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2022/04/08 Tuere Sala Retreat Audio files

The following files were recorded in Victoria during an evening talk and retreat presented by Tuere Sala from her home in Seattle. The title of the retreat was “Approaching the Liberating Gift of Anger”

 

2021/11/25 VIMS Council Meeting

VIMS Council Meeting Minutes Thursday, November 25th, 2021
6 p.m. Online Meeting Hosted in Victoria, B.C.
Present: Brock Brown (chair), Brian Chapel, Rhonda Duncan, June Fukushima, Kevin Keliher (secretary) and Bruce MacRae.
Absent with Regrets: None.
Agenda Items:
1) Review and Approve Agenda: Motion from Brock to approve agenda. Carried.
2) Approve Minutes of Previous Meeting September 30th, 2021 Motion from Brian to approve minutes. Carried.
3) Business arising from the Minutes and Updates:
a) We sent a small gift to Heather Martin (re-usable Bag with”Gratitude” printed on it) along with a card and our messages of gratitude. A tribute and thanks to Heather was included in the October VIMS Newsletter. Thank you to Sandra Joy for writing the tribute and to June Fukushima for collecting and sending the personal thank you notes and gift.
b) October 16th Margo McLoughlin one day Zoom retreat. Gratitude to volunteers: Joanna Stonechapel – Registrar, Metta VanderVliet – Retreat Manager. Gratitude also to Suzan Denis as Zoom Tech Host. Zoom Participants: 33
c) June to check with Wei Wu that she has not counted Goward House rent in Margo’s retreat.
4) Financial Updates
a) Coast Capital Account Statements Accounts September 30th 2021
Chequing: $3,403.51
Savings: $13,789.14
TOTAL: $17,192.65
Accounts October 31st, 2021
Chequing: $3,713.07
Savings: $13,790.31
TOTAL: $17,503.38
September and October 2021 Financial Reports to be amended by Wei Wu – Brock Brown Retreat did not incur a cost for Goward House rental.
b) June contacted Pat Conroy, a Victoria area accountant who agreed to help file the T2 for Victoria IMS for the reporting year 2020. T2 is completed, costing $630. Motion from Bruce to approve expense ($630.00) for Pat Conroy’s services to complete and file the 2020 T2 with CRA; and June Fukushima, Treasurer sign the T2 on behalf of the Victoria Insight Meditation Society. Carried. Follow-up requirements may result once the CRA receives the T2 Motion from June to contract Pat Conroy to complete and file T2 with the CRA for 2021. Carried. Motion from Bruce to approve that Victoria IMS reimburse Brock Brown $150.00 for the purchase of two camera stands to be used at upcoming retreats at Goward House. Carried.
5) Sunday Night Community Sit:
a) After some discussion it was decided to restart the sit in 2022
b) To be held at Helga Beer Yoga Studio, 7:00-8:15 p.m.
c) In-person meditation on a trial basis on the 1st and 3rd Sunday in January and February. Brock Brown facilitator.
d) COVID-19 protocols for small group gatherings will be followed:Fully vaccinated participants agree to: i) Sign form upon entry indicating name & contact info, ii) Wear mask at all times, iii) Practice social distancing iv) Re-evaluate at end of February and cancel if COVID situation worsens. Bruce moved that Victoria IMS re-start the Sunday Night Sit as outlined above. Carried v) June will contact Helga Beer to confirm rental of the yoga studio.
6) 2022 Budget and 2021 Gifts
a) A deficit budget is presented $2,037.00 Net Loss (Dana – Expenses) $1,000.00 Scholarship Fund $3,037.00 TOTAL Deficit b) 2021 Gifts Given the anticipated surplus funds for the 2021 financial year, consideration was given to donate to charitable organizations that provide free resources to the VIMS community. Three charities were identified: Dharma Seed ($200 USD), Birken Forest Monastery – Video Production Fund ($250 CDN) and Metta Forest Monastery – Book Fund ($200 USD). Motion from June to approve Victoria IMS Budget for 2022. Carried. Motion from June to send donations to the three charities mentioned above. Carried.
7) Communications – Newsletter, Website, and Constant Contact.
a) Constant Contact invitation for Margo’s retreat is scheduled to go out January 24th, 2022.
b) Discussion regarding people signing up for hybrid retreats. June will look into using Constant Contact for in-person participants to sign up (possible max 30) and give the free lu.ma computer program a trial for online retreat registration.
8) Board Changes: a) Brian Chapel has announced he will be stepping off the board after the 2022 AGM. 9) 2022 Retreats:
a) All events at Goward House unless indicated otherwise.
2022 Upcoming Retreats Date Teacher Confirmed (Y/N) Venue Booked Format Notes
Feb 19/20 Margo McLoughlin (Y) Goward House Hybrid
Mar 19/20 Tempel Smith (Y) Goward House Hybrid
Apr 9/10 Tuere Sala (Y) Goward House Hybrid Friday evening Talk via Zoom
May 21/22 Scheduled retreat cancelled Might fill this spot with another teacher
Jun 25/26 Bonnie Duran(Y) Shoal Center Hybrid David Axon Manager
Sep 17 Brock Brown (Y) Goward House Hybrid
Oct 15/16 Christine Feldman (Y) Goward House Hybrid
Nov 12/13 Ajahn Candasirii Goward House Hybrid Nun coming from (Y) Scotland, Katherine Leslie Manager

Next Council Meeting: Thursday, January 13th at 6 p.m.

2021/09/30 Vims Council Meeting

VIMS Council Meeting
Thursday, September 30th, 2021, at 6:00 p.m. Online Meeting
Present:
Brock Brown, (Chair), Brian Chapel, Rhonda Duncan, June Fukushima, Kevin Keliher (Secretary) and Bruce MacRae.
Absent with Regrets: None.

Agenda Items:

1)    Review and Approve Agenda
Motion from Brock to approve the agenda. Carried.

 2)    Approve Minutes of Previous meeting August 19th, 2021
Motion from Rhonda to approve the minutes. Carried.

3)    Business arising from the Minutes and Updates:
Heather Martin has let us know that she is retiring from teaching. She will, therefore, not lead the January 22nd & 23rd 2022 weekend retreat for VIMS. We will include a tribute and thanks to Heather in the October VIMS newsletter. Council names will be listed on a card June/Brock will send to Heather.

Brock’s September 18th, 2021, hybrid one day retreat on Zoom with a few people participating live at Brock and June’s home. This was a successful format meeting the needs of both the teacher and participants.
Gratitude to volunteers: Kiko Brown – Registrar, Louise Takeda – Retreat Manager, Brian Chapel – Zoom back-up. Gratitude also to Suzan Denis as Zoom Tech Host and for supporting the hybrid experience.
Zoom participants: 21, Live participants: 3

4)    Finances:

Review and Acceptance of August 2021 Financial Reports circulated by email.

Motion from June to approve the financial report for August 2021. Carried.
    Accounts Reporting August 31, 2021
Chequing:       $3,533.51
Savings:          $13,788.01
TOTAL:           $17,321.52

    It was recently discovered that Non-Profit Organizations must file a T2 tax return whether they owe money or not.
Motion from Brock to approve June F contacting CRA to determine if we must file a tax return. Carried.
   We will consider at a future meeting  donations to Non-Profit/Charitable Organizations and will consider the 2022 VIMS Scholarship Fund.

5)    Sunday Night Community Sit: Still on hold.

6)    Communications: Newsletter, Website, Constant Contact.

  1.     A tribute and thanks to Heather Martin in the October Newsletter.

7)    Retreats:

  1.     Completed Retreats 2021
Completed Retreats for 2021
Date Teacher Format Duration
Jan. 23 Heather Martin Zoom One Day
Feb. 20 Margo McLoughlin Zoom One Day
Mar. 13 Adrianne Ross Zoom One Day
Apr. 17 Tuere Sala Zoom One Day
May 16 Tempel Smith Zoom One Day
Sep 18 Brock Brown Hybrid One Day

            

  1.     Upcoming Retreats 2021
Upcoming Retreats
Date Teacher (Confirmed

Y/N)

Venue Booked Format Notes
Oct 16, 2021 Margo McLoughlin (Y) N/A Zoom Manager: Metta

Registrar: Joanna

Zoom: Suzan/Metta

  

8)    Retreats:

  1.     Upcoming Retreats 2022
Upcoming Retreats
Date Teacher (Confirmed

Y/N)

Venue Booked Format Notes
Jan 22 & 23, 2022 Heather Martin (Y) N/A Cancelled  
Feb 19 & 20 2022 Margo McLoughlin (N) Goward House Decide by Dec 2021  
Mar 19 & 20

2022

Tempel Smith (N)  Goward House   Manager: Joyce

Joyce to inform Tempel deadline to confirm Nov 30

Apr 9 & 10

2022

Tuere Sala (Y) Goward House   Apr 8: two-hour talk Goward House
May 21 & 22, 2022 Ajahn Punnadhammo Goward House Hybrid Manager: June F
Jun 25 & 26 2022 Bonnie Duran (Y) Shoal Centre ? Manager: David A
Sep 17 2022 Brock Brown (Y) Goward House ?  
Oct 15 & 16 2022 Christina Feldman (Y) Goward House ?  
Nov 12 & 13 2022 Ajahn Candasiri (Y) Goward House ? Nun coming from Scotland. Manager: Katherine Leslie 

All retreats at Goward House, unless indicated otherwise.

 New COVID-19 guidelines (September 2021): Indoor gatherings require, mask wearing, social distancing, and have someone at the entrance scanning participants vaccination card and their Government ID. Goward House will have their own requirements.

Discussion of the ‘hybrid’ model for 2022 retreats. Tentative plan: Zoom Webinar format. This would involve two cameras at Goward House: one on the teacher, and the other on the retreat manager. The retreat manager would be a slight distance from the teacher and have a separate set-up. The sound person (Bruce) would switch the cameras from manager to teacher. When receiving questions from those in attendance at Goward House, the teacher will be asked to repeat the question for those online.

9)    Next Council Meeting: Thursday, November 25th, 2021

2021/03/25 VIMS Council Meeting

Victoria IMS Council Meeting Minutes
Thursday, Mar 25th, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. Online
Present:
June Fukushima, Brock Brown (Chair), Brian Chapel, Bruce MacRae, Kevin Keliher (Secretary), Rhonda Duncan
Absent with Regrets:  None

Agenda Items:

 

  • Review and Approve Agenda
    Motion from Brock to approve the agenda. Carried.

 

  • Approve Minutes of Previous Meeting (Jan 28th, 2021)
    Motion from June to approve the minutes. Carried.

 

  • Business arising from the Minutes and Updates:

 

 

  • Feb 20 Margo McLoughlin one-day Zoom Retreat

 

Volunteers:  Registrar – Joanna Stonechapel; Manager – Joe Barrett; Support team – Brian Chapel, Bruce MacRae; Co-ordinator – Brock Brown; Tech host – Suzan Denis
Number of Participants on the day: 55 

 

  • March 13 Adrianne Ross one-day Zoom Retreat
    Volunteers: Registrar – Sheila Whincup; Manager – Louise Takeda; Support team – Brian Chapel, Bruce MacRae; Co-ordinator – Brock Brown; Tech host – Suzan Denis
    Number of Participants on the day: 58

 

  • Finances: 

 

  • Accounts Reporting Jan 31, 2021
    Chequing: $ 6,439.60
    Savings: $ 7,781.53
    TOTAL: $14,221.13
  • Accounts Reporting Period Feb 28, 2021
    Chequing: $ 7,378.95
    Savings: $ 7,782.13
    TOTAL: $15161.08

Payment of $600. Made to Suzan Denis for Zoom hosting two retreats. 

  • Review and Acceptance of the Jan – Dec 2020 VIMS Financial Report. Circulated by email. Motion from June to accept the updated financial report for Dec 2020. Carried.
  • The Jan 2021 and Feb 2021 Financial reports prepared by Wei Wu were circulated by email. Motion from June to accept the financial reports for January and February 2021. Carried.
  • Discussed annual subscription to zoom at 100-person level (20% savings). Motion from Brock to go ahead with annual subscription to zoom at 100-person level. Carried. 
  1. Sunday Night Community Sit – Still on hold
  2. Communications – newsletter, website, Constant Contact
  3. Suggestion from Louise Takeda re: First Nations Territory Acknowledgement at retreats. Discussion concluded not to change our policy which is to leave it up to the discretion of the teacher to make the acknowledgement statement.
  4. Retreats 

 

  • 2021 Retreat Programs

 

Jan 23 Heather Martin – Zoom one-day – Completed. 

Feb 20 Margo McLoughlin – Zoom one-day – Completed

March 13 Adrianne Ross- Zoom one-day – Completed

 

  • Upcoming Zoom Retreats

 

April 17 Tuere Sala – Zoom one-day, Registrar Kiko Brown, Manager Carol Mousseau

May 16 Tempel Smith – Zoom one-day, Registrar Josephine Tobin, Manager Metta VanderVliet

The following 2021 retreats were determined when we were planning for in-person retreats at Goward House (before Covid and our Zoom method of offering retreats). This schedule will likely change.

Discussion of VIMS Summer/Fall offerings given the uncertainty of the Covid situation. 

Sept 18 Brock Brown one-day Retreat: It was agreed that if provincial medical directions allow, we will test out a one-day retreat led by Brock. This will occur at Goward House and include an online zoom connection for people in remote locations to join in.  

  • Oct 16/17 Howie Cohn – Postpone the decisions regarding this program till a later date. 
  • Nov 13/14 Ajahn Candasiri – cancelled her trip to Victoria.
  • Note: Aranya Refuge is scheduled to organize two Zoom one-day teaching/retreats led by Ajaan Geoff – Saturday, July 10 and Dec 29, 2021. Aranya also plans to host Ajaan Geoff and another Wat Metta monk for the month of November at Earthspring Sanctuary in the Highlands if the Covid situation allows travel from the US.
  • Reminder to prepare 2020 year-end Reports for the AGM by the end of April. I suggest that we can review the reports at a VIMS Council meeting in May and then plan to have the AGM in June, 2021

 

  • 2022 Retreats:
  • Assume we will be meeting in person, and possibly using zoom at these meetings.

 

  • Next Council Meeting: Thursday, May 20, 2021 at 7:00 p.m

2021/05/20 VIMS Council Minutes

Victoria IMS Council Meeting Minutes
Thursday, May 20th, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. Online

Present:
June Fukushima, Brock Brown (Chair), Brian Chapel, Bruce MacRae, Kevin Keliher (Secretary), Rhonda Duncan
Absent with Regrets: None

 Agenda Items:

  1.     Review and Approve Agenda
    Motion from Brock to approve the agenda. Carried.
  1.     Approve Minutes of Previous Meeting (Mar 25th, 2021)
    Motion from June to approve the minutes. Carried.
  1.     Business arising from the Minutes and Updates: 
  •       April 17 Tuere Sala one-day Zoom Retreat
    Volunteers: Registrar – Kiko Brown; Manager – Carol Mousseau :Support team – Brian Chapel, Bruce MacRae ;Co-ordinator – Brock Brown; Tech host – Suzan Denis
    Number of Participants: 45
  •       May 16 Tempel Smith one-day Zoom Retreat 

Volunteers: Registrar – Josephine Tobin; Manager – Metta VanderVliet; Support team – Brian Chapel, Bruce MacRae; Co-ordinator – Brock Brown; Tech host – Suzan Denis
Number of Participants: 78

  1.     Finances: 
  •       Accounts Reporting Mar 31, 2021
    Chequing: $ 7,887.41
    Savings:    $ 7,782.79
    TOTAL:     $15,670.20
  •       Accounts Reporting Period April 30, 2021
    Chequing: $ 8,332.03
    Savings:    $ 7,783.43
    TOTAL:     $16155.46
  •       Accounts Reporting Period May 18, 2021
    Chequing: $ 3,862.96
    Savings:    $ 13,783.43
    TOTAL:     $17,646.39

Payment of $575. Made to Suzan Denis for Zoom hosting two retreats. 

  •       Review and Acceptance of March and April 2021 VIMS Financial Report. Circulated by email. Motion from June to accept the updated financial report for March and April 2021. Carried.
  1. Sunday Night Community Sit – Still on hold
  2. Communications – newsletter, website, Constant Contact. Due to increased size of back-up website cost has risen. Website was down for a 1½ days this past month. Bruce will check with David to see if he is fine with continuing  to answer emails sent to the Victoria IMS email account.  Council thanks David Axon for his efforts.
  3. Suggestion from Rhonda Re: donation via Sister Mon to help COVID situation in India. We have been advised by our accountant we should not make donations to individuals. Individuals can of course make a personal donation if they wish.   
  1. 2021 Victoria IMS AGM
  2. a) Review and approve 2020 year-end director reports for the AGM. Motion from Brock to approve these reports. Carried. These reports will be distributed to all AGM participants.  

Thank you to Sandra Joy for volunteering to edit and compile the reports. 

b) Officers for 2021-2022. Motion from Bruce to accept the current slate of officers.:
Brock Brown – President
Bruce MacRae – Vice President
Kevin Keliher – Secretary
June Fukushima – Treasurer
Brian Chapel – Director
Rhonda Duncan – Director
Carried. 

  1. c) Questions for Members: Do we re-start Sunday Night Sit. If so, how frequently (e.g., weekly, monthly)? Ideas for excess funds? Do we stay doing the same thing we have always been doing, or do we invite specific teachers to offer special programming (e.g., BIPOC, Youth)? Do we want to establish a relationship with Tempel Smith?
  2. d) Invitation of Guests to attend upcoming AGM: invite Sandra, Isy, Joanna and Shelly. Consider having a larger VIMS volunteer meeting in the future. 
  3. e) Date: Hold the AGM June 24, 2021.
  4. f) Agenda. Motion from Brock to accept the VIMS AGM agenda. Carried.

2021/08/19 VIMS Council Minutes

Victoria IMS Council Meeting Minutes
Thursday, August 19th, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. at 4013 Magdelin Street

 Present: 

 June Fukushima, Brock Brown (Chair), Brian Chapel, Bruce MacRae, Kevin Keliher (Secretary), Rhonda Duncan  Absent with Regrets: none

 Agenda Items:

  1.     Review and Approve Agenda
    Motion from Brock to approve the agenda. Carried.
  1.     Approve Minutes of Previous Meeting (May 20th, 2021)
    Motion from June to approve the minutes. Carried.
  2.     Business arising from the Minutes and Updates:  None
  3.     Finances:
          Accounts Reporting May 31, 2021
    Chequing: $ 4,720.36
    Savings:    $ 13,784.54
    TOTAL:     $18,504.90
  •       Accounts Reporting Period June 30, 2021
    Chequing: $ 4,658.91
    Savings:    $ 13,785.67
    TOTAL:     $18,444.58
  •     Accounts Reporting Period July 31, 2021
    Chequing: $ 4,618.91
    Savings:    $ 13,786.84
    TOTAL:     $18,405.75
  •       Accounts Reporting August 18, 2021
    Chequing: $ 4,243.91
    Savings:    $ 13,786.84
    TOTAL:     $18,030.75
  •       Review and Acceptance of July 2021 VIMS Financial Report. Circulated by email. Motion from Brock to accept the updated financial report for July 2021. Carried.
  •       June to investigate possibility of securing a Non-Profit Organization discount through Tech Soup regarding an upgrade to a Cloud version of QuickBooks. 
  1. Sunday Night Community Sit – Still on hold
  1. Communications – newsletter, website, Constant Contact. Payment of $735.40 made to Constant Contact (annual fee). 
  1. 2021 Victoria IMS AGM
  •       June to ask John Hilditch to do an independent review of 2019 and 2020 financial records.
  1. Retreats 
  •       2021 Completed Retreats 

Jan 23 Heather Martin – Zoom one-day – Completed.
Feb 20 Margo McLoughlin – Zoom one-day – Completed
March 13 Adrianne Ross – Zoom one-day – Completed
April 17 Tuere Sala – Zoom one-day – Completed
May 16 Tempel Smith – Zoom one-day – Completed

  •       Fall 2021 Upcoming Retreats

 Sept 18 Brock Brown – Hybrid daylong (9 a.m. – 4 p.m.) at Goward House with limited attendance and using Zoom to make the daylong accessible online.  June & Brock did a successful test of Wi-Fi at Goward House. It is at the low end of what is acceptable for Zoom. Motion from June to purchase Wi-Fi Booster. Carried. Dry run to be held first week in September. Brock will consult with Suzan Denis regarding our plan and her role to coordinate this event off site. Brian Chapel will be her off-site back-up. Aim for 20 participants in-person. Registrar to give participants two options in-person or online. When in-person numbers reach 30, that option will then be closed leaving online attendance only. Ask attendees to be fully vaccinated, masks to be worn in close quarters (e.g., 2nd floor lunch lounge area), masks optional elsewhere. No tea station, bathroom single-use. 

Oct 16/17 It was agreed to postpone Howie’s retreat. 

2022 Schedule 

  •       Jan 22/23 – Heather Martin – confirmed with teacher. To be confirmed with Goward House.
  •       Feb 19/20- Margo McLoughlin – confirmed with teacher. To be confirmed with Goward House. 
  •       March 19/20 – Tempel Smith, Joyce would be manager. Brock will confirm with teacher, to be confirmed with Goward House..
  •     April 2/3 or 9/10 Tuere Sala, (April 2/3 confirmed with teacher). If Tempel confirms March 19/20 then Brock will ask Tuere to change to April 9/10. To be confirmed with Goward House.
  •     May 21/22 Ajahn Punnadhammo – confirmed with teacher, June can be manager. To be confirmed with Goward House.

The following dates have been confirmed with the teacher and the venue booked 

  •       June 25/26 Bonnie Duran (Shoal Center in Sidney is booked). David Axon can be manager.
  •       Sept 17 Brock Brown one-day at Goward House (booked). 
  •       Oct 15/16 Christina Feldman w/e at Goward House (booked).
  •       Nov 12/13 Ajahn Candasiri, a nun coming from Scotland w/e at Goward House (booked). Katherine Leslie can be manager. 

·       Next Council Meeting: Thursday, September 30th, 2021, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Brock and June’s.

2022/01/20 VIMS Council Minutes

VIMS Council Meeting Minutes Thursday, January 20th, 2022 at 6 p.m.

Online Meeting Hosted in Victoria, B.C. Present: Brock Brown (chair), Brian Chapel, Rhonda Duncan, June Fukushima, Kevin Keliher (secretary) and Bruce MacRae. Absent with Regrets: None.

Agenda Items:
1) Review and Approve Agenda Motion from Brock to approve agenda. Carried.
2) Approve Minutes of Previous Meeting November 25th, 2021 Motion from Bruce to approve minutes. Carried.
3) Business arising from the Minutes and Updates.
a) VIMS Council agreed via email to change Margo’s February 19, 2022 retreat to an online only retreat given the current COVID-19 situation. The hours will be 9 am – 4 pm. Motion from Brock to approve suggested dana of $20 for Margo’s one day retreat.
b) As agreed, VIMS has made a donation of $250 to Birken Forest Monastery video production fund, $250 US to Dharma Seed (for dharma audio), and $200 US to the Metta Forest Monastery book fund.
c) As agreed, Brock purchased two camera tripods intended to be used for hybrid retreats at Goward House.
4) Financial Updates
a) Coast Capital Account Statements Accounts November 30th 2021 Chequing: $3,532.93 Savings: $13,791.44 TOTAL: $17,324.37 Accounts December 31st, 2021 Chequing: $1,967.37 Savings: $13,792.61 TOTAL: $15,759.98 VIMS will not incur a rental cost from Goward House for the February, 19, 2022 retreat. Goward House has given VIMS a credit towards future retreats. b) November and December 2021 Financial Reports circulated by email. Motion from June to approve November & December 2021 financial statements. Carried
c) VIMS T2 for fiscal year 2020 was filed by accountant Patrick Conroy ($630). Information for VIMS T2 fiscal year 2021 sent to Patrick Conroy.
d) June investigated the cloud version of Quickbooks and discovered it is not cost effective at this time.
e) VIMS sincerely thanks Wei Wu for her continued volunteer support in managing the bookkeeping through Quickbooks and providing timely reports. VIMS also sincerely thanks Kiko Brown for her continued volunteer support in preparing an Excel spreadsheet that categorizes the banking information for Wei to easily enter the data into Quickbooks.
5) Sunday Night Community Sit: a) Due to the COVID-19 situation the in-person Sunday Sit was not restarted in January.
6) Communications – Newsletter, Website, and Constant Contact.
a) The Constant Contact invitation for Margo’s retreat is scheduled to go out January 24th.
b) David Axon continues to respond to the [email protected] emails. The VIMS sincerely thanks David for his ongoing commitment to VIMS.
c) Appreciation to Bruce for updating the website, producing the monthly Newsletters, and gratitude to June for managing the [email protected] and [email protected] account.
7) Board Changes: Brian announced that he will not stand as a Board Member when members are acclaimed/elected at the 2022 AGM.
a) VIMS sincerely thanks Brian for his many years of service, providing wise counsel, and technical support.
b) Thoughts on additions to the board, and who would be in the role Brian has been playing (e.g., Constant Contact). We are considering the possibility of contracting out the registration set-up.
c) The next AGM has been scheduled for June 16th, 2022 at 6:30.
8) 2022 Retreats:
a) All events at Goward House unless indicated otherwise. 2022 Upcoming Retreats Date Teacher Confirmed (Y/N) Venue Booked Format Notes
Feb 19 Margo McLoughlin (Y) Goward House Online Kevin Keliher Manager Joanna Stonechapel Registrar
Mar 19/20 Tempel Smith (Y) Goward House Hybrid Joyce Elliott Manager. No Registrar yet.
Apr 9/10 Tuere Sala (Y) Goward House Hybrid Friday evening online only. May 21/22 Scheduled retreat canceled Might fill this spot with another teacher
Jun 25/26 Bonnie Duran(Y) Shoal Center Hybrid David Axon Manager
Sep 17 Brock Brown (Y) Goward House Hybrid
Oct 15/16 Christine Feldman (Y) Goward House Hybrid
Nov 12/13 Ajahn Candasirii (Y) Goward House Hybrid Nun coming from Scotland, Katherine Leslie Manager Appreciation to Brock for coordinating dates with teachers and finding Registrars and managers for the retreats and managing the relationship with Goward House. Next Council Meeting: Thursday, March 17th at 6:30 p.m.

2022/03/19 Tempel Smith Retreat Audio Files

The following files were recorded in Victoria during an online retreat presented by Tempel Smith from his home in Victoria.

2022/05/21 Retreat with Brock Brown and Margo McLoughlin

We expect this will be a hybrid retreat with some in-person participants at Goward House and others joining in on Zoom.
Goward House – 2495 Arbutus Road, Victoria.
Saturday 21 May, 9-4 with Brock Brown
Sunday    22 May, 9-4 with Margo McLoughlin
Registration open. online REGISTER
                            in-person REGISTER
“In the Midst of It All – Finding Peace in Unsettled Times”
Community Dharma Leaders Brock Brown and Margo McLoughlin will lead a two-day retreat at Goward House on May 21 and 22. Participants are welcome to attend either day or both.
Brock will lead the retreat on Saturday and Margo on Sunday.
The shared theme for the weekend is cultivating our inner resources to meet the uncertainty of the times we are living in. By consciously nurturing each of the four Brahma Viharas (unconditional friendliness, compassion, joy, and equanimity) we build our resilience and our capacity to meet the challenges we face, both personally and as a community and society.
Each day will include sitting and walking meditation, chanting, reflections, and a

Dharma talk.

For teacher bios click HERE

2022/12/03 VIMS Participation Agreement March 2022

VICTORIA INSIGHT MEDITATION SOCIETY PARTICIPATION AGREEMENT March 2022

The Victoria Insight Meditation Society welcomes the return of in-person retreats.
We also recognize that the COVID-19 virus and its variants are active and we aim to minimize the risk of participants being affected by the virus while attending Victoria IMS retreats.

We ask that all participants read and agree to the Participation Agreement Statements below prior to attending the upcoming in-person retreat. We will ask that you sign a copy of this agreement when you arrive at the retreat. If you are not in agreement, you are welcome to participate through the online option.

Participation Agreement Statements

I agree to adhere to the BC Ministry of Health Guidelines for the COVID-19 Global pandemic including maintaining a two-meter separation from others, wearing a non-medical mask and/or face shield while moving inside the facility, and practicing good hygiene (hand hygiene, avoiding touching face, coughing\sneezing into a tissue or elbow).
I agree that participants will have a choice to wear a mask or not wear a mask while seated in meditation.
I understand the risk of being in contact with other people at Victoria Insight Meditation Society activities during the COVID-19 global pandemic.
I voluntarily agree and assume all risk and release and absolve Victoria Insight Meditation Society and its directors, volunteers, and representatives from all responsibility, liability or claims by me, and all claims brought on my behalf, arising from my participation in this activity during the COVID-19 pandemic.
To my knowledge, within the last 14 days, I nor anyone I have close contact with, had any in-person contact of any kind with a person who is presumed or confirmed to have an active case of COVID-19.
I am not experiencing any cold or flu-like symptoms including but not limited to fever, new onset of cough, sore throat, difficulty breathing, chills, unexplained fatigue or malaise, nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, worsening chronic cough, shortness of breath, runny nose, new loss or decrease in sense of taste or smell, muscle ache, loss of appetite or headache.
I hereby declare I have received two COVID-19 vaccinations and I will provide proof thereof if required.
Principles and Measures as outlined below.
I have read, understood, and will abide by the Victoria Insight Meditation Society COVID-19 Safety Plan

  •   The Check-In Desk will be located outside the door of the facility to ensure physical distance.
  •  Numbers of registrants will be limited to ensure permitted capacity is not exceeded.
  •   Sanitizer will be provided at the Desk and in common areas within the facility. You will be required to sanitize hands upon arrival.
  •   Participants will bring their own food, beverages, thermoses and containers for taking home their compostables, recyclables and garbage. A kettle will be available for hot water.RETREAT: ____________________________________________________DATE:____________________I hereby agree to all the items listed.
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