Community Circles

Good friends, companions, and associates are the whole of the spiritual life. A [practitioner] with good friends, companions, and associates can expect to develop and cultivate the noble eightfold path.
The Buddha to Ananda, Upaddha Sutta: Half the Spiritual Life, SN 45.2


You are warmly invited to our Community Circles: The Eightfold Path to a Wholehearted Life. Our Community Circle courses are immersions in the dharma, with spiritual friends.

Six colorful icons representing head and shoulders/arms of people make a circle. Inside the circle is a triple spiral. The outer circle represents the community support cultivated by this program, and the inner spirals represent the three themes of the eightfold path - wisdom, harmonious relations, and practice.

This is a time for us to gather as a dedicated cohort, and to engage in small groups to explore the dharma with gentle relational practices.

This year, we will immerse in the foundational teaching of the eightfold path. This teaching shows us how to make our whole life a path of practice. The path includes three spirals of teachings, beginning with panna, the Pali word for wisdom, which includes wise view about where peace and liberation lie, and wise intention, which can guide us in the journey. The second spiral is sila, or harmonious relations, where we bring our wisdom into our speech, action, and livelihood. Then from this foundation, the third teaching on samadhi spirals into wise effort, mindfulness, and concentration, which in turn further deepen our understanding and commitment to wise view. All three spirals influence and deepen each other. As we continue to practice, we spiral deeper in the embodiment of the path.

This 7-month program starts October 2022. It includes monthly meetings, monthly home reflections and readings, weekly check-ins with practice buddies, as well as commitment to your own individual practice. In addition, practice talks with Jeanne can deeply anchor your practice, and we recommend 3-5 twenty-five minute meetings with Jeanne during the program.

We will be offering two options for this program: an in-person series, for people in/near Saskatoon, and an online series.

Dates and times

Monthly meeting dates are as listed below. Each session runs 7-9 pm Saskatchewan time (click links for conversion into other time zones).

In personOnline
October 24October 31
November 21November 28
January 9January 16
February 6February 13
March 6March 13
April 3April 17
May 1May 15

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

Course fees

Administration fee:
The administration fee paid at the time of registration helps cover the administrative costs for SIMC.

Teacher dana/donation:
The registration fee does not include teacher support – there will be an opportunity to offer dana to Jeanne. See dana information below.

Registration

To register for the IN-PERSON offering:
https://saskatooninsight.com/forms/view.php?id=55481

To register for the ONLINE offering:
https://saskatooninsight.com/forms/view.php?id=55760


Course Teacher

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.


Some words about the practice of dana

We often have queries about what might be an appropriate range for any financial dana offering to the teachers, that you might wish to make. Before we consider this, it is really important to know that the teaching of dana is a liberation teaching, because it is an intentional opportunity to practice generosity, which can directly erode the habit in the mind of grasping. The Buddha invites us to tune into the joy of dana, the joy of giving, before, during and after… so please, see this as a joy and liberation practice!

One of the gifts of dana is that it is optional, and if people decide to give in this way, they can give according to their means. And at the same time, asking about a range is a reasonable question… in Asia, folks often have an idea of how much is needed to support a teacher’s “requisites”, but in the west, we don’t have the same kind of guidelines, and folks in the west can be left a little bit out at sea in this area.

Offering guidance can be sensitive, as everyone’s circumstances are different. That said, in order to support the teachings, we offer these guidelines as a place to start, and those who wish to give in this way can move up or down on the scale, according to their means.

One guideline is to give the amount that brings you joy, knowing that your dana is supporting the Dharma to carry on (while being aware of not breaking the bank 🙂). One may also seek guidance by looking at the fees that are charged for similar events of workshops in our culture. Movies now cost $15 or more; yoga classes often $15/hour; in addition, workshop leaders are often compensated in recognition of the time it takes to prepare materials, the presentation, as well as their expertise.

Perhaps a helpful starting point for our sessions would be $30 – $40 per class. (This would be a range of something like $210 – $280 for the program). For one-on-one practice talks with Jeanne, a range of $35 – $50 per meeting could be a good range to consider.

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 program in this precious way. Feel free to offer monthly or once or twice during the course – whatever works for you. And, please know that we are very grateful for both the dana of your presence in the program, and your financial dana; both danas contribute to our capacity to continue teaching. You can feel that your support is supporting the Dharma. Thank you.

If you wish to offer your generosity to support Jeanne and our community, please visit our dana page to find details.

Viriya Mini-retreat

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


Viriya
Courageous Energy

Sunday, April 24, 2022
9 am – 1 pm Saskatchewan
(11 am – 3 pm Eastern, 8 am – noon Pacific, other zones)
Online

We need courageous energy right now, to face what’s here and what’s ahead. But we need the right kind of energy — the viriya that connects us to the Seven Factors of Awakening. Join us for this half day of community cultivation of the energy that uplifts, inspires and nourishes our capacity to meet the moment with our whole, courageous heart.

This is offered on a dana basis.

Register here:
https://saskatooninsight.com/forms/view.php?id=50809

Waves of green and red go to and from a red heart in the center
image credit https://pixabay.com/illustrations/waves-the-heart-of-green-red-3319876/

Jeanne Corrigal

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.

James Lowe has practiced meditation for over 15 years, with Adrianne Ross, Michele McDonald and Steven Smith as his main teachers. James has over 20 years of teaching adults in community agencies and institutions, primarily teaching the Brahma-Viharas to volunteers and healthcare practitioners. As a psychotherapist, he sees life as learning, and thus helps clients learn to use the Dharma in a one on one setting. James is currently interested in exploring different ways to teach the dharma in nature, online, and in smaller groups. He especially likes smaller groups where people get to share their practice with one another. His greatest wish is to make the dharma accessible and personal to all people. To connect with James, visit www.jameslowe.com.

Feb 2022 online retreat

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


Gratitude and Generosity
Realizing the Abundant Heart

an online retreat with Susie Harrington and Jeanne Corrigal

Saturday Feb 12, 10 am-8 pm CST, and
Sunday Feb 13, 10 am-5 pm CST

We can get caught in thinking how things could be better, more, different, when in fact the precious jewels of connection, care, and a generous heart are already here.

In this weekend retreat, Susie and Jeanne will offer dharma reflections, guided meditation, instruction, group practice talks, and gentle relational practice.

This retreat is offered by donation/dana. When you register, there will be an opportunity to pay a registration fee to help SIMC cover our administration costs, and at the retreat, we will provide information for those who are able to offer financial support to Susie and Jeanne.

Please register here:
https://saskatooninsight.com/forms/view.php?id=48631
We will send a Zoom link and other details to registrants closer to the event.


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. She has also received teachings from many others, including Tory Capron, Adyashanti, and Tsoknyi Rinpoche. She often offers retreats outside, believing nature to be a profound teacher, and a gateway to our true self. 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 to her teaching, informed by her ongoing study of the Diamond Approach by A.H.Almaas and as a graduate of Hakomi Therapy (a somatic psychotherapy modality). She offers a two-year intensive program, Dharma in Daily Life, where she delights in mentoring the innate qualities of heart and wisdom in everyday practice. Her practice is rooted in periods of long retreat both indoors and outdoors, which offer nourishment and inspiration for her teaching. She was an outdoor professional for over 30 years, including years as a river guide, mountaineering guide, and backcountry ranger, and now finds her greatest delight in sharing her love of the dharma and the natural world.

Jeanne Corrigal

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.

Introduction to Mindfulness

Bringing Heartful Wisdom to Life

an 8-week online course
with Jeanne Corrigal and Andrea Grzesina


This is for a past event. Please check our upcoming events and instruction pages for other opportunities.


Mindfulness meditation nurtures balance, well being, and presence in our lives. Rooted in the Insight Meditation tradition, this course introduces mindfulness as a heartful wisdom that can be expressed in all aspects of our life. We will include mindfulness of the body, thoughts, and emotions, kindness and compassion, both in formal practice and simple everyday activities.

The course will combine instruction with time for coaching and questions. Participants are further supported with recorded guided meditations and resources. This course is suitable for beginners and experienced practitioners who wish to develop a deeper understanding of this frame of practice.

Dates and times

Mondays, February 7 to March 28, 2022
7:oo-8:30 PM CST

For those outside Saskatchewan, there is a time change once daylight savings starts in mid-March – please check your times!
Feb 7-Mar 7 : 8:00-9:30 PM EST, 5:00-6:30 PM PST
Mar 14-28 : 9:00-10:30 PM EDT, 6:00-7:30 PDT

Course fees

Administration fee:
The administration fee paid at the time of registration helps cover the administrative costs for SIMC.

Teacher dana/donation:
The registration fee does not include teacher support – there will be an opportunity to offer dana to the teachers. See dana information below.

Registration

Please register here:
https://saskatooninsight.com/forms/view.php?id=49229


Course facilitators

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.

Andrea Grzesina is a MTI Certified Teacher, having completed the Mindfulness Training Institute’s Certified Mindfulness Teacher Training with Mark Coleman and Martin Aylward in July 2021. A life-long learner and lover of the Dharma, Andrea has taken several training programs, including the Intensive Practice Program through the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center and several courses in Social Meditation Facilitation with Vince Fakhoury Horn and the Buddhist Geeks Sangha. She has been practicing meditation and mindfulness since 2014, and contributes to SIMC as a local dharma leader, a member of the planning committee, volunteer, retreat manager, cookie baker, and other duties as required.


Some words about the practice of dana

We often have queries about what might be an appropriate range for any financial dana offering to the teachers, that you might wish to make. Before we consider this, it is really important to know that the teaching of dana is a liberation teaching, because it is an intentional opportunity to practice generosity, which can directly erode the habit in the mind of grasping. The Buddha invites us to tune into the joy of dana, the joy of giving, before, during and after… so please, see this as a joy and liberation practice!

One of the gifts of dana is that it is optional, and if people decide to give in this way, they can give according to their means. And at the same time, asking about a range is a reasonable question… in Asia, folks often have an idea of how much is needed to support a teacher’s “requisites”, but in the west, we don’t have the same kind of guidelines, and folks in the west can be left a little bit out at sea in this area.

Offering guidance can be sensitive, as everyone’s circumstances are different. That said, in order to support the teachings, we offer these guidelines as a place to start, and those who wish to give in this way can move up or down on the scale, according to their means.

One guideline is to give the amount that brings you joy, knowing that your dana is supporting the Dharma to carry on (while being aware of not breaking the bank 🙂). One may also seek guidance by looking at the fees that are charged for similar events of workshops in our culture. Movies now cost $15 or more; yoga classes often $15/hour; in addition, workshop leaders are often compensated in recognition of the time it takes to prepare materials, the presentation, as well as their expertise.

Perhaps a helpful starting point for our sessions would be $25 – $35 per class. (This would be a range of something like $200 – $280 for the course). 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 program in this precious way. Feel free to offer monthly or once or twice during the course – whatever works for you. And, please know that we are very grateful for both the dana of your presence in the program, and your financial dana; both danas contribute to our capacity to continue teaching. You can feel that your support is supporting the Dharma. Thank you.

If you wish to offer your generosity to support Jeanne, Andrea, and our community, please visit our dana page to find details.

Cancelled: Mindfulness Retreat for Young Adults

Unfortunately low registration has led us to cancel this retreat – for now. We plan to host more events like this in future for young adults, and hope that you will stay tuned to our website or email list and join us again. Meanwhile, many young adults join us for our regular Wednesday night sit, and for our other classes and retreats, and it would be lovely to see you there, too!

Developing Your Stress Toolkit

with Jessica Morey
cofounder of Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (iBme)

Half-day Retreat – Ages 15 – 25

This retreat is for: teens, students, young professionals,
all young adults welcome!

When: Saturday, February 5, 2021, 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm (CST)
(2-7 Eastern, 11-4 Pacific)

Colorful handprints in a circle.
Image by Gordon Johnson from Pixabay
  • Learn mindfulness: Learn go-to mindfulness tools you can use anywhere, any time for ease and presence.
  • Experience meditation through a variety of guided practices from longtime meditation teacher, Jess Morey.
  • Develop a stress toolkit: Learn some simple yet effective tools to deal with everyday life stress.
  • Have Fun! This half-day retreat includes games and connections that make mindfulness engaging and applicable for your life!

Where: Online (zoom link will be sent upon registration)

Cost: by donation $0 to $50 – We want this to be accessible to all young adults, to offer what you can.

We invite the sangha to support the youth of our community. Please consider making a donation to support the teacher. (Use the registration link below and select “Community support for the teacher” to specify the amount you wish to donate.)

What you’ll need: Just yourself! For young adult perspectives on iBme, check out https://ibme.com/programs/youth/

Hosted by the Saskatoon Insight Meditation Community (SIMC)
For more information, please contact Madeline Docherty at youth@saskatooninsight.com

To register:
https://saskatooninsight.com/forms/view.php?id=42836


Jessica Morey leads meditation retreats across the US and offers one to one meditation and leadership coaching. She is a cofounder and lead teacher of Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (iBme), a nonprofit organization bringing in-depth mindfulness training to youth. She began practicing meditation at age 14 on teen retreats offered by the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) and graduated from the IMS Teacher Training Program in 2021. She has been leading meditation retreats since 2009 and is honored to currently serve as the Board Chair of the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies.

Before founding iBme, Jessica worked in clean energy and climate policy. Her published works range from the chapter ‘Ordinary Awakening’ in Blue Jean Buddha to Conflict Resolution of the Boruca Hydro-Energy Project: Renewable Energy Production in Costa Rica. She combined these areas of passion in an article in the Shambhala Sun, Bodhi Trees, about the potential of Buddhist practice to heal our relationship with the natural world. She holds a BA in Environmental Engineering from Dartmouth College and Masters degrees in Sustainable Development and International Affairs. She loves dancing, yoga, and being outside.

Jessica is based in Concord, Massachusetts.

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, and support each other, in the transition of dying & the moment of death

This online 6-month course will deepen community as we inquire together into these important questions and how they can help us to live life more fully now. Our intention is to form small groups of 6-8 within the larger group, that will meet together in supportive inquiry for the length of the course.

Lead by Jeanne Corrigal, guiding teacher for the Saskatoon Insight Meditation Community.
Special guest Nikki Mirghafori will join us for session 3. Nikki is a senior teacher in the Theravada tradition, and one of her deep interests is the power of practicing with death awareness.

When: 6 sessions, including 5 evenings and 1 day long
Tuesdays 7 pm – 9 pm CST, Dec 7, Jan 11, Feb 8, April 12, May 10
Saturday, March 12 daylong, 10 am – 4 pm CST
See times in other zones, below.

There is no fee for this group, but purchase or accessibility to a foundational book, Awake At The Bedside: Contemplative Teachings on Palliative and End-of-Life Care, edited by Koshin Paley Ellison and Matt Weingast, is encouraged. Each session we will have short readings from this book, other readings, or audio selections for reflection.

Where: Online Zoom (link provided to registrants)

Cost: by dana/donation to support the teachers

Course Prerequisite: basic familiarity with Insight Meditation practice, and a commitment to a daily practice, because of the need to steady the mind and heart as we reflect on this material.

Registration is now closed. Thank you for your interest. Send us an email if you would like to be on a waitlist for future offering.

For more information, contact: contact@saskatooninsight.com

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.

Nikki Mirghafori, PhD, is a Buddhist teacher and Artificial Intelligence scientist. She is a lineage holder in the Theravada tradition, empowered by the Burmese master Venerable Pa Auk Sayadaw, as well as the Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Insight Meditation Society, and the Insight Meditation Center. She serves on the Teachers Council and Board of Directors at the Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, CA, and also as a Teacher at the Insight Meditation Center in Redwood City, CA. She’s a Stanford-trained compassion cultivation instructor, a Berkeley ex-academic, and author. Nikki is of Persian heritage, and aspires to serve as a doula for wisdom and compassion. https://www.nikkimirghafori.com


Session times in other time zones

DateSaskEasternPacific
Tue Dec 7, Jan 11, Feb 8 7 pm-9pm8pm-10pm5pm-7pm
Sat Mar 12 daylong10am-4pm11am-5pm8am-2pm
Tue Apr 12, May 107 pm-9 pm9pm-11pm6pm-8pm
Session times in Saskatchewan, Eastern, and Pacific zone
Click links for each day to see a chart with times around the world

Joy Mini-retreat Dec 4

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


Joy
An Inner Light to Uplift the Heart

Saturday, December 4, 2021
10 am – 1 pm CST
Online

In these times especially, it is important to ground and center ourselves as we enter this season, made complex by our continuing COVID situation. In the midst of this, there are many flavours of joy which are still, and always, accessible. This retreat will turn to this inner gift, and explore joys that are reliable, nourishing, uplifting, fun, sustaining, and liberating.

Jeanne and James both find joy in the heart of our practice, and look forward to the joy of being with the sangha.

This is offered on a dana basis.

Register here:
https://saskatooninsight.com/forms/view.php?id=48259

Northern Lights above a body of water, with trees silhouetted
Image source:
https://www.piqsels.com/en/public-domain-photo-sxtnf

Jeanne Corrigal

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.

James Lowe has practiced meditation for over 15 years, with Adrianne Ross, Michele McDonald and Steven Smith as his main teachers. James has over 20 years of teaching adults in community agencies and institutions, primarily teaching the Brahma-Viharas to volunteers and healthcare practitioners. As a psychotherapist, he sees life as learning, and thus helps clients learn to use the Dharma in a one on one setting. James is currently interested in exploring different ways to teach the dharma in nature, online, and in smaller groups. He especially likes smaller groups where people get to share their practice with one another. His greatest wish is to make the dharma accessible and personal to all people. To connect with James, visit www.jameslowe.com.

Awakening Together: Nurturing Beloved Community

We are disappointed to let you know that we have cancelled the daylong with Devin Berry and Jeanne Corrigal – the registration was a bit low. Devin is going to visit our sangha on Wednesday, January 12, 2022, so we invite you all to join us then. Also, to celebrate Beloved Community with us, you are welcome to come to one of our drop in Community Circles too!

Our next online retreat, with our beloved Susie Harrington, is Feb 11 – 13 – let’s gather then!


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

Practical, daily applications of ancient teachings will guide us in connecting through our diverse identities and experiences, into ways we can stand strongly and kindly together, in these times.

Registrants in this daylong will be invited to upload a photo (optional) of a biological, spiritual, or nature ancestor, for sharing in a community ceremony on Saturday afternoon. We will also have a special community reading of our sangha intention poem.

In the spirit of community and deepening practice, Devin and Jeanne both wish to connect with those who want to, in group practice talks. The schedule will allow some opportunity for this.


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


November 6, 2021
Online via Zoom

10 am-4 pm Saskatchewan
12 pm-6 pm Eastern
9 am-3 pm Pacific


Registration closed.


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

Community Circles

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


You are warmly invited to our Community Circles: the Wise Heart, starting October 26. This is a time for us to meet each other in small groups and explore the dharma with gentle relational practices.

This year we will have fun cultivating the heart qualities of kindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity.

There are two ways you can participate:

  • 1) Drop in or sign up for any or all of the 6 Tuesday evenings
  • 2) Our intention is to provide an opportunity for practitioners to connect to the dharma and sangha in a deeper and dedicated way. If this calls to you, sign up for The Wise Heart in Every Day Life – this includes
    • the Tuesday meetings
    • a short reading and guided recording monthly on each quality
    • four group gatherings to explore the readings and life practice (7-8:30 pm November 30, January 18, March 1, May 17),
    • dharma buddy for monthly check in, and
    • an opportunity for a monthly practice talk with Jeanne during the program.
  • Registration for The Wise Heart in Every Day Life program is now closed – please join us for the drop in sessions.

You can listen to a video clip of Jeanne describing this program here:
https://youtu.be/9m8ZtIIn3Y4

Here are the dates and times of the Tuesday sessions

  • October 26 – Metta: Kindness in the Midst
    7:00 pm – 8:30 pm Saskatchewan time (click for other time zones)
    9 pm Eastern, 6 pm Pacific
  • November 23 – Karuna: Compassion in Action
    7:00 pm – 8:30 pm Saskatchewan time (click for other time zones)
    8 pm Eastern, 5 pm Pacific ** note time change
  • (no circle in December)
  • January 25 – Mudita: Appreciative Joy
    7:00 pm – 8:30 pm Saskatchewan time (click for other time zones)
    8 pm Eastern, 5 pm Pacific
  • February 22 – Upekkha: Balanced Perspective
    7:00 pm – 8:30 pm Saskatchewan time (click for other time zones)
    8 pm Eastern, 5 pm Pacific
  • March 22 – Abiding with a Heart as Wide as the World
    7:00 pm – 8:30 pm Saskatchewan time (click for other time zones)
    9 pm Eastern, 6 pm Pacific ** note time change
  • May 3 – Sustaining an Open Heart
    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 for any of the sessions here:
https://saskatooninsight.com/forms/view.php?id=43672

Near to Nature’s Heart

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


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