Awaken Your Inner Self (Insight Meditation)

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May 22 -25 (Friday 5pm- Monday 4pm) (Memorial day weekend)


Teachers:  Bhante Sathi,

May is seen as the month of awakening in many Eastern spiritual traditions. It is this time of year that many people sense greater energy in the cosmos. The Awaken Your Inner Self Retreat celebrates the awakening of Buddha’s mind and focuses on helping you awaken your own inner nature as well as those around you. This will also help us build community and promote our inner well-being. Bhante Sathi and Bhante Kamala will guide you through the teachings of Venerable Sariputta, a principal student to the Buddha. They will introduce Venerable Sariputta’s most valued theories and philosophies; they will also present how these concepts emerges in the day to day world and effective ways to practice them so we can benefit from these valued lessons. This knowledge will guide your thoughts and actions towards a healthy, wise, and peaceful lifestyle. (Registration will end on April 30)

This 3-day Retreat will allow you to:

  • Experience of knowing our self.
  • Gain insight on how to observe self-actions and their reactions without judgment, learn how to become a friend to own self.
  • Practice techniques to cultivate inner qualities.
  • Get a kick start on living a healthy and loving lifestyle.
  • Practice and experience healing techniques.
  • Learn valuable Buddhist techniques that you can use every day.
  • Meet one-on-one with the teacher.

This is the winter Triple Gem Residential Meditation Retreat.

May 22 -25 (Friday 5pm- Monday 4pm) (Memorial day weekend)

Metta Meditation Center
3864 420th Avenue
Janesville, MN 56048

This retreat abides by the spirit of Dana, The Practice of GivingOpens in a new window.

Suggested donation for 3-day retreat, meals, and a private room $280.
Donation for 3-day retreat, meals, single room $280 sharing a room $240. (Rooms can be shared by people of the same gender or own family member.)

This donation covers expenses for lodgings, food, travel expenses for guest instructors and the use of the Center.  This donation does not include any donation for the teachers which can be provided with your initial donation, or at any time during the retreat. Checks, cash, or credit cards are accepted.

Scholarships for this retreat may be available contact Bhante Sathi for more information.

Often people double their donation to cover the cost of scholarships for people who want to attend the retreat but cannot afford the cost.

Please be generous in your support and include a gift for the monks and supporting the Center.

All donations are tax-deductible.

Please register before May 1st, 2020.
The seminar is limited to 40 people.

Register Here
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A complete breakfast and lunch will be provided with lighter options in the evening. All meals are vegan. You are welcome to bring any snacks to share although refrigeration space is limited.

If for any medical reason you need to take meals, you may bring your own food items in a container with your name clearly marked on it.

Special meal requirements can be noted on Register Here

You will be assigned a room when register. The accommodations are not luxurious, but quite adequate for the purpose of the retreat. There is a scenic view of the lake and the meditation hall is quiet and spacious. There are separate quarters for male and female participants. Most rooms have two beds so you may have a roommate.

If you have any preference for a roommate or prefer a single room, please let us know in advance.

Please bring either a sleeping bag or bed linens. If you have a favorite pillow, bring it along.

Rooms and meeting areas are accessible although the dining area and kitchen area are on the second floor. Accommodations can be made for meals. Please let us know in advance if you have special needs.

Retreat participants are strongly encouraged to attend the entire retreat. Any exceptions to this are only made by the teacher with special permission granted.


  • Clothing worn during the retreat should cover the entire body. For example, long pants are preferred over shorts.
  • Short sleeve shirts are acceptable though sleeveless shirts should be avoided.
  • Pack comfortable clothing and dress in layers. Sweat pants and other comfy clothes are popular.
  • Please avoid heavily scented perfumes/products. Members of the community are sensitive to certain scents.
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Additional Ways You Can Support the Retreat:

We believe these teachings are extremely valuable, thus assigning a value to these teachings is an impossible task. You can extend your generosity by:

  • Support the Teacher – At any time during the retreat, make a donation to support the teacher, or to help cover the costs of the Center. If there is a guest teacher, their travel expenses must be covered.
  • Scholarship Donations – Include a scholarship donation to allow other people to attend.
  • Offer a Meal – It is an ancient Buddhist tradition for the community to joyfully support, nourish, and feed people, especially monks and whoever engages in the intensive spiritual practice, thereby practicing good effort. Therefore, we present you with the opportunity to practice your good effort (dana), by sponsoring a meal or meals for monks, retreat participants or for all parties during the retreat. A fully equipped kitchen is available.
  • Monetary Donations – Can be presented in-person at the Monks Residence, by mail, or via the internet. Please send your donations by mail to 212 N Chestnut St, Chaska MN 55318. Please make checks payable to Triple Gem Of The North.

Retreat Agenda

5:00 pm Check in
5:30 pm Snack and Tea
6:00 pm Instruction by a teacher/ Meditation
7:30 pm Commitment (Observing Precepts)
8:00 pm Guided discussion
9:30 pm End of Day

Each full day of the retreat
6:00 am Mindful stretch (Buddhist Yoga)
7:00 am Group Meditation
7:30 am Breakfast and Cleaning
8:30 am Walking Meditation
9:00 am Teaching
10:00 am Group Meditation (Walking/Sitting)
12:00 am Lunch
1:00 pm Personal Time
2:00 pm Teaching Q&A
3:00 pm Group Meditation (Walking /Sitting/ Interviews)
4:00 pm Yoga
5:15 pm self Investigation
6:00 pm Tea and Snack
7:00 pm Group Meditation
7:30 pm Dhamma Talk (Insight into Buddha’s teachings)
8:15 pm Guided discussion
9:30 pm End of the day

Monday  After Lunch
1:00 pm Cleanup
2:00 pm Teachings
3:00 pm End

Register Here

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About the Teacher

Sathi was ordained at age 19 in the Theravada tradition in his native country of Sri Lanka. He became Bhikku (an ordained monk) and practiced as a monk for several years, and counseled many people from many walks of life using Buddhist teachings.

In 2003 he made Minnesota his home where, with the support of friends, as a meditation teacher, he founded Triple Gem of the North in Minnesota.

He shares Mindfulness and meditation techniques, Metta practices, and Buddha’s teachings across the USA as well as being invited as a guest teacher for retreats around the world including Singapore, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.