Daylong: Awakening the Heart (Drop-in)

Daylong: Awakening the Heart (Drop-in)

Deborah Ratner Helzer Lamont Dharma House

Deborah Ratner Helzer

4/1/2017 10:00 AM - 6:30 PM at Lamont Dharma House, (1719 Lamont St., NW, Washington, DC, 20010) (Map It)

Awakening the Heart:  A Day (or 1/2-day) of Loving-Kindness Practice 

In times of conflict or pain, a clear mind and an open heart can be our greatest allies. This day of practice offers the opportunity to sit and walk in silence, in a supportive community, and give full attention to our deeper feelings.

Periods of silent, independent practice will be interspersed with guided meditations on different aspects of the heart-opening quality of unconditional friendliness (metta).

Optional Q & A sessions will be offered in the morning and afternoon for those new to the practice or wanting additional guidance.

There is an hour and a half lunch break, during which we will also hold silence. You can bring your own lunch or purchase food nearby (there are a number of options in the neighborhood).

At the end of the day, we will break silence and those who are interested are welcome to stay for tea and conversation.

Please bring your own cushion, mat, bench, or blanket for sitting, as we only have a limited number to share.

You are still welcome even if you can only make it for a portion of the day. However, to maintain a solid container for the practice, we ask folks to commit to at least the full morning (10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.) or full afternoon (2-5:30 p.m.) period.



10-10:15 welcome

10:15-11 guided metta/sitting meditation

11-11:45 walking meditation/optional Q & A

11:45-12:30 sitting meditation


12:30-2 lunch (in silence)


2-2:45 guided metta/sitting meditation

2:45-3:30 walking meditation/optional Q & A

3:30-4:15 sitting meditation

4:15-4:45 walking meditation

4:45-5:30 guided metta/sitting meditation

5:30-6:30 tea and conversation (optional)


IMCW Retreats and Workshops

IMCW retreats and workshops offer instruction in Buddhist meditation and talks on the awakening of our natural insight, love and wisdom. While the meditation practices derive from the Buddhist tradition, they are universal in orientation and address spiritual themes of concern to all contemplative traditions.

A workshop is not primarily silent (talking may be allowed during breaks and lunch) and may be focused on a special topic, such as applying meditation to relationships, emotional healing or physical well-being. Workshops may include a variety of formats, including different reflections and exercises and the sharing of experiences.

Click on the menu Teachers page for teacher biographies, events and (where available) talks.

Retreat manager: Kathleen Gless


Registration Information

No registration is required.

Fee: This retreat is offered freely; there will be an opportunity to offer dana (a donation) at the retreat.

Accessibility: This facility is not wheelchair accessible.

Limited public, metered parking is available. Lamont Dharma is accessible by Metro and bus.

Late Registration: Online registration will close at 12 a.m. the day before the retreat. To request late registration, please email the retreat manager to check if there are still openings (email button, below).


Any questions? Contact us