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.

Susie Harrington, June 20-24, 2019

Title

Paramis: A Guide to Everyday Living

Retreat Description

The Ten Paramis or perfections, are qualities of heart and mind that we have the opportunity to cultivate and nurture in our formal practice, and in our lives. They are doorways to a wholesome and responsive life. We live in difficult times. How to meet the everyday challenges, local and global, has become not only a personal exploration but a critical one for this time in our history. We will explore the foundational principles of the Paramis, how they can guide our practice, and the guidance they offer in living in a relational and complex world. During this retreat, we will deepen our silent practice, as well as acknowledge and even celebrate the expression of wisdom and love in our lives.

Teacher

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

Recordings

Now on SoundCloud!
https://soundcloud.com/saskatooninsight/sets/201906-simc-retreat-susie

To save to your computer, right-click (or control-click) the links, and choose Save As (or equivalent selection)

Or via Dropbox folder

Paramis: A Guide to Everyday Living – June 2019

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Paramis: A Guide to Everyday Living

A four day retreat with Susie Harrington
June 20-24, 2019

Queen’s House Retreat & Renewal Centre, 601 Taylor Street, Saskatoon

Retreat starts at 7:00 PM June 20 and ends at 11:00 AM June 24
Residential and commuter options available

The Ten Paramis or perfections, are qualities of heart and mind that we have the opportunity to cultivate and nurture in our formal practice, and in our lives. They are doorways to a wholesome and responsive life. We live in difficult times. How to meet the everyday challenges, local and global, has become not only a personal exploration but a critical one for this time in our history. We will explore the foundational principles of the Paramis, how they can guide our practice, and the guidance they offer in living in a relational and complex world. During this retreat, we will deepen our silent practice, as well as acknowledge and even celebrate the expression of wisdom and love in our lives.

Registration fee for meals and accommodation:

  • Residential option: $535 if registered on or before June 7; $570 after that date.
    Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner June 21-23 and breakfast June 24.
  • Commuter option: $295 if registered on or before June 7; $330 after that date.
    Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner June 21-23 and breakfast June 24.
  • Scholarship support is available, if cost is a barrier.

Registration

Online registration available at:
http://saskatooninsight.com/forms/view.php?id=27763

Or download the printable registration form here.

Thursday Evening Talk open to all

The Thursday evening talk  is open to the public on a donation basis.
Thursday, June 20, 7-9 PM, Queen’s House Retreat & Renewal Centre

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.

Sponsored by Saskatoon Insight Meditation Community

Living the Dharma Program (2018-2020)

This is for a past program. Please see the Living the Dharma in Community program in 2023-2024.


The intention of this program is to help participants deepen their formal practice and to integrate the dharma into their daily life. 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. This is 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. The Buddha teaches that through practice and understanding we can have less suffering, and the path points the way toward deep contentment and ease. 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. The program is based in the Buddhist Theravada, or Insight Meditation, tradition. It includes elements of study, reflection, discussion, one on one teacher support, and retreat.

Susie Harrington

Susie Harrington and Jeanne Corrigal will co-teach this program, in a unique way. Susie developed this program, modeled after Spirit Rock Meditation Center’s Dedicated Practitioner Program (DPP), as a way of making the program accessible and financially feasible to a wider community. The core content of the program will be provided through pre-recorded dharma talks and guided meditations from Susie Harrington. Jeanne will be the live and in-person teacher, facilitator, and practice talk teacher. This program requires a one-year commitment. The full program is two years, with the option to commit for the second year at the end of the first.

Elements of the Program

(described in more detail following this list)

  • Monthly homework, dharma Buddy meeting, monthly group meetings with Jeanne, and ten half hour practice talks per year with Jeanne. The time commitment for this will be approximately 6-8 hours per month, with extra optional readings.
  • Three weekend residential retreats and two daylong retreats per year.
    • For the first year, the residential retreats are:
      November 23-25, 2018
      April 5-7, 2019
      November 22-24, 2019
    • Two day-long retreats (back to back): September 21 and 22, 2019

Topics covering essential dharma:

  1. First Year
    • The Four Noble Truths
    • The Four Foundations of Mindfulness
    • Awakening in the Body
    • Generosity
    • Wise Speech
    • Eightfold Path
    • Paramis
    • Relational Practice
    • Diversity and Privilege
    • Money, Work, and Livelihood
    • Working with Emotions
    • Qualities of the Heart: Metta, Karuna, Mudita, and Upekkha
  2. Second Year
    • Dependent Origination
    • Transcendent Dependent Origination
    • Fetters and Entanglements
    • Illness, Death, and Compassion
    • Karma
    • Creativity
    • Socially Engaged Buddhism
    • Intimacy, Relationships, and Authentic Communication
    • Emptiness and Awareness
    • The Bodhisattva Path and Awakening

Monthly Homework

A wide range of topics are covered in the homework. Some topics will be more oriented towards understanding the fundamental teachings of the Buddha, while others will be more about life integration. There will be questions to consider and reflect upon and suggested meditations. Bringing the reflections and practices into daily life situations will be the consistent theme throughout. Each month will have 2-6 short readings, including a mix of suttas from the Buddha, and from modern writers. Additional reading will be optional for those with more time or interest in a given topic.

Monthly group meetings

Once a month there will be a 1-hour group discussion with Jeanne, to explore the monthly homework topic. These will be in person for local practitioners; for practitioners who live outside of Saskatoon, we will set up a group Skype or Google Hangout meeting.

Dharma Buddy

Each person will be paired with at least one other person in the program and talk at least once every two weeks. This is an opportunity to discuss and work with the homework material and practices more intimately and in depth. This is a wonderful part of the program as it is where we can deeply and vulnerably explore our personal experience. The length and setting are up to the dharma buddies.

Individual practice talks

Each participant will have a half hour phone, Skype, or in person practice talk ten times during the year (approximately once every 5 weeks) with Jeanne, to explore practice and the monthly topic. Participants will be able to use an online scheduling tool to choose their times.

Retreats

The retreats are an integral part of the program. The retreats will provide us with an opportunity to delve more deeply into topics, as well as create a community of support and deep dharma friends. The community we form and the long-term dharma friendships are a deeply enriching part of the program. There will be three weekend residential retreats per year exclusively for the program participants. There will also be two daylong retreats. On these retreats there will be a mix of silent practice, participatory and relational exercises, and discussion.

Program Requirements

  • At least one year of practice and at least one weekend or longer residential retreat, in the Insight Meditation Tradition.
    • If you do not have residential retreat experience, registration may be possible after a conversation with Jeanne.
  • Commitment to practice 6 days/week at least 30 minutes a day.
  • Commitment to all elements of the program – absences are inevitable, but the commitment to participation will deepen your experience as well as support the deepening of the group.
  • Commitment to the financial requirements and to the support of the teacher.
  • In addition to these commitments, you are encouraged to attend a minimum of one Insight Meditation residential retreat (of any length) in addition to the program retreats, during the period of the program. This will greatly support your practice.

Program Cost

Participants commit to one year of the program, to begin with. The full program is two years, with the option to commit for the second year at the end of the first.

The following estimated costs are for one year of the program (costs are subject to change):

1) $590 expenses, with optional additional $50 for scholarship contribution. This includes:

  • $220 – Three weekend residential retreats at Ancient Spirals, 10 miles south of Saskatoon
    (plus potluck food cost to be determined)
  • $ 20 – Two daylong retreats at McFarland House, Saskatoon
  • $300 – Administration fee, which will be shared between Susie Harrington, Jeanne Corrigal, and the program administrator/manager.
  • $ 50- additional cost to cushion for possible rise in above venue rates. This amount will be used for food costs at the Ancient Spirals retreat if it is not used during the program.
  • Optional – $50 scholarship contribution

2) Teacher support for Jeanne. In accordance with the tradition, Jeanne offers the teachings without a fee, (including the retreats, monthly homework, monthly group meetings, and 10 individual practice talks per person. This is a substantial commitment for Jeanne, and participant support through dana (also in accordance to tradition) will allow Jeanne to offer this program in all of its elements.)

There is no set donation for the teachings, and you may offer whatever you wish. At the same time, in Asia practitioners usually know the amounts that are needed to support a teacher, and so we offer this suggested guideline in the spirit of this tradition, and we will see what happens in this happy experiment. It is helpful to know that each retreat takes a teacher twice the length (or more) of the retreat to prepare for it.

  • Non-residential day long retreats: It is very helpful if these can somewhat average about $80 a person. 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 retreat in this precious way.
  • Residential retreats: It is very helpful if these can average about $200 a person. 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 retreat in this precious way.
  • Monthly homework, meetings, and practice talks: It is very helpful if these can average about $40 a person each month. 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 retreat in this precious way.

Application

Program is currently at capacity. You can use the registration form to be added to the wait list.

Please fill out the online registration form at: http://saskatooninsight.com/forms/view.php?id=20593
and make your expense payment by e-transfer, or by cheque. You can choose to make your payment in full upon registration, or in two installments, one with your application, and one by September 30, 2018.

The application period will be from January 5-June 30, 2018. Applicants will be contacted upon registration, and acceptance into the program will be ongoing throughout this period, until the program is full.

The program will have a minimum of 14 and a maximum of 18 participants. Please consider your ability to commit carefully. Because the fees are set to cover basic expenses, cancellations greatly affect the group and the funds we have to cover venues. Cancellations after September 30, 2018 will be refunded except for a $30 cancellation fee. Depending on the number of retreatants and the financial circumstances of the program, cancellations after October 30 may not be able to be refunded.

With Appreciation

This program is adapted by Susie Harrington from the Spirit Rock Meditation Center’s Dedicated Practitioner Program (DPP). While many changes have been made, gratitude is extended to Sally Clough and Eugene Cash for developing that program and allowing us to use some of the materials they developed.

Program teachers

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. 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 about Susie Harrington, see: desertdharma.org

Jeanne Corrigal has been practicing since 1999, and teaching since 2012. She is a graduate of Spirit Rock’s Dedicated Practitioner Course and Community Dharma Leader Program, with Guy Armstrong as her mentor. She is currently a teacher trainee in the 2017-2021 Insight Meditation Society teacher training program, with Joseph Goldstein. She joyfully teaches and leads with the Saskatoon Insight Meditation Community, and other communities in Canada. Jeanne is also a certified MBSR teacher. She feels especially moved by lovingkindness and nature practices. Jeanne is Metis, and one of her first teachers in loving presence was Cree Elder Jim Settee.

For more information

Contact the program registrar, Doris Larson, at treasurer@saskatooninsight.com

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.

Fall Retreat with Susie Harrington (Sep 2017)

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Compassion and Equanimity:
Expressing Wisdom in our Everyday Lives

A week-end, non-residential Retreat with Susie Harrington, September 29 – October 1, 2017

Through Insight meditation practice, we are given the opportunity to see the habits of mind that keep us isolated from our experiences and the world. As we dismantle these patterns, our hearts soften, our capacity to see clearly increases, and we are touched and can touch the world more directly. To be touched is a blessing, to be alive and connected is a tender and transformative experience. Equanimity in combination with compassion allows us to be connected and heartful, while also maintaining balance, as we experience the joys and sorrows of ourselves and the world we care about.

On this weekend retreat we will explore seeing clearly the truth of things as they are and doing so with a balanced and compassionate heart. This silent meditation retreat will have sitting and walking practice, as well a small group meetings with the teacher and dharma talks. It is suitable for beginners and those with experience.

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

Friday, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (Open to public) at Unitarian Centre,
213 2nd St. East
Retreatants: Friday evening and Saturday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Sunday 9:00 AM to 4 PM at 2221 Hanselman Court (Learning Disabilities Association of Saskatchewan).

This retreat is freely offered.

In keeping with our tradition, there will be two dana (donation) bowls put out at the retreat, one for Susie Harrington, the other to cover retreat expenses, if people would like to offer donations.

On line registration is available at: http://saskatooninsight.com/forms/view.php?id=19801

For a printable poster and registration form, please download Harrington September 2017.

Susie Harrington, May 27-June 1, 2016

Title

Walking in the Buddha’s Footsteps

Retreat Description

On this residential retreat, we will use the Buddha’s story leading to his enlightenment as a guide for our practice. Each of us has a journey that we take from disenchantment with the things and accomplishments and stories of our lives, through to wisdom and understanding of what is truly important and brings ease and freedom. We may take this journey over years of practice, or in another way, many times a day. Becoming familiar with this journey allows us to find it more easily each time, increasing the speed and ease with which we move from being caught in suffering to happiness and release.

In the quiet and steady practice support of this silent residential retreat, we will deepen into the clarity of moment to moment attention that allows us to see the truth as it unfolds. Through seeing the truth, we can cultivate understanding and an open heart, with the opportunity to relate to ourselves and the world with curiosity and caring. There will be sitting and walking meditation, dharma talks, meetings with the teacher, and times for questions.

Teacher

Susie Harrington teaches meditation in the USA and Canada 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

Recordings

Now on SoundCloud!
https://soundcloud.com/saskatooninsight/sets/simc-retreat-susie-harrington-walking-in-the-buddhas-footsteps

To save to your computer, right-click (or control-click) the links, and choose Save As (or equivalent selection)

Or via Dropbox folder

Susie Harrington, November 6-8, 2015

Title

The Practice of Metta: Connectng With Our Natural Goodness

Retreat Description

This retreat will offer practices to open our hearts and connect with our natural goodness. As we cultivate metta, we cultivate self-acceptance, self-compassion, and the possibility and willingness to allow the natural disposition of our kind hearts to shine forth in all aspects of our lives. This non-residential retreat will include periods of instruction, sitting meditation, walking meditation, meetings with the teacher, and dharma talks.

Teacher

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. 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,  the often offers retreats outside. For more information on Susie Harrington, see: desertdharma.org

Recordings

Now on SoundCloud!
https://soundcloud.com/saskatooninsight/sets/simc-retreat-the-practice-of-metta-connectng-with-our-natural-goodness

To save to your computer, right-click (or control-click) the links, and choose Save As (or equivalent selection

Or via Dropbox folder

Susie Harrington, October 31-November 2, 2014

Title

Everyday Contentment: Embracing What Is

Retreat Description

We tend to look forward with expectation, putting great effort in creating the happiness we think will arrive. The every day practice is to see clearly our habits of mind, shift our focus, and practice with conditions as they are here and now; in so doing, we can find that the freedom and contentment we have always wanted is already here, patiently waiting for us to arrive.

Teacher

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. Her teaching is deeply grounded in the body and often emphasizes the expression of mindfulness in speech and daily life. Susie brings 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: desertdharma.org

Recordings

Now on SoundCloud!
https://soundcloud.com/saskatooninsight/sets/simc-susie-harrington-retreat-oct-31-nov-2-2014

To save to your computer, right-click (or control-click) the links, and choose Save As (or equivalent selection)

Or via Dropbox folder