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Lambing Retreat to Metta Earth

Metta Earth Institute, Lincoln, VT

April 17th - 19th, 2020

mettaearth.org

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Metta Earth

The Metta Earth Institute is a beautiful 158 acre mecca of sustainability and heart-centered living-off-the-land in Lincoln, Vermont. This is a place for reconnecting to nature and your true nature. Yoga practice is encouraged in every aspect of life at Metta Earth, from morning posture, to gathering from the garden, to the moments before mealtimes. During our time on this weekend-long retreat, the emphasis is on simplifying life to focus on what matters most. Get your hands in the dirt, eat right from the land, meet your newest animal friends, and focus on living your yoga on and off the mat.


 

Highlights of the retreat include:

  • 4 yoga practices

  • Organic farm-to-table meals

  • Meet the sheep, including new babies!

  • Peace and quiet in the woods of Vermont

  • Time to reflect and turn inwards in good company

  • Bring home homemade kombucha, fresh eggs, maple tapped from nearby trees, and more from the Metta Earth Farm Store

  • Time on the farm and 158 acres of beautiful earth

 
 
 
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Lambing

This retreat takes place during an exciting time - during the month of April, the baby lambs are born! If we’re lucky, we may even witness a birth. The sheep are so friendly and loving; they wag their tails while being pet, nuzzle and nudge, and are so excited about attention from visitors to Metta Earth. We’ll have the opportunity during this retreat to connect with newborn lambs and their beautiful mamas.

Springtime is the season of rebirth, and we’ll explore what that means in the context of practice and our own lives. During this retreat we will attune to the ewes and their baby lambs, hold and cuddle the lambs, learning about caring for sheep, and practice knitting meditation and mantra using the wool of the sheep who were shorn the season before.
 

 
 
 
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Sense of Place

Metta Earth Institute describes their mission in the following way: “We support living lightly and compassionately on the planet. Regenerative principles include: interdependence and a cooperative work ethic, conservation efforts for the protection of wild lands and native species, innovations in human-scale farming and gardening, contemplative practices including mindfulness, yoga, and meditation, culturally enhancing arts and healing practices, permaculture design, appropriate technologies, renewable energy, and green building.”

Their organic farm and flower garden is a sight to see, and is mostly what feeds and supports retreat participants for the entire weekend save a few supplemental foods from neighboring farms. The garden invites butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds. Daily meals, mostly grown from the organic farm on the property, are served community-style, where coming together to dine is an opportunity to experience express gratitude for the fruits of the earth, our togetherness, and our practices.

Gillian and Russell, owners and directors of The Metta Earth Institute, co-create the retreat and share the mission and values of the Metta Earth experientially throughout the time together. Gillian and Russell share the mission of Metta Earth through their teachings and presence in daily ways that are woven into mundane interactions, making the ordinary extraordinary.

 
 
 
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Yoga and Programming

Laura and Gillian co-create each retreat, so it’s tailored to who is there and crafted with a pertinent theme that runs through all of the programming. Programming differs seasonally and according to what’s available, so the retreat schedule is always topical and alive. A theme that runs through the winter to spring transition is death and rebirth, which will be explored in the microcosmic and macrocosmic sense as the earth wakes back up around us after a long, frozen winter.

The retreat includes four of the usual LA signature classes intended to deepen your practice, both physical and spiritual, complete with core connection and sermons of intention. The practice is adaptive and can accommodate all abilities and one restorative practice with sound healing and reiki. Evening practice on Saturday will be restorative in nature. Meditation, both active and seated, is interspersed throughout.

Gillian offers attunements to the sheep, in which we learn to connect more deeply to them and the earth. We’ll have plenty of time to snuggle and care for them as well. A knitting meditation, which includes a lesson for those who are new, takes our relationship to the sheep into contemplative territory as we learn to still the mind with the gift of the sheep wool from last-season’s shearing.

 
 
 
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Details

 

Includes:

  • Accommodations

  • Four yoga classes

  • All other retreat programming with Laura and Gillian

  • Daily morning smoothie/juice offering before practice

  • Three daily local organic meals

Does not include:

  • Transportation to and from the institute

  • Purchases in the Metta Earth Farm Store

 

Metta Earth Farm Store:

Items available for purchase may include:

  • Cookbooks

  • Fresh eggs

  • Homemade kombucha

  • Dried garlic and chilis

  • Tinctures

  • Maple syrup tapped from Metta Earth maples

  • Homemade salves

  • and more

 

Accommodations & Pricing

Room in Main House

$580

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Yurts on Premises

$540

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Camping

$485

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