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Silent Meditation Retreat

Just for a moment, Let yourself be here. Let yourself STOP becoming more, better, or different. You are not a walking mistake. You are not a problem to be solved.
Adyashanti

These retreats are rare opportunities to turn inward in an environment where the space is being held for deep inquiry into the absolute truth of your being. No one can really describe what experience awaits you as you turn inward and open to silence. It must be experienced, a conceptual understanding is not it. There is only one authority and that comes from within. You will be guided to maintain absolute fidelity with your deepest experience. Simply allow what you are experiencing to be the ultimate truth in that moment without identifying with any story about those experiences.

They begin on an evening with an opening Satsang recorded by Adyashanti and single meditation period. Depending on the length of the retreat, a number of days follow each with six meditation periods and one evening satsang per day. On the final day, the retreat closes with morning meditation and Satsang, and ends around noon.

As always these retreats are open to the community to come and sit with us throughout the day and/or join us for evening satsang. We only ask that you respect the silence and refrain from eye contact with other participants.

Anyone interested in joining us in silence for a significant portion of the retreat, please contact Michelle at 250-335-0952 so that accommodation and food prep can be arranged.

The meditation space for these retreats is available to you for a donation. For those of you planning to stay at deerheart, There is a nominal fee for food and lodging depending on the arrangements you make.

Schedule

See the schedule to see when you might want to drop by.

Cost:

Weekend Silent Retreat
'Welcome to the Catastrophy of Silence.'

$375 including food, accommodation and program

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General Programs

Mondays – Dance Improv with Barbora

Come for improvisation dance!

About Barbora Varnaite and the sessions:

I grew up in a family of artists and in my later years, I fell into the study of psychology and neuroscience due to a strong curiosity about the mind-body connection. Through my studies and love for music, I have found that dancing is a bridge between the body and the psyche. I make playlists with purposeful intention and open the dance improvisation space with self massage and a brief sharing circle. Throughout my life I have been a nomad and thus, I have accumulated music from many corners of the world. I look forward to sharing the music and everything that self expression through dance has to offer every Monday this summer.

Mondays 7 – 9 pm until September 3rd
Suggested donation: $10

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Tuesdays – Nei Gong: The Internal Arts with Sabrina Davidson

Sabrina is an Alchemist appreciating the messages found deep in the darkness of the body.

Key Objectives: Inner Silence, Increase Endurance, Cultivate internal alchemy, stimulate digestion, cleanse and appreciate bone marrow, deepen breath, and recapitulate past experiences to increase awareness.

Session Example: hour, hour 1/2

10 – 15 minutes: Walking slowly, sitting meditation, or breath work 15 – 30 minutes: Learning and practicing forms 10 – 15 minutes: fire cultivation exercise, recapitulation, or non doing sitting. Wrap up: journaling or sharing.

Tuesdays 7 – 8:30 pm

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Wednesdays – Yoga with Arpita

Arpita took her Yoga teacher training at the Salt Spring Centre of Yoga in 2009 and later a Women¹s Yoga teacher training in 2013 where she was introduced to the practice of Women¹s Circles. Her Yoga class offers a mixture of Hatha flow and Yin along with gentle guidance to open to the present moment during practice and encouragement to cultivate presence in the rest of living.

Namaste

Every Wednesday until September 3rd, 5pm-6:30pm
Suggested donation: $20

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Thursdays – Satsang & Silent Meditation with Kira

Satsang followed by a 30 minute sit: During Satsangs this summer we will be listening to audio talks Adyashanti from his most recent course ‘Redemptive Love’. Adya offers heartfelt guidance on shifting our cultural and religious programming that we are a mistake to be fixed, offering an alternative of absolutely accepting ourselves as we are.

About Kira Celeste

Over the last few years, Kira has fallen deeply in love with Deerheart Sanctuary. The aliveness of the forest and sweet stillness of the yurt have stolen her heart and made themselves her home. She is honoured to be holding space for Silent Meditations and Satsangs this summer.

Thursdays 7 – 9 pm until Sept 3rd
Suggested donation: $10

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Sundays – Silent Meditation with Kira

Come and be held by the silence and stillness of the yurt and forest for a 50 minute sit.

About Kira Celeste

Over the last few years, Kira has fallen deeply in love with Deerheart Sanctuary. The aliveness of the forest and sweet stillness of the yurt have stolen her heart and made themselves her home. She is honoured to be holding space for Silent Meditations and Satsangs this summer.

Sundays 9 – 9:50 am until Sept 3rd
Suggested donation: $10

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Sundays – Womens' Talking Circle with Arpita

Arpita took her Yoga teacher training at the Salt Spring Centre of Yoga in 2009 and later a Women¹s Yoga teacher training in 2013 where she was introduced to the practice of Women¹s Circles.

The Women’s Circle offers the opportunity to freely vocally express, followed by silence, sound healing, and a sharing circle. Namaste

Sundays 7 – 9 pm until Sept 3rd
Suggested donation: $10

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