Annual Spring Retreat & Fearlessness in Everyday Life

with Shastri Christine Heming

March 29th—April 5th

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    St. John’s Spring Retreat

    March 29 - April 5, 2017

    It’s that time again to refresh and renew ourselves with the St. John’s Shambhala Spring Retreat – an opportunity to take a break from our ordinary routine, slow down and give our heart a good massage.  And all this combined with the support and kindness of friends and fellow meditators.  Once again, Shastri Christine Heming will guide us through the retreat with the help of the very able St. John’s retreat staff.

    This year the retreat has been organized a little differently to enable working folks to participate during the Easter holidays in both in the daily retreat schedule as well as the course that will be offered in the first five days.  And, with the exception of the first and last days, the class will meet from 4 to 6 pm – earlier than in previous years.

       Location:  Rotary Sunshine Park on Thorburn Road


    Retreat begins Thursday evening, March 29, with the first class of Fearlessness in Everyday Life (see the description below).  Registration is from 5-6 pm; Supper 6 pm. The class begins at 7:30 pm.

                The class continues March 30th through April 2nd.

                 Fri., Sat., Sun. 4 to 6 pm; Mon. 7:30 pm.

    The Daily Schedule will be very similar to previous years with four practice sessions each day and breaks for meals, yoga and exercise.  We will begin at 7:00 am and close by 9:00 pm. 

    There will be guided meditations and contemplations, and once again we will integrate Shambhala Meditation into our daily practice with guided practice and short talks.  We will also have opportunities to practice the “Lost Art of Good Conversation” during some of our meals.

    Everyone is welcome and encouraged to participate as much as possible.  It is always helpful for our planning if you register in advance.  


     Fearlessness in Everyday Life – An Approach for Our Times

    Perhaps you have stopped reading the news or, if not, find yourself sometimes up and more often down after reading only the headlines.  The motivating force behind so much that we encounter is fear, and there is a lot of truth in that.  We hear that Canadians are carrying a huge debt load that could cripple us; that green house gas emissions keep going up along with increasing climate instability; that sea levels are rising, encroaching on our communities and destroying infrastructure; that two unstable world leaders are threatening nuclear action; that the gap between the haves and have-nots keeps expanding.  The list goes on.  These are challenging times indeed.  It’s easy to become overwhelmed, tune out and simply hope for the best.

    What is this yoyo of hope and fear that keeps us trapped in indecision, inaction and anxiety?  Is that all there is?  Can we be brave enough to look into this? 

    The Shambhala teachings are very clear about hope and fear.  There is intelligence worth our attention and investigation in all of our experience, and in particular, our fear.  In this class we will begin to explore the nature of fear and the possibilities of leading our lives with fearlessness.  Fearlessness in this case is not some affected bravado; it is the willingness to remain open and sensitive in the face of strong thoughts and emotions.  It is the essence of Shambhala Warriorship – the path of bravery.

    Please join us during the first five days of the spring retreat for Fearlessness in Everyday Life.  Bring your good hearts and minds, and don’t forget your humour.


    Attendance Options and Pricing:

    Whole retreat including overnight accommodations. $425

    Whole retreat with no overnight $375

    Weekend program (Thursday evening to Monday evening whether staying overnight or not) $325

    Fearlessness in Everyday Life Program (those who want to attend only the teacher talks) $225

    An early bird discount of $25 is available for those who pay a deposit of $200 by March 1st.


    • Generosity Policy: In order to make our programs accessible to everyone, we have a generosity policy. If the program price is an obstacle for you, please decide what amount works for you and offer whatever you can. We appreciate any monetary or volunteer contributions you may wish to offer.

    Setting up a payment plan for the full amount may also be an option to consider.

    To make a generosity payment or payment plan, please contact Carol [email protected] for assistance.