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Metta Institute has now returned from our hiatus. We will gradually roll out a series of new education programs. They will ultimately include live workshops and retreats as well as opportunities for online study. We will continue to provide education on mindful and compassionate approaches to care inspired by the Buddhist tradition. However, we want to place an equal emphasis on how we can use the wisdom gained by maintaining an awareness of death to help us live happier, productive and more loving lives. Stayed tuned for more developments.

Our first flagship program is the 4-day Five Invitations Retreat scheduled for September 20-23, 2018. Thousands of people have been captivated, inspired and transformed by reading The Five Invitations: Discovering What Death Can Teach Us About Living Fully. These invitations are reliable guides for being with dying. And, as it turns out, they have a relevance for all of us in living a life of integrity, meaning and purpose. 

Now, for the first time we are offering a retreat that will be a deep dive into the material presented in the book. The program will be taught by Frank Ostaseski and Guest Teachers.

We are no longer offering the End of Life Practitioner Program. First developed in 2002 we have offered it every year through 2016. Over those 14 years, we trained countless healthcare clinicians and caregivers in unique approaches to mindful and compassionate care. We also created a national network of educators, advocates and guides for those facing life-threatening illness.

Our plan is to develop an online course featuring our world-renowned faculty and a number of guest teachers. Our intention is to launch that program in 2019. We want to open our archives of 14 years of groundbreaking and visionary teachings and utilize them in a way that serves a much wider audience. Stay tuned for updates.

Metta Institute remains committed to restoring death to its honored and sacred place. We believe the wisdom traditions can help us resist the pull toward technological institutional, and dehumanized dying. We will continue to offer programs featuring leading spiritual teachers, artists, storytellers, and psychologists for a continuing exploration and re-visioning of dying in America.

Our Practitioner's Place (members only) provides a venue for End-of-Life Practitioner Program alumni to dialogue, share resources, collaborate on projects, receive on-going education and exchange mutual support.

In addition, Metta Institute provides information on workshops, presentations and retreats lead by our Director, Frank Ostaseski and other core faculty. These ancillary programs train healthcare professionals and support medical institutions in improving care of the dying. Experiential workshops and retreats assist family caregivers, people living with life-threatening illness, and others in living fully in the face of death.

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