Opportunities for regular practice

Sitting meditation

Our last regular sit together for the summer is June 9th.  We will meet at Yoga Within @ 5:00 pm. Look for our Fall Schedule to come out in August.

Day of Mindfulness Summer Opportunities

Happy Hearts is excited to announce that we are hosting two unique Day of Mindfulness opportunities this summer.  Both days will be held at theRiverdale Rinkhouse located at 9928 92nd Street NW.  Detailed information will be shared with registrants closer to each of the days.

Sunday, July 28th: 9:00am to 1:30pm
Style: Casual Community Day of Practice.
Sitting, Walking, Deep Relaxation, and Eating Practices.
This will also include a dharma discussion and sharing.
Please bring your own vegetarian bagged lunch
Registration Form

Sunday, August 25th: 10:00am to 2:00pm
Style: Formal practice in the Plum Village Tradition.
Sitting, Walking, Sutra Service, Dharma Talk, Discussion and Sharing concluded by a Dedication of Merit.
*No previous practice in this specific tradition required.
Please bring your own vegetarian bagged lunch.
Registration Form

For those in and around Vancouver on June 22nd, there is another Day of Mindfulness opportunity wDharma Teacher Trish Thompson (True Concentration on Peace), Founder and Director of The Loving Work Foundation in Vietnam.  Here is a link for more information: June 22nd Day of Mindfulness.

Retreat Opportunities

Edmonton Insight Meditation will host Saturday morning “mini” retreats in Riverdale this fall.  If you have any questions or would like further information, please e-mail: edmontoninsight@gmail.com

Paramis: A Guide to Everyday Living – Susie Harrington
June 20-24th, Queen’s House of Retreats, Saskatoon
Residential / Non-Residential
Hosted by the Saskatoon Insight Meditation Community

Anglin Lake Meditation Retreats – Jeanne Corrigal
Metta by the Lake August 8th-11th
Touching the Earth Insight Retreat August 11th-14th
Anglin Lake, Saskatchewan


*Excerpted from the meditation ” Beloved Mother of All Things” from Love Letter to the Earth a book by Thich Nhat Hahn.  For the full meditation please follow the link above.

“Dear Mother Earth,

I bow my head before you as I look deeply and recognise that you are present in me and that I’m a part of you. I was born from you and you are always present, offering me everything I need for my nourishment and growth. My mother, my father, and all my ancestors are also your children. We breathe your fresh air. We drink your clear water. We eat your nourishing food. Your herbs heal us when we’re sick.

You are the mother of all beings. I call you by the human name Mother and yet I know your mothering nature is more vast and ancient than humankind. We are just one young species of your many children. All the millions of other species who live—or have lived—on Earth are also your children. You aren’t a person, but I know you are not less than a person either. You are a living breathing being in the form of a planet.”