Thursday, August 28, 2008

Introduction to Zen Meditation-Victoria Zen Centre

September 27th-November 22nd, 2008(Saturdays from 9:00-11:30am)

September 27th-November 24th, 2008 (Monday eves. 7:00-9:30pm)

If you are interested in learning how to meditate, this is the course for you. For people that are seeking to reduce stress, clarify a busy mind, improve focus and awareness, boost immune function, improve sleeping patterns, or gain insight into the mental, physical, and emotional habits that are preventing you from living life fully, this course offers a gradual combination of study and practice, individual and group interaction, and personal guidance that will provide a strong foundation to experience the profound change that Zen meditation practice offers. The fee for this eight week course is $395* and includes:

  • Eight weekly Sessions for a total of twenty hours of class time.
  • A free meditation cushion for each participant to keep.
  • Chanting practice CDs.
  • Weekly course materials and Practice Manual.
  • Small class size (max.8).
  • Teachings and group discussions on eight core aspects of Zen Practice.
  • One-to-one meetings with Eshu.
  • One free practice consultation with Eshu upon completion.

Monday, August 25, 2008


"LIBERATING OUR GIFTS" - with Margo McLoughlin at Sleeping Dog Farm and Retreat Centre on Sat., Sept. 6



This upcoming Retreat hosted by the Church of Truth, Community of Conscious Living at
the Sleeping Dog Farm and Retreat Centre will allow us to take a luxurious trip - inside of ourselves.

The rewards are precious time for stillness, solitude and silence - rare and radical behaviour in modern frenzied life, according to our Retreat Guide, Margo McLoughlin.

As we quietly walk through the organic gardens and grounds, whisperings of the soul will have
an opportunity to be heard.

As we slowly enjoy the delicious wholesome lunch, gratitude and awareness will flourish.

As we listen to Margo and meditate in the sanctuary, mindfulness will be deepened and compassion awakened, thus allowing CLEAR MIND. CALM SPIRIT. RIGHT ACTION.

Bio for Margo McLoughlin:

Margo McLoughlin is a Victoria storyteller and writer. She holds a Master of Divinity degree from the Harvard Divinity School, where she taught Introduction to Insight Meditation for three years.

Retreat poster: serfiles/Liberating_Our_Gifts_Flyer_-_Church_of_Truth.pdf

For additional information, please visit: or phone Linda at (250) 380-6383

BE MINDFUL of the final day for the Early Bird Price of $65 (includes a wonderful lunch provided by Retreat Centre) - SUNDAY, AUG. 31;
After this date, cost will be $75

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Three-Day Sesshin-Salt Spring Zen Circle

Dear Friends,

The Salt Spring Zen Circle, which practices in the Soto Zen lineage of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, will be offering our annual September three-day sesshin. The retreat is non-residential and everyone is welcome to attend.

Sesshin begins at 7 PM on Friday, September 26, 2008 and ends at 3 PM on Sunday, September 28.

Cost: $80 for entire sesshin, including all meals, plus dana (donation) for teachings by poet and Zen teacher, Nanfū Peter Levitt.

We do our best to arrange billeting for off-island visitors on a first come first served basis, so please register early.

For details and to receive a registration form, please contact Ann Colburn at or call Judith Daylen at 250-537-2062