Saturday, October 04, 2008

Weekend Non-Residential Vipassana Retreat with Joanne Broatch - October 25 & 26

This retreat will be appropriate for both new and experienced meditators. It will be taught by Joanne Broatch. Information:

With Jack Kornfield as her guiding teacher, Joanne has been practising Buddhist meditation in the Theravadan tradition since 1980, and teaching since 1994. Her spiritual journey has included inner work with humanistic psychologists of the 60s and 70s; later, Diamond Heart work and Process Painting; and more recently investigating Spiritism and etheric healing in Brazil. She is particularly interested in the importance of faith and lovingkindness in physical, emotional and spiritual healing.

Retired from work as a business writing consultant, writer and editor, Joanne has focused on supporting the growth of sangha in Western Canada, especially in smaller communities in the west. Now semi-retired as a dharma teacher, she teaches retreats, groups and classes primarily in British Columbia and Western Canada.


Please copy and complete the registration form below and email it back to the registrar, Rod House, Once you have registered, he will contact you with more info. We encourage people to set aside both days for this retreat, although there will be space for people only able to do one day. If you are a new meditator and can only do one day, it is suggested that Saturday would be the day to come and not Sunday as basic instructions will be given on Saturday. Please let Rod know if you are only coming for one day.


Victoria Vipassana Community
2-day non-residential retreat
Date: October 25 & 26, 2008
Joanne Broatch
: Goward House
2495 Arbutus Rd., Victoria

Thank you for your interest in our upcoming retreat. Please copy and complete the following form. Return it to the registrar, Rod House, at as soon as possible.

  1. Name:
  2. Email address (or street address, if no email):
  3. Phone number:
  4. Will you be attending both Saturday and Sunday? Yes or No If no, please specify which day you will be attending?
  5. Are you able to offer another meditator a ride? Yes or No If yes, please indicate your neighbourhood or geographical location.
  6. Do you need a ride? Yes or No If yes, please indicate your neighbourhood or geographical location
  7. Are you able to billet out of town meditators? Yes or No If yes, please specify how many.
  8. Do you need to be billeted? Yes or No.


We have been using the practice of generosity, or dana, (dana is the word for generosity from the language in the Buddha's time) to cover the costs (rental, teacher's travel, etc.) of putting on the retreat over the past few years and will continue to do so. We suggest a $30 donation for the weekend to cover our costs. Any extra money left over goes into a Scholarship Fund for folks in our community who have an interest in doing longer retreats but not the funds to afford that. If the $30 is beyond your means, though, that is fine. Please feel free to come and simply donate what feels within your means.

There will be a basket out at the retreat for all donations. The teachings themselves are offered by the teacher freely in the Buddhist tradition of over 2500 years. If you feel the teachings have been of value to you, there will be an opportunity to practise generosity, or dana, for the teachings at the end of the retreat. This money will go directly to the teacher. There will be a basket out at the retreat for this. More information will be provided about this at the retreat.

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