Awakening Together: Nurturing Beloved Community

In this retreat we will call on our ancestors, including Martin Luther King, Thich Nhat Hanh, and Cree Elder Jim Settee, to support us in building beloved community, in today’s world.

Ancient and modern teachings will guide us in connecting through our diverse identities and experiences, into ways to stand strongly and kindly together, in these times.

November 5-7, 2021
Friday 7 pm to Sunday at 4 pm (Saskatchewan time)
Online via Zoom

Register here:
https://saskatooninsight.com/forms/view.php?id=42120


When I met Martin Luther King Jr., in 1966, we spoke about Sangha building. The beloved community is the Sangha. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh


Devin Berry
Jeanne Corrigal

Devin Berry began his practice with Thich Nhat Hanh’s Plum Village sangha and has been practicing Insight meditation since 1999. His practice primarily focuses on daily life and long retreat practices that point to the liberative teachings of the Buddha. Devin was formerly a teacher at East Bay Meditation center in Oakland, CA where he co-founded both the teen and men of color sangha. He co-founded Deep Time Liberation, an ancestral healing journey that explores the impact of ancestral legacy and intergenerational trauma on Black Americans. Devin teaches regularly at Insight Meditation Society (IMS). He currently serves on the boards of Insight World Aid and Barre Center for Buddhist Studies. Devin recently relocated from the San Francisco Bay Area to Western Massachusetts and teaches nationally.

Jeanne Corrigal has been practicing since 1999, and is the Guiding Teacher for the Saskatoon Insight Meditation Community. She is a graduate of the 2017-2021 IMS teacher training program, and also Spirit Rock’s Dedicated Practitioner Program, and Community Dharma Leader Program. She is trained with Mindful Schools, and a certified MBSR Teacher (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction). She is influenced by many teachers, including Thich Nhat Hanh. Jeanne is Métis, and one of her first teachers in loving presence was Cree Elder Jim Settee.


Thich Nhat Hanh
Martin Luther King Jr and Thich Nhat Hanh
Jim Settee

Image credits: Thich Nhat Hanh, Martin Luther King Jr and Thich Nhat Hanh, Jim Settee from Jeanne’s files

Anglin Lake Insight Meditation Retreats – August 2021

We are disappointed to cancel our retreat this year at our beloved Anglin Lake, due to the uncertainty of these COVID times. However, we have booked Anglin for Aug 4-10, 2022, and look forward to gathering in person then!

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

Kindness: the Heart’s Home
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
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.

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 not yet open. Please check in mid-April!


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.

Near to Nature’s Heart

Mini nature retreats with Jeanne Corrigal

These mini retreats offer a simple and supported way to rest into the nourishment of nature – in the city or country. We will begin in a community circle (online), spend time (offline) with reflection practices in nature, and then meet again (online) to close in community. You can choose indoor reflections, spent with a favourite tree outside of your window, or, choose a special spot to spend time in outdoors.

July 24 and Aug 28, 9:00 am – 12:30 pm Saskatchewan time
9:00 – 9:30 – opening circle (on Zoom)
9:30 – 11:30 – spend time in conversation outside, or in front of a window. Take a snack, blanket, chair, and plan to stay awhile.
11:30 – 12:30 – closing circle (on Zoom)


Please register here:
https://saskatooninsight.com/forms/view.php?id=41245


July 24: In Conversation with Nature

Attention through our senses is the way we come into conversation with the great teacher of which we are a part. We will spend time in gentle, intentional connecting relationship.

In meditation, we renew the conversation between our animal presence and the animate earth. Every bird, every rock face, every tree is capable of meaningful speech. Of course these other beings do not speak with a human tongue: they do not, that is, speak in words. They may speak in a song, like numerous birds, or in rhythm, like the crickets or the waves on the lake. They may speak a language of movements, of gestures, or slowly shifting shadows.

David Abram

August 28: The Stillness of Trees

The Buddha had a special relationship with trees, and in his first instruction invites us to sit in the presence of trees. We will simply rest in community with with our rooted friends, and with each other.

I go among trees and sit still.
All my stirring becomes quiet
Around me like circles on water.

Wendell Berry

Asian teacher series

Please join SIMC and three special teachers, each with unique roots in Asian heritage and practice.

Jozen Tamori Gibson
Neesha Patel
  • May 26, 2021 – Jozen Tamori Gibson
  • June 2, 2021 – Neesha Patel

Sessions will be on Zoom during our regular Wednesday meeting time.
7 pm Saskatchewan (9 pm EDT, 7 pm MDT, 6 pm PDT)
Register to get the link to join here:
http://bit.ly/simcwed

If you wish to support the teachers’ generosity in offering these teachings, please visit our dana page for details. Included a note in the message field with the teacher’s name, and we will forward your offering to them.


Jozen Tamori Gibson (they, them) began formal meditation practice in 2004 through Sotō Zen while living in Japan joined by a Theravada practice in 2010. Jozen is a graduate of the 2017-2021 Insight Meditation Society (IMS) Dharma Teacher Training program and serves on the New York Insight Meditation Center’s teacher council. With certifications and embodiment studies in Yoga, Qigong, Indigenous Focusing Oriented Therapy (IFOT) and Complex Trauma, Jozen lives to provide and nourish contemplative mind-heart-body alignment practices and spaces rooted in wellness, anti-oppression and interdependent liberation for all beings. Jozen honors the wisdom and compassion of all teachers, highlighting their mother, Akimi, and dharma root teacher, Pamela Weiss.

Neesha Patel has been drawn to the teachings of the Buddha ever since she first read comic books about the Buddha as a child. She has been fortunate to have been infused by and practiced the dhamma in both Asia and the US. Her practice has been influenced by the guidance of many wonderful teachers, including Sayadaw U Tejaniya and Ajahn Sucitto. Though her dhamma practice primarily derives from Vipassana traditions, she has benefited deeply from wisdom expressed in the Zen/Chan and Tibetan Buddhist traditions. She loves both intensive longer retreat practice, as well as daily life practice, and is inspired by the radical inclusivity of the dhamma.
Neesha currently resides in Northern California. She is a graduate of Spirit Rock’s Dedicated Practitioner Program, and is a graduate of the 2017-2021 IMS Teacher Training Program.

Retreat with Richard Shankman – May 14-18, 2021

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


Calming the Mind/Opening to Insight – The Path of Mindfulness, Jhana and Insight

May 14-18, 2021
Retreat starts 7 pm on Friday, May 14
Retreat ends 4 pm on Tuesday, May 18
Online (Zoom)

Concentration and jhana are often taught as separate practices from insight meditation.

This retreat, however, will integrate concentration, mindfulness and insight into a single meditative path. Practicing in this way, the mind becomes more collected and centered, leading to deepening states of concentration, peace, clarity and calm abiding, and culminating in states of unification of mind known as jhana. At the same time, awareness will be guided to open into mindfulness of the body and states of the heart and the mind, revealing the four foundations of mindfulness.

This integration of concentration, calm, mindfulness and jhana builds a strong foundation for the arising of insight.

This retreat will entail alternating periods of sitting and walking (or other mindful movement) meditation, daily meditation instructions and dharma talk, and opportunities for individual and group practice discussions.


Registration now closed.


Also, for a quick and easy intro to how we’ll practice on the retreat, Richard has provided a series of short, 5 – 7 minute, videos on YouTube. You can get to them at:
www.mettadharma.org/concentration-and-insight-meditation-as-one-path-of-practice/


Richard Shankman has been a meditator since 1970 and teaches classes and meditation retreats at dharma centers and groups nationally and internationally. Richard is the guiding teacher of the Metta Dharma Foundation, and co-founder of the Sati Center for Buddhist Studies and of Mindful Schools. He has sat many silent, intensive meditation retreats for periods up to eleven months long. Richard is the author of The Experience of Samadhi: An In-Depth Investigation of Buddhist Meditation and The Art and Skill of Buddhist Meditation.

Dhamma Friends – April 21, 2021

This is for a past event. Check our Upcoming Events page for other offerings.


Dear sangha friends,

I’m really excited to introduce you to another of my IMS Teacher Training colleagues.

Devon Hase will be joining us for our session on Wednesday, April 21, 2021, at 7 PM (Saskatchewan). Here is a little preview of the discussion:

The Live Wire of Authenticity
We could say that dharma practice offers a kind of live wire of authenticity, a radical knowing of just exactly this moment as it presences in body, heart, and mind. Join us for an evening of experiential excavation of our mutually shared (and yet entirely individual) aliveness.

Please join us for this very special night, part of a series of collaborations with teachers from around the world, which 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


About our guest

Devon Hase began intensive meditation training in 2000. She has studied at monasteries in Nepal and India, and practices in the Insight and Vajrayana traditions. Currently, Devon teaches at the Insight Meditation Society, Spirit Rock, and throughout North America and Europe. Along with her life partner nico, she co-authored their first book, How Not to Be a Hot Mess: A Survival Guide for Modern Life, which offers six pieces of semi-Buddhist advice to keep you anchored and steady amidst the chaos of modern life. She now lives together with nico in urban retreat in her hometown of Ashland, Oregon. For more info visit www.devonandnicohase.com.


Recording on Facebook

Weekend with Pascal Auclair

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


A Vast, Vibrant & Stable Heart

Meditation Evening for the 2SLGBTQIA+ community

Friday, March 19, 7:00 – 9:00 pm (Saskatchewan time)
Led by Pascal Auclair

This evening is for those who self-identify as part of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community.

A Vast, Vibrant & Stable Heart

March 20 and 21: Saturday (9:30 am – 8 pm and Sunday (9:30 am – 4:15 pm) (Saskatchewan time)
with Pascal Auclair

All traditions and people welcome!

Together, we will cultivate the courage to meet reality as it is : changing and unpredictable. We will allow this intimate encounter to become the gateway leading us to tenderness and joy. A presence, altogether sensitive, engaged, vibrant and calm –wise!– will take us to the silent and caring heart of Mindfulness.


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

Both events will be held online via Zoom. A link will be emailed to you closer to the event.

Please register here:
https://saskatooninsight.com/forms/view.php?id=39433


Image of Pascal Auclair

Pascal Auclair has been immersed in Buddhist practice and study since 1997, sitting retreats in Asia and America with revered monastics and lay teachers. He has been mentored by Joseph Goldstein and Jack Kornfield at the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Massachusetts and Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California, where he is now enjoying teaching retreats. Pascal teaches in North America and in Europe. He is a co-founder of True North Insight and one of TNI’s Guiding Teachers.


Recordings from the weekend are available here.

Dhamma Friends – March 3, 2021

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


Dear sangha friends,

Jeanne and our friend Elvina Charley will share the practice on the Wednesday sit on March 3. We look forward to welcoming Elvina to our sangha again!

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 night, part of a series of collaborations with teachers near and far, which we are calling “Dhamma Friends.”

March 3, 2021, 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

Community Circles

We will enjoy the refuge of the community, combining meditating with small group practises, reflecting on and deepening qualities which support our resilience and inner nourishment.

We will begin these circles by cultivating three of the Spiritual Faculties, or inner treasures, of Faith/Confidence; Nourishing Energy; and Concentration.  You can register for any or all of these 1.5 hour sessions:

  • February 2 – Saddha: Cultivating Confidence
    7:00 pm – 8:30 pm Saskatchewan time (click for other time zones)
    8 pm Eastern, 5 pm Pacific
  • March 2 – Viriya: Nourishing Energy
    7:00 pm – 8:30 pm Saskatchewan time (click for other time zones)
    8 pm Eastern, 5 pm Pacific
  • March 30 – Samadhi: Settling and Gathering our Hearts and Minds
    7:00 pm – 8:30 pm Saskatchewan time (click for other time zones)
    9 pm Eastern, 6 pm Pacific ** note time change
  • April 27 – Panna: Wise Discernment
    7:00 pm – 8:30 pm Saskatchewan time (click for other time zones)
    9 pm Eastern, 6 pm Pacific

This time of practice in community is suitable for both beginners and experienced practitioners.

This is offered on a dana basis.

A Zoom link will be emailed to you when your registration is complete, plus we’ll send a reminder closer to the events for which you have registered.

Please register here:
http://saskatooninsight.com/forms/view.php?id=38084

Closer Than We Think

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


A community exploration of how we prepare for the transition of dying & the moment of death

Led by Matty Weingast and Jeanne Corrigal.

Matty brings a lightness to these reflections which is refreshing and inspiring. Matty and Jeanne have the intention that this sense of light touch comes through in the session, and we hope that you join us.

With a selection of poems from The First Free Women as reflections, we will inquire together into these important questions and also into how they can help us to live life more fully now.

Matty Weingast is the co-editor of Awake at the Bedside: Contemplative Teachings on Palliative and End-of-Life Care. He is also a former editor of the Insight Journal at Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, and the author of The First Free Women: Poems of the Early Buddhist Nuns, which is much loved in our community. 

Jeanne Corrigal is the guiding teacher for the Saskatoon Insight Meditation Community.

SIMC invites you to join us online January 23 for this special time together
Saturday, January 23, 10:00 am – noon CST (click to see other time zones).

This event is offered on a dana basis. Please add a note “Matty” to any donation you are able to make, and it will be shared between the teachers.

Please register here to get the Zoom link for the event:
http://saskatooninsight.com/forms/view.php?id=37353