Dhamma Friends – December 2, 2020

This event has been rescheduled from November 25

Dear sangha friends,

Jeanne and our friend Elvina Charley will share metta at our Wednesday sit on December 2. We look forward to welcoming Elvina to our sangha!

Diné (Navajo) bi-lingual school psychologist Elvina Charley, Ed.S., M.A. Charley has been practicing mindfulness since 2013 as a way to heal from historical trauma.  She found parallels between her Diné philosophy of life and mindfulness, which she incorporates in teaching her students.

Please join us for this very special metta night, part of a series of collaborations with teachers near and far, which we are calling “Dhamma Friends.”

December 2, 2020, 7:00-8:00 PM CST
(Click for other time zones)

To get Zoom meeting details for this evening (also valid for all Wednesday evenings), please register with this link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZctduqqrz0tH9IoOMyH-xvUYO2Gt4TfoR64
The registration process will email you a link to join by computer or device, or you can phone in.

Please add a note “Dhamma Friends” with any dana you offer on this evening. It will be shared with appreciation among all the teachers.

Jeanne

October events with Bonnie Duran

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October 23: Introduction to Mindfulness Through an Indigenous World View for those who self identify as Indigenous or as People of Colour
October 24-25: Online Retreat for everyone


Introduction to Mindfulness Through an Indigenous World View for those who self identify as Indigenous or as People of Colour (online)

Friday, October 23, 7:00 – 9:00 pm (Saskatchewan time)
Led by Bonnie Duran, Jeanne Corrigal and Elvina Charley

This group is for those who self-identify as Indigenous or as People of Colour.

This special evening of meditation will introduce mindfulness through the wisdom of three Indigenous teachers.

This event welcomes: beginners, experienced meditators, students, teachers, educators, community workers, community activists, families, teens, young adults, parents, aunties, grandparents… everyone!

This evening is offered in the Insight Meditation tradition of dana/donation – there will be an opportunity to contribute financially to the teachers, if you wish, and according to your means.

Please register here, and we will send the Zoom meeting link and further details closer to the event:
http://saskatooninsight.com/forms/view.php?id=35878

Registration now closed.


Indigenous Presence:
A Retreat with Wisdom Teachings from the Indigenous & Insight Meditation Traditions (online)

with Bonnie Duran, Jeanne Corrigal, and Elvina Charley

Saturday, October 24, 10 am – 4 pm
Sunday, October 25, 10 am – 1 pm
Everyone welcome!

This retreat will explore similarities between Indigenous and Buddhist ways of knowing, to support peace in the heart and mind and wise action in the world. Gentle mindfulness practices will explore our connection with nature and ancestors, describe a path to decolonizing the mind, offer ways of gently releasing challenging experiences and trauma, and invite us to walk the Beauty Way, or Hoźho.

This retreat is offered in the Insight Meditation tradition of dana/donation – there will be an opportunity to contribute financially to the teachers, if you wish, and according to your means.

Please register here, and we will send the Zoom meeting link and further details closer to the event:
http://saskatooninsight.com/forms/view.php?id=36362

Registration now closed.


About the teachers

Bonnie Duran, DrPH, an Opelousas/Coushatta descendant, began Buddhist meditation practice over 35 years ago. She enjoys teaching Spirit Rock’s Dedicated Practitioners Program, short and long retreats, and holds a People of Color and Allies Sangha in Seattle, WA. She also directs the University of Washington’s Center for Indigenous Health Research, is a member of Spirit Rock Teachers Council and a core teacher for the Insight Meditation Society’s Teacher Training Program.

Jeanne Corrigal has been practicing since 1999, and is a graduate of Spirit Rock’s Dedicated Practitioner Program, and Community Dharma Leader Program, and is the Guiding Teacher for the Saskatoon Insight Meditation Community. She is trained with Mindful Schools, and a certified MBSR Teacher (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction). 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.

Jeanne Corrigal

Diné (Navajo) bi-lingual school psychologist Elvina Charley, Ed.S., M.A. She has been practicing and serving indigenous communities over twenty years as a teacher and school psychologist practitioner in urban and rural setting. Charley has been practicing mindfulness since 2013 as a way to heal from historical trauma. Charley received training through Mindful Schools to bring back mindfulness to reservations schools. She found parallels between her Diné philosophy of life and mindfulness, which she incorporates in teaching her students.

Anglin Lake Insight Meditation Retreats – August 2020

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Update from Jeanne, July 1, 2020
We are confirmed for our retreat! We are happy to be able to visit our beautiful Anglin Lake again.
Andrea and I are making a list of safety guidelines….variations on washing hands, sanitizing hands, washing hands, sanitizing hands, and maintaining physical distance. 🙂 Which, handily, is possible in a canoe! 🙂
We want to make this trip easeful… with the emphasis on ease, and not on the additional guidelines. It strikes me that the additional guidelines are like the monastic code… in the Buddha’s time, guidelines for social harmony were added as circumstances required… here we are!
Other nature retreats around the continent are also going ahead… this format is actually turning into a refuge in these times, as indoor retreats are not possible right now. So, we are fortunate to be able to rest into this one. We are almost full for the first one, and have about 5 spots left in the second.
So, taking a breath, inviting ease. Andrea and I will send out our suggestions for social harmony and safety to registered participants soon.
With much metta,
Jeanne and Andrea


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

Kindness: the Heart’s Home August 6-9
This immersion in kindness with the community of land, lake, sky, and trees cultivates our sense of care for ourselves and all beings, and supports liberation into the spacious, loving, connected heart and mind. This retreat is inspired by the teachings of both Elder Jim Settee and the Buddha.

Touching the Earth Insight Retreat August 9-12
On the eve of his enlightenment the Buddha touched the earth and asked for help to awaken. On this retreat we will touch the beloved earth with our hearts, minds, bodies, and spirits, as we follow the Buddha’s guidance in cultivating liberation of the heart-mind. This retreat invites us to renew our connection with the nourishing well of our true nature, for the sake of all beings.

Registration closed

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 retreat manager Andrea at amgrzesina@gmail.com.

  • You can register for one, or both, retreats. There is a limit of 15 people per retreat.
  • Cost for each trip: $190, 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.
    • Some scholarship support is available, if the registration fee is a barrier.
  • If you are able to bring a canoe, the cost is reduced ($105 per canoe).
    Maximum of six canoes are needed for each retreat, depending on number of people registered.
  • Registration fees cover the operational expenses of the retreat (equipment, fees, transportation, etc). They do not cover the teachings, which are freely given because they are considered priceless. Dana is a Pali word meaning generosity. In keeping with Buddhist tradition, teachers do not charge for their services but are sustained by the generosity of their students. Dana allows the teacher and retreat manager to continue their Dharma work. There will be an opportunity to offer dana to Jeanne for her teaching.
  • We set up our home at the Spruce River Campground and paddle from there. Bring your camping gear (tent, sleeping bag, etc.). This unserviced campground has outhouses. We will set up a common kitchen area for meals.
  • We recommend at least one weekend residential retreat or a familiarity with Insight Meditation practice prior to this retreat. If you do not have this experience, registration may still be possible after a conversation with Jeanne. If this your first retreat, Jeanne will call you once you submit your registration to have a chat.
  • Swimming and basic canoe skills are needed.

Registration

Registration is now closed.


These retreats are led by Jeanne Corrigal, Guiding Teacher with the Saskatoon Insight Meditation Community. A graduate of Spirit Rock’s Community Dharma Leader Program, Jeanne is currently a participant in the 2017-2021 IMS teacher training program. Jeanne has practiced Insight Meditation for 21 years, is a certified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher and Life Skills Coach. Jeanne is Métis and one of her first teachers in loving presence was Cree Elder Jim Settee. She is a long-time canoeist.

June 2020 Daylong

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Gladness and Quiet Joy
Essential Friends in Times of Change

— An online daylong retreat with Jeanne Corrigal —

The Buddha encouraged us to live in joy, even in times of affliction, to support freedom in our own heart and mind, and to strengthen our capacity to support our communities.  This day of nourishment will explore gladdening practices that are available in every moment, and their liberating role in the journey of life.  We look forward to gathering with you in community – a quiet joy, in itself.

Time:

Saturday, June 27, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm (Saskatchewan time)

Registration:

Please register to get the Zoom link for joining the meeting:
http://saskatooninsight.com/forms/view.php?id=34461

Please plan to join by 8:45 am on Saturday to be ready for the 9:00 am start.

Our teacher:

Jeanne Corrigal

Jeanne Corrigal has been practicing since 1999, is a graduate of Spirit Rock’s Community Dharma Leader Program, and the guiding teacher for the Saskatoon Insight Meditation Community. 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.


This daylong is freely offered, with an opportunity to offer dana to Jeanne for the teaching.
https://saskatooninsight.com/wp/about/dana/

Dhamma Friends – June 24, 2020

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Dear sangha friends,

I’m really excited to introduce you to some of my IMS Teacher Training colleagues, who are going to visit to us on our metta night, June 24.

Zooming in from Vancouver is Rachel Lewis, who has developed a songbook of Buddhist music, including her own choral arrangements of traditional chants, and who will open our metta sit with her exquisite chanting; tuning in from Massachusetts is Devin Berry, whose groundbreaking and innovative Deep Liberation retreats call upon ancestral healing; also from Massachusetts is Tara Mulay, whose South Asian (Indian) roots and extensive and diverse retreat practice combine in her insightful sharing of the dharma.

Please join us for this very special metta night, the first in a series of collaborations with teachers from around the world, that we are calling “Dhamma Friends.”

Please add a note “Dhamma Friends” with any dana you offer on this evening. It will be shared with appreciation among all the teachers.

Jeanne

Online retreat – April 24-25

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Cultivating Care and Wise Response in Challenging Times

An online retreat with Jeanne Corrigal

In this challenging time, the practice is a great gift. In a way, this is what we practice for–to be able to meet all of life with kindness, and wisdom. This moment, too, is an opportunity to feel our feet on the floor, to rest in the breath, to connect with our hearts, and respond wisely. Our practice is big enough, and flexible enough, for this, too.

Practicing in community is also a gift in this time, and we are grateful to be able to do so with Zoom technology. The intention of this retreat will be to cultivate a sense of connection, and will include dharma talks, meditation instruction, home practices, and practice guidance.

Time:

Friday April 24, 6:45 pm – 9:00 pm
Saturday April 25, 8:45 am – 4:30 pm

Please plan to join at 6:45 pm on Friday and 8:45 am on Saturday to be ready for the 7:00 pm start on Friday and the 9:00 am start on Saturday.

Zoom details:

Please register to receive the Zoom information:
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/u5EvfuGsqz0tFHMDC7Je0z9qx_HyxdnApA

Our teacher:

Jeanne Corrigal

Jeanne Corrigal has been practicing since 1999, is a graduate of Spirit Rock’s Community Dharma Leader Program, and the guiding teacher for the Saskatoon Insight Meditation Community. 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.


This retreat is co-hosted by Happy Hearts Mindfulness Community, in Edmonton, and the Saskatoon Insight Meditation Community.

It is freely offered, with an opportunity to offer dana to Jeanne for the teaching.
https://saskatooninsight.com/wp/about/dana/

First Free Women – April 8, 2020

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

A link to the video recording from this evening is below.

To support Ayya Anandabodhi’s community, please visit the Aloka Vihara’s donate page.


The First Free Women:
Readings and Teachings by Anandabodhi Bhikkhuni

The beautiful enlightenment poems of the Elder Nuns of the Early Buddhist tradition have been preserved from 2600 years ago. Author Matty Weingast has rendered a fresh and alive translation of these treasured poems in a new book called The First Free Women: Poems of the Early Buddhist Nuns. In it, the words of Tissa, Grandma Sumana, and Vijaya speak directly to our hearts and experience today with insight and compassion.

We are very fortunate to have Ayya Anandabodhi, a contemporary Bhikkhuni in the Theravadan Buddhist Tradition, ‘zooming’ in to our community April 8 to offer readings and teachings from this collection.

Anandabodhi Bhikkhuni lived and trained as a nun in the Forest Tradition at Amaravati and Chithurst monasteries in England from 1992 until 2009, and then moved to the US to help establish Aloka Vihara, a training monastery for women.

Her practice and teaching are guided by early Buddhist scriptures and through nature’s pure and immediate Dhamma. In 2011 she took full Bhikkhuni Ordination, joining the growing number of women who are reclaiming this path given by the Buddha.


To offer financial support to the Aloka Vihara community, please visit this page:
https://alokavihara.org/support-2/donate/

Please join us April 8 for this very special evening, 7:00-8:15 pm, live-streamed to Facebook or join us with Zoom.

For more information, please email us at contact@saskatooninsight.com.


A video of the guided meditation and teachings is accessible on Facebook or YouTube, using the following links:
Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/saskatooninsight/videos/216637093106114/
YouTube:
https://youtu.be/6N4dOIZSTss

January 2020 retreat

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


Responding to Resistance:
Sitting with ourselves and others in challenging times

A residential/non-residential weekend retreat with Jeanne Corrigal
January 24-26, 2020, at Queen’s House Retreat & Renewal Centre, Saskatoon

Resistance is a normal human response, in the face of fear, loss, uncertainty, or to the way things are–within ourselves and in the world. “Just let it be” can be easy to say… and very very difficult to do. And yet, we understand this as key to our practice of liberation. Can we truly see resistance as a doorway to peace? This retreat will explore meeting this important part of our experience wisely, as a direct invitation to freedom, skillful action, and even to happiness, in the midst of our world.

Friday evening talk open to all

The Friday evening talk is open to the public on a donation basis. No pre-registration is required.
Friday, January 24, 7-9 PM, Queen’s House Retreat & Renewal Centre

Fee for meals and accommodation

  • Residential option: $245 if registered on or before January 10; $275 after that date.
    • Includes single room, breakfast, lunch and dinner January 25 and breakfast and lunch on January 26.
  • Commuter option: $125 if registered on or before January 10; $155 after that date.
    • Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner January 25 and breakfast and lunch on January 26.
  • Scholarship support is available, if cost is a barrier.

The retreat fee covers only the retreat costs: teacher travel, food, rental, incidental expenses, etc. Towards the end of the retreat, there is an opportunity for participants to practice generosity through offering financial support to Jeanne, in appreciation.

Registration

Online registration is available via this link:
http://saskatooninsight.com/forms/view.php?id=30753

A downloadable poster and registration form is available here:


About our Teacher

Jeanne Corrigal

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


Sponsored by the Saskatoon Insight Meditation Community

Daylong retreat with Jeanne Corrigal Dec 7

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The Path of Peace - a daylong retreat with Jeanne Corrigal - Sat Dec 7 2019
The Path of Peace – a daylong retreat with Jeanne Corrigal

As we enter one of the busy seasons of our year, intentionally connecting with peace is an inner gift to offer ourselves and others. Peace is possible in this moment, even in difficult or busy conditions. The more we practice peace, the more accessible it is to us, and the more we can offer peace to the world.

This day long retreat will be held in noble silence, and will offer dharma talks, meditation instruction in touching peace, and gentle relational practices.

Date: Saturday, December 7, 2019
Time: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Place: Learning Disabilities Association of Saskatchewan, 2221 Hanselman Court, Saskatoon
Cost: This 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 planning, please pre-register with this link:
http://saskatooninsight.com/forms/view.php?id=30070

Compassionate Presence – October 2019

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Compassionate Presence

A weekend retreat with Adrianne Ross
October 25-27, 2019

Queen’s House Retreat & Renewal Centre, 601 Taylor Street, Saskatoon
Residential and commuter options available

Retreat starts at 7:00 PM October 25 and ends at 4:00 PM October 27.

This silent retreat will provide a safe space for us to take refuge from the demands and busy-ness of our lives, of media and the climate in which we find ourselves. Whether we are new or experienced practitioners this will be an opportunity to relax, come into gentle, compassionate presence and release some of the difficulties we carry. By cultivating mindful, caring presence, we are able to allow things to be as they are, hold ourselves with compassion, and see more clearly how we might act with skill and effectiveness.

There will be some guided instruction, periods of sitting and walking meditation and opportunities for practice questions and discussion.

Registration fee for meals and accommodation:

  • Residential option: $275 if registered on or before October 11; $305 after that date.
    Includes single room, breakfast, lunch and dinner October 26 and breakfast and lunch on October 27.
  • Commuter option: $155 if registered on or before October 11; $185 after that date.
    Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner October 26 and breakfast and lunch on October 27.
  • Scholarship support is available, if cost is a barrier.

The retreat fee covers only the retreat costs: teacher travel, food, rental, incidental expenses, etc. Towards the end of the retreat, there is an opportunity for participants to practice generosity through offering financial support to Adrianne, in appreciation.

Registration

Online registration is available via this link:
http://saskatooninsight.com/forms/view.php?id=29401

A printable poster and registration form is available here.

Friday evening talk open to all

The Friday evening talk  is open to the public on a donation basis. No pre-registration is required.
Friday, October 25, 7-9 PM, Queen’s House Retreat & Renewal Centre


Adrianne Ross

Adrianne Ross, MD, has been involved with meditation and healing since 1976. 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.