Sunday, March 06, 2011

Mindfulness and the Brain - 1 Day Retreat

Mindfulness and the Brain

Victoria Vipassana Community

1-day Retreat

Sunday, March 20, 2011

9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

with Beth Trotter


Goward House

2495 Arbutus Rd.

Victoria, BC

In this daylong for students with prior mindfulness, or vipassana (insight) meditation experience, we will practice in silence with periods of sitting and walking. As well there will be some teachings and experiential exercises about current neuroscience understandings of the brain. We will look at how these findings can support the Buddhist understandings of release from suffering and increased happiness and wisdom.

We will meet from 9:00 am until 4:30 pm at the Activity Centre of the Queen Alexandra Hospital, 2400 Arbutus Rd., Victoria, B.C., on Sunday, March 20, 2011.

Prerequisite: Some previous experience with mindfulness, or vipassana meditation

Beth Trotter has practised vipassana meditation since 1983 and has also been influenced by other traditions including dzogchen and the diamond approach. She is a therapist in private practice in Victoria and is particularly interested in making the dharma accessible to our western minds. Beth was instrumental in establishing the Victoria Vipassana Community, and has taught retreats for VVC in the past.

Cost: The Buddha's teachings are considered to be priceless. In keeping with the teachings and spirit of generosity or dana, we offer this retreat on a donation basis. The suggested donation for this retreat is $20 to cover the cost of facility rental, and other organizational expenses. A basket will be placed at the registration table for your donation. Any money collected above the costs of the retreat will go towards other VVC programmes.

No one will be refused for lack of funds; please give whatever is affordable given your means.

We will also set out another basket for you to offer dana for the teachings and the teacher who has shared them with us. We will speak about the practice of dana for the teachings during the retreat.

Once you have completed the Registration Form you will receive more detailed information about the retreat, including what to bring.

Thank you,

Eric Bedard, Retreat Registrar

To register for the retreat:

If you have questions, please email Eric at