“It is possible that the next Buddha will not take the form of an individual. The next Buddha may take the form of a community—a community practicing understanding and loving kindness, a community practicing  mindful living. This may be the most important thing we can do for the survival of the earth.”

Thich Nhat Hanh

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Summer Immersion at Metta Earth Institute

Do you long to deepen your connection with Earth? Explore your unique purpose? Gain hands-on experience in holistic living? Engage with solutions to the world’s social and ecological challenges?

Immerse yourself in a holistic way of life at Metta Earth, a farming community nestled in the Green Mountains of Vermont. During this 5 week journey, you will enter a community of friends and mentors, guiding your path towards sharing your unique gifts with the world. Nourish your mind and body, explore your life’s purpose, and inquire into the complex issues of our time.

Now accepting applications | Program size is limited | Scholarships available

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HOLISTIC PERMACULTURE

Metta Earth is a sanctuary for shifts in thinking and practical solutions. 80% of the food consumed by residents and guests is grown on our land, using the most holistic agricultural methods.  You will gain hands-on experience with cultivating and preparing a variety of foods – from the ground up. Savor luscious meals made from the fruits of the land, craft cheese from our heritage cows, and learn the benefits of permaculture growing methods.  

YOGA & MEDITATION

As a center for contemplative ecology, residents at Metta Earth practice yoga, meditation, and spend lots of time in nature. We believe that these practices enrich our experience of life. When we are quiet inside, our eyes are open to the vibrancy that surrounds us. This is your opportunity to explore these practices and the contemplative ways of farm life.

REGENERATIVE COMMUNITY

Community resiliency is an answer to the growing social and environmental crises facing our world today. For nearly a decade, Metta Earth has put sustainable community design into practice. During this Summer Immersion, you will explore models for designing whole and healthy communities. Learn systems of economics and governance,  biomimicry and natural design, land stewardship, and social justice.

WILDERNESS & LEADERSHIP

Metta Earth is located on 158 acres surrounded by stunning mountains. There is much to explore – orchards, yurts tucked into the woods, wildlife, and swimming holes nearby. The Summer Immersion includes a wilderness excursion to deepen understanding of nature and to practice outdoor living skills. Leadership training is woven into your 5 week journey, preparing you to take action in your home community to address the social and environmental challenges of our time.  Learn communication tools, creative problem solving, and activism strategy. 

Summer Immersion at Metta Earth Institute

“Metta Earth provides a place to reconnect with your inner strengths and passions while seeing how these things relate to the greater whole. We were able to learn through experience, improvisation, and deep discussion. I know this has left a lasting impression in my way of being.”

 Kaila Pennock, Program Participant 2015

Summer Immersion | July 15 – August 19, 2017

1.) Simply click on the button below to fill out your application form – some questions to help us learn about you and your interest in the Summer Immersion.

2.) Our team will contact you within a week to schedule a time to talk. This is an opportunity for us to share program information and answer any questions you may have.

3.) Upon your acceptance into the program, you will need to submit a non-refundable deposit of $500 to secure your place. Full tuition payment is due by June 20, 2017.

We have limited the program size of the Summer Immersion to 10 participants, in order to ensure the highest quality group experience. If you are interested in reserving a space, we encourage you to do so early. Your spot will be reserved after completing your application and follow up call, receiving approval from our team, and submitting a non-refundable deposit of $500.

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Program Fee: $3,500 (including $500 deposit)

This fee includes:

  • Program tuition to cover program staff and materials
  • All meals (delicious organic, mostly from our own gardens!)
  • Accommodations (several housing options available)
  • Three 30 minute mentorship calls after the program concludes

Scholarship Opportunities

Metta Earth is committed to making our program accessible to low-income individuals who normally would be unable to attend such a program. We have a limited number of full and partial scholarships available based on need. We prioritize scholarships for those from minority groups and inner-city backgrounds.
After having submitted a general application, please fill out a scholarship application by clicking the button below. You will be notified of your scholarship award by June 20, 2017 or sooner. Don’t hesitate to contact us if would like to receive additional self-fundraising advice and coaching.

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Location

Metta Earth is nestled in the quietude of the mountains, the stunning headwaters of the New Haven river with abundant waterfalls and pools for swimming, wilderness trails to walk or bike, and 158 acres of Metta Earth land to explore. The nearest town is Lincoln, VT (see full directions).

Meals

Image 2 (9)Meals are vegetarian and lovingly prepared with seasonal, local and organic foods. Much of our food comes from our own organic garden and farmstead. Participants have the opportunity to learn about harvesting, cooking, food storage, and other aspects of organic local food.

Lodging

Options for sleeping accommodations include peaceful rooms in the main Metta Earth house, shared space in one of the yurts, or space to set up your own tent. The Metta Earth main house provides bathrooms, laundry, phones, wireless internet, library, kitchen and dining facilities, and teaching, study, and practice space.


Co-Directors

Gillian Kapteyn Comstock and Russell Comstock founded Metta Earth Institute nearly ten years ago. They have dedicated their lives to homesteading and community living, offering others the chance to explore the joys of this way of life. Experts in regenerative food systems, contemplative practices, and community processes – Gillian and Russell will be your hosts at Metta Earth.

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Staff & Interns


Over the past decade Metta Earth has hosted hundreds of visitors and program participants, many of whom choose to stay on to support the operation of the farm and institute. Our fantastic team of farmers, teachers, chefs, and world reach is rooted in the philosophies of Metta Earth. We know you will enjoy spending time with these brilliant individuals who will care for your needs during your stay.
Visit our biographies page to learn more!

A Day at Metta Earth

Each day greets us with a new surprise at our Vermont farm – new shades of color gracing the open sky, fresh breezes tumbling off nearby Mount Abe, unique sounds of animals contently occupied with morning munching. The summer days are warm and often sun-filled, while the evenings bring a welcomed bout of cool. Days at Metta Earth revolve around the abundant garden, animals in the pasture, kitchen preparations, yoga room activities, and quiet moments in the forest.

For the early risers, there is self-guided practice and meditation in the yoga room, a calming beginning to a day filled with activity. A hearty breakfast of homemade yogurt, bread, and fresh fruit is served in the dining room overlooking the garden and meadows. Morning activities are often hands-on workshops – learning how to milk a cow, spin sheep’s wool, prepare jelly, harvest vegetables, or dip beeswax candles. A refreshing swim in the nearby river is a must after farm work!

After a lunch of freshly gathered garden goodies and a bit of respite, there is an afternoon of guided conversation and learning activities. This is your opportunity to understand the philosophy behind Metta Earth’s practices, engage in discussion about global affairs, practice communication tools with peers, or make an art piece to flex your creative muscle. A  yoga class is taught around 5 pm in the yoga room or in the plum grove on a dry day. The day concludes with lively dinner conversations, perhaps some music, a presentation by a local activist, or poetry shared by the bonfire.

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Have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves…don’t search for the answer, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything”

Rainer Maria Rilke (German poet translated by Joanna Macy)