Happy Summer Days!
It's been a busy Spring with retreats and various activities around the sangha. The monthly gatherings are busy and we'll be adding another Monday evening to the calendar.
We began Spring with a weekend retreat in Ottawa on Mindful Self-Compassion lead by Christopher Germer. Chris is an amazing teacher with a deep practice in metta. It was a privilege to teach with him and made possible by the strong support of our Ottawa Mindfulness Clinic teachers and staff. We will be offering retreats in self-compassion in 2015! If you are interested in retreats offered by Chris Germer & Kristin Neff please check out their schedule here.
The Barre Center for Buddhist Studies retreat, Buddhist Roots and Ethics of Mindfulness, was a wonderful experience. We were blessed with 16 participants and their collective wisdom on secular, Buddhist & clinical mindfulness practices. Bringing the role of sila (ethics) into the curriculum of secular mindfulness was well-received and opened the practice to a new direction. The retreat will be offered again next year in July and for a longer period (4 days!). It is open to everyone and we hope to see you there.
The Heart of Mindfulness Practice retreat at Galilee Retreat Centre was also a terrific experience. It was a full registration and the depth community practice was powerful. The retreat is an gentle entry for those who have never been to a silent retreat - although there may be some debate about what we mean by gentle! There is actually no way to ease into hours of silence, is there? The dharma talks are available here.
Many thanks to our dear friend, Susan Kehoe, for her support in the labyrinth walking practice and in all we do together. Retreat assistants, Jen, Andrew, Heloise, Lori, Helen & Cathy, were indispensable to keeping the flow going and attending to the needs of the retreatants! Thank you!
See you in June 2015 for the third annual Heart of Mindfulness Practice retreat!
Frank & I are grateful for the growing practices and practitioners. Our relationship with dharma communities like Upaya Zen Center, BCBS and the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion supports our aspirations. We are equally grateful for your support and wish you a safe and joyous Summer!
Lynette & Frank