Silent Meditation Retreat
Johnson's Landing overlooking Kootenay Lake, BC
Sunday night July 3 till Friday night July 8, 2022
The Buddha Sat Under a Tree
The Buddha gained awakening in a forest, gave his first teaching in a forest, and passed away in a forest. Throughout his life, he returned to nature for meditation.
Nature: coming home to what you know.
A mindfulness retreat at Johnson’s Landing
Rest and reconnect with nature at Johnson's Landing Retreat Centre. Join us for a six-day mediation retreat above Kootney Lake in the Purcell Mountains.
Feel the vitality of nature and lose yourself in something bigger than yourself. Feel the stability of the forest and find what is essential to you.
On this Buddhist meditation retreat, you'll learn to practise walking and sitting meditation throughout the day. We'll start the retreat with a soft focus on nature so you can rest on the land. Then, we'll open to the vitality of all living beings and sense the connectedness all around. Finally, we'll abide in something bigger than all of us and feel what nature has to teach us.
About Buddhist Retreats
Buddhist retreats aim to practice moment-to-moment awareness from waking up to going to sleep. We practice noble silence and refrain from talking to develop our mindful momentum. When our energy increases, we practice walking meditation and try to sustain our attention in all of our daily activities like eating and cleaning. As a result, this retreat foregoes yoga classes, writing or reading and socializing.
Participants are free to practice personal movement during walking periods, and there will be individual meetings with the teacher. There will also be question and answer periods and time to socialize with others at the start and end of the retreat.
Wake up is typically 630am, and the first meditation starts at 700am. After that, there will be alternating periods of sitting (outdoors - weather permitting) and walking throughout the day, with meals served at 800am, 1200pm and 500pm. Most evenings end at 900pm.
Each day, there will be meditation instructions with supportive talks to explain the Buddha's teaching. Focussing on nature will be a predominant theme of this retreat.
The retreat will start with a social dinner Sunday at 600pm. We'll get a chance to meet each other and get oriented to the facility. Then we'll move into the Meditation Hall to review the outline of the retreat and start our first mediation. The schedule will include individual meetings with the teacher to support your personal practice. The retreat will end with a closing circle at 330pm and dinner at 500 on Sunday. Some locals may choose to depart after dinner while others will stay an additional night and depart Saturday morning.
Costs for the retreat
Fees for the retreat go to Johnson's Landing and covers the facility, lodging and food. Johnson's Landing also covers the instructor's food, accommodation, and travel costs. Beyond that, the instructor adheres to the ancient Buddhist tradition of teaching through donations. At the end of the retreat, there is an opportunity to offer a donation to the teacher.
Sunday, July 3 to Friday, July 9, 2022.
Johnson's Landing, BC
2240 Kootenay Joe Rd.