Mar 11th, 3:00 pm to Mar 18th, 11:00 am

Lama Sidney McQueen-Smith will teach the Four Foundations of Mindfulness that are both the heart and the corner-stone of all Buddhist meditation. Practice-focused, with daily instruction and personal interviews, this retreat is based on the teaching method of the late Kyabje Namgyal Rinpoche.

Satipatthana in the Namgyal Lineage: Mindfulness Practice Retreat

Mar 11th, 3:00 pm to Mar 18th, 11:00 am

Lama Sidney McQueen-Smith will teach the Four Foundations of Mindfulness that are both the heart and the corner-stone of all Buddhist meditation. Practice-focused, with daily instruction and personal interviews, this retreat is based on the teaching method of the late Kyabje Namgyal Rinpoche, which used mindfulness of breathing (anapanasati) to establish a deep state of calm awareness, or "mindfulness," as a platform from which to contemplate various aspects of reality.

Namgyal Rinpoche taught that with the diligent practice of Satipatthana one could attain Awakening in this lifetime.  Lama Sidney's teachings will lead you from theory toward direct experience, and the discovery of the truth for yourself. Lama will cover the four postures, and the full method of meditation, starting with awareness of the body, feelings, and mind, and culminating in an understanding of the Buddha's Four Basic Truths. You will come to understand how to deal with the five hindrances, as well as resistance and personality, and other factors normally worked through in the course of the practice, such as boredom and delight, joy and anxiety, depression and bliss—and of course, the four 'Dhyana' or 'Jhana' states—the four stages of conscious meditative trance that can lead to enlightenment.

 

Teacher's Program Fee: Dana – the teachings are offered by donation only. It is hoped that people will give generously.

Food and Accommodations: 560$

Mar 23rd, 3:00 pm to Mar 29th, 11:00 am

Mahamudra is considered a unique approach to the Buddha’s Path of Enlightenment and the most profound method of meditation in the world, for those who are seeking self-realization. However it can only be successfully practiced by individuals who have gained what is called "the View,” i.e., a right understanding of the Mahamudra approach and how to work with it. The View will be the focus of this retreat.

Recognizing Mahamudra as a Path of Boundless Awareness

Mar 23rd, 3:00 pm to Mar 29th, 11:00 am

An array of subjects will be covered. What are the drawbacks, hindrances and pitfalls to be avoided? And what special features makes Mahamudra Meditation an especially rapid vehicle for sudden awakening? What are the three distinct levels of “mind” distinguished by the View? How does one understand Gampopa’s remark that Mahamudra is primarily “a lineage of grace-waves” and how can we apply this mystery to our life? Comparisons will be drawn between the usual approaches to meditation as commonly practiced, which are excellent and healthy in and of themselves, and the unique conditions that distinguish the way of Mahamudra. There will be plenty of actual meditation practice during the retreat, with questions and answers dealt with both during daily classes and separately, in private interviews with the teacher. It is our aim that students will go away from this retreat with a truly deepened understanding of how they can apply the amazing approach of Mahamudra to their own lives.

 

Teacher's Program Fee: Dana – the teachings are offered by donation only. It is hoped that people will give generously.
Food and Accommodations: 480$

Apr 8th, 3:00 pm to Apr 12th, 11:00 am

Lama Sidney will take this weekend to explain the human condition in terms of life, dying and death – in particular the survival of the spirit beyond death and what all that means.

The Tibetan Book of the Dead

Apr 8th, 3:00 pm to Apr 12th, 11:00 am

Based on the ancient wisdom of Tibet, and more specifically what is known as ‘The Tibetan Book of the Dead,’ Lama Sidney will take this weekend to explain the human condition in terms of life, dying and death – in particular the survival of the spirit beyond death and what all that means. Lama spends roughly six to eight hours every day praying for the souls of the deceased and proffering guidance, directing individuals to a better existence. He has a lot of experience that he can recount. He can explain the nature of his work, and how you too can radiate this same kind of guidance or compassion, for the sake of others; especially in the case of your loved-ones and any one else who has passed or is undergoing the process of passing away. Lama can outline what he has personally experienced in the many years that he has been doing this practice and what he has realized in the process. If you have questions about death, and are seeking a broader understanding, then this retreat will surely be very meaningful for you.

 

Teacher's Program Fee: Dana – the teachings are offered by donation only. It is hoped that people will give generously.
Food and Accommodations: 320$
 

Apr 22nd, 3:00 pm to Apr 27th, 11:00 am

This retreat focuses on developing one’s personal practice and discovering the tools to deepening meditation experience. Lama will explain the methods and triggers that assist in gaining the higher Dhyana-states, using the respiration as a stepping stone to bliss, concentration, and well-being.

Bliss, Concentration and Well-being

Apr 22nd, 3:00 pm to Apr 27th, 11:00 am

Meditation has so many benefits, it would be hard to list them all here – but do you know how to trigger insight and self-discovery in your being?

If meditation for you sometimes feels a bit like you are just treading-water then this retreat will unravel your confusion and give you the tools to define and achieve the goals of your meditation practice. Daily classes will be accompanied by private personal interviews with the teacher.

 

Teacher's Program Fee: Dana – the teachings are offered by donation only. It is hoped that people will give generously.
Food and Accomodations: 400$

May 6th, 3:00 pm to May 12th, 11:00 am

The Mondo Koan practice is very enlightening, a special kind of inquiry, usually formed as a question, which serves to broaden and deepen insight and the realization experience.

Mondo Zen

May 6th, 3:00 pm to May 12th, 11:00 am

Thirteen Koans: Keys to Samadhi

The real experience of Zen Meditation. Realize the perfect imperturbability and deep peace of pure awareness mind. This silent retreat offers an opportunity to transform confusion, anger, angst and suffering, liberating and bringing you to deep clarity, wisdom, caring and compassion.  

Philosophical orientation to spirituality and approach to emotional life and expression is worked with in direct experience through Mondo Koan exploration and exercises each day. The Mondo Koan practice is very enlightening, a special kind of inquiry, usually formed as a question, which serves to broaden and deepen insight and the realization experience.  

There will be morning service, meditation, teaching sesshins, Qi Gong and/or Asaya Yoga with plenty of contemplative time to enjoy walking the forest and field paths or to the beach.

 

Teacher's Program Fee: 168$ +
Food and Accomodations: 300$ to 480$ based on selection.

May 13th, 1:00 pm to May 17th, 11:00 am

This gentle, easy-going, silent retreat explores applied mindfulness practices with an introduction to meditation, preparing the foundation for the discipline and devotion of a formal meditation practice. Includes daily yoga, with an emphasis on preparing the body for sustained sitting.

Applied Mindfulness Meditation and Yoga Practices for Beginners

May 13th, 1:00 pm to May 17th, 11:00 am

Welcome to the basics. Use Applied Mindfulness Practices To build a strong foundation for your meditation practice. Work with body posture for comfortable sitting and mindful movement. Learn the art of proper breathing. This retreat is designed for complete newcomers, as well as existing practitioners wishing to reinforce and renew a healthy, well-adjusted approach to yoga and meditation.

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

 

Teacher's Program Fee: Dana – the teachings are offered by donation only. It is hoped that people will give generously.
Food and Accomodations: 200$ to 320$ based on selection.

May 19th, 3:00 pm to May 25th, 11:00 am

Inspired by nature and informed by ancient wisdom teachings and contemporary spiritual psychology, this retreat supports you to reconnect with your depth, essential joy, and happiness.

Mindfulness & Insight Yoga (May)

May 19th, 3:00 pm to May 25th, 11:00 am

When we retreat from the pace and intensity of daily life, we create space to remember our deepest longings. We rekindle our hopes and aspirations. We animate our spirits and find the softness in our souls.

Inspired by nature and informed by ancient wisdom teachings and contemporary spiritual psychology, this retreat supports you to reconnect with your depth, essential joy, and happiness. Combining sitting & walking meditation, self- inquiry exercises, the luminous essence of poetry, and the embodiment practices of both yin and yang yoga, participants learn to inhabit and celebrate their intrinsic well-being.  Practicing social silence and reciprocity within community and nature further expand the concepts and experience of enduring connection and radical self-care.  

Come. Be held in the lap of Mother Earth, stirred by poetry, nourished by the practices and teachings and enlivened by the thrum of your own soul. 

 Silent retreat * Teachings / Yoga / Meditation * Interviews with the Teacher * In-depth Yoga daily • Students are asked to bring their own yoga mats * Therapeutic massage optional by appointment

 

Teacher's Program Fee: 300$ 
Food and Accomodations: 300$ to 480$ based on selection.

May 26th, 2:00 pm to May 29th, 11:00 am

The practice Loving Kindness and Compassion is central to Buddhist teachings. In this retreat we will explore Loving Kindness and Compassion from two perspectives. We will begin with guided Metta meditations, developing loving kindness and compassion for others and for self. We will then move into the main focus of this particular retreat - the Tibetan Tantric practice of Chenresig, the Buddha of Compassion.

Loving Kindness, Chenresig Practice, and Introduction to Tantra

May 26th, 2:00 pm to May 29th, 11:00 am

Tantra is a beautiful and complex form of meditation involving the body, speech, and mind that can produce powerful and rapid effects. Yet Tantric practices can seem strange to the uninitiated. The practice involves visualizing a symbolic figure, called a Yiddam, This imagined Yiddam, or awakened being, mirrors back our own inner awakened qualities such as loving kindness, peacefulness, and clarity. The mind is applied to meditation on the Yiddam and on the empty luminous nature of mind itself. The speech is applied to recitation of mantra. The body is applied to practices that work to clear the energy body – leading to purification of blocked energy and a powerful settling of the mind and emotions. These meditations develop concentration, compassion, and wisdom realization.  The goal is to put us in direct relationship with our own innate Buddha nature so we realize the nature of mind. These powerful Tantric practices can also bring psychological issues and blocks to the forefront and allow the practitioner to work through them, transform them, or eventually allow them to self-liberate. 

This silent meditation retreat is suitable for both experienced and novice students. However since we will be practicing some Tibetan Tantric meditation, it is preferred that students have received the empowerment of Chenresig. If you have not, you are still welcome to attend the retreat, and the teacher will offer some modifications to your practice. Yoga will be offered at this retreat - 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. If you have one, do bring a Mala (rosary) for mantra practice.

 

Teacher's Program Fee: Dana – the teachings are offered by donation only. It is hoped that people will give generously.
Food and Accomodations: 150$ to 240$ based on selection.

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

Experience the magic of harmonious living... Are you longing for a deeper connection with the earth to nourish your life?

Cultivating From Seed into Soul" is a cutting edge system which combines today's most consciously evolving Gardening methods with 'Human Energetics' –helping you restore balance and harmony of body, mind and spirit to grow your soul.

Cultivating from Seed into Soul Retreat

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

Cultivating from Seed into Soul Retreat - Enriching Mindfulness through Garden Work and Human Energetics

Gardening- Yoga - Kigong – Meditation  *suitable for all levels

Experience the magic of harmonious living... 

Are you longing for a deeper connection with the earth to nourish your life?

  • Do you want to learn how to grow luscious, nutrient dense veggies using non-violent gardening methods?
  • Would you like a system to design your organic garden to succeed?
  • Do you have a desire to explore awareness as a tool for growth in your garden and in yourself?
  • Although you start with the best intentions, do you find you are still sacrificing some of your deeper values in both your garden and your life?

"Cultivating From Seed into Soul" is a cutting edge system which combines today's most consciously evolving Gardening methods with 'Human Energetics' –helping you restore balance and harmony of body, mind and spirit to grow your soul.  

 


 

How to Reap Abundance Using Non-Violent Gardening Methods
Trainer:  Connie Kuramoto

Growing food can be a source of nourishment for both the body and the soul if done with utmost respect for our environment and the creatures that share this planet with us.  We will work with our intentions, and watch them grow in a garden setting while exploring a different aspect of awareness in each session.

Day 1) Awaken - During this time we will set intentions for our actions in the garden, and work on using all of our senses to become more aware of the garden and all those who share that space with us.  We will learn about how to create a safe environment for all who live and work there, and learn about our roles and responsibilities as gentle stewards of the garden.

Day 2) Watch - Playing the role of observer we will explore the garden environment in more depth, using all our senses to explore the science of the garden and discover more about how our lives are interwoven with all beings, using the garden as one small example.  We will do some simple soil observation and testing,  and explore the qualities of good soils and soil environments.

Day 3) Choose and Accept - On this day we will establish priorities based on the group's evaluations and observations of the garden.  Together we will form an integrated garden plan and establish roles and responsibilities for our actions. If time allows we will then break into teams and start our work.

Day 4) Action - Working on the top priorities on our plan, we will accomplish tasks in the garden and put into practice the mindfulness of non violent gardening. 

Day 5) Sharing - Bringing ourselves to the table to communicate our ideas with others enriches our experience.  We will celebrate our successes and nurture each other’s inspiration by sharing thoughts and ideas about our time in the garden together.  We will complete with a light ceremony blessing the garden to nourish the goals of the residents and guests of The Hermitage.

Bio:  Connie Kuramoto

"My mission is to open your eyes and your soul to more of the wonders that surround us on this glorious planet,  and to help you see how we are all truly connected to the earth and to each other in the true spirit of "Namaste".

Connie  got her start in Horticulture by selling flowers on the street corners of Albequerque New Mexico in 1970 and has never looked back.  She  started teaching Horticulture over 30 years ago at  Vancouver Island University, and although she retired from there in 2008 she has continued to teach.  Connie has taught the Horticulture Apprenticeship Program at North Island College in Port Alberni and has been teaching courses for Gaia College's Organic Land Care Diploma throughout the Central Vancouver Island area, in Toronto, and in the Yukon.   Connie has always combined her teaching career with practical experience.  During her career she has run small market gardens and plant nurseries, owned and worked in greenhouses, has done interior and exterior landscape maintenance and has taught numerous courses and workshops.  She has grown vegetables for herself and others, including a ten acre farm in Port Alberni and a retreat center on Molokai in Hawaii. Connie's business "Gardens on the Go" provides horticultural services, as well as consulting, workshops and individualized horticultural training. Connie is passionate about protecting the life in the soil. She considers herself a radical non violent organic gardener activist and hopes to find time and focus this winter to work on her first book.

"As we become aware of the connections that are present in the ecology of our gardens, and in fact, in all of nature, we come to realize how very intimately we are all related and how much we depend on every living creature, and they on us.  Once we  begin to realize how every creature on this planet has a unique and inter-connected role to play, we can become more deeply inspired to discover our own true and unique purpose.   Students have often commented on how my classes have changed not only their gardens but their lives.  I welcome you to join the paradigm shift that is currently energizing our planet, from the ground up"   

How to Cultivate the Energy of 'Living Food" into Balance and Harmony of Body, Mind and Spirit
Trainer: Arrow Gonsalves 

Like all living beings, our physical form is born of the energies of the Sun and the Earth.  As they harmonize, the life force (energy system) gathers and enlivens this raw physical matter and information into living, feeling beings which develop personalities, desires, goals and the everyday challenges that drive us.

The more closely we flow with nature's abundant wisdom, the healthier and more harmonious, peaceful, productive and creative we are.  Just as we design a house to circulate energy efficiently, there is a system of principles we can apply to restore balance and generate our energy to cultivate health, happiness and peace;  Humanity's most valued pursuits.

Starting with mindful digestive practices, you can learn to harness and manage your energy to improve your quality of life, raise your conscious awareness and see immediate benefit for yourself, your family, community and the world.

During our 5 day journey you will be guided through the process of refining and cultivating your energy system through the 3 gates of human evolution:

  • Optimizing your digestion, which builds your physical energy.
  • Growing your soul energy (ki), which brings happiness by restoring your humanity through connection and compassionate living.
  • Brightening your spirit, which inspires your creativity and expands your consciousness to align with the laws of the universe.

Aligning your higher consciousness with mindful gardening practices  develops integrity.  It builds a strong foundation for your quality of life from the ground up. Learning these systems will give you the template to design your success, in garden and life, without compromising your true values.  You will learn how to assess, develop and focus your energy efficiently.  You will open your heart.

Bio:  Arrow Gonsalves

"My mission is to provide a unique and joyous retreat experience.  I will help you awaken your innate knowing, strengthen your connection to nature’s abundant creative wisdom and assist to re-align you in that direction.  I have the map to completion of your soul."

Arrow is the Founder of "Human Energetics", and the Owner of "Heart Drum Beat - Taoist Yoga and Healing Services" and "The House of Now - Wellness Center" in Courtenay BC.

She is a Master Trainer and Master Healer in the Tao Healing Arts, trained through the Tao Fellowship of Seoul Korea via Sedona Arizona. Arrow comes from a family with a medical and mind- body wellness emphasis. Her Father was a Brain Specialist who ran the neurology departments of the University of Toronto, Sunnybrook Teaching Hospital and St Michaels Hospital. Her mother was a Social Worker and Horticulturist. Her maternal Grandfather was a Pharmacist in London in the days of traditional compounding.

With 13 yrs. experience in Taoist Instruction; she offers Do-In (Taoist yoga class), True Self Development Programs, Retreats, Workshop Facilitation, Instructor Training and Traditional Healer Training.  She helps people restore health and balance while awakening their innate being. Students regain purpose, joy, compassion and wonder through study of self as part of the way of nature. Her lessons systematically incorporate Meridian Exercise, Chakra Training, Energy Healing Brain Education and both dynamic and static forms of Chant and Meditation.  A published contributor, a comprehensive overview of the process of Human Energetics  can be found in the ‘user’s guide’ of:  ‘Life is A Choice and the Choice is Yours’ by Rhiannon Rees – Penguin 2015

"Over 13 yrs teaching these lessons I can't tell you the number of times I've heard my students express deep gratitude along with shock they weren't raised with this basic knowledge of self and their place in the universe in their tool kit for life.  How it changes their outlook forever, that they want to change  and share with their family and friends."  

 


 

Teacher's Program Fee: 695$ ($100 Discount if payment is made by April 28, 2016)
Food and Accomodations: 250$ to 400$ based on selection.

* The Teather's Program fee can optionaly be up to 2 weeks prior to the retreat through the Hermitage website (please contant Linda our retreat manager) or upfront upon check-in.

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

The mindful practice of insight meditation (vipassana) intimately connects and awakens us to the true nature of our lives. It is the effort put forth by the practitioner to directly know and clearly understand the psycho-physical phenomena which compose one’s embodied existence. The resulting wisdom gives rise to an unshakable liberation of the heart and freedom from suffering.

The Intimacy of Mindfulness - A Vipassana Retreat

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

Arrival after 3pm on June 10th

The great Burmese Master Mahasi Sayadaw's approach to meditation is very clear, very precise and ‘to the point,’ faithfully adhering to the method of the Buddha in his own successful search for Enlightenment. Whit Hornsberger's experiences of intensive monastic meditation in Burma, combined with his studies of Yoga and other forms of Eastern Spirituality, have given him a unique ability to communicate to Westerners a classical approach to meditation, one that is deeply rooted in the profound Burmese tradition.

Through the application of mindfulness (sati), concentration (samadhi) becomes increasingly more refined, providing a stable platform from which the intimate investigation into the phenomena of mind (nama) and matter (rupa) can develop. Finding refuge in the stability of the one-pointed mind, we begin to witness through direct felt experience the true nature of these phenomena as transient (anicca), unsatisfactory (dukkha) and uncontrollable (anatta). This insight dispels attachment (lobha), aversion (dosa) and delusion (moha), giving rise to existential wisdom capable of freeing us from the self-generated suffering of mind. 

This silent retreat will include sitting and walking meditation, daily yin yoga practice and daily interviews with the teacher.

 

Teacher's Program Fee: Dana – the teachings are offered by donation only. It is hoped that people will give generously.
Food and Accomodations: 250$ to 400$ based on selection.

Jun 17th, 3:00 pm to Jun 22nd, 9:00 am

Find happiness within yourself through meditation and self-understanding. If you are someone who could never imagine yourself in a silent retreat (even for a day!), then this retreat is for you.

The Secret of Getting Happy

Jun 17th, 3:00 pm to Jun 22nd, 9:00 am

Arrival after 3pm on June 17th

Approached with humour and friendliness, this welcoming, this heart-warming 5-day meditation retreat merges ancient wisdom with contemporary science, examining the mental conditions necessary for lasting happiness and exploring how to cultivate them through meditation. Instruction and private interviews will be offered to support both beginners and longterm practitioners in the evolution of their meditation practice. Those with a genuine desire to learn and practice meditation are encouraged to apply. Limited space available.

* Silent retreat * Yoga / Bodywork / Meditation * Private Interviews with the Teacher * Bring your yoga-mat.

 

Teacher's Program Fee: Dana – the teachings are offered by donation only. It is hoped that people will give generously.
Food and Accomodations: 250$ to 400$ based on selection.

Jun 23rd, 3:00 pm to Jun 28th, 11:00 am

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.

Kundalini Yoga and Meditation to Awaken the Heart (June)

Jun 23rd, 3:00 pm to Jun 28th, 11:00 am

Arrival after 3pm on June 23rd

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: 250$ to 400$ based on selection.

Jul 1st, 3:00 pm to Jul 11th, 11:00 am

Anapanasati is considered by many to be the heart of Buddhist meditation practice. As taught by Lama Gerry and by his teacher, Namgyal Rinpoche, before him, this ancient technique has been passed down directly from the words of the Buddha.

Anapanasati: Mindfulness of the Breath

Jul 1st, 3:00 pm to Jul 11th, 11:00 am

Arrival after 3pm on July 1st

A ten-day intensive, this retreat is designed for committed meditation practitioners, serious seekers of personal Awakening. Thoroughly experiential in its approach, the retreat accesses the heart of what meditation is all about.

You will receive complete instruction in mindfulness meditation, as described in the Maha-satipathana sutra, and taught in the Namgyal lineage. This method proceeds in stages through what are called the Four Foundations of Mindfulness beginning with 1) mindfulness of the body, 2) mindfulness of the feelings, 3) mindfulness of the cognitive mind, in and of itself, and concluding with 4) mindfulness of phenomena as a whole.

This approach has been described by the Buddha as the sole way (ekyana) of attaining authentic 'higher awareness,' and is thus a thoroughgoing experience of what true mindfulness means, and how it is experienced as a cognitive transformation. This is not the new-age style of "mindfulness" broadcast so frequently in magazines and books today. 

Lama Gerry is a teacher who has done the practice under the strict guidance of his own beloved teacher, Namgyal Rinpoche, following the carefully laid out instruction over many, many years of intensive discipline. He does not teach theory, but offers a practical means to personal realization and Awakening through direct experience.

* This is a silent retreat * Teachings / walking meditation and movement * Deep sitting meditation practice * A lot of sitting-meditation is expected in this retreat

 

Teacher's Program Fee: Dana – the teachings are offered by donation only. It is hoped that people will give generously.
Food and Accomodations: 500$ to 800$ based on selection.

Jul 13th, 3:00 pm to Jul 20th, 11:00 am

It is said that if you can meditate directly on the true nature of mind, it is like shooting an arrow straight into the bulls-eye of the target.

Natural Mind Meditation Annual Retreat

Jul 13th, 3:00 pm to Jul 20th, 11:00 am

Arrival after 3pm on July 13th

Natural Mind Meditation involves resting in the expanded state of awareness that is the ground of all consciousness — a state of great clarity, profound joy, and love. The teachings draw directly from the Mahamudra and Dzogchen tradition of Tibet, and are widely recognized as the pinnacle of meditative practice, because they accesses the source directly. The School of Natural Mind Meditation's method grounds the deepest of ancient wisdom in the best of contemporary understanding.

This annual 7-day retreat has been established for students of the online School of Natural Mind Meditation, but access will be granted to all those seeking to understand and practice Natural Mind Meditation through Connie's skilled guidance. Participants should be prepared to go deep into meditation, focused on gaining an understanding of the full nature and depth of their mind.

* Silent retreat * Yoga / Bodywork / Meditation * Private Interviews with the Teacher.

 

Teacher's Program Fee: Dana – the teachings are offered by donation only. It is hoped that people will give generously.
Food and Accomodations: 350$ to 560$ based on selection.

Jul 22nd, 3:00 pm to Jul 30th, 11:00 am

Whether you are new to meditation or have been practicing for a while, this gentle retreat in the midst of nature, will explore mindfulness and meditation practice as a path to joy and peace.

Serenity and Mindfulness Meditation Retreat

Jul 22nd, 3:00 pm to Jul 30th, 11:00 am

Arrival after 3pm on July 22nd

Daily classes and private teacher interviews will guide you as you define your goals for your personal meditation practice, while providing you with the tools to achieve them. Serenity will be our focus and greater self-understanding our ultimate aim.

Whether you are a beginner or a more experienced practitioner, come and enjoy this special time with Lama—ask all the questions you’ve been wondering about. This is your chance to get centered in some genuine, deep self-exploration.

 

Teacher's Program Fee: Dana – the teachings are offered by donation only. It is hoped that people will give generously.
Food and Accomodations: 400$ to 640$ based on selection.

 

Aug 4th, 3:00 pm to Aug 10th, 11:00 am

Inspired by nature and informed by ancient wisdom teachings and contemporary spiritual psychology, this retreat supports you to reconnect with your depth, essential joy, and happiness.

Mindfulness and Insight Yoga (Aug)

Aug 4th, 3:00 pm to Aug 10th, 11:00 am

Arrival after 3pm on Aug 4th

When we retreat from the pace and intensity of daily life, we create space to remember our deepest longings. We rekindle our hopes and aspirations. We animate our spirits and find the softness in our souls.

Inspired by nature and informed by ancient wisdom teachings and contemporary spiritual psychology, this retreat supports you to reconnect with your depth, essential joy, and happiness. Combining sitting & walking meditation, self- inquiry exercises, the luminous essence of poetry, and the embodiment practices of both yin and yang yoga, participants learn to inhabit and celebrate their intrinsic well-being.  Practicing social silence and reciprocity within community and nature further expand the concepts and experience of enduring connection and radical self-care.  

Come. Be held in the lap of Mother Earth, stirred by poetry, nourished by the practices and teachings and enlivened by the thrum of your own soul. 

Silent retreat * Teachings / Yoga / Meditation * Interviews with the Teacher * In-depth Yoga daily • Students are asked to bring their own yoga mats * Therapeutic massage optional by appointment

 

Teacher's Program Fee: 300$ 
Food and Accomodations: 300$ to 480$ based on  selection.

Aug 12th, 3:00 pm to Aug 17th, 11:00 am

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.

Kundalini Yoga and Meditation to Awaken the Heart (Aug)

Aug 12th, 3:00 pm to Aug 17th, 11:00 am

Arrival after 3pm on Aug 12th

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: 250$ to 400$ based on selection.

Aug 19th, 3:00 pm to Aug 21st, 1:00 pm

This Weekend Practice Retreat with Lama Rodney, based on direct meditation experience, is the perfect lead-in for those who will be attending Dr Cheryl Fraser's retreat which follows, starting Aug 22nd. On the other hand, this weekend retreat also stands on its own, should you wish; in either case, here is a rare chance to enter a period of meaningful practice for those who want to seriously immerse themselves in meditation. Applicants are sure to gain a wealth of understanding, depth and personal benefit from this weekend retreat.

Calm-abiding and Insight Retreat

Aug 19th, 3:00 pm to Aug 21st, 1:00 pm

Arrival after 3pm on Aug 19th

Calm-abiding and Insight, called 'Shamatha-Vipasyana,' is the foundation for every form of meditation practice, as taught in the ancient Asian Buddhist tradition. Come practice with Lama Rodney, a meditation-teacher deeply versed in Eastern knowledge, who has sat at the feet of many learned meditation masters, including Lama Trungpa Rinpoche, the great Namgyal Rinpoche, Kyabje Palden Sherab, and the elder Kalu Rinpoche, and many others from Japan, Thailand and India. He has gleened the vast wisdom of Asia, spent time with holy men and women in Nepal, mingled with the Saddhus and Yogis of the Ganges, and now brings his many years of practical spiritual experience to this retreat, freely imparting his accumulated knowledge to all who sincerely seek to explore the path of meditation, as an awakening experience in their personal lives.

Teacher's Program Fee: Dana – the teachings are offered by donation only. It is hoped that people will give generously.
Food and Accomodations: 400$ 

Aug 22nd, 3:00 pm to Aug 28th, 11:00 am

This silent retreat will include sitting and walking meditation, focusing on the practices of Samantha (calm abiding), Vipassana (insight), and Mahamudra (open awareness) meditation. Some practices will utilize guided visualization. There will be yoga classes as well as Daily Dharma talks and interviews with the teacher. Suitable for both experienced and novice students.

Awakening to the mind of Compassion and Wisdom

Aug 22nd, 3:00 pm to Aug 28th, 11:00 am

Arrival after 3pm on Aug 22nd

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 she asks the question – “Why meditate?” Many beings come to the study of Dharma (teachings of Buddhist philosophy) and the practice of meditation to change something. Perhaps you are drawn to Buddhism because you want more calm, less distraction, more happiness, less pain and suffering. Yet according to the Buddha, we do not need to "get" anything. Rather, we simply need to uncover the clear, calm, loving, luminous mind that shines underneath the clouds of our confusion. The Awake, Compassionate mind is available at all times. 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 6 Perfections (Parami)- Generosity, Integrity, Patience, Diligence, Concentration, and Insight.

This silent retreat will include sitting and walking meditation, focusing on the practices of Samantha (calm abiding), Vipassana (insight), and Mahamudra (open awareness) meditation. 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. Suitable for both experienced and novice students. 

 

Teacher's Program Fee: Dana – the teachings are offered by donation only. It is hoped that people will give generously.
Food and Accomodations: 450$ to 720$ based on selection.

Sep 2nd, 3:00 pm to Sep 7th, 11:00 am

The "Distant Laughter of the Goddess," an intimate and magical experience of shamanic Chöd practice, combining meditation and movement as a particularly rapid way to attain self-liberation and Awakening, taught at the Hermitage by Ngakpa Kalsang Dorje.

The "Distant Laughter of the Goddess," Chöd Retreat

Sep 2nd, 3:00 pm to Sep 7th, 11:00 am

Arrival after 3pm on Sept 2nd

Chöd is a truly profound wisdom-practice developed largely by enlightened women mystics and transmitted from early times in the sacred high land of Tibet. As a special type of meditation combining both sitting and movement, stillness and activity, this unique style of meditation leads us into a beautiful form of embodied spirituality, focused in part on overcoming life’s hindrances and obstacles, and on attaining the “Cutting Off of the Ego” (the word "Chod" means "to Cut-through") as a process to achieve Higher Consciousness. 

The technique of Chod-meditation combines Buddhist meditation with ancient shamanic dance and drumming, so as to place oneself en rapport with the Universe as a whole, externally, and with one’s own inner process of Awakening internally, as an especially rapid means to attain personal spiritual insight and self-realization. An aspect of Chod-meditation deals directly with our innate fear of loss and death, and for that reason touches on the very core of life's experience. This ancient method was apparently first developed by the amazing Tibetan princess Yeshe Tsogyal in the 9th century, and then again further elaborated on by Machig Labdron, yet another exceptional Tibetan woman mystic living in the 11th century. Although a spiritual practice seemingly founded by and deeply relevant to women, Chod is today practiced equally by male yogis and female yoginis throughout the East – thus this practice is applicable to both sexes and all types of spiritual seekers, as a unique way of transcendence.

Chöd has mostly been communicated outside the Tibetan monastic establishment. The tradition has been practiced and handed on by individual Ngakpas (non-celibate yogis and yoginis) in Tibet and Mongolia over the centuries. Because of this, knowledge of Chöd and a chance to actually learn the practice from a qualified Tibetan teacher, has always been much less available to Western seekers than other forms of meditation. It is, however, considered a major meditation practice in both the Ka’gyu and Nyingma schools of Tibetan Buddhism, and is treated with great respect, and even with a degree of awe, by all Tibetan spiritual leaders, including His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Gyalwang Karmapa. The "Distant Laughter of the Goddess," the particular method of Chod-meditation transmitted from the Heart-Point of the Great Expanse by the Tibetan master-yogi Jigme Lingpa (1730-1798), is considered a direct path to Enlightenment. Ngakpa Kalsang Dorje, an experienced practitioner of the lineage, teaches the practice with considerable skill, gentleness and kindness, in easy steps suited for Western seekers who have no prior knowledge of Tibetan tradition.

 

Teacher's Program Fee: Dana – the teachings are offered by donation only. It is hoped that people will give generously.

Food and Accomodations: 250$ to 400$ based on selection.

Sep 9th, 3:00 pm to Sep 14th, 11:00 am

This gentle, easy-going, silent retreat explores applied mindfulness practices with an introduction to meditation, preparing the foundation for formal meditation practice. Includes daily yoga, with an emphasis on pliancy of the body for greater wellbeing.

Beginner Mindfulness Meditation and Gentle Yoga Practices

Sep 9th, 3:00 pm to Sep 14th, 11:00 am

Welcome to the basics. Use Meditation and Mindfulness Practices to build 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 complete newcomers, as well as existing practitioners wishing to reinforce and renew a healthy, well-adjusted approach to yoga and meditation.

Fiona is a wise teacher who works extremely well with individuals that have never practiced Meditation or Yoga previously, yet who wish to explore these techniques for the great benefits that can be had from them. Discover serenity, wellbeing and happiness through meditation and regain pliancy, flexibility through this easy yoga.

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

 

Teacher's Program Fee: Dana – the teachings are offered by donation only. It is hoped that people will give generously.



Food and Accomodations: 250$ to 400$ based on selection.

 

Sep 16th, 3:00 pm to Sep 21st, 11:00 am

Surrounded by the peaceful beauty of the Hermitage fields and forest, retreat participants will receive clear, gentle, step-by-step instruction on meditation. Lama Rodney Devenish, our Hermitage founder, is known and loved for the intuitive and personal counseling he provides his students; his non-dogmatic and non-sectarian teaching style is rooted in love and compassion, and entirely “practice” orientated.

Lama Rodney's Five Day Meditation retreat

Sep 16th, 3:00 pm to Sep 21st, 11:00 am

Arrival after 3pm on Sept 16th

Surrounded by the peaceful beauty of the Hermitage fields and forest, retreat participants will receive clear, gentle, step-by-step instruction on meditation. Lama Rodney Devenish, our Hermitage founder, is known and loved for the intuitive and personal counseling he provides his students; his non-dogmatic and non-sectarian teaching style is rooted in love and compassion, and entirely “practice” orientated.

Whether you are a beginner or a more experienced practitioner, come and enjoy this special time with Lama—ask all the questions you’ve been wondering about. This is your chance to get centered in some genuine, deep self-exploration.

 

Teacher's Program Fee: Dana – the teachings are offered by donation only. It is hoped that people will give generously.
Food and Accomodations: 200$ to 320$ based on selection.

Sep 23rd, 3:00 pm to Sep 28th, 11:00 am

The sole prerequisite for this silent retreat is a genuine desire to learn and practice meditation, based on the heartfelt desire to transform your life for the better.

Six Days to a Better You

Sep 23rd, 3:00 pm to Sep 28th, 11:00 am

Arrival after 3pm on Sept 23rd

The sole prerequisite for this retreat is a genuine desire to learn and practice meditation, based on the heartfelt desire to transform your life for the better. Connie will teach the basics of meditation practice, and how to build on your practice by examining perceptions of self and other that can interfere with natural health, happiness, and wholeness of heart. Particularly well-suited to those unsure of their capacity for meditation, this retreat is silent, and includes private interviews with Connie that provide guidance as you progress at your own pace, taught in a loving and supportive way by one of the Hermitage's most popular teachers.

* Silent retreat with daily teachings * Yoga/Body-work/Meditation * Private Interviews with the teacher

 

Teacher's Program Fee: Dana – the teachings are offered by donation only. It is hoped that people will give generously.
Food and Accomodations: 250$ to 400$ based on selection.

Oct 5th, 3:00 pm to Oct 10th, 11:00 am

The mindful practice of insight meditation (vipassana) intimately connects and awakens us to the true nature of our lives. It is the effort put forth by the practitioner to directly know and clearly understand the psycho-physical phenomena which compose one’s embodied existence. The resulting wisdom gives rise to an unshakable liberation of the heart and freedom from suffering.

Beautifying Consciousness - A Vipassana Retreat

Oct 5th, 3:00 pm to Oct 10th, 11:00 am

The practice of vipassana (insight) meditation, or Satipatthana Vipassana Bhavana, is the path applied and laid down by the Buddha himself upon his night of awakening and subsequent liberation from suffering (dukkha).

Vipassana meditation is based upon the ancient Buddhist scripture, the 'Four Foundations of Mindfulness' (Satipatthana Sutta). The word bhavana means to cultivate beautiful or wholesome (kusula) states of consciousness.

In this five day silent retreat we will apply the systematic methodology of the greatly revered Burmese meditation master, Mahasi Sayadaw. Mahasi’s accessible, yet potent, scientific approach to the study of consciousness, gives rise to transformative insight into the true nature of mental (nama) and physical (rupa) phenomena, that which forms the bedrock of our human experience.

As wisdom is born that all psycho-physical phenomena are transient (anicca), unmanageable and beyond our control (anatta), attachment (tanha) of the mind to them dissolves, dispelling the fires of greed (lobha) for more of the pleasant and aversion (dosa) to the unpleasant. In the wake of their cessation, the mind becomes spaciously equanimous, liberated from suffering, beautified by insight.

The great Burmese Master Mahasi Sayadaw's approach to meditation is very clear, very precise and ‘to the point,’ faithfully adhering to the method of the Buddha in his own successful search for Enlightenment. Whit Hornsberger's experiences of intensive monastic meditation in Burma, combined with his studies of Yoga and other forms of Eastern Spirituality, have given him a unique ability to communicate to Westerners a classical approach to meditation, one that is deeply rooted in the profound Burmese tradition.

This silent retreat will include sitting and walking meditation, daily yoga practice and daily interviews with the teacher.

 

Teacher's Program Fee: Dana – the teachings are offered by donation only. It is hoped that people will give generously.

Food and Accomodations: 250$ to 400$ based on selection.