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ENSO Urban Silent Retreat


Sunday, 15 April 2018 from 11:00 PM to 11:30 PM (PDT)

ENSO Urban Silent Retreat

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ENSO Urban Silent Retreat

First Annual

Led by

Melissa Berry Appleton, Lena Del Mar and Danielle Prins

Three Dharma Sisters abiding within the lineage of Zen Buddhism unfolding in creative ways to serve community -


Silent Retreats are meaningful for both new and experienced students.  An opportunity to step back from the pace of modern life demands to explore the depth of extended practice and dropping deep into silence. Silent Retreats are where students experience a full and lasting impression, amplifying community connection and supporting practice back home.


ENSO has always dreamed of building an Okanagan retreat centre designed specifically for residential silent retreats.  We might as well begin with what we have!  A beautiful boathouse, cushions for 30, three Zen Rebel Dharma Sisters all living within the Okanagan, and a committed practice community.  Thus we begin with a simple silent retreat.


On this weekend we will transform the boathouse and property into our Zendo and Centre of Silence incorporating Zazen (meditation), Walking, Yoga, Oryoki (mindful eating), and Art (no experience necessary).


All meditation props provided.  Chairs, benches and cushions.


It is recommended that you have some experience with meditation (through yoga, MBSR, SMART, Gentle Zen Series, and many other avenues).  Please e-mail Melissa to review if you have questions.



Sliding Fee Scale.  Please choose an amount to the best of your ability and give in the spirit of generosity.  All fees paid over 325 dollars will receive a registered tax receipt.  ENSO is a registered Canadian Charity.



A full schedule will be sent to attendees four weeks prior to retreat start date. Remember, the day includes meditation, walking, simple yoga, eating together, work practice, rest and art.  All in silence.  



ENSO will provide two dinners, one lunch, tea, apples and pears for snack. You will bring one lunch from home.  All meals are strictly gluten-free, dairy-free and meat free to avoid any allergies.  If you have an extreme allergy please let us know, otherwise, we are not able to accommodate other food requests for Oryoki practice meals.


Simple Outline

Friday 2:30 - 9:00 p.m.

Saturday 7 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Sunday 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.


Out of Town Attenddes

A facebook page for all registrants will be created for communication.  Here you can find opportunities for billeting and shared accomodations.  We have several community members who have already offered to billet.




  • Please wear all dark unpatterned clothing - black, navy, brown, dark grey.
  • Do not wear any sented cream or perfume.
  • Leave all electronic devices including phones at home.  Do not bring them onto COSA property.  Also leave books, journal and pens at home.
  • The COSA kitchen will be closed for use and run by the kitchen Samu (work practice crew).  Please leave food in your bags.
  • Bring your own yoga mat, warm clothes, and work clothes for outdoor work practice on Saturday afternoon.
  • Dress in layers for varying temperatures.



see - and

Lena Laforet Del Mar

Lena is a student, teacher and a former owner-director of the vibrant and innovative Moksha Yoga Victoria community.  Lena is a student of Eihei Peter Levitt and is ordained in the Soto Zen tradition. A tree hugger to the core, Lena weaves elemental themes into her yoga classes and meditations and sprinkles Spanish into everything. From roots to blossoms, Lena brings traditional yoga teachings to life and embodies her mission of helping others to awaken.

Lena and her husband Joel are new residents of the Okanagan. They are living their dream of forest farming and sharing the powerful healing tools of the 8 limbed yoga path through workshops, intensives and retreats. Visit for upcoming offerings.


Danielle Madeleine Prins

Danielle came from the coast to attend university several years ago and has been in Kelowna ever since! Spending her early youth traveling whenever and wherever she could, she now balances out her wanderlust with an emphasis on building strong roots in the Okanagan community that she has grown to love so dearly.

She is a yoga teacher, holds BSc Human Kinetics, as well as a Zen Practitioner in the Soto Zen tradition. Earlier this year, she was a resident at the Upaya Zen Centre for almost 5 months, which cultivated a greater learning, questioning, and deepening of the Zen form and what it means to truly be a part of community. She is currently a Program Coordinator for ENSO Society and Big Brothers Big Sisters, which both directly work to support youth and teens, especially within the Okanagan. 



Have questions about ENSO Urban Silent Retreat ? Contact ENSO

When & Where

Central Okanagan Sailing Association
4220 Hobson Rd
Kelowna, BC V1W 1Y3

Sunday, 15 April 2018 from 11:00 PM to 11:30 PM (PDT)

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ENSO Society for Contemplative Engagement is a registered charitable organization based in Kelowna, British Columbia. Our mission is to make meditation and simple practices accessible to adults, teens, and families in order to support their social, emotional, and physical health. Our programs help people navigate life and stressors through mindfulness-based practices in both wilderness and urban settings for the greater well-being of individuals, and communities.


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