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April 2018

Insight Meditation and Yoga for Clarity, Compassion, and Balance

April 8, 2018 @ 07:00 - April 11, 2018 @ 12:30
Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, 57 Interlaken Road
Stockbridge, MA 01262 United States
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US$295

With David Schouela (yoga) Develop a balanced spiritual path of deepening wisdom and compassion using the two ancient practices of insight meditation and yoga. Insight meditation helps you develop more calmness and clarity as you rest in the breath, recognizing and releasing old reactive patterns. You can bring the heart of compassion toward your old habits and find yourself feeling more compassion for others as well. Yoga practice teaches you to focus attention in the body, let go of self-judgment and attitudes of striving, and embrace yourself with kindness. Daryl and David have been teaching together for six years and create a warm, respectful and welcoming environment for learning and engagement. With meditation instructions and practices, three daily yoga sessions, teachings, discussions and group exercises, this will be a balanced and energizing retreat! All levels of experience are welcome; teachings will be both accessible and profound. Registration: https://kripalu.org/presenters-programs/insight-meditation-and-yoga-clarity-compassion-and-balance Tuition: US$295.00 Learn more about accommodations and pricing

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Mindfulness and Social Engagement: An Afternoon Retreat

April 14, 2018 @ 11:45 - 15:00
Yoga on the Park Studio, 5582 Sherbrooke St. West (metro Vendome, aut #105)
Montreal, Quebec H4A1W3 Canada
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$30 – $50

Mindfulness practice wakes us up to recognize the ways that we create suffering for ourselves and others. We come to see the pain and oppression in the world around us with more clarity and compassion as well. How can we respond to social concerns in ways that don't pour more fuel on the flames? Do simple acts of kindness really makes a difference? Are there ways that we can engage with the issues of society that affirm the wisdom of inderdependence - that we're all in this together - rather than perpetuating relationships of power and privilege? We will reflect on Buddhist teachings on social ethics and see what responses to these and other questions ring true for us. The day will include meditation instruction, sitting and walking meditation, guided practices and a talk and discussion, with opportunities for questions in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Everyone is welcome: beginners and more experienced practitioners. The teachings will be given in English; questions and comments in French as well as English are welcome. Space is limited! This event will be limited to 32 participants. Registration Information Cost: Sliding scale: $30 (students, unemployed, retired) - $40 (regular rate) - $50 (supporter rate). TNI is dedicated to offering affordable rates to all. Our sliding scale fees allow retreatants to pay according to their financial means. Please contact us if you need to request a further reduction in rate. Free-will donations (dana) to Daryl to support her teaching practice and to True North Insight will be invited at the end of the day. Registrations can only be done through this link. It is not possible to register through Yoga on the Park Studio website. Cancellation: A full refund will be given if cancellation is made up to 48 hours before the event. After that, no refund will be given, although you…

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Daylong Retreat

April 21, 2018
Yoga on the Park Studio, 5582 Sherbrooke St. West (metro Vendome, aut #105)
Montreal, Quebec H4A1W3 Canada
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The Power of True Kindness: A Daylong Mindfulness Retreat

April 29, 2018 @ 09:45 - 16:00
Yoga on the Park Studio, 5582 Sherbrooke St. West (metro Vendome, aut #105)
Montreal, Quebec H4A1W3 Canada
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$40 – $60

The presence of mindfulness infused with the warmth of a kind heart profoundly transforms our own experience of being alive and how we relate with others and with the world. Kindness expresses an attitude of connection with life; the word "kind" has the same root as "kin" or family. When we are truely kind we deeply listen - to ourselves, to others, to life. In this daylong retreat we will explore how we can cultivate and find our home in true kindness, in our moment-by-moment living of our daily lives. The retreat day will include meditation instruction, sitting and walking meditation, guided practices and a talk and discussion, with opportunity for questions in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Everyone is welcome: beginners and more experienced practitioners. Space is limited! This event will be limited to 25 participants. Registration Information Cost: Sliding scale: $40 (students, unemployed, retired) - $50 (regular fee) - $60 (supporter fee). TNI is dedicated to offering affordable rates to all. Our sliding scale fees allow retreatants to pay according to their financial means. Please contact us if you need to request a further reduction in rate. Free-will donations (dana) to Daryl to support her teaching practice will be invited at the end of the day. Registrations can only be done through this link. It is not possible to register through The Yoga Connection Studio website. What to bring: Cushions and blankets are provided for sitting on the floor and chairs are also available. If you prefer to sit on a bench, please bring your own. Wear comfortable clothing. There will be a 45 minute break for lunch, and we encourage you to bring something simple which does not need to be heated. Tea will be provided. Please arrive at 9:45 am. Getting to the Centre: The entrance to the Yoga Connection…

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June 2018

Nourishing the Roots of Joy

June 16, 2018 @ 09:45 - 16:00
Carleton Memorial United Church, 740 Melfa Crescent
Ottawa, ON K2C OP2 Canada
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$35 – $55

A tree blooms when it's nourished with water, sun and soil and space to grow. Joy is a blossoming of the heart with its roots in the development of awareness, kindness and ethics. We can't snap our fingers and make ourselves feel joy, but we can live in ways which cause it to grow and flourish. Teachings, meditation practices, exercises and discussion in this daylong retreat will open our eyes to how we can each nourish the roots of joy in our lives. Everyone is welcome: this is suitable for beginners as well as more experienced meditators. Registration Information: Registration can only be done HERE. Members of Mindfulness Ottawa: a special rate for current members of $40. General Public: $55 regular rate. Reduced rate for students, unemployed and retired: $35. Our sliding scale fees are intended to not exclude anyone; please contact us if you need additional reduction in fee. Free-will donations (dana) to support my teaching practice will be invited at the end of the day. Space is limited to 40 participants! Register soon to ensure your place. Cancellation policy: You may cancel and receive a reimbursement of your registration fee up to 24 hours before the event begins. After that no refund will be given but you may transfer your ticket to someone else. Please inform us as soon as possible if you need to cancel. What to bring: Please bring cushions, benches and a yoga mat or blankets if you wish to sit on the floor. These are not provided on site. Chairs will be available. Bring a light lunch; tea will be provided.   Further information: [email protected]

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July 2018

The Awakening Heart

July 18, 2018 @ 15:30 - July 22, 2018 @ 12:00
Galilee Centre, 398 John Street North
Arnprior, Ontario Canada
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$505 – $640

Insight meditation offers us a way towards freedom from habits of confusion, clinging and resistance, the drivers of human suffering. As drivenness diminishes, we come home to who we truly are and can be open and intimately present in the unfolding of life. The warm quality of presence is love; our deepening practice reveals the boundlessness of an awakened heart. This retreat will explore within our own experience how insight and wisdom free us to love wholeheartedly, and how love liberates us from the painful delusion that we are isolated and separate. This retreat is recommended for people with a foundation of meditation practice, and a previous insight retreat. There will be optional Feldenkrais (Awareness Through Movement) sessions offered by Janet Maxwell.   Registration Information ARRIVAL TIME: 3:30-5:30 pm, Wednesday, July 18. The retreat will conclude by lunch on Sunday, July 22. Everyone is welcome to stay for lunch. COST: TNI is dedicated to offering affordable rates to all. TNI retreat fees are on a sliding scale basis that allows participants to pay according to individual means. Fees do not include compensation for the teachings, and teachers rely on the generosity of retreatants for a sustainable income. There is an opportunity to offer dana (donations) to the teachers at the end of each retreat. The deposit is included in all of our fees. Sliding Scale:              $505– $575 - $640 Deposit:                      $255

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August 2018

Relating to Ourselves and Others with the Hearth of a Buddha

August 9, 2018 @ 15:30 - August 12, 2018 @ 12:00
Galilee Centre, 398 John Street North
Arnprior, Ontario Canada
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$390 – $490

Co-Teacher: Jean Esther  When we go on retreat and dive into silence and inner awareness we have the opportunity to recognize and release the habits of mind that limit our freedom and peace. Possibly the most challenging and important arena into which we bring our practice of mindfulness is relationships. While we may want to respond to our intimate relations, colleagues, friends and neighbors with authenticity and an open heart, relationships are often the context in which old reactive patterns are triggered. In this retreat Daryl Lynn Ross and Jean Esther will explore how to be intimate with ourselves, and authentic and compassionate in how we relate with others. The retreat schedule will include sessions of mindful speaking and interaction as well as times of silence, all engaged in with a spirit of kindness. Sitting and walking meditation, teachings, mindful movement and discussions about practice will round out the retreat schedule. This retreat is open to all, and is not specifically designed for couples. Couples and individuals of all sexual and gender orientations are welcome.  Please note: we ask that couples not share a room together.   Registration Information ARRIVAL TIME: 3:30-5:30 pm, Thursday, August 9. The retreat will conclude by lunch on Sunday, August 12. Everyone is welcome to stay for lunch. COST: TNI is dedicated to offering affordable rates to all. TNI retreat fees are on a sliding scale basis that allows participants to pay according to individual means. Fees do not include compensation for the teachings, and teachers rely on the generosity of retreatants for a sustainable income. There is an opportunity to offer dana (donations) to the teachers at the end of each retreat. The deposit is included in all of our fees. Sliding Scale:              $390 – $440 - $490 Deposit:                      $195  

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October 2018

The Four Noble Truths: Undoing the Causes of Our Suffering

October 24, 2018 @ 15:30 - October 28, 2018 @ 12:00
Galilee Centre, 398 John Street North
Arnprior, Ontario Canada
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$505 – $640

The Four Noble Truths are the core of the Buddha’s teaching. They are a plan of action to release the stress, anxiety, and tension in the mind, heart, and body. The teachings approach this in a non-conventional way. We are not trying to change anything, but are learning to be with life as it unfolds. We use the calm, peace and well-being that come from meditation as a springboard for greater insight into our life and our true nature. Insight is the doorway to wisdom and...

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November 2018

Daylong Retreat – Moral Intelligence and Integrity: An Afternoon of Meditation, Teaching & Community

November 10, 2018 @ 11:30 - 16:30
Yoga on the Park Studio, 5582 Sherbrooke St. West (metro Vendome, aut #105)
Montreal, Quebec H4A1W3 Canada
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$30 – $50

Buddhist moral teachings are not a list of do's and don'ts that we are supposed to follow. They are guidelines and practices that develop inner discernment to help us live with integrity and kindness. At the heart of the matter is a commitment to minimize the harm we cause in the world and to support life. Morality, along with wisdom and meditation is an essential element of the Buddhist Path. To have integrity in our thoughts, speech and actions supports the love, insight and...

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Abiding Mindfully in the Body: Meditation and Yoga Retreat

November 14, 2018 @ 15:30 - November 18, 2018 @ 12:00
Galilee Centre, 398 John Street North
Arnprior, Ontario Canada
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$505 – $640

The Buddha said, "There is one thing that, when cultivated and regularly practiced, leads to deep spiritual intention, to peace, to mindfulness and clear comprehension, to vision and knowledge, to a happy life here and now, and to the culmination of wisdom and awakening. And what is that one thing? It is mindfulness centered on the body."  The first mindfulness practices that the Buddha taught were attending to the body— coming to our senses. Mindfulness of the body is an invitation to open to...

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