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Becoming a Work of Art – Easter Retreat 2018

April 30, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - May 2, 2018 @ 1:00 pm UTC-6

Becoming a work of Art meditation retreat banner - stones piles on sand, zen style

Paramis Weekend Retreat, March 30 – April 2, 2018.

Join us in this short retreat on the Buddhist Paramis (Paramitas). Along with the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Noble Path, the Paramis form the essential building blocks of Buddhadharma.

“Better to be a work of art than make a work of art.” – Namgyal Rinpoche

A Meditation Retreat on the Paramis to Build your Foundations: Easter Long Weekend 2018

Are the paramis and the Buddhist body of practice somewhat new to you? If so, this course will provide you with fundamental resources around which to develop a practice for the rest of your life.

Every meditative practice in our tradition, at some point, comes back to the Paramis, also known as the six perfections. These form a flawless path that carries us straight to spiritual enlightenment. It’s simple, beautiful, and powerful. Join us for this three-day weekend to get you squarely and joyfully on this path.


Why Becoming a Work of Art?

Would you rather create one work of art or become a work of art? In a culture that values external achievements, we often forget the hidden gem inside us. This gem creates bliss, wisdom, and radiance, and it is fiercely worth growing.

Let your internal works of art flourish during our three-day retreat this May Long Weekend on the Paramis. Led by Dharma Teachers Doug Duncan and Catherine Pawasarat, it is a perfect time to embrace springtime and nurture your inner potential.

During this retreat, we will study six aspects of consciousness that we may cultivate to become our own inner and outer works of art. These six aspects are called the paramis in Sanskrit, and have been taught in the buddhadharma for more than two thousand years.

This retreat has a powerful experiential meditation component – participants will receive an initiation to the Chenrezi practice. Chenrezi is a form of ‘arising yoga’ from Vajrayana Buddhism. It is a principle practice of compassion that will give you full mind body experience of the Paramis.

The paramis are qualities that we grow to feel internally grounded and to act from a positive, wholesome place in our relationships with others. They help us reside in a clear, calm, and loving place, while becoming more curious and absorbed with our inner and outer worlds. With these qualities, happiness and beautiful works of art shine. You can read more about the paramis in this Planet Dharma blog.

Who is this course for?

Because we are active people with busy lives, it is common to feel like we can’t take the time to get grounded. This affects how we work, play, and relate to each other. As the saying goes, “when you’re up to your neck in alligators, it’s hard to remember that your original intention was to drain the swamp.”

This short course is designed for those of us who feel challenged around making the time.

As well as studying the paramis, we’ll explore how to cultivate mindfulness as we go about our daily lives. As our relationships and professional lives blossom, we’re of greater service to ourselves, our communities, and the planet.

This retreat is intended to create a work of art that is founded in an abundant and durable happiness … even when there are ‘gators nipping at our heels.


Course Outcomes:

  • Learn to be more generous with ourselves and others, materially, emotionally and mentally.
  • Develop a greater sense of ease around thorny emotional issues.
  • Cultivate greater patience in the face of life’s ongoing challenges.
  • Open more energy through less resistance rooted in fear and mistrust.
  • Find greater calm and focus based on a clearer sense of one’s place in the world.
  • Discover a closer connection to the wisdom inside us that arises from the development of the above outcomes.

About the Teachers:

We encourage everyone to find the “teacher within” that we can be. But, for almost everyone, we need to apprentice before we can master. Doug Duncan and Catherine Pawasarat apprenticed in the teachings of awakening for decades with their teachers. Between them they have been teaching for more than 30 years.

Their explorations and teachings are guided by four principles: spiritual growth, social connectivity, economic sustainability and environmental integrity.

Doug & Catherine teach from various wisdom traditions – including buddhadharma, Western Mysteries, modern science, art and nature – based on broad interests and a non-judgemental approach. We’ve lived and worked overseas for many years, and a planetary outlook is important to us. So is humour!

Read more: Full Bios.

“The retreat I just did at Clear Sky was beautiful. The environment of the centre itself settles and energises me immediately. I can relax, let go and meditate with ease there, I can go deeper at Clear Sky, it’s such a supportive environment.” 

Cara Conroy-Low
Dr. of Traditional Chinese Medicine / Cranbrook Acupuncture Clinic
Read more testimonials about the teachers here.

This course is open to all experience levels

  • We work with beginners and advanced participants alike, and mold our teaching to the readiness of each student.
  • Each student sets the pace and scope of their own development. We do encourage you to stretch your comfort zone so that it becomes broader, and so you enjoy maximum benefits of the course.
  • The schedule is very accessible (see below for details).
  • Our teachers and staff are friendly and well trained, and have supported many people in becoming ever-evolving works of art.

What’s expected from me if I come to this course?

  • Come with an open and engaged attitude.
    © C. Pawasarat
  • Participate in the program as fully as you’re able.
  • Foster and maintain an atmosphere of trust and acceptance in the group-learning environment.
  • Refrain from reading, using the internet or listening to music during the course (except journaling and assigned reading).
  • Participate in Karma Yoga [Note 1 below] service at Clear Sky (maximum of two hours daily).
  • Support the teachers and teachings through the practice of dāna.

Why come to Clear Sky: Experience the difference:

  • Know what it is to truly unwind, surrounded by pristine, tranquil nature.
  • Enjoy fresh air and wholesome food, with an emphasis on organic and locally sourced.
  • Experience the support of a community that exists to help you reconnect.
  • Be part of a working and awakening community that practices what it teaches.
  • You’ll both reinvigorate and integrate what you learn into your daily life.
  • Share the learning and growth with other participants, making new friends who are also on a path of spiritual unfoldment.
  • Connect to the teachings that have enlivened humanity over centuries (regardless of religion).

What else do you need to know?

  • Dāna (Generosity Based Teaching)

Doug & Catherine are teaching this meditation retreat via the ancient tradition of Dāna (generosity), an offering from them to the attendees. It is considered of supreme value to your life and thus “beyond price” so it is expected that the student will be equally generous and support the teaching and the teachers by making an offering.

While no offering is too small, also no offering is too great. The giver benefits by offering as much as they can, given the individual’s circumstances. Along with compassion, generosity is considered the root of spiritual progress and, according to the ancients, therefore the root of our success in daily life as well.

Find out more about how you can practice Dāna. We invite you to offer Dāna when you register and via the Dāna bowl available at Clear Sky.



April 30, 2018 @ 3:00 pm UTC-6
May 2, 2018 @ 1:00 pm UTC-6
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