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2023/11/12 Day two audio from Howard Cohn Retreat

These audio files are from day two of Howard Cohn’s retreat titled “Wings of Awakening”


2023/11/11 Day one audio from Howard Cohn Retreat

These audio files are from Howard Cohn’s retreat titled “Wings of Awakening”


2023/10/22 Audio from Tempel Smith Retreat

The following audio files were recorded at Goward House in Victoria during a one day retreat presented by Tempel Smith on October 22nd 2023.


2023/09/23 Audio for Brock Brown Retreat

The following Audio files were recorded at Goward House in Victoria on the 23rd of October, 2023. when Brock Brown presented a one day retreat.


2023/11/11 Weekend Retreat with Howie Cohn

The Wings to Awakening

Howard Cohn

Registration will open on Oct 23rd.
November 11 and 12, 2023, 9am to 4pm
This will be a hybid retreat with both in-person and online participants.
In-person at Goward House 2495 Arbutus Rd Victoria.

The two wings of awakening are wisdom and compassion. If you want to be happy in this life you must be wise. The highest wisdom is to be compassionate with yourself and with others. Relating to anyone harshly and critically is born of confusion and frustrated desire. When you view yourself with wisdom, being self critical and judgemental of others no longer makes any sense. Compassion and love are the natural expression of awakened awareness. A compassionate heart grows from experiencing others and ourselves clearly and intimately.
This retreat will follow the Buddha’s practical, clear and inspiring map of awakening
wisdom and compassion in our hearts and minds. He said, “If it were not possible to awaken, I would not ask you to do this.” Learning and practicing with loving awareness, we will gently move from ill will to kindness, from clinging to freedom, from confusion to clarity, and from tension to relaxation.
We will spend our time in silence, alternating sitting with walking meditation. There will also be an opportunity for practice discussions.

Suitable for all levels.

Our teacher, Howard Cohn, has led the Mission Dharma sitting group in San Francisco for over 35 years. He has practiced meditation since 1972, has led vipassana retreats in the US and internationally since 1985, and is a senior teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. Howie is known by his students for his kindheartedness and warm sense of humor.
Howie has studied with many Asian and western teachers of several traditions, including Theravada, Zen, Dzogchen and Advaita Vedanta, and has been strongly influenced by contact with the Indian master H.W.L. Poonja. He has a MA in Counseling Psychology and has a private counseling/ mentoring practice.



2023/06/11 Ajahn Tiradhammo Retreat audio

The following audio files were recorded at Goward House in Victoria on Sunday the 11th of June, 2023 where Ajahn Tiradhammo presented a one day retreat.


Sunday Night Sits
Victoria IMS weekly Sunday Night Sits are an opportunity to practice meditation and listen to dharma talks with our community sangha.
The sits are led by dharma teachers and dedicated peer leaders (see below).
There’s no registration simply show up if you can. Everyone is welcome.
The evenings will begin with a 40 minute meditation followed by a dharma talk and or a discussion. Chairs are provided and participants are welcome to bring their own cushions or stools if they prefer. There are also yoga bolsters, blocks and blankets available at the stuSdio.
Dana donations are accepted to support the teachers and to cover organizational expenses such as the rent.
Time: 7-8:30
Place: Helga Beer Yoga Studio
Address: 202-1600 Bay Street
For inquiries or to volunteer please contact us here.

Schedule of Sunday Sit Facilitators for 2023

29  June Fukushima – An investigation of the Metta Sutta/Discourse on Goodwill. Chanting and small group sharing.

5  Mary-Ann Enthoven
12 Kristina Baré
19 Brock Brown
26 Metta VanderVliet

3 Mary-Ann Enthoven
10 Kristina Baré
17 Margo McLoughlin
24 cancelled
31 cancelled

Sunday Sit Leaders
Kristina Baré

Kristina Baré is an insight meditation teacher, therapist, and Somatic Experiencing practitioner. She has trained primarily in the
Burmese lineages of Ven. Mahasi Sayadaw and Ven. Pa Auk Sayadaw.
She enjoys supporting students in deepening samadhi and insight.
Opening the door to an expansion of the heart and to liberating
wisdom. In support of the Buddha’s teachings, Kristina also draws
on knowledge from Western psychology and Somatic
Experiencing. She invites a kind, patient, and embodied approach
as a base for samadhi and insight meditation practices.
Kristina’s talks at the Sunday Night Sit will focus on the 10 Paramis. They will be based on
Ajahn Sucitto’s online book, Parami – Ways to Cross Life’s Floods.

Brock Brown

Brock Brown is a founding member and Chair of the Victoria
Insight Meditation Society where he teaches and leads meditation
retreats. He has been dedicated to the study and practice of the
Buddha’s teachings in the Theravada tradition for the past 27
years, and is inspired by the Thai Forest tradition.
Brock is a graduate of the Spirit Rock Dedicated Practitioners
Program and the Community Dharma Leader Program and
completed the Birken Forest Monastery Upasika program. Brock
enjoys studying the suttas and making them relevant to our
everyday lives.

Mary-Ann Enthoven

As the founder and teacher of YOGADA studio in Montreal in 2010, Mary-Ann provided classes for individuals to enhance their lives with mindful movement and meditation’s many benefits. Her interest and study in Buddhist tradition got peaked by a long Vipassana retreat in 2012. Mary-Ann has been studying with Pema Chödrön and is a graduate of the “Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program,” led by Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach. In addition to their guidance, Mary-Ann’s practice has also been deeply influenced by teachers such as, Thich Nhat Hanh, Eckhart Tolle, Brother David Steindl-Rast, and Oren Jay Sofer. Her mindfulness routine is deeply rooted in gratitude practice and relation to nature as a doorway to ease the mind and find peace. Mary-Ann leads workshops on mindfulness and has on-going drop-in Meditation sits.

Margo McLoughlin

Margo McLoughlin has been practicing in the Insight tradition of
Theravada Buddhism since 1986. Margo is known for her telling
of Jataka tales and in leading meditation retreats and courses on
Vancouver Island, the US and Ireland.
A former staff member at Insight Meditation Society in Barre,
Massachusetts and a graduate of the Harvard Divinity School,
Margo has also completed her training to be a Community
Dharma Leader through Spirit Rock Meditation Center in
Woodacre, California. Her teachers include Joseph Goldstein,
Carol Wilson, Thanissara, and Eugene Cash.

Tempel Smith

Tempel Smith teaches Mindfulness, Insight and Metta
meditation with an emphasis on Buddhist psychology and mind-
body awareness. In 1997, he spent a year as a monk in Burma
with Sayadaw U Pandita and Pa Auk Sayadaw.
Since 2001 Tempel has been teaching meditation and Buddhist
psychology to a wide variety of people including prisoners,
activists, youth, service providers, and those with severe and
chronic illnesses. Tempel serves on the Spirit Rock Teachers
Council, organizes the Dedicated Practitioners Program (DPP)
and Living Dharma retreats for Spirit Rock, and teaches classes
in the East Bay.

June Fukushima

June Fukushima (she/her) was born into a Buddhist family and has been a student of the dharma for 35 years. Her teachers are from the Thai Forest monastic tradition. June was the Personnel Director for IMS (Barre, MA) and has volunteered for the Victoria IMS for the past 15 years. June is involved with the development of Aranya Refuge, a Thai Forest monastery on Vancouver Island. June was born in BC and is third-generation Japanese Canadian.

Metta VanderVliet

Metta VanderVliet (who uses they/them pronouns to acknowledge their genderqueer identity) began their regular daily practice of meditation in 2003, sitting yearly retreats in the Theravada Buddhist Tradition. Moving to Victoria in 2011 they gratefully began participating in VIMS Sunday night sits and weekend retreats. Metta has occasionally led Sunday sits and has supported weekend retreats as sound person and Zoom coordinator. In their work role as a somatic oriented trauma therapist Metta leads a weekly lunchtime mindfulness group for survivors of gender-based violence. Metta is part of the sub-committee responsible for organizing the post-pandemic relaunch of the Sunday night sits.

2023/04/01 Tuere Sala audio files day two

The following audio files were recorded at Goward House during a weekend retreat presented by Tuere Sala on the topic of “Right Intention.


2023/04/01 Tuere Sala Audio Day One

The following files were recorded during a retreat held at Goward house on the 1st and 2nd of April, 2023 presented by Tuere Sala. The topic was “Right Intention”.