Archive: Mindfulness

Autumn 2019 Meditation Study Series

Compassion; Wisdom and LovingKindness in Action Join us for this 10 week study series and strengthen your shamatha (focused attention) practice. Lean into open presence and continue to contemplate the origins of our suffering and the possibility to transform these with (Rev.) Andrew Blake. Buddha’s early teachings on the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path explore practices and... Read more about Autumn 2019 Meditation Study Series

10 Week Meditation Study Series

Compassion;Wisdom and LovingKindness in Action Join us for this 10 week study series and strengthen your shamatha (focused attention) practice. Lean into open presence and continue to contemplate the origins of our suffering and the possibility to transform these with (Rev.) Andrew Blake. REGISTER HERE Buddha’s early teachings on the Four Noble Truths and the... Read more about 10 Week Meditation Study Series

Mindfulness Meditation – A Path and Practice

By (Rev.) Andrew Blake When we develop a daily time and space for mindfulness practice, it’s an act of kindness.  It interrupts our usual busyness, where we don’t slow down very often. We are conditioned by a natural drive to accomplish things and achieve; practice may feel like we are doing nothing…what ‘good’ are we... Read more about Mindfulness Meditation – A Path and Practice

The Light of Awareness + Altruistic Action

  By Maxine Iharosy A sharp bolt of fearless reckoning, this is what I felt watching Greta Thunberg’s address at the UN Climate Change Conference. Greta embodied presence and compassionate action with her fierce gaze. Listen to the full speech here. This 15 year old spoke on behalf of us all, calling on world leaders to... Read more about The Light of Awareness + Altruistic Action

Mindfulness & Compassion Autumn Equinox Retreat 

Mindfulness & Compassion Autumn Equinox Retreat  Explore your mindfulness practice, touch into the roots of compassion and, be refreshed by the fall colours of the natural world. September 25, 26, 27 | 2020 Chatsworth, Ontario Cost: $250 Register Here includes all meals.  Thanks to a generous community donor for supporting our annual autumn retreat. COVID-19 UPDATE: Please note that we are taking into consideration... Read more about Mindfulness & Compassion Autumn Equinox Retreat 

Mindfulness in Nature Retreat

Mindfulness in Nature | a 6-day Retreat AUGUST 7 – 12, 2020 REGISTER NOW In the busyness of every day life, it’s SO easy to get distracted, anxious, and completely overwhelmed about how to lead your life. It feels like there’s an infinite amount of choices to make; what career path should you take, what school to... Read more about Mindfulness in Nature Retreat

Meditation Study Series: Embodied Awareness and the Eightfold Path

Embodied Awareness and the Eightfold Path: A 6 Week Meditation Study Series What did the Buddha do after he awakened under the Bodhi Tree? Images abound today of the Buddha sitting serenely and crossed legged. This image conjures this notion of peaceful serenity or nirvana. After his “enlightenment,” the Buddha gave his first teachings on... Read more about Meditation Study Series: Embodied Awareness and the Eightfold Path

Present in the Heart: Day Long Retreat

Present in the Heart: Day Long Retreat Open to the sweetness of a present heart in this early summer retreat. With guided instruction, Buddhist teachings, periods of sitting and walking meditation and nature walking, as well as guided reflections/contemplation and group council, this day of practice gives us time and space to unplug. Saturday, June... Read more about Present in the Heart: Day Long Retreat

Mindfulness + Compassion Autumn Retreat

Mindfulness & Compassion Autumn Retreat  Explore your mindfulness practice, touch into the roots of compassion and, be refreshed by the fall colours of the natural world. THIS RETREAT IS NOW FULL.  Please email maxine@saranainstitute.org for wait list inquiries.  October 12 – 14, 2018 Chatsworth, Ontario REDUCED $350 NOW $225.00! includes meals With gratitude, we are able offer this retreat at a reduced cost due to the generosity of one of our long-time community members. Thank you.... Read more about Mindfulness + Compassion Autumn Retreat