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2023 Victoria IMS Retreats
We are pleased to announce the retreat schedule for 2023.
These retreats will be held in person at Goward House in Victoria, BC.
unless stated otherwise.
The retreats will also be available to online participants via Zoom
except for the Sept 16 2023 retreat.
All retreats are offered freely – there are no registration fees.
Donations to support the teacher and Victoria IMS are welcomed.

Nov 11 and 12 Howard Cohn
Registration Opens: Oct 23


For information about the retreat teachers:
Look for details in the retreat invitation emails and on our website.


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.