Category Archives: Archive 2010/2011…

2013/09/29 MBSR 8-week program with Patricia Galaczy

8-week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program beginning September 29th.

Would you like to feel more at ease, in balance and relaxed? Learn how to focus on the present moment with non-judgmental awareness in order to permanently change the way you handle stress. MBSR teaches participants how to harness their own innate abilities in order to diminish stress and pain, and improve overall physical and mental health.

This highly participatory and supportive program will include:

  • guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices
  • gentle stretching and mindful yoga
  • teaching and discussion
  • daily assignments to enhance awareness in everyday life
  • a workbook and guided mindfulness practice CDs
Visit my website for more information.
Patricia Kathryn Galaczy
The Art of Dialogue

2013/10/08 Margo McLoughlin presents 8 weeks on “Path of Awareness”

Beginning Tuesday, October 8th, Margo McLoughlin will offer an eight-week evening class at the Oak Bay United Church. “The Path of Awareness: Awakening Wisdom and Deepening Compassion” is an opportunity to explore together the value and the meaning of the Buddha’s teachings in our daily lives. Using the Buddha’s words, as well as stories and poems from the Buddhist tradition, Margo will guide participants in an ongoing conversation designed to deepen our appreciation of interconnectedness and awaken a sense of our own creative potential to make a difference in the world.

The class will include short periods of guided meditation, partner and large group discussions, as well as optional readings and homework reflections.

Dates: Tuesday evenings, October 8 – December 3rd with no class on October 22nd.

Time: 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Location: The Chapel at the Oak Bay United Church

For more information or to register, please visit: The Path of Awareness 

Cost: $85 – $125 sliding scale. Please note: this course is open to all regardless of ability to pay. If you wish to attend, but are not able to make a monetary contribution, please contact the registrar, Sandra Joy at

2013 Awakening Joy online course with James Baraz and App

James Baraz, a founding teacher of Spirit Rock Meditation Center  leads an annual on-line experiential course Awakening Joy beginning February 2012. Register at

The  course uses dharma principles and practices to cultivate 10 wholesome states over a 5 -month period (Jan-May). It’s a way to bring practice into daily life with the intention of greater well-being. When people actually do the practices, they work.  The book, Awakening Joy, is coming out in paper-back in November 2012.

The course is done as a nourishing experience and fun. No failing, no guilt, no pressure. Doing it with dharma friends in a group makes it even more powerful. Though not essential, the added dimension of sangha creates a feeling of connection that enriches the experience. Many dharma communities have formed Awakening Joy groups.

If you’re doing the course online, you’re welcome to offer any amount that works for you as an alternative to the suggested donation. I want to share the course with anyone who really wants to take it.   To register go to the website and click on Sign Up button.

“I don’t read a lot of self-help or inspirational books, but even if you never read anything in this genre, this book is one you should try. Baraz teaches a very popular course and has an online lecture series on this. Melinda and I actually went to one of his seminars. He’s a very nice guy, and Awakening Joy is very good.”  Bill Gates  –





2010/10/07 James Baraz talk – Awakening Joy

Recording of talk by James Baraz…

“Awakening Joy”-

A Evening with James Baraz

James Baraz




Thursday, October 7, 7 – 9 p.m, Garry Oak Room,

Fairfield Community Association
1335 Thurlow Road at Moss


2010/08/15: Dharma Talks Metta Retreat, Queenswood,

Heather’s talks from the retreat are listed below. To listen to one, click “Play Now” and then click the triangle beside the red microphone.

Heather Martin

2010/07/01 Study Group – Wise Intention: Audio and Notes from

The study group notes are here: VVC SG  July 25  RIGHT (WISE) INTENTION.doc


2010-05-12: – talk from retreat at Queenswood with Ajahn Sona

ahahn sona

Following are instructions, chanting and dharma talks given by Ajahn Sona at a weekend retreat at Queenswood Retreat Center, May 8th and 9th 2010.

2010/05/01 – talks from retreat at Queenswood with Ajahn Sona

sona and june

Following are some of the talks given by Ajahn Sona during a 2 day retreat at Queenswood Retreat Center.