Phowa and Dzogchen: the Practice and Experience of Luminous Emptiness
with Lama Mark
Oct 11th - Oct 24th
Dzogchen or Atiyoga—translated as Great Completeness or Great Perfection— refers to the highest of meditative yogas for realizing mind essence. It is the distillation of all experience, our primordial nature. It is ‘great’ (-chen) because it is beyond any concept, fixation or obstruction. All experience is already perfect (dzog-)—naturally empty of any taints or obstructions—it is utter purity. Dzogchen is spontaneous great compassion, a pervasive freedom that contacts countless beings. Through Dzogchen the luminous-empty, yet cognizant quality is discovered to be the meditation, the study, the reflection and activity.
Heart Space Multi-Faith Retreat
with Father Charles Ogada
Oct 25th - Oct 28th
Father Charles Ogada - a Nigerian Christian mystic and Vedantist - has been working to transform the village of Ebe, Nigeria into ‘Joy Village’. Allowing love to be his guiding light, he now brings his profound spiritual insight, love, and joyful presence to Canada for this extraordinary three day multi-faith retreat. Participants will have the opportunity to spend time in silence, contemplation and meditation, hear talks, and ask questions of Father Charles, practice yoga, walk in the forest, canoe, and do experiential exercises to come into awareness of our timeless, ever-peaceful, ever-present, ever-loving Self. One day of the retreat will be spent in silence.
Conscious Living: An Exploration of 'Work'
with Linda Hochstetler
Nov 2nd - Nov 4th
If you’d like to explore conscious living and find more meaning in your life, this is the retreat for you. Throughout the weekend we will investigate 8 different modes of "work" and how we spend our time. This is work in the broadest sense, and includes how we spend time in our precious lives. At the same time, we'll look at 8 modes of consciousness connected to these modes of work. We'll discuss these pairs of aspects and see how they apply to our time and money priorities in own lives.