Spring week-long retreat 🏠

An in-person residential retreat
with Guy Armstrong, Sally Clough Armstrong, and Jeanne Corrigal

Co-hosted with the Calgary Insight Meditation Society.

June 1-8, 2024
Queen’s House Retreat & Renewal Centre, Saskatoon

A fuller retreat description is coming soon.

This retreat will offer dharma talks, practice talks, and to close, gentle relational community practice.


Details about the retreat are being confirmed.


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 the teachers. If cost is a barrier, some scholarship support is available.

Registration

Registration will open in September 19, 2023, at noon Sask/Mountain.

The registration page will be available from the Calgary IMS website:
https://www.calgaryims.org/guysallyjeanne2024

Guidelines for caring around COVID

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


Guy Armstrong has been practicing Insight Meditation for over 30 years. His training included a year as a Buddhist monk in Thailand, primarily with Ajahn Buddhadasa. He began teaching in 1984 and has led retreats in the U.S., Europe, and Australia. Guy is a member of the Spirit Rock Teachers Council and a Guiding Teacher of Insight Meditation Society. He is the author of Emptiness: A Practical Guide for Meditators.

Sally Armstrong began practicing vipassana meditation in India in 1981 and started teaching in 1996. She is a member of the Spirit Rock Teacher’s Council and has served as a co-guiding teacher at Spirit Rock. She developed and led Spirit Rock’s Dedicated Practitioners Program and Advanced Practitioner Program. She has a keen interest in supporting students who want to deepen their practice and understanding. She regularly teaches retreats on themes such as metta or concentration, as well as the multiweek retreats at Spirit Rock and the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts.

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.

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.

Registration

Please register here:
https://saskatooninsight.com/forms/view.php?id=66513

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/

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
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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.

January 2020 retreat

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


Responding to Resistance:
Sitting with ourselves and others in challenging times

A residential/non-residential weekend retreat with Jeanne Corrigal
January 24-26, 2020, at Queen’s House Retreat & Renewal Centre, Saskatoon

Resistance is a normal human response, in the face of fear, loss, uncertainty, or to the way things are–within ourselves and in the world. “Just let it be” can be easy to say… and very very difficult to do. And yet, we understand this as key to our practice of liberation. Can we truly see resistance as a doorway to peace? This retreat will explore meeting this important part of our experience wisely, as a direct invitation to freedom, skillful action, and even to happiness, in the midst of our world.

Friday evening talk open to all

The Friday evening talk is open to the public on a donation basis. No pre-registration is required.
Friday, January 24, 7-9 PM, Queen’s House Retreat & Renewal Centre

Fee for meals and accommodation

  • Residential option: $245 if registered on or before January 10; $275 after that date.
    • Includes single room, breakfast, lunch and dinner January 25 and breakfast and lunch on January 26.
  • Commuter option: $125 if registered on or before January 10; $155 after that date.
    • Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner January 25 and breakfast and lunch on January 26.
  • Scholarship support is available, if cost is a barrier.

The retreat fee covers only the retreat costs: teacher travel, food, rental, incidental expenses, etc. Towards the end of the retreat, there is an opportunity for participants to practice generosity through offering financial support to Jeanne, in appreciation.

Registration

Online registration is available via this link:
http://saskatooninsight.com/forms/view.php?id=30753

A downloadable poster and registration form is available here:


About our Teacher

Jeanne Corrigal

Jeanne is a Community Dharma Leader with the Saskatoon Insight Meditation Community, and a participant in the 2017-2021 IMS Teacher Training Program.


Sponsored by the Saskatoon Insight Meditation Community

Compassionate Presence – October 2019

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


Compassionate Presence

A weekend retreat with Adrianne Ross
October 25-27, 2019

Queen’s House Retreat & Renewal Centre, 601 Taylor Street, Saskatoon
Residential and commuter options available

Retreat starts at 7:00 PM October 25 and ends at 4:00 PM October 27.

This silent retreat will provide a safe space for us to take refuge from the demands and busy-ness of our lives, of media and the climate in which we find ourselves. Whether we are new or experienced practitioners this will be an opportunity to relax, come into gentle, compassionate presence and release some of the difficulties we carry. By cultivating mindful, caring presence, we are able to allow things to be as they are, hold ourselves with compassion, and see more clearly how we might act with skill and effectiveness.

There will be some guided instruction, periods of sitting and walking meditation and opportunities for practice questions and discussion.

Registration fee for meals and accommodation:

  • Residential option: $275 if registered on or before October 11; $305 after that date.
    Includes single room, breakfast, lunch and dinner October 26 and breakfast and lunch on October 27.
  • Commuter option: $155 if registered on or before October 11; $185 after that date.
    Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner October 26 and breakfast and lunch on October 27.
  • Scholarship support is available, if cost is a barrier.

The retreat fee covers only the retreat costs: teacher travel, food, rental, incidental expenses, etc. Towards the end of the retreat, there is an opportunity for participants to practice generosity through offering financial support to Adrianne, in appreciation.

Registration

Online registration is available via this link:
http://saskatooninsight.com/forms/view.php?id=29401

A printable poster and registration form is available here.

Friday evening talk open to all

The Friday evening talk  is open to the public on a donation basis. No pre-registration is required.
Friday, October 25, 7-9 PM, Queen’s House Retreat & Renewal Centre


Adrianne Ross

Adrianne Ross, MD, has been involved with meditation and healing since 1976. 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.

January 2019 retreat – Coming Home

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


Coming Home
To dharma, to love, to ourselves and each other

A residential/non-residential weekend retreat with Jeanne Corrigal
January 25-27, 2019, at Queens House of Retreats, Saskatoon

In celebration of our 20th Anniversary year of SIMC, this retreat will explore practices which bring us home, to our inner capacity for love and wisdom.
Part of coming home, for Jeanne, has been a deepening sense of connection within the heart of the Buddha’s path and her Métis teachings. She will offer complementary practices from these two traditions throughout the meditations, dharma reflections, and gentle relational inquires of this retreat. This retreat will include small group sessions with Jeanne.

I have arrived, I am home. In the here, and in the now.
~ Thich Nhat Hanh

Tell her I know which road to take. Tell her, I know the way home.
~ Cree Elder Jim Settee

Jeanne is a Community Dharma Leader with the Saskatoon Insight Meditation Community, and a participant in the 2017-2021 IMS Teacher Training Program.

Fees:

  • These fees cover expenses only. An opportunity to practice dana for the teacher will be available.
  • Cost for residential option: $245 if registered on or before January 11; $275 after that date. Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner January 26 and breakfast and lunch on January 27. All rooms are single occupancy.
  • Cost for non-residential option: $125 if registered on or before January 11, $155 after that date. Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner January 26 and breakfast and lunch January 27.
  • The full fee is due upon registration. Your spot will not be reserved until payment is received.
  • Cancellation Policy:
    For cancellation on or before January 11, 2019, all funds will be returned.
    For cancellation after January 11 a fee of $100 will be retained.
  • Please make cheques payable to Saskatoon Insight Meditation Community and send to Saskatoon Insight Mediation Community, c/o Doris Larson, 809 5th Ave. N. Saskatoon S7K 2R7. Payment by e-transfer and cash are also available.
  • If cost is a barrier, we have some scholarship funds available to support you.

On line registration is available at: http://saskatooninsight.com/forms/view.php?id=26509
For a mail-in registration form, click here.
Questions? To contact SIMC, call Doris at 306 242 5004 or email treasurer@saskatooninsight.com

Sponsored by Saskatoon Insight Meditation Community

Retreat with Bob Stahl – Oct 26-28, 2018

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


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

The Path of Insight (Jan 2018)

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


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.

Retreat with Adrianne Ross (Jan 2017)

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


Calm Mind, Compassionate Heart: Cultivating the Five Spiritual Faculties

Three or five day residential retreat with Adrianne Ross, Jan 26-31, 2017 at Queens House of Retreats, 601 Taylor Street, Saskatoon

Adrianne Ross

In this retreat, we will explore how the Five Spiritual Faculties of mindfulness, stability of mind, balanced energy, confidence and wisdom can support our meditation practice and our daily lives in the world. We will be both recognizing our strengths and cultivating and developing these qualities together in balance. There will be periods of meditation instruction, silent sitting and walking periods and time for discussion with the teacher. We will include periods of loving kindness practice each day to support a safe and friendly environment for us all.

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. 

Registration fee for meals and accommodation:

Early registration for 3-day: Thur, Jan.26, 7:00 PM to Sun, Jan 29, 11:30 AM, will be $395. Late registration for 3-day, after January 15, 2017 will be $435

Early registration for 5-day continuing to Tuesday, January 31 at 11:30 AM will be $595. Late registration for 5-day, after January 15th, 2017 will be $635.

On line registration is available at:
http://saskatooninsight.com/forms/view.php?id=16447

If you have questions about this retreat or SIMC, please contact Doris Larson at 306 242 5004 or e-mail at: treasurer@saskatooninsight.com

To access full poster and registration form, please download:
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