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Dharma in the Stars: AstroDharma Basics (In-Person or Online)

June 16 @ 7:00 pm - June 18 @ 4:00 pm MDT

“Astrology allows us to identify our unique challenges and strengths as individuals in order to more fully embody and live our spiritual awakening.

“Dharma empowers us to transcend our challenges, leverage our strengths and reduce the suffering within ourselves and those around us.”

-Catherine Pawasarat Sensei

Questioning your path and purpose in this lifetime? 

Delve into the mysteries of the stars and the principles of Dharma to unlock your true potential and live a fulfilling life.

Join Catherine Sensei for a weekend retreat and learn how to interpret your astrological chart and integrate its insights with the teachings of Dharma to create a personalized roadmap for growth and self-transcendence.

Discover how your astrological natal chart is a kind of soul map for this lifetime. This map can help give us clarity for our unique bodhisattva path.



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Dharma in the Stars: AstroDharma Study

Discover the fusion of ancient wisdom and modern self-discovery.

In this course, Catherine Sensei shares her pioneering teachings on AstroDharma – the combination of Astrology and Dharma.  This weekend of study focuses on the fundamentals of astrodharma, with the aim to give you the building blocks for what is a vast and lifelong study. 

Astrology is part of our Western spiritual teachings  and forms a great complement for the studies on the Tarot and Kabbalah in 2023 and 2024. Astrology is also a western tradition, filled with archetypes that as modern people we are already familiar with. So, even if you are new to astrology, you may discover you already know more than you think you do. 

In this course, we want you to feel comfortably oriented around an astrological natal chart.  We will show you how to find your chart and we will look at participant chargs together over the weekend.  You are also encouraged to bring burning questions from your life right now – so we can study how this is reflected astrologically.  

We will also learn how t use AstroDharma to transform challenges and discover new strengths or hidden resources in our lives. 

Don’t miss this chance to deepen your understanding of the cosmos and your place in it.

Tarot Retreat 2022

A Western Mystical Journey from 2022-2024 and beyond..

Qapel’s first retreat with his Teacher Namgyal Rinpoche was on the ‘Movement of the Mandala’, an embodied initiation into the Tarot’s archetypes. Together with Catherine Sensei, he would like to pass on an in-depth transmission of the Western spiritual teachings over the next three years.

  1. The Tree of Life weekend course, this August 2022 is an introduction to the essence of the Kabbalah, Tarot and Western mystical teachings.
  2. The Hero’s Journey retreat is an interactive Western style work on shadow integration, offered in Germany in September  2022.
  3. The primary four week online Kabbalah study course starts May 2023. It will be an online deeper dive and study group into the archetypes of the universal spiritual journey, represented in the Tarot.
  4. The Dharma in the Stars AstroDharma course provides foundations for astrological study – of Western archetypes and also one’s soup map in this lifetime. 
  5. The Movement of the Mandala retreat will be an experiential transmission of the Western Mysteries. It is the third and culminating teaching of this series and will be held in 2024. It will be an in-person only retreat. Participating in the February 2023 Tarot course is pre-requisite to attend.
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Western Archetypes Retreat Booking 2022


Arrival: June 16th, 7:00 PM

Sample brief daily schedule:


  • [Personal Meditation / Breakfast]
  • 9am MST: Class with Teachers
  • [Personal Meditation / Lunch]
  • 2pm – 3 pm MST: Group meditation practice
  • [Personal Meditation / Dinner]
  • 7pm MST: Meditation and Q&A with Teachers 


Departure: June 18th 4:00 PM

*Daily schedule is subject to minor changes closer to the course date.
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Meet the Teachers

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Catherine Pawasarat Sensei

Catherine Pawasarat Sensei is a contemporary Dharma teacher, attendant, consort, co-teacher via Planet Dharma and co-founder of Clear Sky Retreat Center. 

She has trained daily with Acariya Doug Duncan since 1998 in an intensive spiritual apprenticeship that is rare in the modern West. She received lay ordination from Namgyal Rinpoche in 2003. In addition to Buddhist philosophy and its applications to daily life, Catherine also draws on generative living and the arts.

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About Clear Sky

Located in the BC rocky mountains, we offer over 300-acres to deepen your practice and reconnect with nature. 

Founded by Qapel Doug Duncan and Catherine Pawasarat Sensei, we are home to students from around the globe who are dedicated to co-creating a supportive and innovative space for awakening in our modern world.

In adherence with our quadruple bottom line, we source our food as local and organic as possible.

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW on how to get here, what to bring and what to expect. 

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This retreat is offered on the basis of dāna (generosity).

Dāna is a Sanskrit term meaning “generosity”, and is the traditional way in which Buddhist teachings are offered.  With dāna, we give as a mutual exchange of generosity. You may have come across this in the form of “pay from the heart”. It’s our joy to offer this course, and we trust you’ll match our time, energy, and passion by giving an amount of money that feels good and healthy to both you and us.

You will be sent a link to offer “dana” to the teachers after registration. 

For more information on dāna click here.

Pricing: As a charitable organization, we strive to provide locally sourced organic meals and comfortable accommodations at an affordable price. Fees vary depending on your accommodation choice and early bird pricing.

Specific times may change – this is a rough guide (MST)

6:30 – 7:30 AM: Walk &/or Personal Practice
7:30 – 8:15 AM: Breakfast: Prepare, eat, clean up
8:15 – 8:45 AM: Walk &/or Personal Practice
9:00 – 10:00 AM: Class with Teachers
10:00 – 10:30 AM: Walk
10:30 – 11:30 AM: Group Practice led by Sangha
11:30 – 12:30 PM: Personal Practice
12:30 – 1:30 PM: Lunch: Prepare, eat, clean up
1:30 – 3:00 PM: Personal Practice
3:00 – 4:00 PM: Group Practice led by Sangha
4:00 – 5:30 PM: Personal Practice
5:30 – 7:00 PM: Dinner: prepare, eat, clean up
7:00 – 7:30 PM: Walk &/or Personal Practice
7:30 – 8:30 PM: Group Practice and Q & A with Teachers
8:30 – Beyond: Personal Practice & bed

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June 16 @ 7:00 pm MDT
June 18 @ 4:00 pm MDT
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