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With Maureen Smith & Dean Nicholson

Life is busy.  It is easy to get caught up in the everyday demands and worries of work, family, finances and social media.  Do you find it hard to slow down, pause, connect with yourself and rest in the moment?  Do you long for a chance to feel refreshed and rejuvenated?
If this sounds like you, then take a much needed break, and join us for this two day in-person retreat of self-discovery and renewal.  Tune into your senses and experience the wonder and beauty of everyday moments.  Learn and practice simple mindfulness techniques that will increase your ability to stay grounded, calm and enlivened at work and at home.  
Course Details

A 2-day residential retreat at Clear Sky Meditation Center (click here for details)

What you can expect

This two-day retreat is an opportunity to unplug from your devices and rejuvenate in nature while being guided in sense-based meditations. Through the profound exploration of the senses we learn to be more conscious, slow down and taste the beauty of what life is meant to be for each of us. Perhaps you are looking for an opportunity to learn and grow at Clear Sky Retreat Center, or you want to connect with your inner wisdom or gain sustainable skills for living well – if any of these scenarios apply to you, come and join us!

As local meditation teachers and counsellors we embrace the complexity of modern life and see the benefit of combining our passions. You may know us as counsellors through our private practice business Alive Mindfully. You may have meditated with us at Meditation Circle or Start Your Morning with Calm. We are offering Come to Your Senses, a two day residential retreat, as meditation teachers with Clear Sky Retreat Center. However you know us, or if we haven’t met before, we welcome you to join us in exploring nature, the senses and Clear Sky.

In this retreat we will be giving you a taste of Clear Sky’s 5 principles which are designed specifically to support you to live in health and integrity.

This weekend we invite focused attention, sincerity and aspiration thereby honoring the space we inhabit and our time together. The carefully crafted structure and routine of this weekend will create a health-focused retreat, in a space beyond words in which we can relax.

Starting when you first arrive we will gently and skillfully guide you into a weekend retreat community focused on health, inner peace and respect. Using thoughtful communication we will shape the space where we meet. You may be amazed at how being in a room with other people who are disciplined in their speech can create a healthy resonance in your being.

Being present in the moment with our senses means we are focused, calm, and concentrated. This frees up energy and affords us the opportunity to clean up big areas of our life, which in turn frees up more energy.

Together we will support each other in this powerful opportunity to unwind and reconnect with our essential human birthright of joy and compassion.

Join us for this two day residential retreat and discover the power of meditation in nature with others.

Meet Your Teachers

Maureen Smith- Clear Sky Center

Maureen Smith

A Registered Clinical Social Worker and Certified Imago Relationship Therapist, Maureen has been a Mental Health and Substance Use Counsellor since 2011. Initially drawn to social work in order to support folks in Hospice and Palliative Care, she is also a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) facilitator and meditation teacher.

Since 2005, Maureen has been a resident and co-manager of the Clear Sky Retreat Center.  The year 2000 was when Maureen began studying meditation and mindfulness with awakening masters Qapel (Doug Duncan) and Sensei (Catherine Pawasarat).   Maureen believes life is a delicately woven tapestry.  Her life’s purpose is exploring consciousness and gaining wisdom into human nature in order to support people to grow into fully developed human beings. 

During her time-out relaxation moments, Maureen enjoys gazing at the sky through leaves on tree branches, hiking, creating art and reading.

Dean Nicholson

Dean is a psychotherapist, educator and meditation practitioner.  He has a Masters Degree in Counselling Psychology and over 34 years of clinical counselling experience in the mental health and substance use field.  He provides individual counselling in-person and virtually through www.alivemindfully.ca.  Dean has facilitated hundreds of therapy groups and leads meditation classes and retreats.

Dean is a resident at the Clear Sky Meditation Center, and studies meditation and mindfulness with awakening masters Qapel (Doug Duncan) and Sensei (Catherine Pawasarat)Dean actively lives the healing practices he teaches his clients.

For fun Dean enjoys music, film and literature, and exploring the natural wonders of the East Kootenay area.

Course Details

  • Location: Clear Sky Meditation Center, 3567 Cockell Road
  • Date: May 11-12, 2024
  • Time: 9:00am -5:000pm MT
  • Cost: Private Cabin – $365              Shared Room – $314