Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Winter / Spring 2017

Below is my teaching schedule for Winter 2017. As always, there is a wide range here - events of varying length and format, events appropriate to beginning and experienced meditators alike. All reflect the training I receive from Reggie Ray and the Dharma Ocean lineage.
Among more familiar offerings, a few events require comment:
An 'Advanced Meditation' class is now part of our Monterey calendar. This four-week event happens three times a year (Sept | Jan | Jun). Through the next ten months, this class will focus on the embodied practice of sitting meditation, also known as the Somatic Practice of Pure Awareness. Anyone who has taken a meditation event with me is welcome to attend, though participation in the concurrent 'Intermediate' class is required.
Also at Monterey are a number of two-hour workshops presented in a very ‘participant friendly’ fashion. Both ‘Five Minute Meditation’ and ‘Relax Into Sleep’ are ideal for anyone curious about meditation and body-based practices, respectively. Also worth noting is ‘Buddhism 101’, a lecture-based class that introduces some basic teachings from this tradition. 
Finally, there a number of longer events slated through the coming months. These include a day-long program at Royal Roads (‘Meditations that Heal the Heart’), a weekend in Vancouver (‘The Awakened Body’), and Dharma Ocean’s online Sutrayana Hinayana event. Expect to learn more about a soon-to-be-scheduled weekend in Tofino and June’s weeklong retreat on Saltspring Island. 
Many of the offerings below take place at Oak Bay's Monterey Centre, which can be registered for on the Adult Programs > Meditation page of their website or at 250 370 7300. Most other offerings come with highlighted links. For more Dharma Ocean events and offerings, please check the foundation website.
As always, should you need more information about any of these, be in touch. And should finances be an obstacle, some scholarship monies are available for the asking.

Meditation Classes
All Level | Ongoing Tues | 7:30-9:30 | Westshore
All Level | Fri Jan 13 - Feb 3 | 9:00-10:00 | Monterey
All Level | Fri Feb 10 - Mar 3 | 9:00-10:00 | Monterey
All Level | Fri Mar 10 - Mar 31 | 9:00-10:00 | Monterey
All Level | Fri Apr 7 - Apr 31 | 9:00-10:00 | Monterey
Beginner | Wed Feb 8 - Mar 1 | 8:00-9:00 | Monterey
Intermediate | Wed Jan 11 - Mar 1 | 6:45-8:00 | Monterey
Intermediate | Wed Mar 8 - Apr 26 | 6:45-8:45 | Monterey
Advanced | Wed Jan 11 - Feb 1 | 8:00-9:00 | Monterey

Two Hour Workshops
5 Min Meditation | Sat Jan 28 | 10:00-Noon | Monterey
Relax Into Sleep | Sat Jan 28 | 1:30-3:30 pm | Monterey
5 Min Meditation | Thurs Mar 9 | 7:00-9:00 | Monterey
Relax Into Sleep  | Sat Apr 22 | 10:00-Noon | Monterey
5 Min Meditation | Sat Apr 22 | 1:30-3:30 pm | Monterey

Other Events
The Awakened Body | Sat Feb 18 - Sun Feb 19 | 9:30-4:30 | Vancouver
Buddhism 101 | Thurs Feb 2 - Feb 23 | 7:00-9:00 | Monterey
Meditations That Heal the Heart | Sat Feb 25 | 9:00-4:30 | Royal Roads 
Sutrayana Hinayana | Mon Feb 27 - Tues May 9 | Online
The Somatic Practice of Pure Awareness | Thurs Mar 16 - May 25 | Online
The Journey Home | Thurs Jun 8 - Jun 15 | Residential | Saltspring Island
To Be Determined I Tofino


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