METTA EARTH institute

A Center for Contemplative Ecology

802. 453. 8111

Metta Earth Institute

Metta Earth Institute is an educational retreat center integrating contemplative practice, deep ecology, regenerative food systems, and social activism to create resilient community. 


Metta Earth Institute, Inc. (MEI) is a small non-profit, tax exempt, 501c3 educational, retreat center based on the land in Lincoln, Vermont.

Metta Earth institute offers retreats, trainings, programs, workshops, and consultations to integrate:

• contemplative practices such as yoga and meditation

• ecological, sustainable community life ways

• wilderness awareness and ways to reconnect with nature

• creation of sanctuaries for communication, art, soul & psyche

Metta Earth Institute is a place to explore solutions for a global shift of consciousness supporting the revitalization of a care based society and a rejuvenation of nature and earth.

MEI is hosted on acres of fields, pastures, and forest surrounded by a bowl of mountains. The land also supports a biodynamically oriented, organic farm and garden with a small CSA, a few Milking Shorthorn grass-fed, hand milked cows, a small, growing flock of Icelandic sheep, heritage breed chickens, orchards, the Metta Earth main house with kitchen, dining, library, bathing, laundry, yoga room, and bedrooms, greenhouse, a post and beam barn, 4 yurts, 4 wall tents, a new net zero, carbon neutral Elder House, and energy systems powered by solar, wood, and the work of many hands.

As the focusing organization for the green development work of a small ecovillage project based on the land, MEI also includes a larger community of faculty, board, friends, stewards, and guests in concert with the beautiful energies of this land.

Metta Earth Institute intends to support others in cultivating consciousness in deep reconnection with nature and Earth.  MEI programs are essentially designed to be experiences in living, learning, and loving community.

Contemplative Ecology

Contemplative Ecology is the integration of yoga, meditation, and other contemplative practices with pathways for ecologically sustainable, and even thriveable lifeways.  In a time of collapsing social constructs and a highly degraded environment, this work is dedicated to cultural renewal generating compassion for all life.

“Metta” in the Pali language means “loving kindness”

Metta Earth is “Compassion for Earth”

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