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Meditation Retreat with Michele McDonald & Jesse Maceo Vega-Frey 2019sep6ac

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Ponderosa Commons - Oak House

6445 University Boulevard

Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2

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CHANGE OF VENUE: PONDEROSA COMMONS OAK HOUSE, 6445 University Blvd,

This is is a non-residential silent mediation retreat with Michele McDonald and Jesse Maceo Vega-Frey

Friday September 6th: 7:15pm-9:00pm

Saturday September 7th : 9AM-5PM.

Sunday September 8th 9AM-4PM.

Registration before start of event required. No at the door registration. If you are unable to register online, please contact registrar@bcims.


Vipassana (Insight or Mindfulness) meditation practice unites the stillness of concentration with the immediacy of moment to moment silent 6 sense door awareness. By calming body and mind, intuitive wise knowing arises — opening to the truth of each moment’s experience within and around us. In this way, we increase our ability to meet life’s ups and downs with graceful ease and peace.

Metta (Lovingkindness) meditation practice calls forth the beautiful spiritual emotions within our heart: lovingkindness, compassion, empathetic joy and equanimity. Mindfulness of these qualities strengthens and matures them, which leads to a constancy of thinking, acceptance and reverence for our bodies, as well as speaking and acting from the purity of these emotions.

During this silent weekend retreat, new and experienced students are encouraged to deepen their liberation practice in an atmosphere of relaxed affectionate awareness. The program provides meditation instruction, guided meditations and question and answer periods. Sitting and walking sessions are alternated. There will be Dhamma teaching talks and small group discussions with the teachers.

New and experienced students are welcome.


Michele McDonald co-founded Vipassana Hawai’i in 1984 with Steven Smith. She has taught Insight meditation for thirty two years. Beyond her commitment to the Vipassana Hawai’i Sangha, she teaches extensively throughout the United States, in Canada, Burma, and various locations around the world. Michele has been a quiet pioneer having being the first woman to teach a formal retreat in Burma, side-by-side with a senior monastic figure, Sayadaw U Lakkhana, Abbot of Kyaswa Monastery. Having worked with a wide range of Asian and Western teachers, Michele is most inspired by her practice with Dipa Ma and Sayadaw U Pandita and more recently in Burma with the Mya Taung Sayadaw. She appreciates teaching at many levels of practice and has enjoyed teaching three-month retreats for experienced students as well as developing meditation retreats for youth. Her style of teaching emphasizes helping individuals find entry points into stillness that are natural for them. She encourages an understanding of the path of insight and a gentle strengthening of mindfulness and concentration so that, ultimately, people can access the peaceful depths of their experience in every moment. Michele is thrilled when students begin to love their practice as their own.


Jesse Maceo Vega-Frey moved to the Island of Hawai‘i in 2011 to serve as key support for the Hawai‘i Island and O‘ahu sangha. As a teacher of Vipassana (insight) meditation within the broader context of the Theravadan Buddhist tradition, his teaching aims to inspire the skills, determination, and faith necessary to realize the deepest human freedom. A student of Michele McDonald, his approach is rooted in the tradition of Mahasi Sayadaw of Burma and encourages an exploration of the relationship between ethics, insight, and action. He is the resident teacher for Vipassana Hawai’i and teaches around the world. Jesse was a co-founder of The Stone House, a center for spiritual life and social justice in Mebane, NC and was a board member of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship for several years.



Cancellation Policy: For cancellation up to the thursday before the retreat, the registration free will be refunded less $25. No refunds on the day of the retreat. To cancel, logon to eventbrite with your email address. go to your tickets for this event and click on request a refund.

Ridesharing: The information collected during registration regarding ridesharing will be distributed by email to all interested retreatants 7 days prior to the retreat. Each individual is then responsible for directly making any ridesharing arrangement.

Teacher Dana: Fees cover retreat organizing costs only. Voluntary donations (dana) for the teaching may be given at the retreat.

Financial Assistance: The full weekend fee of $95 allows us to continue to offer these retreats. To assist with this retreat being available to all who are interested, BCIMS offers a reduced fee of $50 for young adults under 30 and those on low incomes. If you have questions or require additional financial assistance to attend this retreat please contact the organizer.



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