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2018 Victoria IMS Retreats

VictoriaIMS 2018 Retreat Schedule

Volunteer organizers, teachers, and participants have come together for the past 17 years, to support the study and practice of the Theravada Buddhist teachings in Victoria. The VictoriaIMS Council and volunteers thank you for your ongoing interest and dedication to meditation and mindfulness practices.

We are pleased to announce the 2018 retreat schedule

Feb 24/26
Margo McLoughlin Retreat
Registration open. Register
More info here.
Friday Feb 23, Margo McLoughlin – Dharma Story telling evening  7 – 9pm

Mar 31/Apr01
Pascal Auclair Retreat
Registration opens Mar 05, 2018

May 26/27
Susie Harrington
Registration opens Apr 30 2018
Friday May 25, Susie Harrington – evening talk 7 – 9pm

June 23/24
Venerable Ajahn Viradhammo Retreat
Abbot of Tisarana Buddhist Monastery, Perth, Ontario
Registration opens May 28, 2018
Location: UVic Conference Room

Sep 15/16
Brock Brown Retreat
Registration opens Aug 20, 2018

Oct 13/14
Christina Feldman Retreat
Registration opens Sept 17, 2018

Nov 10/11
Carol Wilson Retreat
Registration opens Oct 15, 2018

Retreats and Talks are held at Goward House, 2495 Arbutus Road, Victoria, BC.
The June 23/24 retreat will be held at UVic Cadboro Commons Building.

Time of retreats: Saturdays 9 am – 4:30 pm; Sundays 9 am – 4 pm.

The teachings are offered freely. There are no registration fees.

On the day of the retreat, you may offer financial contributions to the teacher/charity and to Victoria IMS for operational costs. Suggested donation to VictoriaIMS is $40 for a two-day retreat and $20 for a one-day retreat. There is no suggested amount for offering financial contributions to the teacher.

2018/01/14 The Divine Abidings

Divine Abidings

Beginning on Sunday, January 14th, Margo will offer a series of monthly talks for the Victoria Insight Meditation Society on the four Divine Abidings, four qualities of mind and heart that we can cultivate as the natural expression of our being. While presenting each of these, she will draw on the stories of some remarkable figures in the history of Buddhism, individuals whose lives were and are an embodiment of loving-kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy, and equanimity.
Sunday, January 14th – “Ananda, Guardian of the Dhamma” – Loving-Kindness as an act of imagination.
Sunday, February 11th – “The Legend of King Ashoka” – Compassion as a vehicle of transformation.
Sunday, March 25th – “The Lay Disciple, Visakha” – Joy and the Path of Service.
Sunday, April 22nd – “Tenzin Gyatso, His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama” – Equanimity as a gift we bestow and a practice we embody.

Here is a link to a page on my site:

2018/02/18 Core Buddhist Teachings with Brock Brown

Core Teachings at Sunday Sit

Beginning on Sunday, February 18th, Brock Brown will offer a series of monthly talks for VIMS on the core teachings of the Buddha: the Four Noble Truths and the Noble Eightfold path. This is the path which leads us to the end of suffering.
The following is a schedule of the talks:
Feb 18  The First Noble Truth and Right View
Mar 18  Right Intention
April 15 Sila – Ethical Conduct
May 13 The Second Noble Truth – Tanha or Craving
June 17 Right Effort
July 22  Right Mindfulness
Sept 23 Right Concentration
Oct 21  The Third Noble Truth – Letting Go

2018/02/24 Margo McLoughlin 2 Day Retreat

Illuminating the World, Befriending the Mind: Mindfulness and the Path of Practice
A two-day retreat with Margo McLoughlin
at Goward House,2495 Arbutus Road, Victoria, BC.
February 24 – 25, 2017
Sat 9 – 4:30  –   Sun 9 – 4:00
Registration open. Register
A dedicated practice of mindfulness sharpens perception while also softening the heart. In this weekend retreat, we will deepen our understanding of mindful awareness through a careful examination of the first two factors of awakening – mindfulness (sati) and investigation (dhamma-vicaya). At the same time, we will review the foundations of practice and explore the importance of friendliness (metta) as we learn to befriend  our own minds.
A teacher, storyteller, and writer, Margo holds a Master of Divinity from the Harvard Divinity School. In 2012, she completed her training as a Community Dharma Leader through Spirit Rock Meditation Centre.
Extra event at Goward House prior to retreat
On Friday, February 23rd, from 7 – 8:30 p.m., Margo will present a storytelling program entitled “An Evening of Elephants: Reflections on Rebirth and Stories from the Buddhist Tradition.”
Margo has been translating and adapting the birth stories of the Buddha for the last twenty years. Her translations have been published in Insight Journal and Parabola Magazine. She has performed for a number of communities throughout the United States, including Seattle Insight, Insight Santa Cruz, San Francisco Insight, New York Insight and Insight Meditation Society.
This evening program is by donation. No advance registration is necessary. Children eight years old and older are welcome. Please come early to ensure a seat!