Fall retreat ⛪

Living Fully, Living Freely:
Embracing Our Impermanence

two pink flowers and four smooth dark pebbles rest on a sandy beach - waves are in the background
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An in-person non residential/residential retreat
with Jeanne Corrigal and Nikki Mirghafori

November 17-19, 2023
Queen’s House Retreat & Renewal Centre, Saskatoon

This retreat is a community exploration of living wisely and fully in the light of our common human mortality. We will turn gently to this reflection with the intention of supporting our capacity to engage wholeheartedly in the richness of living this life, now; and as we prepare for its ending. Everyone is welcome, wherever you are in your life journey.

The weekend will include dharma talks, instruction, practice, reflection, and relational practice, so that we feel the support of the community as we reflect together.

This retreat is being offered in-person only. We offer options for people to stay at Queen’s House or commute.

We request that you fully commit to participating in the whole retreat, from 7:30 pm pm November 17 to 4 pm November 19.

If you are a commuter, this means arriving at the center for the first sit and instruction after breakfast, at about 9 am, and practicing with the community until 9 pm. A rest area will be available. The schedule will be confirmed about a week before the retreat.

This retreat is offered by mutual generosity. When you register, there will be a registration fee to help SIMC cover our costs. If cost is a barrier, scholarship support is available.

During the retreat, we will provide information for those who are able to offer financial support to Jeanne and Nikki.


Please register here:

Guidelines for caring around COVID

We will review the situation in Saskatoon closer to the event and will publish guidelines at that time.

Jeanne Corrigal is the guiding teacher for the Saskatoon Insight Meditation Community, and a graduate of the 2017-2021 IMS teacher training program. She deeply appreciates metta and nature based practices. She has been practicing since 1999, and is a graduate of Spirit Rock’s Dedicated Practitioner and Community Dharma Leader Programs. Jeanne is certified with Indigenous Focusing Oriented Trauma Therapy (IFOT), is a certified MBSR teacher, and she has trained with Mindful Schools and Somatic Experiencing. She is Métis, and one of her first teachers in loving presence was Cree Elder Jim Settee.

Dr Nikki Mirghafori has dark hair, glasses, wearing a pink shirt, standing in front of a dark green forest background.

Dr. Nikki Mirghafori is an Artificial Intelligence scientist and an internationally known Buddhist teacher. She serves as a Stewarding Teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, where she is also on the Board of Directors, and a Dharma Teacher at the Insight Meditation Center in Redwood City, CA. She teaches with clarity and warmth on topics ranging from mindful leadership to cultivating kindness, with a rare expertise on mindfulness of death. Dr. Mirghafori is widely published in AI, has led international collaborations as a Berkeley academic, and advised technology startups. She is of Persian heritage, an advocate for wisdom and compassion in daily life, as well as ethical AI in our zeitgeist. https://www.nikkimirghafori.com/