Winter Devotional Song Retreat
with Shara Claire
February 16 to February 19, 2018
With less external stimulus, Winter's invites us to reflect, wait, go within, and be still. What does stillness feel like for me? Am I stillness? Can my outward expression of devotional song be so full and complete that afterward I am emptied, left with stillness, peace, and something else that words can't touch?
We'll engage many tools on our journey together: breath, art, lots of meditation (with interactive instruction) at this one, long sessions of slow, heartful chanting in Sanskrit and English to invoke stillness and deep Winter nourishment. Winter at the Dharma Centre is dark, bright, crystalline, sublime.
This will be a silent retreat, which means that in between sessions (meals, breaks, etc), participants are asked to hold silence.
Shara Claire began training in the art of devotional song and meditation in 1997, at Yasodhara Ashram, in the mountains of British Columbia. After moving to Toronto to train as an Expressive Arts Therapist, she continued to develop her meditation and devotional music practices, teaching percussion & living in other ashrams and spiritual centres from 2004 through 2010. She is a certified meditation instructor with the Canada Yoga Alliance. She now lives in east Toronto with her partner, stepchildren, and cats.
Rates: Non-members: $360.00, Members: $315.00. If you are not attending the full retreat, please consult our rates & fees page.
Rates include: Single accommodation and all meals. They do not include instructor fees. Shara is sharing her experience within the traditional Buddhist understanding of Dana. Please note that we will be collecting a $30 cash fee that will be given to the musicians on the retreat.
What is Dana?: Teachers give the 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.
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