Guest teachers in February 2024 💻

In February, we will be having Wednesday evening practice online-only, as Jeanne will be teaching at the Forest Refuge in Barre, Massachusetts, but she will zoom in to teach our Wednesday evenings. We have taken the online opportunity to invite some very special guests to join Jeanne each week: Lev White, Bob Stahl, Marienala Medrano, and DaRa Williams. Learn more about them below!

Register for the Zoom link here:
https://bit.ly/simcwed


Fresh "Lev" White, CPCC

February 7 – Lev White: Readings from Transcending: Trans Buddhist Voices

Fresh “Lev” White is a lover of life and all beings, who lives to reflect and offer the possibilities of unconditional love and self-compassion to his diverse global community through his writing, mindfulness offerings, and Diversity Trainings. A graduate of Spirit Rock’s Community Dharma Leadership Program, Lev offers Dharma at centers around the SF Bay Area, including his sangha home at the East Bay Meditation Center (EBMC).


Bob Stahl

February 14 – Bob Stahl: Making Peace with Ourselves and Life

Bob Stahl, Ph.D., a long-time insight meditator, lived in a Burmese Buddhist monastery in the Forest tradition of Ven. Taungpulu Sayadaw for over eight years. He founded and directs mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) programs in three medical centers in the San Francisco Bay Area. Bob is a professor of the practice in the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences in the School of Public Health at Brown University, and is a senior teacher at the Brown Mindfulness Center. He formerly served as a senior teacher at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Bob is the co-guiding teacher at Insight Santa Cruz.


Marianela Medrano

February 21 – Marianela Medrano: Healing Historical Grief: A Path to Awakening in Connection. In her offering, Marianela Medrano will address historical grief, which emerges from historical trauma. She’ll speak about her journey tracing and reclaiming Taíno spirituality and how mindfulness practices resonate with the traditions of her people, creating a new sense of home away from home. This offering also looks at indigenous practices that carry the seed of interdependence and interconnecting embodied in Thich Nath Hanh’s interbeing.

Marianela Medrano, Ph.D., was born and raised in the Dominican Republic and has lived in Connecticut since 1990. She is a Mindful Eating instructor/facilitator and a certified Mindfulness Meditation teacher with Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield through The Sounds True Foundation, a program for teaching awareness and compassion-based practices. Additionally, she is a mentor/supervisor for the International Federation for Biblio/Poetry Therapy, IFBPT. A poet and writer of nonfiction and fiction, she holds a Ph.D. in Psychology and is now researching interspecies care with a grant from the Bess Family Foundation. Her TEDTALK at Ursuline College speaks about her work and research on the Taino people: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8pQeBYd2oJk.


February 28 – TBA: DaRa Williams isn’t able to join us on February 28. She will join us another time!

We will still be meeting online!

Living the Dharma in Community 🏠💻

Friends, we are delighted to announce that our 9-month deep dive dharma program is open for registration. Living the Dharma in Community (LDC) supports participants to deepen their formal practice and to integrate the dharma into their daily life. There are in-person and online options.

(Please note: this replaces the Community Circle Program)


Good friends, companions, and associates are the whole of the spiritual life.
The Buddha to Ananda, Upaddha Sutta: Half the Spiritual Life, SN 45.2


Six colorful icons representing head and shoulders/arms of people make a circle. Inside the circle is a triple spiral.

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: 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. 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. Living the Dharma in Community combines the wisdom of study, reflection, and practice together.

Our theme this year is the ever-deepening and liberating teaching of the Four Noble Truths, with a special emphasis on the 3rd Noble Truth of Nibbana.

This teaching can be easy to list cognitively and challenging to understand in an embodied way. This year will give us a precious opportunity to slow down and sense into this process of freedom deeply and naturally. If you are in the early stages of your practice, this can orient your practice from a firm foundation. If you are an experienced practitioner, this will offer the chance to feel into these liberating practices in new ways and invite awakening as your own lived experience.

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

The course includes:

  • 7 online 2 hour sessions combining dharma talks, small group reflections, and relational practice
  • Home reflections, including sutta study, reading, audio resources, practice suggestions and reflection questions follow each session
  • Dharma buddies
  • Practice talks with Jeanne Corrigal

Dates and times

For online folks, click links for conversion into other time zones.

In person (Mondays)
7-9 pm
Online (Mondays)
7-9 pm Sask time
Sep 25October 2
Oct 23October 30
Nov 20November 27
Jan 8January 15
Mar 4March 11
Apr 8April 15
Apr 29May 6

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

Register for the in-person offering
https://saskatooninsight.com/forms/view.php?id=63069

Register for the online offering
https://saskatooninsight.com/forms/view.php?id=63898


Course Teacher

Jeanne Corrigal with shoulder length curly hair, wearing a blue top with lighter blue scarf - standing in front of an evergreen tree.

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.

Custodians viewing 🏠💻

This is for a past event – please visit our Upcoming Events page for current offerings


Custodians, A Story of Ancient Echoes

Dear Friends,

SIMC is pleased to offer a screening of Custodians, A Story of Ancient Echoes in partnership with the Ancient Echoes Interpretive Centre (AEIC) and the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Saskatchewan.

A trailer for the film can be found on YouTube:
https://youtu.be/64h7jTyoSms

This new film from award-winning Rebel Sky Productions (Reserve 107, 2016) explores the work of local landowners, volunteers and municipal government of Herschel, Saskatchewan, in protecting and conserving the many signs of historic Indigenous presence in the region. Tipi rings, sacred circles, even petroglyphs show the importance of this site, and many like it across the prairies. The documentary raises important questions of land-sharing, the conservation of ancient intellectual and spiritual heritage, and respectful Indigenous-settler collaboration.

Article from Canadian Mennonite: https://canadianmennonite.org/aeic

This will be a hybrid event offered free of charge. Please register for the event in advance, indicating your preference for in-person or virtual attendance, so we know how many people to expect.

A zoom link will be provided to registered participants before the screening for those who prefer to participate virtually.

If you are attending in person, please arrive 10 minutes in advance. Masks are optional.

Many thanks to David Neufeld (AEIC) and Randy Klassen (MCC Saskatchewan) for their generosity in supporting the screening.

Summary:

Date and time: Thursday June 8th, 7-9 pm Saskatoon/MDT (other timezones)
Location: MCC Centre, Avenue C and 45th

To register: https://saskatooninsight.com/forms/view.php?id=65615

Inquiries can be directed to Twyla at yobbt@sasktel.net

Guest teachers in May 2023 💻

This is for a past event – please visit our Upcoming Events page for current offerings.


Dear friends,

We are delighted that some of our sangha friends are joining us as we go online only for four Wednesdays in May:

  • May 3 Jeanne will be leading online;
  • May 10 our good friend Elvina Charley will be leading us in the Navajo Beauty Way;
  • May 17 Jill Shepherd, founder of Auckland Insight will join us;
  • May 24 Jeanne’s teacher training colleague Walt Opie will dive into Clinging and Non-clinging.

All of these dear hearts are looking forward to spending time with our special sangha, while Jeanne is teaching in BC, and then on personal retreat there. Any dana you offer will be passed on to these beautiful teachers.

Enjoy, dear sangha! What a gift that these teachers from around the world can come to visit us.

To join us online, please register for the Zoom here:
https://bit.ly/simcwed
When your register, Zoom will email you a personalized link to join the Wednesday session. The Zoom link will remain the same for the foreseeable future.

With every good wish,
Jeanne and SIMC


May 10: Elvina Charley

Head and shoulders of Elvina Charley, in front of a yellow background.

Elvina Charley, Ed.S. is Diné (Navajo) school psychologist practitioner and integrates mindfulness as a part of serving children and youth. Charley has been practicing mindfulness since 2013, introduced to her by Bonnie Duran, Ph.D. as a way to heal from historical trauma. She found parallels between her Diné philosophy of life – Sa’ah naaghái bik’eh hózhó and Buddhism. Charley continues to cultivate her practice through people of color retreat programs through the Insight Meditation Society and Vallecitos Mountain Retreat Center. Charley also received training through Mindful Schools to bring back mindfulness to reservation schools.

May 17: Jill Shepherd

Jill Shepherd began practicing insight meditation in Thailand in 1999, and since that time has lived and worked at several meditation centres and monasteries in the US, Australia, England, and Thailand. She is a graduate of the IMS / Spirit Rock teacher training program in the US, under the guidance of Joseph Goldstein and Gil Fronsdal, and at the founder of Auckland Insight. Currently, she divides her time mostly between the USA, Australia and New Zealand, teaching insight / vipassanā and brahmavihāra retreats and offering ongoing study and practice groups focused on bringing the dharma into daily life. She also leads courses and non-residential workshops exploring the relational practice of Insight Dialogue, as developed by Gregory Kramer and colleagues.
https://jill0shepherd-insightmeditation.com/

May 24: Walt Opie

Walt Opie was introduced to insight meditation in 1993, but didn’t realize its full life-changing potential until sitting his first two residential retreats at Spirit Rock in 2005. He has a strong interest in early Buddhism and serves as a facilitator for online courses based on the work of Bhikkhu Analayo through the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies (BCBS). In addition, he teaches retreats and speaks at insight meditation centers around the country. Walt has also led sitting groups for people in recovery for many years and helps facilitate Buddhist services in a California prison. His most influential teachers include Bhikkhu Analayo, Sayadaw U Tejaniya, Joseph Goldstein, Gil Fronsdal, and Guy Armstrong. He is a graduate of the 2017-2021 IMS Teacher Training Program. Walt received an MFA in Writing from California College of the Arts. His writing appears in the book collection Still, In the City: Creating Peace of Mind in the Midst of Urban Chaos edited by Angela Dews (Skyhorse Publishing, 2018). His website is www.waltopie.com.

Retreat: The Factors of Awakening 🏠💻

This is for a past event – please visit our Upcoming Events page for current offerings.


The Factors of Awakening
A Process of Liberation

(OR, Jeanne’s secret title: The Factors of Awakening: Otter Teachings)

Picture of an otter on a green background
https://pxhere.com/en/photo/960262

An in-person non residential/residential retreat (online option available)
with Jeanne Corrigal

April 21 – 25, 2023
Queen’s House Retreat & Renewal Centre, Saskatoon

This retreat will begin with an exploration of how we can understand awakening, in the Buddhist teachings, and then an understanding of how the seven factors supports this freedom. We will cultivate each factor within our meditation, practicing with them with the intention of cultivating the conditions for this highest happiness. This map is one that can guide us both on and off retreat, to support this peace in the mind and heart.

This retreat will offer dharma talks, practice talks, instructions in the factors, and to close, gentle relational community practice.


There are many ways to participate – in person with full residential; commuter; or online.

With the in person and commuter residential options, we request that you fully commit to participating in the whole retreat, from 7 pm April 21 to 11 am April 25.

If you are a commuter, this means arriving at the center for the first sit and instruction after breakfast, at 9 am, and practicing with the community until 9 pm. A rest area and place for you to eat your meals, if you are bringing your own, will be offered.

If you choose the online option, you can choose whether to participate fully, or if you wish to make the retreat your own, with your own schedule. If you participate fully, we will connect with you about practice talks.

To support our return to the in person residential form, we are subsidizing the cost of the full residential offering by $100 off the cost for the first 25 people registering for this option.
As of February 27, we have 12 of these subsidized seats still available.


This retreat is offered by mutual generosity. When you register, there will be a registration fee to help SIMC cover our costs. During the retreat, we will provide information for those who are able to offer financial support to Jeanne. If cost is a barrier, scholarship support is available.

Registration

To register for the in-person offering, please use this link:
https://saskatooninsight.com/forms/view.php?id=60217

To register for the online offering, please use this link:
https://saskatooninsight.com/forms/view.php?id=62056

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.

Aging as a Spiritual Journey

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


a wilting maple leaf - green fading to yellow, and brown decay on the outer edges - against a blue background
Photograph: ©Cherie Westmoreland – used with permission

A community exploration of aging as an intentional spiritual path that calls our whole being to deep engagement. We will explore through dharma reflections and gentle relational practices.

Lead by Jeanne Corrigal

Saturday, February 11, 9 am – noon, in person in Saskatoon
or
Saturday, February 11, 2 pm – 5 pm CST, online via Zoom
(3-6 EST, 12-3 PST)

Registration

This event is over. Registration is closed.

The practice of dana

This retreat is offered through mutual generosity. During the retreat, we will provide information for those who are able to offer financial support to Jeanne.

See our dana page for more information.

For in-person: Guidelines for caring around COVID

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


Teacher

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.

December Daylong

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


The Gift of Softening Self Judgment
Deeply Befriending the Self

a close-up of snow flakes in the foreground with shimmering snow in the background
source https://pxhere.com/en/photo/1048690

A hybrid daylong retreat
with Jeanne Corrigal

Sunday, December 11, 2022
9:00 am – 4:30 pm Sask/CST
(10:00 am-5:30 pm Eastern, 7:00 am-2:30 pm Pacific, or click for other time zones)
Saskatoon

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.


This retreat is offered through mutual generosity. When you register, there will be an opportunity to pay a registration fee to help SIMC cover our administration costs. During the retreat, we will provide information for those who are able to offer financial support to Jeanne.

Registration

Registration is now closed.

For in-person: 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.

Fostering Peace, Inside and Out

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


A hybrid in-person/online retreat with Jeanne Corrigal and James Lowe
October 28-30, 2022

How can we cultivate an inner refuge of peace in our own hearts and minds, that also supports the ripple of peace in the world?

This retreat will offer concrete skills and practices that nourish a wise relationship with the joys and sorrows of the world. Jeanne and James will offer dharma reflections, guided meditation, instruction, group practice talks, and gentle relational practice.

This is being offered with options to attend in-person in Saskatoon or online.

DateSask/MountainEasternPacific
Fri Oct 287 pm9 pm9 pm – 11 pm6 pm – 8 pm
Sat Oct 299 am5 pm11 am – 7 pm8 am – 4 pm
Sun Oct 309 am5 pm11 am – 7 pm8 am – 4 pm

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

Registration

To register for the IN-PERSON retreat in Saskatoon:
https://saskatooninsight.com/forms/view.php?id=56096
The in-person retreat is being held in a church hall in the King George neighborhood in Saskatoon. The specific address will be provided upon registration.

To register for the ONLINE retreat on Zoom:
https://saskatooninsight.com/forms/view.php?id=56572

For in-person: guidelines for caring around COVID

Our committee has consulted widely and discerned as best we can, about our COVID protocol. We want you to know that we have a big hall which will definitely allow for physical distancing; within that know that we are leaning toward the cautious side with our first venture here.

We are asking our in person friends to:

  • Test just before coming, if possible.
  • Monitor symptoms, and if you have any, let us know. We will refund your administration fee if you need to cancel due to COVID or suspected COVID.
  • Please wear a mask when moving about indoors; we also encourage masking even while sitting.

James and Jeanne will take their masks off while teaching.


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.

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

This program is now underway. Please email us if you want to be on the waitlist for a future offering.


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.