Mindfulness Meditation provides 
an alternative way to deal with 
life’s inevitable problems. 
This meditation technique 
develops moment-to-moment
awareness and enhances the 
ability to live in the present.

Retreats

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REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

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Metta and Joy - Residential Meditation Retreat

November 23, 2017 (5:00 p.m.) to November 26, 2017 (1:00 p.m.)


Theme:  This retreat will be an opportunity to develop and deepen your practice of the Divine Abodes (brahmaviharas), with a particular focus on Joy (Mudita). We will explore Joy (Mudita) as a heart practice, as well as the role of joy in deepening and enhancing your lovingkindness (metta) and compassion (karuna) practices. Instruction will be given during the retreat, which is open to new and seasoned meditators.

Teacher:  Anne Mahoney has over 30 years of experience with Mindfulness (Vipassana) Meditation. She has studied under Asian and North American teachers, including Shirley Johannesen, Ayya Khema, Matthew Flickstein, and Bhante Henepola Gunaratana, founding abbot of the Bhavana Society, a Theravadan Buddhist Monastery in rural West Virginia, USA. Anne has been teaching within the Theravadan school of Buddhism for the last 16 years. Currently, she leads a bi-weekly sitting group in Calgary, and conducts residential and non-residential meditation retreats.

Location:  Mt. St. Francis Retreat Center, Cochrane, Alberta

Date & Time:  Thursday, November 23, 5:00 p.m. (supper included) to Sunday, November 26, 1:00 p.m. (lunch included)

Cost:  $354 Registration Fee (includes private room and meals) + Dana* to the teacher
*”Dana,” translated as “generosity,” is the ancient practice of offering a voluntary gift out of heartfelt gratitude for the teaching received. Dana is traditionally offered at the retreat’s conclusion.

Contact (Retreat Registrar): LYNE,  kindlykaruna@shaw.ca, 403-286-3403

To reserve a place and register:  Please pay registration fee by October 10, 2017

Payment options:
E-Transfer to:  kindlykaruna@shaw.ca OR
Mail a cheque* to:  Lyne Rivest, #605, 4555 Varsity Lane NW, Calgary, AB  T3A 2V6
*Cheques post-dated for October 10, 2017 are fine

Note:  Cancellations received after October 10, 2017 may be subject to an administration fee

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Dukkha: Our Greatest Teacher - Residential Meditation Retreat

February 9, 2018 (10:00 a.m.) to February 13, 2018 (1:30 p.m.)


Theme:  Dukkha (unsatisfactoriness, stress and suffering) is a pivotal component of the Four Noble Truths and a frequently misunderstood concept in the Buddhist teachings. This retreat will give participants the opportunity to explore various aspects of their own dukkha, to discover how to change their relationship with their dukkha, and to learn why the Buddha referred to dukkha as our greatest teacher. This retreat is open to all meditators.

Teacher:  Anne Mahoney has over 30 years of experience with Mindfulness (Vipassana) Meditation. She has studied under Asian and North American teachers, including Shirley Johannesen, Ayya Khema, Matthew Flickstein, and Bhante Henepola Gunaratana, founding abbot of the Bhavana Society, a Theravadan Buddhist Monastery in rural West Virginia, USA. Anne has been teaching within the Theravadan school of Buddhism for the last 16 years. Currently, she leads a bi-weekly sitting group in Calgary, and conducts residential and non-residential meditation retreats.

Location:  Mt. St. Francis Retreat Center, Cochrane, Alberta

Date & Time:  Friday, February 9, 10:00 a.m. to Tuesday, February 13, 1:00 p.m.

Cost:  $489 Registration Fee (includes private room and meals) + Dana* to the teacher
*”Dana,” translated as “generosity,” is the ancient practice of offering a voluntary gift out of heartfelt gratitude for the teaching received. Dana is traditionally offered at the retreat’s conclusion.

Contact (Retreat Registrar): LYNE,  kindlykaruna@shaw.ca, 403-286-3403

To reserve a place and register:  Please complete the registration form and pay registration fee by December 20, 2017

Payment options:
E-Transfer to:  kindlykaruna@shaw.ca OR
Mail a cheque* to:  Lyne Rivest, #605, 4555 Varsity Lane NW, Calgary, AB  T3A 2V6
*Cheques post-dated for December 20, 2017 are fine

Note:  Cancellations received after December 20, 2017 may be subject to an administration fee

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Future Retreat Notices

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SAVE THE DATE! “Mindfulness”- 10-day Residential Meditation Retreat

February 19, 2019 to February 28, 2019


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Archived Retreat Notices:

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Skillful Means: Learning to Deal with Difficult Emotions
Non-residential Meditation Retreat

April 1 & 2, 2017; 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each day


Theme:  In Vipassana meditation, the classic approach to dealing with intense emotion is to observe its impermanence by bringing nonjudgmental awareness to the emotion. All too often, this is not possible because the intensity of the emotion overpowers the level of mindfulness available and the meditator gets pulled into “the story.” This two-day non-residential retreat will introduce both meditative and contemplative techniques (in addition to mindful awareness) for dealing with difficult emotions.

Teacher:  Anne Mahoney has over 30 years of experience with Mindfulness (Vipassana) Meditation. She has studied under Asian and North American teachers, including Shirley Johannesen, Ayya Khema, Matthew Flickstein, and Bhante Henepola Gunaratana, founding abbot of the Bhavana Society, a Theravadan Buddhist Monastery in rural West Virginia, USA. Anne has been teaching within the Theravadan school of Buddhism for the last 16 years. Currently, she leads a bi-weekly sitting group in Calgary, and conducts residential and non-residential meditation retreats.

Location:  Unit 3, 1922 - 9 Avenue SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0V2

What to bring:  Water bottle, lunch, pen & paper, shawl & slippers, sitting mat, cushion or bench (chairs provided)

Cost:  Dana* to the teacher
*”Dana,” translated as “generosity,” is the ancient practice of offering a voluntary gift out of heartfelt gratitude for the teaching received

Registration:  Please contact Lyne at:  kindlykaruna@shaw.ca to register.

Deposit*:   Space is limited! To secure your place, you must mail a $50.00 deposit* (cheque payable to A.M. Mahoney) to Bringing Awareness to Life at the location address above.
*Deposit will be refunded to those who attend the retreat.

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Metta Meditation - Residential Retreat

December 1-4, 2016 with Anne Mahoney


Theme:  This retreat will be an opportunity to develop skillful means. Our practice will focus on two of the four Buddhist virtues (brahmaviharas), namely, loving-kindness (Metta) and compassion (Karuna). Meditation instructions will be given during the retreat, which is open to new and seasoned practitioners.

Teacher:  Anne has 30 years of experience with Mindfulness (Vipassana) Meditation. She has studied under Asian and North American teachers, including Shirley Johannesen, Ayya Khema, Matthew Flickstein, and Bhante Henepola Gunaratana, founding abbot of the Bhavana Society, a Theravadan Buddhist Monastery in rural West Virginia, USA. Anne has been teaching within the Theravadan school of Buddhism for the last 15 years. Currently, she leads a weekly sitting group in Calgary, Alberta, and periodically conducts residential and non-residential meditation retreats.

Location:  Mt. St. Francis Retreat Center, Cochrane, Alberta

Date & Time:  Thursday, December 1, 5:30 p.m. (supper included) to Sunday, December 4, 1:00 p.m. (lunch included)

Cost:  $352 Registration Fee (includes private room and meals) + Dana* to the teacher
*”Dana,” translated as “generosity,” is the ancient practice of offering a voluntary gift out of heartfelt gratitude for the teaching received

Contact (Retreat Registrar): LYNE,  kindlykaruna@shaw.ca, 403-286-3403

To reserve a place and register:  Please pay registration fee by November 1, 2016

Payment options:
E-Transfer to:  kindlykaruna@shaw.ca OR
Mail a cheque* to:  Lyne Rivest, #605, 4555 Varsity Lane NW, Calgary, AB  T3A 2V6
*Cheques post-dated for November 1, 2016 are fine

Note:  Cancellations received after November 1, 2016 may be subject to an administration fee

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Taking your practice off the cushion

Seven-day, Residential Retreat
June 13-19, 2016 - with Anne Mahoney


Theme:  This retreat will focus on expanding your meditation practice beyond your formal meditation time. Learn to maintain mindful awareness during daily activities, e.g., boring, repetitive tasks, difficult conversations, and recreational pursuits. Exploring the Four Aspects of Mindfulness will provide you with a strong foundation for cultivating “choice-less awareness” throughout your daily life.

Teacher:  Anne has over 25 years’ experience with Mindfulness (Vipassana) Meditation. She has studied under Asian and North American teachers, including Shirley Johannesen, Ayya Khema, Matthew Flickstein, and Bhante Henepola Gunaratana, founding abbot of the Bhavana Society, a Theravadan Buddhist Monastery in rural West Virginia, USA. Anne has been teaching within the Theravadan school of Buddhism for the last 13 years. Currently, she leads a weekly sitting group in Calgary, Alberta, and periodically conducts residential and non-residential meditation retreats.

Location:  Mt. St. Francis Retreat Center, Cochrane, Alberta

Date & Time:  Monday, June 13, 5:30 p.m. (supper included) to Sunday, June 19, 1:00 p.m. (lunch included)

Cost:  $700 Registration Fee (includes private room and meals) + Dana* to the teacher
*”Dana,” translated as “generosity,” is the ancient practice of offering a voluntary gift out of heartfelt gratitude for the teaching received

Contact (Retreat Registrar): LYNE,  kindlykaruna@shaw.ca, 403-286-3403

To reserve a place and register:  Please pay registration fee by May 5, 2016

Payment options:
E-Transfer to:  kindlykaruna@shaw.ca OR
Mail a cheque* to:  Yoga Link, #605, 4555 Varsity Lane NW, Calgary, AB  T3A 2V6
*Cheques post-dated for May 5, 2016 are fine

Note:  Cancellations received after May 5, 2016 may be subject to an administration fee

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Skillful Means: Loving-Kindness and Compassion Meditation

Three-day, Residential Retreat - December 4 to 6, 2015

This residential retreat offers an opportunity to explore our inner landscape and develop skillful means. Loving-kindness meditation and compassion meditation will be the focus of our practice. Instructions will be given during the retreat. There will also be  an opportunity to meet one-on-one with the teacher. The retreat is open to new and seasoned practitioners. 

Teacher: Anne Mahoney

Location: Mt. St. Francis Retreat Center, Cochrane, Alberta

Date & Time:
Friday, Dec. 4, 10:00 a.m. to Sunday, Dec. 6, 1:00 p.m. (lunch included) 

What to bring (for the meditation hall): Water bottle, pen & paper, shawl, zafu (cushion) or bench, zabuton (sitting mat)  (Note: chairs are available)

Cost: $258 Registration (includes private room and meals) + Dana* to the teacher 

Registration: Confirmed by e-payment to the email address below before November 1, 2015
[Note: Cancellation after November 1 may be subject to  an administration fee]

Contact: LYNE,  kindlykaruna@shaw.ca, 403-286-3403

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Skilful Means: Learning to Deal with Destructive Emotions

Two-day, Non-residential Retreat - Feb. 28 & Mar. 1, 2015

In Vipassana meditation, the classic approach to dealing with intense emotion is to observe its impermanence by bringing nonjudgmental awareness to the emotion. Yet all too often, this is not possible because the intensity of the emotion overpowers the level of mindfulness available and the meditator gets pulled into “the story.” This two-day, non-residential retreat will introduce both meditative and contemplative techniques (in addition to mindful awareness) for dealing with destructive emotions. 

Teacher: Anne Mahoney

Location: Unit 3, 1922 - 9 Avenue SE, Calgary, AB  T2G 0V2

Date & Time:
February 28 and March 1, 2015; 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day

What to bring: Water bottle, packed lunch, pen & paper, shawl, zafu (cushion) or bench, zabuton (sitting mat)  (Note: chairs will be available)

Cost: Dana 

Registration: Please contact Lyne at kindlykaruna@shaw.ca to register. Early registration is recommended, as space is limited.

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Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation


Date: TBA

Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00PM

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One-Day, Loving Kindness Retreat


Loving Kindness (or Metta) Meditation is designed to awaken our innate qualities of love, generosity, and friendliness toward ourselves and others. This workshop will focuses on developing a loving kindness meditation practice and learning to integrate the attitude of loving kindness in daily life.

Date: TBA

Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00PM

 

What to Bring

  • Comfortable and warm clothes (sweater, shawl, blanket, etc.) as body temperature tends to drop during periods of sitting.
  • A cushion, small stool, or blanket to sit on, if you prefer any of these to the very practical chairs that will be available.
  • Something to drink. If possible, please bring a drink container that will resist spilling if accidentally knocked over.
  • A lunch, which will be eaten on-site as part of an Eating Meditation.
  • A pen and paper.

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Contact Anne at 270-8450, if you have any questions or concerns about the various workshops or retreats.