February

Opportunities for regular practice

Sitting meditation

A reminder that our practice group meets at 5pm at Yoga Within. Our bell masters lead a guided sit with time for dharma discussion as well as walking meditation or deep rest. New people are always welcome, our way of practicing is gentle and friendly.

Upcoming Sits:
February 10th & 24th

Retreat Opportunities

10 Day Residential Retreat with Anne Mahoney
February 19th-28th, Mount St. Francis Retreat Centre, Cochrane.
Hosted by Calgary Insight Meditation Society.

People of Colour Retreat
March 3rd 10am – 5pm, The Shambala Centre, Edmonton.
Hosted by The Shambala Centre
The retreat is led by Dr. Shante Smalls, a senior teacher from New York, who  focuses on the issue of diversity (including race and gender) in Buddhist practice and communities. The retreat is open to all levels of meditation, religious affiliations and sanghas, and backgrounds. Cost is $20-$50 on a sliding scale. (note: please visit their website for other offerings as well)

Mindfulness of Breathing
March 15th-17th, Providence Renewal Centre, Edmonton.
Hosted by the Diamond Lotus Foundation

The Four Brahma Viharas: Loving-Kindness, Compassion, Appreciative Joy, and Equanimity
May 3rd-5th, St. Stephens College, Edmonton.
Co-hosted by Jill Koziey Counselling

The retreat will focus on the relationship between the four Brahma Viharas and how they support and balance one other. This retreat is a gentle introduction to the heart practices, as well as an opportunity for those familiar with the Brahma Viharas to deepen their understanding of them as a complement to their mindfulness meditation.  For more information and to register, please visit the event page above, or simply email your interest to jkoziey@telus.net.

Other

Professional development opportunities that integrate mindfulness in practice is a field that has gained significant momentum over the past several years.  The Centre for Mindfulness Studies in Toronto is one of Canada’s leading providers of professional development in mindfulness interventions.  They do also provide learning opportunities in western Canada.

Inspiration

“To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.”

-Thich Nhat Hahn-

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