Online Retreats

The centre will not be hosting residential retreats until further notice. Many of the teachers who were scheduled to lead retreats this summer generously supported our community with online video conference teachings. This model has been quite successful and we will continue to explore it and to update the community as new online courses become available. Please register by completing the online course registration form. Registered participants will be emailed detailed course descriptions and Zoom meeting links. Participants are advised to download the Zoom app at https://zoom.us and to familiarize themselves with the platform beforehand. Please note that registrations will be closed 24 hours in advance of course start times.

Fees  All online retreats are $10 per day (non-refundable). We realize that this is a very challenging time financially for many and no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Please email retreats(at)thehermitage.ca if your circumstances require a discounted online course fee. Please note that fees go towards covering the centre's expenses only, not to teachers.

Dana For Teachers  In Buddhist traditions teaching is given freely and dana is an expression of your appreciation (https://thehermitage.ca/opportunity-dana). The teachers do not receive any financial support from the Hermitage, so please give as generously as you are able. We request that donations be given by means of e-transfer to email addresses provided by the teachers.

 

May 1st, 3:00 pm to May 6th, 11:00 am

Status: Cancelled

This gentle, easy-going, silent retreat explores applied mindfulness as an introduction to good meditation practice. You will find that this beautiful, spring retreat is a great way to get into meditation and further enhance your life through the whole year. Includes daily somatic yoga, with an emphasis on pliancy of the body for greater wellbeing. The focus of somatic yoga is to gently deprogram, reverse, restore, and relearn what we need to nourish brain-body connection, thus enhancing meditation and our general quality of life."

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Beginner Mindfulness Meditation and Yoga Practices

May 1st, 3:00 pm to May 6th, 11:00 am

Status: Cancelled

Arrival after 3pm on May 1st.

Welcome to the basics. learn to use Meditation and Mindfulness Practices as a strong foundation for greater joy and happiness in your life. Work with body posture for comfortable sitting, flexibility and mindful movement, countering the 'stiffness' of aging. Learn the art of proper breathing. This retreat is designed for individuals who are new to meditation practice and yoga as well as experienced practitioners wishing to delve deeper in their exploration of these techniques. 

The principles behind somatic yoga: This specific, slow, and informative approach to movement, breath, and mindfulness can be applied to our regular life. Our reflexive reactions to stress and trauma throughout life build unreleased tension over time, expressing as stiffness, limited range of motion, pain and, unbalanced posture, as well as habits of mind that contribute to unhappiness. When we are somatically embodied, meditation is so much easier.  Thus, in this retreat we explore combining somatic yoga (meditation in movement) with periods of sitting meditation (and/or walking meditation in nature for those who choose it) to deepen practice.

Fiona is a extraordinary teacher, intuitive and supportive. Discover the benefits of growing serenity, wellbeing and happiness through meditation and regain pliancy, flexibility through gentle yoga.

 

Silent retreat / Meditation teachings / Private Interviews with the Teacher / Daily Yoga (please bring a yoga mat) 

Program Fee: Dana – the teachings are offered by donation only. It is hoped that people will give generously. Dana (generosity), an expression of your appreciation, is the only income that Buddhist Teachers receive for their guidance, teaching and counsel, and is far more important than what you pay for board and keep. Please give accordingly. It shows your respect for all that the Teacher gives you, in terms of concern, time and effort.

Food and Accomodations: 325$ to 475$ based on selection.

 

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May 8th, 6:00 pm to May 10th, 6:00 pm

Status: Online

The path of Dharma – the teaching of awakening – is, to a large degree, a journey rather than a destination. In this online weekend retreat, we will gather together to reflect on the motivations behind our behavior. How can we think, act, and speak from a place of compassion and wisdom, instead of selfishness, aversion, and bewilderment?

Self Compassion, Healing and Letting Go – Cultivate Wholesome States

May 8th, 6:00 pm to May 10th, 6:00 pm

Status: Online

The path of Dharma – the teaching of awakening – is, to a large degree, a journey rather than a destination. In this online weekend retreat, we will gather together to reflect on the motivations behind our behavior. How can we think, act, and speak from a place of compassion and wisdom, instead of selfishness, aversion, and bewilderment?

Sometimes life seems very difficult. And sometimes, despite our best intentions, we make mistakes. The practice of Self Compassion supports us to realize we too are human. In order to heal, we need to let go of past actions and focus our good intentions toward creating wholesome internal states. For when our thoughts are based in generosity, loving kindness, and wisdom – the wholesome roots – our speech and actions will follow.

During this weekend together we will engage in different supportive practices including silent and guided meditations and creative processes – including sound meditation - to help with inner healing and purification. We will aspire to begin to recognize and transform negative patterns, and uncover ever-present awake mind and a peaceful, loving heart.

Dharma talks and group interviews with the teachers will be part of the experience. Suitable for both novice and experienced meditators.

Note – this is an immersive online weekend retreat. Please plan to be fully available and able to engage with all of the classes and practices. The detailed schedule will be given to you on Friday evening. We will also provide you with guidelines for how to be in retreat in the online forum. We look forward to being with you! Cheryl and Shelane

May 15th, 3:00 pm to May 20th, 11:00 am

Status: Cancelled

Suitable for beginners or advanced practitioners. First we will practice unifying the mind (samatha) around unconditional love (metta). Then we will start introducing clear seeing practices (vipassana) meant to foster the occurrence of insights into the illusory nature of a separate self.

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Unifying the Mind Around Love, and Clear Seeing

May 15th, 3:00 pm to May 20th, 11:00 am

Status: Cancelled

Arrival after 3pm on May 15th.

Suitable for beginners or advanced practitioners. Get introduced to the practice of samatha (developing stable attention, mindfulness, joy, tranquility, and equanimity) using unconditional love (metta) as an object. We will discuss obstacles to progress and how to overcome them. Midway through the retreat, we will start introducing clear seeing (vipassana) practices meant to foster the occurrence of insights into the illusory nature of a separate self.  The retreat entails both sitting and walking meditation. We will practice mostly in noble silence, meaning talking only when necessary, such as during group discussions, sangha time, and optional personal interviews with the teacher.

Pierre subscribes to a peer-to-peer mode of interactions. We sit in a circle to embody the egalitarian relationship, and everyone is invited to share their experience and wisdom whenever they feel comfortable doing so. In order to allow room for everyone to participate, the registration will be limited to twelve people.

 

Program Fee: Dana – the teachings are offered by donation only. It is hoped that people will give generously. Dana (generosity), an expression of your appreciation, is the only income that Buddhist Teachers receive for their guidance, teaching and counsel, and is far more important than what you pay for board and keep. Please give accordingly. It shows your respect for all that the Teacher gives you, in terms of concern, time and effort.

Food and Accomodations: 325$ to 475$ based on selection.

 

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May 22nd, 3:00 pm to May 28th, 11:00 pm

Status: Cancelled

This 7-day retreat will begin with a focus on mindfulness and meditation practices, attitudes, and themes worked with in the MBSR (mindfulness based stress reduction) program. Much modern research about mindfulness and stress reduction and well-being, results from MBSR programs. Moving past the weekend, practice will be informed by other modern and traditional perspectives on meditation and expand to include what has been described as the - four natural states of being.

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Mindfulness & Meditation Retreat

May 22nd, 3:00 pm to May 28th, 11:00 pm

Status: Cancelled

Arrival after 3pm on May 22nd.

There is no mystery more profound than mindfulness/awareness.
This is the path of living dharma.
This is spirituality and practical living all rolled into one.
This is the source of joy and well-being,
the well-spring of health and happiness,
the treasure at the heart of everything and everyone.
There is no greater mystery.
Mindfulness
is the flower of healthy knowing in action.

~Tarchin Hearn,
written in gratitude for Ven. Namgyal Rinpoche

This 6-night and 7-day retreat will begin by focusing on mindfulness and meditation practices, attitudes, and themes worked with in the MBSR (mindfulness based stress reduction) program. Much of modern research that we see around mindfulness and stress reduction/well-being comes as a result of 8-week MBSR programs.

 Moving past the weekend, practice will be informed by other modern and traditional perspectives and expand to include what has been described as the - four natural states of being.

Loving-kindness, Compassion, Appreciative Joy and Equanimity, traditionally known as the Brahma Viharas, are now being incorporated into modern mindfulness instruction as research shows these qualities impact our well-being in ways not previously understood when Mindfulness programs began.

As an antidote to the busyness of our day to day lives and because our attention is being grabbed by constant stimulation and noise, the retreat will be silent expect during class time, where you are welcome to ask questions and instruction will be provided. This rural retreat on Denman Island will provide time for walks in nature and personal time between classes.

Past participants of Sharon Tashi's retreats have found them life enriching experiences, many returning again and again for a seasonal reboot. We sit together to learn, practice and open into our natural selves. Whether new to mindfulness and meditation, or looking to deepen a practice, we all can benefit from our own kind attention.

 

Program Fee: Dana – the teachings are offered by donation only. It is hoped that people will give generously. Dana (generosity), an expression of your appreciation, is the only income that Buddhist Teachers receive for their guidance, teaching and counsel, and is far more important than what you pay for board and keep. Please give accordingly. It shows your respect for all that the Teacher gives you, in terms of concern, time and effort.

Food and Accomodations: 390$ to 570$ based on selection.

Course materials:   $40.00

 

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Jun 5th, 7:00 pm to Jun 7th, 1:00 pm

Status: Online

In the Bon tradition the focus of Dzogchen is on gaining direct, immediate insight into the illuminated nature of the mind. Dzogchen practice ultimately brings the meditator to self-realization. Many practices within the Dzogchen tradition involve breathing techniques, physical exercises and esoteric mantra, leading to emotional relaxation, mental stability and profound insight, while also increasing the practitioner's happiness, health and general well-being.

Essence of Dzogchen Meditation Online Retreat: The Three Words of Garab Dorje

Jun 5th, 7:00 pm to Jun 7th, 1:00 pm

Status: Online

This retreat based on the profound Fivefold Teaching of Dawa Gyaltsen, will summarize the whole of the Dzogchen View in its entirety.

In the Bon tradition the focus of Dzogchen is on gaining direct, immediate insight into the illuminated nature of the mind. Dzogchen practice ultimately brings the meditator to self-realization. Many practices within the Dzogchen tradition involve breathing techniques, physical exercises and esoteric mantra, leading to emotional relaxation, mental stability and profound insight, while also increasing the practitioner's happiness, health and general well-being.

Yong Dong Rinpoche, a learned Lama in the Bon tradition, is popular with his Western students for his very warm and approachable teaching style, his excellent command of English, and his strongly non-sectarian, compassion-based view. Students will have opportunities for questions, answers and discussion with Rinpoche

Classes:

June 5th 7:00pm - 9:00pm Teachings
June 6th 9:30am-12:00pm Teachings
  12:00-1:30pm Lunch Break
  1:30pm-4:00pm Teachings
June 7th 9:30am-1:00pm Teachings

Jun 12th, 7:00 am to Jun 17th, 11:30 am

Status: Online

In search of the Ox: A Complete Outline and Training In The Stages And Practices Of Zen

With EMYO SEIEN DARLENE TATARYN

What exactly are we doing when we sit in zazen? This retreat offers a complete guide to meditative practice; what to do and how to do it and the purpose for doing so. Exploring and following the path as outlined in the traditional Ten Ox Herding Pictures, this teaching will help orient a student, and point the way to Absolute and Positive Samadhi. Whatever level of experience in practice, willingness to participate fully is the only requirement!

In search of the Ox

Jun 12th, 7:00 am to Jun 17th, 11:30 am

Status: Online

In search of the Ox: A Complete Outline and Training in The Stages and Practices Of Zen

With EMYO SEIEN DARLENE TATARYN

What exactly are we doing when we sit in zazen? This retreat offers a complete guide to meditative practice; what to do and how to do it and the purpose for doing so. Exploring and following the path as outlined in the traditional Ten Ox Herding Pictures, this teaching will help orient a student, and point the way to Absolute and Positive Samadhi. Whatever level of experience in practice, Beginner’s Mind is the only requirement!

For more Retreat Information and Registration directly contact https://thehermitage.ca/retreats
For general information see  www.onewisdom.ca

APPROXIMATE SCHEDULE FOR YOUR MEDITATIVE JOURNEY

7:00-8:00 Hollow Bones Zen Morning Service and Meditation
8:00-9:00 Open
9:00-9:30 Meditation
9:30-9:50 Movement
10:00-11:00 Dharma Talk
11:00-11:30 Meditation
Break
1:00-3:00 Meditation and Kinhin
3:30-4:30 Q and A and interviews
7:00-8:00 Maitreya’s Chair Moving Meditation and Sharing the Spiritual Strength of our Practice

This schedule repeats daily, with the exception of June 17th ending at 11:30.

 

 

Jun 19th, 4:00 pm to Jun 24th, 5:30 pm

Status: Online

Awareness through the magical dance of the elements with Terry Hagan and Mala Sikka ~ Resident Teachers of the Dharma Centre of Canada.

The retreat will be held in silence apart from daily classes which allow plenty of time for questions. We will include gentle body work and movement that will assist us to integrate this magic dance of the elements. Working indoors and outdoors, we will use the natural mind and the natural environment as our teachers.

A TASTE of FREEDOM

Jun 19th, 4:00 pm to Jun 24th, 5:30 pm

Status: Online

A TASTE OF FREEDOM ~ EXPLORATION IN THE ELEMENTS AND SUBTLE AWARENESS
~ 5 DAY SILENT HOME RETREAT ONLINE~ from JUNE 19th- JUNE 24th
(Starts 4pm Pacific Time)
With Mala Sikka and Terry Hagan resident teachers of the Dharma Centre of Canada

“Elevate your experience and remain wide open like the sky.
 Expand your mindfulness and remain pervasive like the earth.
 Steady your attention and remain unshakable like a mountain.
 Brighten your awareness and remain shining like a flame…”

Dakpo Tashi Namgyal, 16th century

To be aware in every moment is one of the highest aspirations we humans can have. Being aware is a gift to ourselves and to those around us, but we can get distracted and find ourselves in unhelpful emotional reactions.

The natural elements of earth, water, fire, air and space, subtley support our awareness. By learning to recognise their qualities of stability, flow, warmth, vibration and space we create the skill and means to see the truth of each situation rather than be trapped by emotional patterns of action and reaction.

Daily meditations will include direct practice with the elements, combined with meditations outdoors. Immersion in these five elements will support and feed our ongoing awareness. By directly experiencing these precious qualities, we can cultivate and extend our awareness into all our activities, freeing up energy, joy and compassion. Learn how to make your practice a way of life, the natural luminous play of mind pervading beyond the negative and positive.

The retreat will be held in silence apart from daily classes which allow plenty of time for questions. We will include gentle body work and movement that will assist us to integrate this magic dance of the elements. Working indoors and outdoors, we will use the natural mind and the natural environment as our teachers.

To read about the teachers click on ~  https://www.dharmacentre.org/resident-teachers

Other  courses that they are leading: 

    

If you cannot make the entire retreat you are be welcome to join for the first few days as long as you can establish your commitment ahead of time. We will not accept new meditators starting in the middle of the retreat unless they have worked with one of us before and or done this kind of retreat.

Please contact Mala and Terry on dharmastudies108 (at) gmail.com if you have questions regarding commitments to the retreat. However as long as you can make a commitment and stick to it for the duration of your retreat, they can discuss the details of how to set a home retreat boundary in detail in the first class to set the mood of the retreat.

SOME RETREAT GUIDELINES

This retreat will be an excellent chance to integrate meditation and home life. The major requirement for participating in this course is that you make a firm commitment to make Dharma practice and study the focus of these 5 days. As best as you can, plan to be in retreat mode during the time of this course. This will ensure that you get the most out of the retreat. Here are some suggestions :  

Having this  gentle boundary in place means that you then can let go into the retreat, as the retreat grows, the structure becomes your refuge and protection.

 •    Make a commitment at the start that you can keep with during the retreat better not it make it too tight so that you can keep with your aspirations but it will be a bonus if you end up doing more hours `formal practice’ than you expect.
 •    Set aside a "retreat space " in your house that is dedicated to do the retreat. A place where you can do sitting and walking meditation in silence.
 •    Please maintain a functional silence during the retreat.
 •    Please plan your meals over the retreat and buy all the food ahead of time.
 •    You may wish to cook your meals ahead of time ,so that you have less to do in the retreat, but this is not mandatory
 •    As with any deep retreat. Please turn off your phone and all devices other than the one you are using to access the retreat itself. You will however need to give a phone number and or whats app to the teachers if for any reason you get bumped off, so they will whats app you  in or phone you in  if you don't have access to enough bandwidth. Then you would need to switch to phone in this instance !
 •    Make sure that you are not within hearing range of any TV and ask your family to keep the volume low so not to distract you. Please don't watch TV or read books during this time. It is ok to take notes in class and do a simple meditation review but long journalling is not recommended.
 •    It helps to create a timetable ahead of time with your meal times planned, between classes practice times, and all your chores etc.
 •    write down the names of anyone you will need to connect with in case of emergency or if you need be.If you have children, and  you need to  take that into account then use logic to plan in this situation.
 •    any activities that you really need to attend to should be planned between classes
 •    Please plan to be at home and nearby ( garden or woods etc )  for the whole period.

Participants will be expected to do their own practice in between courses periods, and as best they can, to maintain a retreat like environment at home.  Mala and Terry will be able to fine tune your retreats in the first class.

If any difficulties or questions you can email Mala and Terry on dharmastudies108(at)gmail.com

Participation online will be by zoom, with an audio only call in option for those who do not have internet or computer access. PLEASE DO NOT WAIT FOR UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE TO REGISTER AS IT MAY NOT ALLOW THE TIME NEEDED TO CONNECT WITH MALA AND TERRY OR TO PREPARE WELL IN YOUR HOME FOR THE RETREAT TIME. Mala and Terry kindly request that you DO NOT RECORD any of the sessions.

It is recommended that the PST retreatants do extra practice after 5.30pm and EST retreatants do an early morning session before 10am ideally around 7am at the latest. Of course all beings are welcome to register for the course wherever they are in the world and if we can adjust timings to suit all regions we will try but these are the times at this juncture until we know who will join from other countries.

Friday JUNE 19TH CLASS   4:00 pm– 5:30pm (PST)
7:00 – 8:30pm (EST)
Saturday JUNE 20th -
Wednesday JUNE 24th
CLASS    7:00 am – 9:00 am (PST)
10:00 am – 12:00 pm (EST)
2.5 hours for personal practice (including lunch)
CLASS    12:30 pm – 3:00 pm (PST) (with small break)
3:30 pm – 6:00 pm (EST)
1.5 hours for personal practice
CLASS    4:30 pm - 5:30 pm (PST)
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm (EST)

 

Dana should be given in advance of the retreat so that one’s attention can turn to practice. If one feels moved to do so, one is always welcome to send additional dana after the retreat to support ongoing work with groups and individuals

Please use the email address malasterryh (at) gmail.com to e-transfer dana offerings.

 

Jun 26th, 2:00 pm to Jul 1st, 11:00 am

Status: Online

Format: Live Stream via Zoom. Daily teaching, one-on-one meditation check-ins and optional Hermitage chanting daily. Mindful silence and daily practice aspiration of 4-6 hours recommended throughout retreat. Limited space remaining. By donation in support of The Hermitage. Register Now with the School of Natural Mind Meditation, or email admin@naturalmindmeditation.com for more information.

Love: An Examination Through the Lens of Stillness

Jun 26th, 2:00 pm to Jul 1st, 11:00 am

Status: Online

Format: Live Stream via Zoom. Daily teaching, one-on-one meditation check-ins and optional Hermitage chanting daily. Mindful silence and daily practice aspiration of 4-6 hours recommended throughout retreat. Limited space remaining. By donation in support of The Hermitage. Register Now with the School of Natural Mind Meditation, or email admin@naturalmindmeditation.com for more information.

Jul 3rd, 3:00 pm to Jul 8th, 11:00 am

Status: Cancelled

According to Tibetan Buddhist tradtition, Dzogchen, or Ati Yoga, is the culmination of the path and the instructions point to the primordial, open, and natural state of the mind. Dzogchen, the Great Perfection, the Great Freedom, are extraordinary teachings, pointing out instructions, and meditation practices, which facilitate the realization of our innate luminous awareness.

To work with this teaching one first needs transmission from a realized master in the form of an introduction and pointing to the state of presence and awareness (rigpa), which is the capacity of the nature of mind.

This introduction is offered in retreat with Lama Lena and is a rare opportunity to receive instruction with time for personal practice and to ask questions.

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Essence of Dzogchen Meditation Retreat: The Three Words of Garab Dorje

Jul 3rd, 3:00 pm to Jul 8th, 11:00 am

Status: Cancelled

Status: Cancelled

Arrival after 3pm on July 3rd.

According to Tibetan Buddhist tradtition, Dzogchen, or Ati Yoga, is the culmination of the path and the instructions point to the primordial, open, and natural state of the mind. Dzogchen, the Great Perfection, the Great Freedom, are extraordinary teachings, pointing out instructions, and meditation practices, which facilitate the realization of our innate luminous awareness.

Three Words of Garab Dorje:

Garab Dorjes is the first master of the Dzogchen/Great Perfection lineage. His final teachings, Three Words that Strike the Vital Point, consist of pith instructions that offer clear guidance on recognizing the minds innate purity and making this recognition a living experience.

This introduction is offered in retreat with Lama Lena and is a rare opportunity to receive instruction with time for personal practice and to ask questions. Additional texts or topics may be included in the teachings as Lama Lena offers teachings in practice retreats by attention to those who attend. Interview time will be available.
 

Please note at the end of the retreat there will be an opportunitut to give dana offering directly to the Lama while offering a white scarf and receiving blessings. By tradtition a dana bowl is put out to support travel expenses as Lama Lena travels the world by invitation and some centres have less capacity than others. As well a dana bowl is encouraged to support the activity of the centre itself who hosts her.

All are welcome who aspire to freedom and have a genuine wish to allievate the suffering of beings.

 

Program Fee: Dana – the teachings are offered by donation only. It is hoped that people will give generously. Dana (generosity), an expression of your appreciation, is the only income that Buddhist Teachers receive for their guidance, teaching and counsel, and is far more important than what you pay for board and keep. Please give accordingly. It shows your respect for all that the Teacher gives you, in terms of concern, time and effort.

Food and Accomodations: 325$ to 475$ based on selection.

 

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Jul 8th, 6:00 pm to Jul 10th, 6:00 pm

Status: Cancelled

The path of Dharma – the teaching of awakening – is, to a large degree, a journey rather than a destination. In this online weekend retreat, we will gather together to reflect on the motivations behind our behavior. How can we think, act, and speak from a place of compassion and wisdom, instead of selfishness, aversion, and bewilderment?

Details
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Self Compassion, Healing and Letting Go – Cultivate Wholesome States

Jul 8th, 6:00 pm to Jul 10th, 6:00 pm

Status: Cancelled

The path of Dharma – the teaching of awakening – is, to a large degree, a journey rather than a destination. In this online weekend retreat, we will gather together to reflect on the motivations behind our behavior. How can we think, act, and speak from a place of compassion and wisdom, instead of selfishness, aversion, and bewilderment?

Sometimes life seems very difficult. And sometimes, despite our best intentions, we make mistakes. The practice of Self Compassion supports us to realize we too are human. In order to heal, we need to let go of past actions and focus our good intentions toward creating wholesome internal states. For when our thoughts are based in generosity, loving kindness, and wisdom – the wholesome roots – our speech and actions will follow.

During this weekend together we will engage in different supportive practices including silent and guided meditations and creative processes – including sound meditation - to help with inner healing and purification. We will aspire to begin to recognize and transform negative patterns, and uncover ever-present awake mind and a peaceful, loving heart.

Dharma talks and group interviews with the teachers will be part of the experience. Suitable for both novice and experienced meditators.

Note – this is an immersive online weekend retreat. Please plan to be fully available and able to engage with all of the classes and practices. The detailed schedule will be given to you on Friday evening. We will also provide you with guidelines for how to be in retreat in the online forum. We look forward to being with you! Cheryl and Shelane

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Jul 10th, 3:00 pm to Jul 15th, 11:00 am

Status: Cancelled

This wonderful retreat, in the sublime Sikh Yoga Tradition, will explore self-healing yogic techniques and meditation practices that awaken the consciousness and the rejuvenating potential of the individual. With daily practice of powerful Kundalini Yoga Kriyas, Meditations, Mantras, and Pranayama (breathwork) as taught by Yogi Bhajan, the emphasis is on opening the heart and awakening the consciousness within.

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Kundalini Yoga and Meditation to Awaken the Heart

Jul 10th, 3:00 pm to Jul 15th, 11:00 am

Status: Cancelled

Arrival after 3pm on July 10th

With daily practice of powerful Kundalini Yoga Kriyas, Meditations, Mantras, and Pranayama (breathwork) as taught by Yogi Bhajan, the emphasis is on opening the heart and awakening the consciousness within. Including many practical teachings and tips for living a wholesome, healthy, and happy lifestyle in this new Age of Aquarius, this retreat is beneficial for both beginners and advanced students of meditation and yoga. Optional early-morning Sadhana practice will also be offered. 

This is a rare opportunity to immerse yourself into the transformative lifestyle of Kundalini Yoga. These retreats have indeed become life-changing events for many participants. Please consider taking the time this summer to renew your spirit, rejuvenate your mind and body, and create a sacred group consciousness with like-minded yogis in the peaceful and natural setting of the Hermitage forest. Led by Devmurti and Hari Amrit Khalsa, KRI-certified Kundalini Yoga Instructors, who have taught for over 30 years. They have had the good fortune to live with and study directly with the great Yoga master, Yogi Bhajan, for over 25 years.

This is not a silent retreat * Teachings / Yoga / Breath-work/Meditation * It is suggested you bring yoga mats * Therapeutic massage available by appointment

 

Teacher's Program Fee: 300$
Food and Accomodations: 325$ to 475$ based on selection.

 

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Jul 20th, 7:00 am to Jul 24th, 2:30 pm

Status: Online

The text we will be studying for our five-day online retreat will be the Anapanasati Sutta (Majjhima Nikaya 118), one of the core texts of traditional Buddhadharma. Anapanasati, or mindfulness of the energies of breathing, occupies a unique zone that includes both tranquility and insight practice. The Anapanasati Sutta provides a remarkably useful series of sixteen contemplations of different aspects of meditation on these energies.

Each day of the retreat we will meet online from 7:00 – 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time (9:00 – 11:00 a.m. CDT) for two hours of study and meditation. Each afternoon from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. PDT (3:00 – 4:30 p.m. CDT) we will meet to talk about technical aspects of meditation, followed by a meditation sit.

Open to all.

The Body of Nature

Jul 20th, 7:00 am to Jul 24th, 2:30 pm

Status: Online

The text we will be studying for our five-day online retreat will be the Anapanasati Sutta  (Majjhima Nikaya 118), one of the core texts of traditional Buddhadharma.  Anapanasati, or mindfulness of the energies of breathing, occupies a unique zone that includes both tranquility and insight practice. The Anapanasati Sutta provides a remarkably useful series of sixteen contemplations of different aspects of meditation on these energies.

Each day of the retreat we will meet online from 7:00 – 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time (9:00 – 11:00 a.m. CDT) for two hours of study and meditation. Each afternoon from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. PDT (3:00 – 4:30  p.m. CDT) we will meet to talk about technical aspects of meditation, followed by a meditation sit.  

Open to all.

Lama Brian McLeod was accepted as a student of the Venerable Namgyal Rinpoche in 1978. Following a five-year period of study and work at the Dharma Centre of Canada from 1984 to 1989 was instructed by Rinpoche to start teaching. He has been leading retreats in Canada and Germany for the past twenty years, and has been the lead teacher of the River and Bridge Dharma Group in Winnipeg since 2007. In addition to dharma teaching, he volunteers in palliative care and is also a Past Master of Empire Masonic Lodge in Winnipeg.

Lama Brian’s teaching is simple, respectful and clear, informed by his work and family life experience. Following his time at the Dharma Centre he lived in the eastern Arctic for seventeen years, working in business and as a senior manager for Inuit political and business organizations. He now lives in Winnipeg, working in mediation (one ‘t’) and organizational development in partnership with his wife Lorraine Thomas. They have two teenage sons. Brian has a degree in Forestry from UBC (forest soils and ecology) and a Master’s degree in dispute resolution from Osgoode Hall Law School.

Program Fee: Dana – the teachings are offered by donation only. It is hoped that people will give generously. Dana (generosity), an expression of your appreciation, is the only income that Buddhist Teachers receive for their guidance, teaching and counsel, and is far more important than what you pay for board and keep. Please give accordingly. It shows your respect for all that the Teacher gives you, in terms of concern, time and effort.

Jul 31st, 3:00 pm to Aug 9th, 11:00 am

Status: Cancelled

A retreat for Advanced Students (and some dedicated beginners!)

This silent meditation retreat will focus on practices that help liberate the peace, joy and kindness of the Awake mind. We will explore the nature of emptiness, or sunyata, which underlies our realization of compassion and wisdom. This retreat will also focus on assisting students to build strength, or merit, through the exploration of the seven factors of mind that help us to create happiness and peace from the inside out. These factors are Mindfulness, Curiosity, Energy, Rapture, Tranquility, Concentration and Equanimity.

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Awareness and Bodhicitta - Awakening the Mind of Compassion and Wisdom

Jul 31st, 3:00 pm to Aug 9th, 11:00 am

Status: Cancelled

Arrival after 3pm on July 31st.

 

As so many appreciative students know from direct experience, Dr. Cheryl is a highly regarded Dharma teacher who has been teaching at the Hermitage for many years now. In this retreat Cheryl will teach on the topic of Awareness. Often we seek a clear mind by practicing intensive meditation. We seek as though that clear mind is outside of our regular experience, as though we somehow need to “get it” from somewhere. But instead of seeking elsewhere, we simply need to uncover the clear, calm, awake mind that is already present. Can you relax and let your attention settle so that the luminous awareness under the busy mind can be contacted? The Awake, Compassionate mind is available at all times.

What’s more, while a desire to reduce our own suffering brings us to the path of Dharma, Bodhicitta is what will escort us along the path. Bodhicitta is the desire to help liberate all beings from suffering. In this retreat, you will begin to experience the shifts in mind and the confidence in awakening that occur when we are driven by Right View and Right Intention.

This silent meditation retreat will focus on practices that help liberate the peace, joy and kindness of the Awake mind. We will explore the nature of emptiness, or sunyata, which underlies our realization of compassion and wisdom. This retreat will also focus on assisting students to build strength, or merit, through the exploration of the seven factors of mind that help us to create happiness and peace from the inside out. These factors are Mindfulness, Curiosity, Energy, Rapture, Tranquility, Concentration and Equanimity.

This silent retreat will include sitting and walking meditation. We will focus on the practice of Mahamudra, or Open Awareness meditation. There will also be periods of Concentration practice, using breath as an object. Some practices will utilize guided visualization. There will be yoga classes offered (moving meditation in the form of yoga is an excellent support for the sitting meditation practice). There will be Daily Dharma talks and interviews with the teacher. This ten-day retreat is most suitable for experienced students who have a daily meditation practice and/or have attended at least one silent retreat. However, interested novices are welcome providing you are willing to jump in and participate fully in the retreat.

 

Program Fee: Dana – the teachings are offered by donation only. It is hoped that people will give generously. Dana (generosity), an expression of your appreciation, is the only income that Buddhist Teachers receive for their guidance, teaching and counsel, and is far more important than what you pay for board and keep. Please give accordingly. It shows your respect for all that the Teacher gives you, in terms of concern, time and effort.

Food and Accomodations: 585$ to 855$ based on selection.

 

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Aug 14th, 3:00 pm to Aug 19th, 11:00 am

Status: Cancelled

The ego is a construction which is impermanent and empty—an insight which is the essence of liberation. Explore the wisdom of this truth as Michael W. Taft leads a silent retreat intended to allow practitioners to experience what Michael calls “deconstructing yourself.”

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Deconstructing Yourself Silent Meditation Retreat

Aug 14th, 3:00 pm to Aug 19th, 11:00 am

Status: Cancelled

Arrival after 3pm on Aug 14th.

The Deconstructing Yourself Silent Meditation Retreat is a unique opportunity to dive deeply into your meditation practice. You will receive a lot of personal, individual attention about the details of your own practice from the instructor. Based on the teachings and one-on-ones, you will begin to develop a real sense of what you’re doing, how to do it more effectively, and what may be coming next.

The retreat follows these guidelines:

- Retreat is done in total silence, except for personal Q&As with Michael.
- Michael will be teaching the group each evening from his “Model of Deconstructing Sensory Experience.”
- Each retreatant will work on their own practice, guided by one-on-one meetings with Michael.
- Previous meditation experience required.
- Ability to sit still for 55 minute sits is expected.
- No meditation session is required. You can go for walks or rest as you like.

Daily Schedule (for full days):
5:00 - 7:30     Meditation
7:30 - 8:30     Breakfast
9:00 - 12:00    Meditation
12:00 - 1:00    Lunch
1:00 - 2:00     Break / optional meditation
2:00 - 6:00     Meditation
6:00 - 7:00     Soup
7:00 - 8:30     Dharma Talk / Q&A
8:30 - 10:00     Meditation

Note: Michael will be meeting with students individually during the day for one-on-one practice discussion.

 

Program Fee: Dana – the teachings are offered by donation only. It is hoped that people will give generously. Dana (generosity), an expression of your appreciation, is the only income that Buddhist Teachers receive for their guidance, teaching and counsel, and is far more important than what you pay for board and keep. Please give accordingly. It shows your respect for all that the Teacher gives you, in terms of concern, time and effort.

Food and Accomodations: 325$ to 475$ based on selection.

 

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Aug 21st, 3:00 pm to Aug 30th, 11:00 am

Status: Cancelled

The Hermitage Mahamudra Retreat – for serious seekers. Mahamudra Meditation is the path to Awakening that most focuses on realizing the true nature of Mind, by directly experiencing one’s own mind through meditation, clearly and simply.

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Mahamudra

Aug 21st, 3:00 pm to Aug 30th, 11:00 am

Status: Cancelled

Arrival after 3pm on Aug 21st.

Among all the systems of meditation in the world, Mahamudra is considered the foremost in teaching the very heart-essence of the Buddha’s teaching. Key points that you will learn during this retreat are what is the practice of the Yoga of One-pointedness; how personal insight and self-discovery is acquired through the Yoga of Non-proliferation; what is the extraordinary path of the Yoga of One-taste; and how one attained the Yoga of Non-meditation? These are the four distinct steps or programs of meditation that encapsulate the whole of the Mahamudra method. It is this unique path of concentration, thoughtfulness, compassionate conduct and self-reflection by which spiritually motivated Yogis and Yoginis in Asia  have over the centuries attained awakening on the path of enlightenment; a path, needless to say, that is quite suitable to all, particularly in the modern world, and which everyone is capable of practicing, without requiring particular religious beliefs or restrictions. 

The retreat is lead by Lama Rodney P. Devenish, a practitioner who studied the full scope of Mahamudra at the feet of several advanced Ka’gyu Lamas, including Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Kalu Rinpoche, and the fully realized master Kyabje Namgyal Rinpoche. Lama Rodney is capable of making this path easily understandable to you, in a very human and meaningful way.

Silent retreat / daily meditation teachings / practical meditation / private interview with the teacher.

Program Fee: Dana – the teachings are offered by donation only. It is hoped that people will give generously. Dana (generosity), an expression of your appreciation, is the only income that Buddhist Teachers receive for their guidance, teaching and counsel, and is far more important than what you pay for board and keep. Please give accordingly. It shows your respect for all that the Teacher gives you, in terms of concern, time and effort.

Food and Accomodations: 585$ to 855$ based on selection.

 

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Sep 11th, 5:00 pm to Sep 18th, 12:00 pm

Status: Online

Dr Sean Pritchard, formerly the monk U Vansa, teaches in the Mahasi vipassana tradition. The practices taught at his retreat will provide a lifetime of tools and techniques to gain insight into the inner world and workings of the mind. Both beginners and seasoned meditators will benefit from the supportive and skillful guidance of this well-experienced teacher.

Mahasi-style Vipassanā Retreat

Sep 11th, 5:00 pm to Sep 18th, 12:00 pm

Status: Online

Dr. Sean Pritchard holds a PhD in clinical psychology and currently has a private counselling practice in Vancouver. He spent a number of years as an ordained Buddhist monk (U Vansarakkhita) in the Burmese Theravada tradition, studying with Sayadaw U Janakabhivamsa, one of the chief disciples of the great Mahasi Sayadaw. During this period he was placed in charge of Dhammodaya Meditation Center in Thailand and traveled worldwide teaching Mahasi-style vipassana (mindfulness) and metta (loving-kindness) meditation practices to many different cultures and nationalities. His experience and teaching has provided him with a unique perspective on the Asian and Western understanding of mental health.

 

This retreat will be limited to 12 participants and will begin with 2 days of metta practice followed by intensive vipassana, which involves alternating one hour sitting with one hour walking. There will be a daily interview with the teacher and evening Dhamma talk.

 

Program Fee: Dana: the teachings are offered by donation only. According to tradition, participants, at the end of the course may wish to consider a donation towards the continued good works of the teacher and The Hermitage retreat centre via e-transfer in order that others may share in the benefits of the Dhamma teachings. Please use the email address dr.seanpritchard(at)gmail.com for offerings to the teacher and donations(at)thehermitage.ca for offerings to The Hermitage.