Daylong retreat with Jeanne Corrigal – Dec 9, 2018

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Living in Joy: An Inner Wellspring

A 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

Living the Dharma Program (2018-2020)

This is for a past program. Please see the Living the Dharma in Community program in 2023-2024.


The intention of this program is to help participants deepen their formal practice and to integrate the dharma into their daily life. This program supports a shift from seeing the dharma as something we fit into our lives, to seeing our life through the lens of the dharma. This is the movement from having a spiritual practice to having a spiritual life. This is not about changing our lives, but rather changing our relationship with life. The Buddha teaches that through practice and understanding we can have less suffering, and the path points the way toward deep contentment and ease. This program is offered in support of each of us living fully, with an open heart, expanding kindness, and wisdom and care for the world. The program is based in the Buddhist Theravada, or Insight Meditation, tradition. It includes elements of study, reflection, discussion, one on one teacher support, and retreat.

Susie Harrington

Susie Harrington and Jeanne Corrigal will co-teach this program, in a unique way. Susie developed this program, modeled after Spirit Rock Meditation Center’s Dedicated Practitioner Program (DPP), as a way of making the program accessible and financially feasible to a wider community. The core content of the program will be provided through pre-recorded dharma talks and guided meditations from Susie Harrington. Jeanne will be the live and in-person teacher, facilitator, and practice talk teacher. This program requires a one-year commitment. The full program is two years, with the option to commit for the second year at the end of the first.

Elements of the Program

(described in more detail following this list)

  • Monthly homework, dharma Buddy meeting, monthly group meetings with Jeanne, and ten half hour practice talks per year with Jeanne. The time commitment for this will be approximately 6-8 hours per month, with extra optional readings.
  • Three weekend residential retreats and two daylong retreats per year.
    • For the first year, the residential retreats are:
      November 23-25, 2018
      April 5-7, 2019
      November 22-24, 2019
    • Two day-long retreats (back to back): September 21 and 22, 2019

Topics covering essential dharma:

  1. First Year
    • The Four Noble Truths
    • The Four Foundations of Mindfulness
    • Awakening in the Body
    • Generosity
    • Wise Speech
    • Eightfold Path
    • Paramis
    • Relational Practice
    • Diversity and Privilege
    • Money, Work, and Livelihood
    • Working with Emotions
    • Qualities of the Heart: Metta, Karuna, Mudita, and Upekkha
  2. Second Year
    • Dependent Origination
    • Transcendent Dependent Origination
    • Fetters and Entanglements
    • Illness, Death, and Compassion
    • Karma
    • Creativity
    • Socially Engaged Buddhism
    • Intimacy, Relationships, and Authentic Communication
    • Emptiness and Awareness
    • The Bodhisattva Path and Awakening

Monthly Homework

A wide range of topics are covered in the homework. Some topics will be more oriented towards understanding the fundamental teachings of the Buddha, while others will be more about life integration. There will be questions to consider and reflect upon and suggested meditations. Bringing the reflections and practices into daily life situations will be the consistent theme throughout. Each month will have 2-6 short readings, including a mix of suttas from the Buddha, and from modern writers. Additional reading will be optional for those with more time or interest in a given topic.

Monthly group meetings

Once a month there will be a 1-hour group discussion with Jeanne, to explore the monthly homework topic. These will be in person for local practitioners; for practitioners who live outside of Saskatoon, we will set up a group Skype or Google Hangout meeting.

Dharma Buddy

Each person will be paired with at least one other person in the program and talk at least once every two weeks. This is an opportunity to discuss and work with the homework material and practices more intimately and in depth. This is a wonderful part of the program as it is where we can deeply and vulnerably explore our personal experience. The length and setting are up to the dharma buddies.

Individual practice talks

Each participant will have a half hour phone, Skype, or in person practice talk ten times during the year (approximately once every 5 weeks) with Jeanne, to explore practice and the monthly topic. Participants will be able to use an online scheduling tool to choose their times.

Retreats

The retreats are an integral part of the program. The retreats will provide us with an opportunity to delve more deeply into topics, as well as create a community of support and deep dharma friends. The community we form and the long-term dharma friendships are a deeply enriching part of the program. There will be three weekend residential retreats per year exclusively for the program participants. There will also be two daylong retreats. On these retreats there will be a mix of silent practice, participatory and relational exercises, and discussion.

Program Requirements

  • At least one year of practice and at least one weekend or longer residential retreat, in the Insight Meditation Tradition.
    • If you do not have residential retreat experience, registration may be possible after a conversation with Jeanne.
  • Commitment to practice 6 days/week at least 30 minutes a day.
  • Commitment to all elements of the program – absences are inevitable, but the commitment to participation will deepen your experience as well as support the deepening of the group.
  • Commitment to the financial requirements and to the support of the teacher.
  • In addition to these commitments, you are encouraged to attend a minimum of one Insight Meditation residential retreat (of any length) in addition to the program retreats, during the period of the program. This will greatly support your practice.

Program Cost

Participants commit to one year of the program, to begin with. The full program is two years, with the option to commit for the second year at the end of the first.

The following estimated costs are for one year of the program (costs are subject to change):

1) $590 expenses, with optional additional $50 for scholarship contribution. This includes:

  • $220 – Three weekend residential retreats at Ancient Spirals, 10 miles south of Saskatoon
    (plus potluck food cost to be determined)
  • $ 20 – Two daylong retreats at McFarland House, Saskatoon
  • $300 – Administration fee, which will be shared between Susie Harrington, Jeanne Corrigal, and the program administrator/manager.
  • $ 50- additional cost to cushion for possible rise in above venue rates. This amount will be used for food costs at the Ancient Spirals retreat if it is not used during the program.
  • Optional – $50 scholarship contribution

2) Teacher support for Jeanne. In accordance with the tradition, Jeanne offers the teachings without a fee, (including the retreats, monthly homework, monthly group meetings, and 10 individual practice talks per person. This is a substantial commitment for Jeanne, and participant support through dana (also in accordance to tradition) will allow Jeanne to offer this program in all of its elements.)

There is no set donation for the teachings, and you may offer whatever you wish. At the same time, in Asia practitioners usually know the amounts that are needed to support a teacher, and so we offer this suggested guideline in the spirit of this tradition, and we will see what happens in this happy experiment. It is helpful to know that each retreat takes a teacher twice the length (or more) of the retreat to prepare for it.

  • Non-residential day long retreats: It is very helpful if these can somewhat average about $80 a person. Please feel free to offer less than this in order to ensure your participation, knowing that your presence and any financial contribution are valued. Please feel free to offer more, if you are able and it brings you joy to support others and the retreat in this precious way.
  • Residential retreats: It is very helpful if these can average about $200 a person. Please feel free to offer less than this in order to ensure your participation, knowing that your presence and any financial contribution are valued. Please feel free to offer more, if you are able and it brings you joy to support others and the retreat in this precious way.
  • Monthly homework, meetings, and practice talks: It is very helpful if these can average about $40 a person each month. Please feel free to offer less than this in order to ensure your participation, knowing that your presence and any financial contribution are valued. Please feel free to offer more, if you are able and it brings you joy to support others and the retreat in this precious way.

Application

Program is currently at capacity. You can use the registration form to be added to the wait list.

Please fill out the online registration form at: http://saskatooninsight.com/forms/view.php?id=20593
and make your expense payment by e-transfer, or by cheque. You can choose to make your payment in full upon registration, or in two installments, one with your application, and one by September 30, 2018.

The application period will be from January 5-June 30, 2018. Applicants will be contacted upon registration, and acceptance into the program will be ongoing throughout this period, until the program is full.

The program will have a minimum of 14 and a maximum of 18 participants. Please consider your ability to commit carefully. Because the fees are set to cover basic expenses, cancellations greatly affect the group and the funds we have to cover venues. Cancellations after September 30, 2018 will be refunded except for a $30 cancellation fee. Depending on the number of retreatants and the financial circumstances of the program, cancellations after October 30 may not be able to be refunded.

With Appreciation

This program is adapted by Susie Harrington from the Spirit Rock Meditation Center’s Dedicated Practitioner Program (DPP). While many changes have been made, gratitude is extended to Sally Clough and Eugene Cash for developing that program and allowing us to use some of the materials they developed.

Program teachers

Susie Harrington teaches meditation nationwide 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 about Susie Harrington, see: desertdharma.org

Jeanne Corrigal has been practicing since 1999, and teaching since 2012. She is a graduate of Spirit Rock’s Dedicated Practitioner Course and Community Dharma Leader Program, with Guy Armstrong as her mentor. She is currently a teacher trainee in the 2017-2021 Insight Meditation Society teacher training program, with Joseph Goldstein. She joyfully teaches and leads with the Saskatoon Insight Meditation Community, and other communities in Canada. Jeanne is also a certified MBSR teacher. She feels especially moved by lovingkindness and nature practices. Jeanne is Metis, and one of her first teachers in loving presence was Cree Elder Jim Settee.

For more information

Contact the program registrar, Doris Larson, at treasurer@saskatooninsight.com

Retreat with Bob Stahl – Oct 26-28, 2018

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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 treasurer@saskatooninsight.com

Bob Stahl

Bob 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

Reconciliation Movie Night: Jim Settee, The Way Home

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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

Anglin Lake Insight Meditation Retreats – August 2018

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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.

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)

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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 Ross

Adrianne 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)

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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)

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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: 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.