Opening to Life
waking up to the wonder of the present moment
We are delighted and very fortunate that dharma teacher Joanne Friday (www.joannefriday.com) has agreed to offer a 5 day retreat for True Peace Sangha again this year! Joanne is an experienced and inspiring lay dharma teacher in the Order of Interbeing, the lineage of our teacher Thich Nhat Hanh. Our sangha has enjoyed retreats with her for the past two years, and her deep practice and joyful presence has benefitted so many who attended. Joanne has been teaching in this tradition since 2003, when she received the Lamp Transmission from Thich Nhat Hanh, her teacher for twenty years.
This retreat will be from dinnertime on Friday, April 4 until after lunch on Tuesday, April 8. Five days to settle into ourselves, deepen our practice, water positive seeds and heal our difficulties. It will be held at the beautiful Sugar Ridge Retreat Centre (www.sugarridge.ca) on 150 acres near Midland, ON about 1.5 hours north of Toronto. Space will be limited to 35 participants.
The retreat will include sitting meditation, outdoor walking meditation, eating meditation, deep relaxation, working meditation, dharma sharing and daily dharma talks by Joanne.
Date: Friday, April 4 - Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Location: Sugar Ridge Retreat Centre, Midland, Ontario
Cost: $480 if register March 7 - 28. Early bird rate of $450 if registration complete by March 7. Registration ends March 28.
The cost includes accommodation and food. Limited scholarships will be available for students and low income. Ride sharing will be arranged.
Please note that this cost does not include dana for Joanne Friday. Joanne shares her knowledge and experience of the teachings with us freely and generously in the spirit of compassion, and receives no compensation for her offering. She is a full-time dharma teacher and relies on donations (dana) for her income. A donation box will be available at the retreat to make an offering to Joanne. When we offer dana we give generously yet within our means, in the spirit of interbeing and reflecting on the value of the precious gift we have been offered in the transmission of these teachings.
For details of the retreat, please download the registration package, below.
To register for the retreat (in 3 easy steps!):
1) Print and fill out the Retreat Registration and Liability Form (included at the end of this package)
2) Fill out the online Retreat Information Form available at the following link:
(if you experience difficulty with this link please try cutting and pasting into your browser)
3) Attach your cheque for payment (payable to True Peace Sangha) to your completed Retreat Registration Form and hand deliver or mail to the retreat registrar Cindy Carroll. (address is on the registration form)
You must complete ALL THREE of these steps to register for the retreat.
Registration ends March 28.
If you'd like to help us spread the word, the event poster can be downloaded below.