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October 2017

Meditation for Calmness, Clarity and Compassion

October 21, 2017 @ 10:00 - 16:00
Concordia University, Loyola Chapel, 7141 Sherbrooke St. West
Montreal, QC H4B 1R6
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$25 – $50

Having a restless, unsettled mind is pretty common, perhaps especially these days when there is so much distraction from social media. Insight (vipassana) meditation can give us skills to collect and calm the mind, which helps us feel greater stability and well-being. Clarity comes when we don't get so pulled into habits of thinking, moods and emotions that come up, because our minds are more calm. And we connect with a natural sense of compassion for ourselves and the world around us as we come to know our own minds with kindness and honesty. These qualities of calmness, clarity and compassion are key developments in insight meditation practice, and we will explore them with teachings and experiential practices during the daylong retreat. 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. Space is limited! This event will be limited to 35 participants. Registration Information Cost: Sliding scale: $25 (students, unemployed, retired) - $40 (regular fee) - $50 (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 website. It is not possible to register through Concordia website. What to bring: Cushions are provided for sitting on the floor and chairs are also available. If you prefer to sit on a meditation bench, please bring your own. Wear comfortable clothing. There will be a 45 minute break for lunch, and we encourage you to bring something…

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November 2017

Abiding Mindfully in the Body: Meditation and Yoga Retreat

November 23, 2017 @ 15:30 - November 26, 2017 @ 12:00
Galilee Centre, 398 John Street North
Arnprior, Ontario Canada
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$380 – $480

Come home to your body and rest mindfully. Mindfulness of the body is an invitation to open to the awareness which is already present in the body.
Yoga practice will be an integral part of this silent meditation retreat as a form of meditation in motion - there will be two or three sessions of yoga each day.

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December 2017

Meditating With Death as Our Teacher: An Afternoon Retreat

December 2, 2017 @ 11:45 - 17:00
Yoga on the Park Studio, 5582 Sherbrooke St. West (metro Vendome, aut #105)
Montreal, Quebec H4A1W3 Canada
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$30 – $50

Death is all around us, inextricably woven through life. You might have lost someone close to you, or had a brush with death through illness or an accident. Or maybe death has always seemed kind of distant. Looking with clear and fearless eyes at the truth of death is not something just for those who are aging; no one knows how, when or with whom we will die. We only know that we will. Investigating the reality of death is not a sad or morbid topic; when we look deeply into death we live more fully, authentically, fearlessly and compassionately. In our society we turn away from death - we deny it and hide it from sight. In this afternoon retreat we will open our minds and hearts to what death has to teach 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 fee) - $50 (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 and to True North Insight will be invited at the end of the day. Registrations can only be done through this address (clik here). It is not possible to register through Yoga on the Park Studio website. What to bring: Cushions are provided for…

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2017 New Year’s Retreat

December 29, 2017 @ 15:30 - January 1, 2018 @ 12:00
Galilee Centre, 398 John Street North
Arnprior, Ontario Canada
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$380 – $480

Welcome the New Year with reflection and intention, silence and community, surrounded by the beauty of Arnprior and the warmth of the Galilee Centre! Bring your cross-country skis, snowshoes and hiking boots. We will be supported by the meditation practice, dharma talks, and a midnight gathering. This retreat is suitable for those familiar with vipassana practice. A silent weekend meditation retreat in the vipassana tradition or a MBSR course are the prerequisites.

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February 2018

The Power of True Kindness: An Afternoon Retreat

February 3, 2018 @ 11:45 - 17:00
Yoga on the Park Studio, 5582 Sherbrooke St. West (metro Vendome, aut #105)
Montreal, Quebec H4A1W3 Canada
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$30 – $50

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 brings 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 afternoon 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 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 website. It is not possible to register through Yoga on the Park Studio website. Cancellation: A full refund will be given, minus a $5 administrative fee, if rcancellation is made up to 48 hours before the event. After that, no refund will be given, although you may transfer your registration to someone else. Please inform us as soon as possible if you need to cancel. What to bring: Cushions…

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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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Save the date! More information to come.    

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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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