September

Opportunities for regular practice

Sitting meditation

Our first sit together in the fall is September  8th.  As per usual, we will gather together at Yoga Within @ 5:00 pm.

Complete Fall Schedule
September 8th, 22nd
October 6th, 20th
November 3rd, 17th
December 15th
January 12th, 26th
February 9th, 23rd
Retreat Opportunities

Generousity, Harmlessness & Meditation – Vipassana Retreat
Howard Cohn
September 13-15th, Cloverdale Community League Hall, Edmonton
Hosted by Edmonton Vipassana

Letting Go of Fear, A Mindfulness Meditation Retreat in the Spirit of Thich Nhat Hanh – Michael Ciborski
September 27-29th, Queen’s House of Retreats, Saskatoon
Hosted by the Saskatoon Community of Mindful Living

Gladdening the Mind and Heart: A Path to Liberation – Jeanne Corrigal
October 4th-6th, Wildwood Community Centre, Calgary
Hosted by the Calgary Insight Meditation Society

Compassionate Presence – Adrianne Ross
October 25-27th, Queen’s House of Retreats, Saskatoon
Hosted by the Saskatoon Insight Meditation Community

Solid as a Mountain: Mindfulness Retreat – Alexa Singer-Telles
November 8-10th, FCJ Centre, Calgary
Hosted by the Wild Rose Sangha

Metta Meditation Retreat – Anne Mahoney
November 21st-24th, Mt. St. Francis Retreat Centre, Cochrane, AB

Inspiration

“The mind can go in a thousand directions, but on this beautiful path, I walk in peace.  With each step, the wind blows.  With each step, a flower blooms.” -Thich Nhat Hahn-

June

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

Inspiration

*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.”

May

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:
May 5th & 26th
June 9th

Retreat Opportunities

Happy Hearts is intending to host two separate Day of Mindfulness gatherings at the Riverdale Rink House this summer.  While details are yet to be confirmed, please feel free to “save the dates” for both Sunday, July 28th, and Sunday, August 25th.  Details including how to register will be forthcoming in the June and summer newsletters.

Edmonton Insight Meditation will host Saturday morning ‘mini’ retreats in Riverdale beginning this fall.  The morning retreats will be held on the third Saturday of the month at the Riverdale Rink House at 9928 – 92nd St. Sitting and walking meditation periods will alternate with dharma teaching and discussion in the Theravadan Insight Meditation tradition.

All levels are welcome to attend on a drop-in basis. Please bring your own meditation equipment and contribute towards the rental costs on a dana basis. Please plan to arrive 20 minutes early to set up.  If you have any questions or would like further information, please e-mail:
edmontoninsight@gmail.com

Open Heart, Forgiving Heart – Rowan Conrad
May 30th – June 2nd, Ancient Spirals Retreat Centre, Saskatoon
Hosted by the Saskatoon Community of Mindful Living

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

Inspiration

“My actions are my only true belongings.  I cannot escape the consequences of my actions.  My actions are the ground upon which I stand.”

April

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:
April 28th
May 5th & 26th
June 9th

Retreat Opportunities

Edmonton Insight Meditation will host Saturday morning ‘mini’ retreats in Riverdale beginning this fall.  The morning retreats will be held on the third Saturday of the month at the Riverdale Rink House at 9928 – 92nd St. Sitting and walking meditation periods will alternate with dharma teaching and discussion in the Theravadan Insight Meditation tradition.

All levels are welcome to attend on a drop-in basis. Please bring your own meditation equipment and contribute towards the rental costs on a dana basis. Please plan to arrive 20 minutes early to set up.  If you have any questions or would like further information, please e-mail:
edmontoninsight@gmail.com

Presence of Heart – A Mindfuless and Kindness Daylong Meditation Retreat – Jeanne Corrigal
May 4th, Learning Disabilities Association of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon
Hosted by the Saskatoon Insight Meditation Community

Open Heart, Forgiving Heart – Rowan Conrad
May 30th – June 2nd, Ancient Spirals Retreat Centre, Saskatoon
Hosted by the Saskatoon Community of Mindful Living

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

Other

An interesting article for your reading pleasure: Mindfulness and Meditation need to be part of Canada’s mental-health strategy

Inspiration

“Many of us have been running all of our lives.  Practice stopping.” -Thich Nhat Hahn-

March

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:
March 10th & 24th

Retreat Opportunities

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.
Intimate retreat so available spots are limited.
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

Did you know that there is an academy for Mindfulness Studies and Contemplation at the University of Ottawa?  Take a breath, take a moment, and check out their page.

Inspiration

“Smile, breathe, and go slowly.”
-Thich Nhat Hahn-

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-

January

Opportunities for regular practice

Sitting meditation

We will continue to meet two times per month in the new year.  A reminder that our practice group meets at 5pm at Yoga Within. Our schedule for 2019 has also been confirmed and is updated on our website, so please join us!  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.

Schedule for 2019:
January 13th & 27th
February 10th & 24th
March 10th & 24th
April 7th & 28th
May 5th & 26th
June 9th

Retreat Opportunities

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

Wise Engagement in Challenging Times: Retreat with Heather Martin
March 29th-31st, Providence Renewal Centre, Edmonton, Alberta

***Note, registration opens to the public on January 5th, 2019.  Details will be shared in our newsletter and social media in January***
For additional inquiries and/or questions, please email Edmonton Insight Mediation at edmontoninsight@gmail.com

Other

For those of you who share time down in Calgary, did you know that the Insight Meditation Society also has some interesting sharings on their website?  Feel free to have a peek to see what opportunities may be available: www.calgaryims.org

Inspiration

“There is no way to happiness – happiness is the way”

-Thich Nhat Hahn-