Paramis: A Guide to Everyday Living – June 2019

Paramis: A Guide to Everyday Living

A four day retreat with Susie Harrington
June 20-24, 2019

Queen’s House Retreat & Renewal Centre, 601 Taylor Street, Saskatoon

Retreat starts at 7:00 PM June 20 and ends at 11:00 AM June 24
Residential and commuter options available

The Ten Paramis or perfections, are qualities of heart and mind that we have the opportunity to cultivate and nurture in our formal practice, and in our lives. They are doorways to a wholesome and responsive life. We live in difficult times. How to meet the everyday challenges, local and global, has become not only a personal exploration but a critical one for this time in our history. We will explore the foundational principles of the Paramis, how they can guide our practice, and the guidance they offer in living in a relational and complex world. During this retreat, we will deepen our silent practice, as well as acknowledge and even celebrate the expression of wisdom and love in our lives.

Registration fee for meals and accommodation:

  • Residential option: $535 if registered on or before June 7; $570 after that date.
    Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner June 21-23 and breakfast June 24.
  • Commuter option: $295 if registered on or before June 7; $330 after that date.
    Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner June 21-23 and breakfast June 24.
  • Scholarship support is available, if cost is a barrier.

Registration

Online registration available at:
http://saskatooninsight.com/forms/view.php?id=27763

Or download the printable registration form here.

Thursday Evening Talk open to all

The Thursday evening talk  is open to the public on a donation basis.
Thursday, June 20, 7-9 PM, Queen’s House Retreat & Renewal Centre

Susie Harrington teaches meditation internationally and is the guiding teacher for Desert Dharma, which serves many communities in the Southwest near her home in Moab, Utah. She has trained in the Insight tradition since 1989, and in 2005 was invited into teaching by Jack Kornfield, Joseph Goldstein, and Guy Armstrong. Her teaching is deeply grounded in the body and often emphasizes the expression of mindfulness in speech and daily life. Susie brings the skills of inquiry, relational dharma, and the psychological/spiritual interface from her training in Hakomi Therapy and the Diamond Approach. Believing nature to be a profound teacher and a gateway to our true self, she often offers retreats outside. For more information on Susie Harrington, see: www.desertdharma.org

Jeanne Corrigal will be assisting Susie on this retreat.

Sponsored by Saskatoon Insight Meditation Community

Daylong retreat with Jeanne Corrigal – May 4, 2019

This is for a past event. For current events, please visit our Upcoming Events page.

Presence of Heart: Mindfulness and Kindness

A daylong retreat with Jeanne Corrigal
Saturday, May 4, 2019, 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM

This retreat will weave Mindfulness and Kindness together to cultivate and explore affectionate attention to the moment, and to our lives, in the service of freedom in the heart and mind. Instruction, dharma reflections, and a variety of meditation practices, which can also be daily living practices, will be included. The retreat will be held in noble silence and will also include gentle verbal relational practices in both the morning and afternoon. We will be playing a little bit in this daylong, to cultivate a lightness and enjoyment of our practice. This retreat is suitable for beginners and for experienced practitioners deepening into the presence of heart on our life path.

Date: Saturday, May 4, 2019
Time: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Place: Learning Disabilities Association of Saskatchewan, 2221 Hanselman Court, Saskatoon
CostThis retreat is freely offered.
In keeping with our tradition, there will be two dana bowls, one for retreat expenses, and one for Jeanne, if people wish to offer financial dana.

To help us with our planning, and to stay informed about the retreat, please register online at:
http://saskatooninsight.com/forms/view.php?id=28525

January 2019 retreat – Coming Home

This is for a past event. For current events, please visit our Upcoming Events page.

Coming Home
To dharma, to love, to ourselves and each other

A residential/non-residential weekend retreat with Jeanne Corrigal
January 25-27, 2019, at Queens House of Retreats, Saskatoon

In celebration of our 20th Anniversary year of SIMC, this retreat will explore practices which bring us home, to our inner capacity for love and wisdom.
Part of coming home, for Jeanne, has been a deepening sense of connection within the heart of the Buddha’s path and her Métis teachings. She will offer complementary practices from these two traditions throughout the meditations, dharma reflections, and gentle relational inquires of this retreat. This retreat will include small group sessions with Jeanne.

I have arrived, I am home. In the here, and in the now.
~ Thich Nhat Hanh

Tell her I know which road to take. Tell her, I know the way home.
~ Cree Elder Jim Settee

Jeanne is a Community Dharma Leader with the Saskatoon Insight Meditation Community, and a participant in the 2017-2021 IMS Teacher Training Program.

Fees:

  • These fees cover expenses only. An opportunity to practice dana for the teacher will be available.
  • Cost for residential option: $245 if registered on or before January 11; $275 after that date. Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner January 26 and breakfast and lunch on January 27. All rooms are single occupancy.
  • Cost for non-residential option: $125 if registered on or before January 11, $155 after that date. Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner January 26 and breakfast and lunch January 27.
  • The full fee is due upon registration. Your spot will not be reserved until payment is received.
  • Cancellation Policy:
    For cancellation on or before January 11, 2019, all funds will be returned.
    For cancellation after January 11 a fee of $100 will be retained.
  • Please make cheques payable to Saskatoon Insight Meditation Community and send to Saskatoon Insight Mediation Community, c/o Doris Larson, 809 5th Ave. N. Saskatoon S7K 2R7. Payment by e-transfer and cash are also available.
  • If cost is a barrier, we have some scholarship funds available to support you.

On line registration is available at: http://saskatooninsight.com/forms/view.php?id=26509
For a mail-in registration form, click here.
Questions? To contact SIMC, call Doris at 306 242 5004 or email dwlarson@sasktel.net

Sponsored by Saskatoon Insight Meditation Community

Reconciliation Movie Night: Jim Settee, The Way Home

This is for a past event. For current events, please visit our Upcoming Events page.

Jim Settee: The Way Home

An evening of film, storytelling, and Reconciliation awareness

October 13, 7 pm – 10 pm
at 2221 Hanselman Court (the Learning Disabilities Association)

In 2009, Métis filmmaker Jeanne Corrigal completed a film for the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN), celebrating the remarkable story of a Saskatchewan Cree Elder, historian, tracker and mentor, and his universal teachings:

A desperate rescue team calls Jim Settee after an unsuccessful 3 day search for a lost boy. Fifty years later, the filmmaker’s own search for what happened on that day leads her into our universal quest for home, and her own personal homecoming. This is the story of Jim’s remarkable life, a story of transformation for those he touched, and a map for all people on our journeys ‘home’.

Since 2009, Jeanne has offered Jim’s wisdom in every school division in Saskatchewan, to over 35,000 students, teachers, and general adult audiences.

For Jeanne, one of the important backstories of this film is how Jim’s teachings connect with our Insight Meditation teachings – Jim was one of Jeanne’s first teachers in loving presence.

On this special evening, she will offer Jim’s message of reconciliation and understanding amongst all peoples, in our journey home to peace and connection. Our sangha values of community and harmony coincide with Reconciliation Canada’s vision of ‘revitalizing the relationships among Indigenous peoples and all Canadians…through conversation about our diverse histories and experiences.’

The evening will begin this beautiful conversation in our sangha, and include stories, film, education regarding Indigenous history, discussion, and some meditation. All are welcome! For those new to the Reconciliation movement, please bring your questions and curiosity. For those of our sangha who are currently working for Reconciliation, please bring your experience and presence.

“We are all one people. We are all one nation. We are all one colour if we try.”
– All One People, by Joseph Naytowhow; from the soundtrack of Jim Settee: The Way Home

It is helpful for us to have a sense of numbers, so thank you for registering at
http://saskatooninsight.com/forms/view.php?id=25030
And, if you are able to come at the last minute, please do so without registering

LDAS is a fragrance free facility.
Please refrain from wearing scent or using scented products, to assist those with allergies.

There is no charge to attend this event; there will be a basket for those who are able to contribute to facility rental.

printable poster

Daylong retreat with Jeanne Corrigal – Dec 9, 2018

This is for a past event. For current events, please visit our Upcoming Events page.

Living in Joy: An Inner WellspringA daylong retreat with Jeanne Corrigal
Sunday, December 9, 2018, 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM

The Buddha invites us to ‘Live in Joy’, touching its source in our own hearts. Mindfulness allows us to see clearly many flavours of joy and how to cultivate them; joy sustains the heart and cultivates equanimity, which supports mindfulness to stand even more closely to all states. This silent retreat will explore these mutually supportive states, and the importance of joy on the path of liberation. Dharma talks, instruction in sitting and walking, and gentle reflection practices will be offered.

Date: Sunday, December 9, 2018
Time: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Place: Learning Disabilities Association of Saskatchewan, 2221 Hanselman Court, Saskatoon
CostThis retreat is freely offered.
In keeping with our tradition, there will be two dana bowls, one for retreat expenses, and one for Jeanne, if people wish to offer financial dana.

To help us with our planning, and to stay informed about the retreat, please register online at:
http://saskatooninsight.com/forms/view.php?id=25869

Retreat with Bob Stahl – Oct 26-28, 2018

This is for a past event. For current events, please visit our Upcoming Events page.

Meeting the Heavenly Messengers
Cultivating the Mindfulness of Aging, Illness, Death and Awakening

A residential/non-residential weekend retreat with Bob Stahl
October 26-28, 2018, at Queens House of Retreats, Saskatoon

The title of the Heavenly Messengers is drawn from the legend of the Buddha’s early life. Prince Siddhartha, the Bodhisattva, lived in a protected world unaware of the most elementary facts of human life. Curiosity led him out beyond the palace walls, where he encountered the four “Heavenly Messengers” that were to change his destiny. The first three were a sick person, old person and a corpse; the fourth was a wandering ascetic, who revealed to him the existence of a path through suffering to freedom.

In the process of awakening, we are all called upon to meet illness, aging, and death face to face. An honest encounter with these facts of human existence reveals the transient nature of life, shows us “what matters most” and serves as a catalyst for profound transformation.

In this retreat, we will:

  • Develop a wise, personal relationship with the “Heavenly Messengers” and learn how embracing these experiences can lead to a fully engaged life characterized by wisdom and compassion.
  • Express our personal understanding through compassionate action by mindfully accompanying those who are living with chronic pain and serious illness, the challenges of aging, loss and bereavement, or the experience of dying.

Retreat Starts at 7 PM October 26 and ends at 5 PM October 28

Cost for residential option: $385 if registered on or before October 12; $410 after that date. Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner Oct. 27 and breakfast and lunch on Oct 28.

Cost for non-residential option: $166 if registered on or before Oct 12, $191 after that date. Includes lunch and dinner Oct 27 and lunch Oct 28.

On line registration is available at: http://saskatooninsight.com/forms/view.php?id=24651
For a printable poster and registration form, please download: Bob Stahl October 2018

To contact SIMC call Doris at 306 242 5004 or email dwlarson@sasktel.net

Bob StahlBob Stahl is a long-time practitioner of insight meditation. He is the Guiding teacher for Insight Santa Cruz, also teaching at Spirit Rock Insight Meditation Center and the Insight Meditation Society. Bob lived in a monastery for eight years, and has studied with the renowned Burmese masters Taungpulu Kaba-Aye Sayadaw, Hlaing Tet Sayadaw, Dr. Rina Sircar and Pokokhu Sayadaw, and has extensive experience with teaching body based practices. He has a PhD in Philosophy and Religion with a specialization in Buddhist Studies, and is the author of Living With Your Heart Wide Open, Calming The Rush Of Panic, A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook for Anxiety, and the co-author of A Mindfulness-Based  Stress Reduction Workbook. He also teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction with Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, and directs Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction programs in six Bay Area medical centers.


Image credit: By User:Sacca (Picture of a painting in a Laotian Temple) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Four_Heavenly_Messengers.jpg

Anglin Lake Insight Meditation Retreats – August 2018

This is for a past event. For current events, please visit our Upcoming Events page.

Silent Insight Meditation retreats at beautiful Anglin Lake, with Jeanne Corrigal

These retreats include dharma talks, practice talks with Jeanne, reflective meditation practices, and gentle paddling each day. For more information, please email the Saskatoon Insight Meditation Community, at contact@saskatooninsight.com, or to register, please use the link below.

Metta by the Lake August 2-5 (registration now closed – thank you!)
An immersion in kindness with the community of land, lake, sky, trees, and all beings.
Nature greatly supports this liberating heart and mind practice.

Touching the Earth Insight Retreat August 5-8 (registration now closed – thank you!)
On the eve of his enlightenment the Buddha touched the earth and asked for help to awaken. On this retreat we will touch the earth with our hearts, minds, bodies, and spirits, as we follow the Buddha’s guidance in cultivating insight and in understanding our own true nature.

  • You can register for one, or both, retreats. There is a limit of 16 people per retreat.
  • Cost for each trip: $180, plus a food contribution equaling about $45. When you register, you will be invited to choose which food items you would like to contribute from our potluck list.
  • If you are able to bring a canoe, the cost is reduced by $105 per canoe. (Maximum of six canoes are needed for each retreat.)
  • There will also be an opportunity to offer dana to Jeanne.
  • Beginning or experienced practitioners are welcome, but some experience with Insight Meditation is suggested, either through a sitting group or having attended another Insight Meditation retreat.
  • Swimming and basic canoe skills are needed.

Register on-line, with this form:
http://saskatooninsight.com/forms/view.php?id=23609
Registration now closed.

If you have issues with registration, or if you require further information, please contact retreat manager Andrea Grzesina at amgrzesina@gmail.com or text/call 306-202-6608.

These retreats are lead by Jeanne Corrigal, a graduate of Spirit Rock’s Community Dharma Leader Program, and leader with the Saskatoon Insight Meditation Community. She is currently a participant in the 2017-2021 IMS teacher training program. Jeanne has practiced Insight Meditation for 19 years, is a certified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher and Life Skills Coach. Jeanne is Metis and one of her first teachers in loving presence was Cree Elder Jim Settee. She is a long-time canoeist.

Non-residential Retreat with Adrianne Ross (May 25-27, 2018)

This is for a past event. For current events, please visit our Upcoming Events page

Embracing Our Whole Life:
Navigating the Difficulties in Practice and Life

A weekend non-residential retreat with Adrianne Ross

May 25-27, 2018
at Learning Disabilities Association of Saskatchewan
2221 Hanselman Court, Saskatoon

Friday, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (Open to public)
Retreatants: Friday evening and Saturday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Sunday 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Why does meditation sound so easy to do and yet seems to be so hard? In this retreat we’ll explore the  obstacles both to our practice and to embodying the dharma in our lives. This exploration can transform these obstacles into a way of welcoming and being present with our whole life. In this silent retreat with alternating sitting and walking practice, there will be some guided meditation and instruction as well as opportunities to ask questions about your practice. This retreat will be suitable for both beginners and experienced practitioners; obstacles arise no matter how long we have been practicing!

On line registration is available at:
http://saskatooninsight.com/forms/view.php?id=23797
Or download the registration form here: Adrianne May 2018.

This retreat is freely offered.
In keeping with our tradition, there will be two dana (donation) bowls put out at the retreat, one for Adrianne Ross, the other to cover retreat expenses, if people would like to offer donations.

Adrianne RossAdrianne Ross, MD, has been involved with meditation and healing since 1978. Her teaching is influenced by Burmese and Thai streams of Theravada as well as Dzogchen and contemplative practices. She teaches Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction to people with chronic pain and illness. She recently retired from working as a family physician to devote more time to personal practice and teaching retreats in Canada and the U.S.

Softening Self Judgment (Apr 7 2018)

This is for a past event. For current events, please visit our Upcoming Events page


A daylong retreat with Jeanne Corrigal, Community Dharma Leader, Saskatoon Insight Meditation Community.

Self Judgment can be one of the most painful states we face, and also a powerful source of energy for us, as we transform and ease the hold it can have on our hearts and minds. This daylong retreat will explore a path to freedom from self judgment, and wise relationship with it. We will also nurture a transformational care for our deepest selves. The day will include mindfulness, kindness, compassion, gentle relational practices, instruction and dharma reflections.

Saturday, April 7, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Learning Disabilities Association of Saskatchewan, 2221 Hanselman Court, Saskatoon

This retreat is offered freely.
In keeping with our tradition, there will be two dana bowls, one for retreat expenses, and one for Jeanne, if people wish to offer financial dana.

Please bring your lunch, wear warm and cozy clothes, and bring a mat, and blanket (and pillow, if you wish one). Tea will be provided.

Thank you for refraining from wearing scents.

To help us with our planning, and to stay informed about the retreat, please register online at:
http://saskatooninsight.com/forms/view.php?id=23456

The Path of Insight (Jan 2018)

This is for a past event. For current events, please visit our Upcoming Events page

Five day residential retreat with Susie Harrington, at Queen’s House of Retreats, Saskatoon,
January 25-30, 2018

A settled, or concentrated mind and heart can open the path to insight and wisdom. This retreat will offer guidance in samadhi, or concentration practice, and then turn to reflect on the freedom found in the central insight teachings of impermanence, liberation from suffering and not self. This silent retreat will include dharma talks, practice talks, instructions and sitting and walking meditations. To register on line, please go to http://saskatooninsight.com/forms/view.php?id=21801.

For a poster and paper form, please download Harrington January 18.

Retreat Starts at 7 PM January 25 and ends at 11:30 AM January 30

This retreat is limited to 25 participants. A limited number of non-residential spots will be available to experienced practitioners. Please contact Doris Larson for this option.

Registration fee for meals and accommodation: Early registration by January 15, 2018 will be $675. Late registration after January 15th, 2018 will be $710.

Susie Harrington teaches meditation internationally and is the guiding teacher for Desert Dharma, which serves many communities in the Southwest near her home in Moab, Utah. She has trained in the Insight tradition since 1989, and in 2005 was invited into teaching by Jack Kornfield, Joseph Goldstein, and Guy Armstrong. Her teaching is deeply grounded in the body and often emphasizes the expression of mindfulness in speech and daily life.  Susie brings the skills of inquiry, relational dharma, and the psychological/spiritual interface from her training in Hakomi Therapy and the Diamond Approach. Believing nature to be a profound teacher, and a gateway to our true self, she often offers retreats outside. For more information on Susie Harrington, see: www.desertdharma.org

Jeanne Corrigal will be assisting Susie on this retreat. Jeanne has been practicing since 1999, is a graduate of Spirit Rock’s Community Dharma Leader Program, and has joyfully taught with the Saskatoon Insight Meditation Community since 2012.  She is also a certified MBSR teacher.  Jeanne is Métis, and one of her first teachers in loving presence was Cree Elder Jim Settee.  She is a participant in the 2017-2021 IMS teacher training program.