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2019 Howard Cohn Audio day 2

The following files were recorded at Goward House in Victoria BC during a weekend retreat presented by Howard Cohn. These are from 10 Nov, day two of this retreat.

Howard Cohn Nov 2019 audio files.

The following files were recorded at Goward House on Nov 09 during day one of a two day non-residential retreat in Victoria BC.

2020/02/29 Margo McLoughlin Weekend Retreat

 “Finding Balance: Mindfulness and Equanimity”

February 29 and March 01, 2020.
Held at Goward House, 2495 Arbutus Road, Victoria, BC
Saturday 9:00 to 4:30 pm; Sunday 9 to 4pm
Registration opens Feb 03, 2020.
In this weekend retreat, Margo McLoughlin will explore three pathways for understanding and developing equanimity, a quality of mind that is inclusive of all aspects of experience. In the midst of our complex lives, it can be valuable to set aside some time to reflect on the direction of our spiritual journey and how our practice manifests in the world. Equanimity is not just the end result of our dedication to practice, but a state of mind that can be actively cultivated. This beautiful mental state is one the Seven Factors of Awakening, as well as one of the Four Divine Abodes. Far from neutralizing our energy for compassionate action, equanimity serves us in every thing we undertake.    

Margo McLoughlin is a Community Dharma Leader who regularly teaches with the Victoria Insight Meditation Society. She leads retreats in Victoria and other Island communities. A writer, storyteller, and educator, Margo is currently leading a mindfulness program for children at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. For more about Margo, please visit margostoryteller.net.

2020/01/18 Heather Martin Retreat

January 18/19 2020
Held at Goward House, 2495 Arbutus Road, Victoria, BC
Saturday 9:00 to 4:30 pm; Sunday 9 to 4pm
Registration Closed. Retreat full.

A Weekend of Meditation focusing on Peace and Joy – everybody’s New Year’s Resolution.

Let’s take these two days to get in touch with and deepen into what brings our hearts alive; making conscious more meaning and value in our lives.

The first day – Saturday – we’ll employ some well known and effective tools that release us from our tangles and struggles, subsiding the tension and drama inside our hearts/minds.  The second day – Sunday – we’ll delve more deeply into ways to usher in to our awareness the sacred, the valuable, the meaningful, once there is some space in our hearts, and a malleable enough mind to follow our guidance. 

Heather Martin, a resident of Salt Spring Island, has a long association with the Victoria Insight Meditation Society. Heather teaches classes and leads retreats in Canada and the US. Her early dharma influence was under the guidance of S.N. Goenka, and she has since been influenced by both Burmese and Thai streams of Theravada, most recently studying with U Tejaniya of Burma. Heather’s approach to life and her style of teaching for the past 15 years is led by her heart – warm and compassionate. She is curious, practical, has a ready laugh and is a great communicator.

 

2019/09/14 Brock Brown Retreat Audio Files

The following files were recorded at Goward House in Victoria on the 14th of September during a one day retreat presented by Brock Brown

2018/09/20 VIMS council meeting minutes

VIMS Council Meeting Minutes (approved)

Thursday, September 20, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.

Brock and June’s home

Present:

Brock, Brian, Bruce, Rhonda, June

Absent with regrets:

Sandra

Agenda Items:

  1. Review and Approve Agenda

Motion from Brian to approve the agenda. Carried.

  1. Establish Secretary for meeting (Sandra away)
    June agreed to be the Secretary for this meeting.
  2. Approve Minutes of Previous Meeting (August 23, 2018).
    There were no changes to the distributed draft minutes from the August council meeting. Motion from Bruce to approve the Minutes. Carried.
  3. Business arising from the Minutes and Updates:
  • Ajaan Geoff talk was held on Friday September 12th at 7 pm at Goward House. The talk was co-sponsored by Victoria IMS and Aranya Refuge. Approximately 40 people attended and there was a lively question period after the talk.

 

  • Brock’s one day retreat on September 15th, 2018. There were 38 participants – many were first time to a Victoria IMS retreat. Thanks to the volunteers who supported the retreat: Rhonda Duncan (co-ordinator), Glenda Christie and June Fukushima (co-managers), Juli MacDonnell (sound), Brian Chapel (registrar).

 

  • Registration is strong for Christina Feldman’s retreat scheduled for October 13/14, 2018. On the Friday prior to the retreat, at 6pm, June and Brock will host a pot-luck meal for Christina with Council and partners, and the retreat team.
  1. Finances:

The financial report from Wei (Victoria IMS bookkeeper) for Jan – Aug 2018 was sent to Council by June prior to the meeting.

 

Account Balances as of Sept 1st, 2018:

Chequing: $ 3000.14

Savings: $ 6792.73

TOTAL: $ 9792.87

June moved to receive the financial report. Carried.

  1. Sunday Night Community Sit:
  • Plans for 2019 – update since last discussion: Kevin Keliher has agreed to coordinate the facilitation schedule for 2019. There is renewed energy with more new people coming to the sit.

 

  • June suggested that we hold off on notifying Helga about changing the rental agreement as of January 2019. There was a general discussion about how the second hour might be used and implications of not renting for two hours each Sunday. Council thought having a two-hour rental gives the program flexibility and that the cost of the second hour is not a high expense.

Brock motioned that we not make changes to the rental agreement at this time and that we would re-visit at the end of the year. Carried.

  1. Communications:
  • Council reviewed the FAQ document that David Axon produced in response to the questions he gets asked as the responder to the Victoria IMS gmail account. Some edits were made. The final draft to be circulated to Council by June.
  • David requested that it be easier for people to sign up for retreats from the website. Bruce will review the link on the website.
  1. 2019 Programs:
  • October 12/13 – Steve Armstrong. Lawrie is to talk to Kamala or Steve’s assistant at the end of September about how we might proceed if Steve is unable to lead the retreat.

 

  • June and Brock met with Isy House to discuss potential volunteers for 2019 retreats. Isy is happy to continue finding volunteers for retreats.

 

Next Council Meeting:

15th November, 2018 7:00 – 9:00pm.

Brian’s house.

2019/07/11 VIMS council meeting minutes

VIMS Council Meeting Minutes (approved)

Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

Sandra’s home

Present:                                                                                

June, Sandra, Brock, Rhonda

Absent with Regrets:

Bruce, Brian.

Agenda Items:

  1. Review and Approve Council Meeting Agenda:

Motion from Rhonda to approve the agenda. Carried.

  1. Approve Minutes of Previous Meeting (April 18th, 2019):

The draft minutes from the April council meeting were modified (Agenda Item 5, second point). Motion from June to approve the amended minutes. Carried.

  1. Business arising from the Minutes and Updates:
  • Tuere Sala retreat update (April 27/28): There were 57participants on Saturday (27th) and 52 participants on Sunday (28th). Thanks to all those who supported this retreat: Coordinator: Brock Brown; Co-managers: Brock Brown and Metta VanderVliet; Registrar: Sheila Whincup; Sound: Bruce MacRae.

 

  • Adrianne Ross retreat update (May 25/26): There were 60 participants on Saturday (25th) and 40 on Sunday (26th). Thanks to all those who supported this retreat: Coordinator: Joyce Elliott; Co-managers: Isy House and Joyce Elliott; Registrar: Rod House; Sound: Rod House.

 

  • Ajahn Pasanno retreat update (June 29/30): There were 73 participants on Saturday (29th) and 60 on Sunday (30th). Thanks to all those who supported this retreat: Coordinators: June Fukushima and Brock Brown; Co-managers: June Fukushima and Brock Brown; Registrar; Brian Chapel; Sound: Michael Swanton (Vancouver).

 

Ajahn Pasanno is open to an invitation to return to Victoria in the future.

  1. Finances:
  • June presented the January – May 2019 Financial Report prepared by Wei (reports were distributed to council members prior to the meeting).

 

  • Account Balances since the April 18th, 2019 council meeting:

Account Balances as of May 1st, 2019:

Chequing:         $2,214.80

Savings:           $6,803.99

TOTAL:           $9,018.79

Account Balances as of June 1st, 2019:

Chequing:         $3,069.00

Savings:           $6,805.43

TOTAL:           $9,874.43

Account Balances as of July 1st, 2019:

Chequing:         $2,863.52

Savings:           $6,806.43

TOTAL:           $9,669.95

June motioned to receive the Financial Report. Carried.

  1. Sunday Night Community Sit:
  • The Sunday Night Community Sit continues to operate, as of July using the amended format. Those who attend express appreciation for the opportunity Victoria IMS provides them to meditate in a group setting.
  1. Communications:  
  • Victoria IMS continues to experience some frustrations with the use of our retreat registration software.
  • Posting of the Sunday Night Community Sit facilitation schedule on the website: Sandra will be doing this task now once she receives the information from Kevin. Facilitation information for the newsletter can be obtained from the website.
  • David Axon is willing to continue monitoring the Victoria IMS email account. He has made some response timing/frequency adjustments which has eased the process considerably.
  • Sound Technician support: We will be losing one of our sound technicians as a result of a relocation away from Victoria and will be looking for new volunteers for this role.
  1. 2019 Annual General Meeting (AGM):
  • The AGM was held on June 13th with all members in attendance. The minutes from this meeting have been circulated to everyone.
  • Brock has submitted the annual report to the BC Societies Registrar (societies are required to complete a report every year, after their AGM) and the associated fee has been paid.
  • Teachers have been advised of the changes to the Sunday Night Community Sit program.
  • A unanimous decision was made at the AGM, to remove the ride share co-ordination from retreat registration. The questions related to this have now been deleted from the registration form.
  • Volunteers for retreats: Isy House and Joyce Elliott, with support from June Fukushima, are giving consideration to various people for operations roles for the 2020 retreat schedule.
  1. 2019 Programs:
  • Upcoming retreats/events:
    • August 17/18 – Ajaan Geoff.
    • September 14 – Brock Brown.
    • October 12/13 – Vance Pryor.
    • November 9/10 – Howard Cohn.
  • Completed retreats/events:
    • January 19/20 – Heather Martin.
    • February 23/24 – Margo McLoughlin.
    • April 27/28 – Tuere Sala.
    • May 25/26 – Adrianne Ross.
    • June 29/30 – Ajahn Pasanno.
  1. 2020 Programs:

The teachers and dates listed below are confirmed for the Victoria IMS 2020 retreat schedule.  All retreats will take place at Goward House.

 

  • January 18/19 – Heather Martin.
  • February 22/23 – Margo McLoughlin.
  • April 11/12 – Pascal Auclair.
  • May 23/24 – Ajaan Geoff.
  • September 19 – Brock Brown.
  • October 17/18 – Christina Feldman.
  • November 14/15 – Carol Wilson.

 

  1. Meeting adjourned at 8:40 p.m.

 

Next Council Meeting

September 19th, 2019 7:00-9:00p.m.

June and Brock’s home.

2018/06/19 VIMS AGM meeting minutes

Victoria Insight Meditation Society (VIMS)

 Annual General Meeting

Minutes (approved)

Tuesday June 19, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.

Agenda Items:

  1. Call to order

7:10pm

  1. Establish Quorum (minimum 3 members per VIMS’ bylaws)

Council: Brock Brown, Brian Chapel, Rhonda Duncan, June Fukushima, Bruce MacRae, Sandra Joy

Members: Rod House, Joyce Elliott, Joan Glover

Guests: Shelly Hilditch, Isabelle House, Joanna Stonechapel

Absent with regrets: John Hilditch (Founding Member)

  1. Approve Agenda

Motion from Joan Glover to approve the agenda.
Carried.

  1. Approve Minutes from May 25th, 2017 AGM

 

Motion from Rod House to approve the minutes from the May 25th, 2017 AGM.
Carried.

 

(Bruce MacRae to modify the website to indicate that the 2017 AGM minutes are approved)

 

  1. Financial Statement for January to December 2017

 

June Fukushima continued to fulfill the role of Treasurer in 2017 and Wei Wu the role of Bookkeeper.  Thanks to both June and Wei for their efficient oversight of Victoria IMS finances.

 

Account balances as of December 31st, 2017:

 

Chequing Account:            $3,005.74

Savings Account:              $6,781.44

TOTAL:                            $9,787.18

 

June Fukushima motioned to receive the 2017 financials.

Carried.

 

  1. Review of Financial Records

 

John Hilditch did a review (random sampling) of the Victoria IMS financial records and found everything to be in order.

 

A signed letter to this effect was received from John Hilditch.

 

  1. Determine if audit is required

 

Motion from Bruce MacRae that, based on the Financial Records review, no audit will be required.
Carried.

 

  1. Directors’ reports

 

The reports were pre-circulated to the members of Victoria IMS. The group engaged in a general discussion about the Sunday Night Community Sit program and possible changes that could be made for 2019.

 

Motion from Brock Brown to accept the Directors’ reports.

Carried.

 

  1. Election of officers

 

All current directors were willing to stand for another year and informed Brock Brown, as Chair, that they met the necessary requirements. Brock Brown asked if there were further nominations and there were none.

 

Officers acclaimed on slate presented:

 

Brock Brown           – Chair

Bruce MacRae        – Vice-Chair

June Fukushima      – Treasurer

Sandra Joy             – Secretary

Brian Chapel           – Director at large

Rhonda Duncan      – Director at large

 

Motion from Brock Brown to accept the slate of council.

Carried.

 

  1. Approve new Victoria IMS Constitution and Bylaws

 

June Fukushima provided some background to the new BC Societies Act and supporting documentation to explain the changes that were made (differences between the current and new Constitution and Bylaws) and walked the group through the changes.  Everyone was satisfied that the revised Victoria IMS Constitution and Bylaws met the organization’s needs.

 

Motion from June Fukushima to accept the new Constitution and Bylaws. Carried.

 

  1. Adjournment

 

Motion from Brock Brown to Adjourn.

Carried – 8:24pm.

2019/04/18 VIMS council meeting minutes

VIMS Council Meeting Minutes (approved)

Thursday, April 18, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

June and Brock’s home

Present:                                                                                

June, Sandra, Brock, Rhonda, Bruce, Brian

Absent with Regrets:

None.

Agenda Items:

  1. Review and Approve Council Meeting Agenda:

Motion from Bruce to approve the agenda. Carried.

  1. Approve Minutes of Previous Meeting (March 21st, 2019):

There were no changes to the draft minutes from the March council meeting.  Motion from Rhonda to approve the minutes. Carried.

  1. Business arising from the Minutes and Updates:
  • Helga Beer has agreed to the one and a half hour rental of the yoga studio (in place of the current two hour rental) on Sunday evenings starting in July.

 

  • Tuere Sala retreat – the scheduled registrar for this retreat and one of the scheduled co-managers had to cancel. Brock, who is the coordinator of the retreat, was able to find a new registrar (Sheila Whincup) and plans to step into the role of co-manager for the retreat.
  1. Finances:
  • June presented the March 2019 Financial Report prepared by Wei (reports were distributed to council members prior to the meeting).

 

  • Account Balances since the March 21st, 2019 council meeting:

Account Balances as of April 1st, 2019:

Chequing:         $3,609.21

Savings:           $6,802.59

TOTAL:           $10,411.80

June motioned to accept the Financial Report. Carried.

  • Another scholarship was awarded bringing the total for 2019 to three.
  1. Sunday Night Community Sit:
  • Sunday night facilitators are now scheduled and confirmed through to the end of 2019.
  • Council agreed to discontinue the teacher-led sessions at the start of each month.
  • Sandra will write text for the website and the newsletter detailing the changes for the Sunday night sit for the balance of 2019. She will forward this to Bruce for inclusion in the June newsletter.
  1. Communications:  
  • Newsletter: Thanks to Bruce for his ongoing development and production of the monthly newsletter. Juli MacDonnell has agreed to take over the production of the newsletter from Bruce. Bruce will contact Juli and train her on the May newsletter.  June will send the policy to us (for review of guidelines) that relates to newsletter content and production.
  • Posting of the minutes on the website: Sandra will continue sending the approved minutes to Bruce for posting.
  • Posting of the Sunday Night facilitation schedule on the website: Bruce will continue to update the website with the monthly facilitators for the Sunday night sit from information sent to him by Kevin.
  • Check-in with David Axon re his monitoring of the Victoria IMS email account: David has been taking care of the Victoria IMS email for some time now. Sandra will contact David to determine whether this continues to work for him.
  • Buddhist Festival Poster: The 2019 BC Buddhist Festival to be held in Vancouver on June 8th has issued a poster for the event. We will include mention of the festival and a link to the poster in our April and May newsletters.
  • Victoria Art Gallery Initiative with local Buddhists: Brock will forward to council members the email he received from the Art Gallery that explains this initiative. Council can then review and comment on it. If agreed at our next council meeting, we could consider putting something about this into the next newsletter.
  1. 2019 AGM:
  • The date of June 13th has now been agreed upon for the 2019 AGM. Brian and Joanna will host the AGM this year at their home.
  • Individual reports for the 2018 year have been received in draft and are currently under review:
    • Report from the Chair – Brock
    • Finance – June
    • Retreat Statistics – and Volunteers – Rhonda
    • Communications – Bruce
    • Sunday Night Sit – Sandra
    • Special Events – Brock
  • Sandra will consolidate the reports into a single document before distributing them to the invitees for the AGM.
  • Council should give some thought to questions we would like to ask the members at the AGM and on which we would like to get feedback.
  1. 2019 Programs:

All retreats will be held at Goward House with the exception of Ajahn Pasanno and Ajahn Geoff’s retreats which will be held at UVic.

  • Upcoming retreats/events:
    • April 27/28 – Tuere Sala.
    • May 25/26 – Adrianne Ross.
    • June 29/30 – Ajahn Pasanno.
    • August 17/18 – Ajaan Geoff.
    • September 14 – Brock Brown.
    • October 12/13 – Vance Pryor.
    • November 9/10 – Howard Cohn.
  • Completed retreats/events:
    • January 19/20 – Heather Martin.
    • February 23/24 – Margo McLoughlin.
  1. 2020 Programs:

The teachers and dates listed below are confirmed for the Victoria IMS 2020 retreat schedule.  All retreats will take place at Goward House unless otherwise indicated. Planning and discussions are still underway with several other teachers and the schedule will be updated as dates and teachers are confirmed.

  • January 18/19 – Heather Martin
  • February 22/23 – Margo McLoughlin
  • April 11/12 – Pascal Auclair
  • September 19 – Brock Brown
  • October 17/18 – Christina Feldman
  • November 14/15 – Carol Wilson

 

  1. Meeting adjourned at 8:35 p.m.

 

Next Council Meeting

July11th, 2019 7:00-9:00p.m.

Sandra’s home.