Meditative Garden Club
with Linda Hochstetler
May 26 to 26, July 14 to 15
The Meditative Garden Club will nourish your need to touch the earth with love and creativity while renewing your spirit with contemplative meditations.
This series of weekends will explore the relationship between growing a garden and meditation.
You will also have the opportunity to get your hands dirty while calming your mind and opening your heart to loving kindness. As a bonus you will learn all sorts of gardening skills, from preparing garden beds to how to prevent over growth of weeds, in the vegetable garden.
Come be part of a community of gardeners who are committed to a meditative lifestyle.
Beginning at the Beginning: Preparing the soil
April 21 to 23
This weekend we will set our intentions for the garden, prepare the soil, create a plan, plant early spring seeds and give seedlings a head start. Each morning we will meditate and in the evening explore life lessons the garden offers in a sharing circle along with meditation. Bring your rubber boots and gardening gloves.
May 27 – 29
This weekend we greet each morning with meditation. After breakfast time is spent planting the vegetable/herb garden. In the afternoon, back to the garden. Sunday we will take a wild medicine walk in the forest. Each day will close with a sharing circle and meditation focused on how our work in the garden mirrors life.
Linda Hochstetler weaves together the dharma path and her city life as a busy hockey mom and private practice counselling and consulting. Linda has been studying Vajrayana Buddhism with her root gurus Senseis Doug Duncan and Catherine Pawasarat for more than 20 years. She has a daily meditation practice, and completes silent meditation retreats each year at the Clear Sky Meditation Centre in Cranbrook, BC. She also trained in Mindfulness Meditation with Jon Kabat-Zinn and teaches mediation classes regularly with the Awaken in Toronto community of Dharma Practitioners. She has been an avid urban gardener for many years, and gives away dozens of kale seedlings to friends and colleagues each year to inspire new gardeners.
What you need to bring:
Each weekend you will need to bring:
Appropriate foot wear for the season
Your favourite garden to for the season
Costs for the Meditative Gardener's Club
Members of the Meditative Garden Club are welcome to anytime to the Dharma Centre to work in the garden and meditate at a server meditator rate of $45.00 a day. This will include food and accommodation.
All prices include single accommodation, meals (from Friday dinner to Sunday lunch). medicine making supplies and extras to take home from the garden. Linda and Abrah are sharing their experience within the traditional Buddhist understanding of Dana. To understand more about Dana, please read the following:
What is Dana?
Teachers give the teachings of awakening (Dharma) freely so that anyone, no matter their financial means can attend classes. Each time one receives teachings, it is an opportunity to consciously practice generosity. Giving money and other means of support expresses gratitude and support to the teacher and helps to ensure that these teachings continue. Each person receiving Dharma teachings determines the kind and amount of Dāna according to one’s heart and one’s financial means. When deciding how much to offer, one should think about what these teachings mean to you and try to give accordingly. It is recommended that students make an offering of dāna at the beginning of a class or retreat to establish the intention to make the most of this opportunity for one’s own progression and for the benefit of all others.
A deposit is required upon registration to hold your space for this course. A deposit of 50% total number of weekends you plan to come. Full payment is required 10 days prior to the beginning of each weekend.
Refund 7 days before the commencement of the course 75% with 25% going towards a future course within 2017.
Refund 2 days before the commencement of the course 50% with 35% going towards a future course within 2017.