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Mount St. Francis Retreat Centre

41160 Retreat Road

Cochrane, AB T4C 1Z6

Canada

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A weekend of peaceful meditations and profound teachings in a tranquil setting.

About this Event

Please join us and Resident Teacher, Gen Kelsang Dema, for this weekend retreat of teachings and guided meditations to abandon the distractions of our worldly concerns.

Our suffering and problems have their roots in our own minds. We tend to identify external sources of problems and external conditions as sources of happiness. But no matter how successful we are in gathering good worldly conditions, no matter how materially wealthy, successful or well-respected we become, we will never find the permanent happiness we seek. This is because true happiness and the solution to our problems does not lie in material things, but is to be accomplished only through developing inner peace, or peace of mind.

Through the practice of moral discipline and meditation, we can control our own minds and abandon both the gross distractions of our daily life and the more subtle distractions of our delusions. Nothing is more meaningful or satisfying than this inner path to Nirvana— permanent inner peace and happiness.

This retreat is suitable for everyone, regardless of previous meditation experience. Everyone can meditate according to their own capacity.

Location

The Only Nirvana is Peace retreat will be held at the Mount St. Francis Retreat Centre near Cochrane, conveniently located just northwest of Calgary.

Grounds: Situated on almost 500 acres, the retreat centre provides occasion to enjoy the beauty of the foothills, with a view overlooking the Rocky Mountains. Pathways on the grounds allow opportunities for reflection, exercise, and contemplation between meditation sessions.

Accommodations: Simple, private rooms contain a single bed, desk, and sink. There is no need to bring a sleeping bag or bedding: bedding and towels are provided. Bring any personal items and toiletries you may need.

Bring some good shoes and layered clothing for exercise and fresh air between sessions. We will bring our meditation cushions from the Centre, but if you prefer your own please bring it. Of course chairs are also provided.

Please be mindful not to wear strong scents. Some people are sensitive to perfumes.

During retreat, it is beneficial for practitioners to place offerings to Buddha and the Spiritual Guide on the shrine. Such offerings are customary but entirely optional. This can be a single item at the beginning of the retreat, or offerings put on the shrine before each session—such as pure food, incense, flowers, candies, and so on. Because these offerings remain on the shrine until the end of the retreat, food needs to be wrapped and non-perishable. We will also have a special Offering to the Spiritual Guide puja with an offering feast. It is customary to make an offering of pure food or drink (no alcohol or meat) which we will enjoy together immediately after the prayers.

Registration costs include:

  • two nights private accommodation
  • six vegetarian meals (beginning with dinner on Friday night at 6:30--we can cater to some dietary restrictions. Please advise us of your needs)
  • seven retreat sessions
  • access to the retreat facilities and walking trails

You can also register by:

  • Calling Akshobya Centre at (403) 454-7595 (credit card only)
  • Paying at the Centre at a drop-in class

Program

Friday, November 8

6–6:30pm: Arrival and Check-in

6:30pm: Dinner

8–9:30pm: Introduction / Session 1

Saturday, November 9

7–7:45am: Session 2

8am: Breakfast

10–11:30am: Session 3

12pm: Lunch

3–4pm: Session 4

5:30pm: Dinner

7–8:30pm: Session 5

Sunday, November 10

7–7:45am: Session 6

8am: Breakfast

9:30–11:30am: Offering to the Spiritual Guide

12pm: Lunch

1:30–2:30pm: Session 7

2:30–3:00pm: Clean-up and Departure

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations will be handled by the Centre rather than by Eventbrite. If you cancel your retreat registration on or before October 25, we will refund your event fee less a non-refundable 25% deposit. We regret that we cannot give refunds for cancellations after October 26. Please contact the Administrative Director at AkshobyaAdmin@gmail.com to arrange the refund.

Exceptions can be made in cases of unexpected serious illness or bereavement. Please contact the Administrative Director: AkshobyaAdmin@gmail.com.

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Mount St. Francis Retreat Centre

41160 Retreat Road

Cochrane, AB T4C 1Z6

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