization, The Interdependence Project is supported by the generosity of our community.   Become a Member today!

We strive to meet the financial needs of our community while facing the financial challenges of a not-for-profit in NYC. Reduced-payment options, scholarships and Work-Study can be arranged by contacting to make payment arrangements prior to an event.

Note: IDP Weekend Retreats are very popular and often sell out.  A $40 deposit is required to reserve your seat for this retreat.

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