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Westcoast Dharma Society offers nonresidential weekend meditation retreats, residenitial retreats, workshops, and classes, led by visiting and local Dharma teachers. 

See Retreat Schedule if you are looking for a detailed schedule of retreats, classes, and workshops through 2018.

 


 

Upcoming Events ...

 

March 23 - 25 "A Soft and Radical Transformation of the Heart: Balanced Sensitivity, Embodied Wisdom" weekend retreat with Pascal Auclair

Sponsored by BCIMS.  Space is available.  Retreat and registration information is available here.

 

Friday, March 23, 7:15 pm to 9:00 pm

Saturday, March 24, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Sunday, March 25, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

 

at the UBC Asian Centre

1871 West Mall, UBC Campus, Vancouver (Map It)

 

 

 


 

April 20 - 22 Nonresidential Vipassana weekend retreat with Michele McDonald and Steven Smith

Sponsored by Hollyhock.  Space is available.  Retreat and registration information is available here.

 

Friday, April 20, 7:15 pm to 9:00 pm

Saturday, April 21, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Sunday, April22, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

 

 

 

at the UBC Asian Centre

1871 West Mall, UBC Campus, Vancouver (Map It)

 

 

 

 

 


 

May 1 - 6  Organized Self Retreat for Experienced Meditators, with supporting teacher, Linda McDonald

Sponsored by Westcoast Dharma Society. Space is available.  Retreat and registration information is available here.

Sea to Sky Retreat Centre, East side of Daisy Lake, near Whistler, BC


Experienced Meditators This five-day residential organized self-retreat is suitable for anyone who has an established meditation practice and previous experience attending silent residential retreats. Teacher support will be limited to optional individual interviews.  The number of retreat participants will be limited so most people will have single rooms.

Setting The Sea to Sky Retreat Centre (SSRC) is located just south of Whistler, BC on a secluded 40 acre site of extraordinary natural beauty in British Columbia’s coastal mountain range.

Retreat information and registration details are available here.

 


 

May 11 - 13  "Opening to Pure Awareness" nonresidential meditation weekend retreat with Susan Mickel, MD, PhD 

Sponsored by Westcoast Dharma Society.  Space is available.  Retreat and registration information is listed below.

 

 

 Friday, May 11, 7:15 pm to 9:00 pm

 Saturday, May 12, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

 Sunday, May 13, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

 

 at the UBC Asian Centre

 1871 West Mall, UBC Campus, Vancouver (Map It)

 

 

The simplicity, peace, and power of our true nature are often clouded over by habitual patterns of thought and emotion. Our true nature is never separate from us, but always present, and recognition of it is available to us at any moment. The Buddhist path for cultivating the conditions for recognition and stabilization of this awareness is a science of the mind.

Using the stability of the mind developed by concentration, emptiness meditations will help us to see how the mind constructs experience in a way that clouds over the open radiance of the mind’s true nature. Nonduality meditations will help us further to set the conditions for the mind’s true nature to shine forth.

These retreat teachings are influenced by Theravada teachings, Mahamudra and Dzogchen.  Susan’s teaching style emphasizes precise instruction, guided meditations, and group discussion of meditation experience.

Dr. Susan Mickel has been meditating for over twenty-five years and teaching meditation for over fifteen years. Authorized to teach Vipassana meditation by Mary Jo Meadow, PhD, Susan first taught Theravada Vipassana with Resources for Ecumenical Spirituality, which offers Christian-Buddhist retreats. From 2005 to 2015, authorized by Daniel Brown, PhD, she taught Mahamudra with Pointing Out the Great Way. Currently, she teaches an approach to opening to pure awareness that is influenced by Theravada teachings, Mahamudra, and Dzogchen. Susan also works as a behavioural neurologist and a clinical psychologist.

For a retreat poster click here.  For a retreat flyer click here.

Online registration is available here.

Please Note:  As with previous weekend events with Dr. Mickel, we expect this retreat to be filled to capacity well before the event date, so please register early to avoid disappointment.  Spaces will be for full weekend attendance only.  There will be no Friday partial attendance for this event.

 


 

October 16 - 21  Organized Self Retreat for Experienced Meditators, with supporting teacher, Linda McDonald

Sponsored by Vipassana Metta Vancouver www.vipassanamettavancouver.org

Registration will open March 1st.

Sea to Sky Retreat Centre, East side of Daisy Lake, near Whistler, BC


Experienced Meditators This five-day residential organized self-retreat is suitable for anyone who has an established meditation practice and previous experience attending silent residential retreats. Teacher support will be limited to optional individual interviews.  The number of retreat participants will be limited so most people will have single rooms.

Setting The Sea to Sky Retreat Centre (SSRC) is located just south of Whistler, BC on a secluded 40 acre site of extraordinary natural beauty in British Columbia’s coastal mountain range.

Retreat information details are available here and a registration form is available here.