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Tarot: A Western Archetypes Retreat (In-Person)

August 6 - August 20

Somatic Retreat - August 6-20, 2022

How are the Emperor and Empress manifesting your life? Are they wise rulers or are they tyrants? Or are they living in another kingdom altogether?

Western archetypes are a powerful resource for spiritual awakening. They reveal and help us cultivate dormant aspects in ourselves so we may reach our highest potential. 

Join us for a two-week somatic retreat that helps us weave archetypal energies into our lives in beautiful and healthy ways.

It’s creative, it’s powerful, it’s magic.

Book now and get 10% off listed prices. Offer valid until Jun 6, 2022.

The Tarot and Western Archetypes

We’re all familiar with Eastern spiritual traditions, but did you know the West also has a legitimate path for spiritual awakening? 

In modern times, Tarot is often mistaken as ‘woo woo’ fortune telling, yet it has offered a profound path for spiritual awakening for hundreds of years. In fact, the Western Mysteries was the path by which Namgyal Rinpoche awakened. 

Each Tarot card contains symbolism through which transformation can occur.

Drawing of Western archetypes, aspects that exist within each of us, this retreat helps us discover:

    • Which archetypes are stronger and weaker in our being;
    • How to integrate all the archetypes into our daily lives;
    • Use art, music and movement to contact the patterns of our being through sensing, feeling and insight.

Why this Retreat?

The Tarot offers a powerful, concise path of liberation drawing on universal life experiences to invite us into deeper understanding of the mystical life.

As archetypes and meditations, the symbolism of the Tarot is incredibly transformative.

In this retreat we will examine the major arcana, their archetypal meanings, and how some of their groupings may be catalytic for our spiritual transformation.

What Can I Expect with this Retreat?

An open mind and heart and a spirit of adventure are excellent things to bring!

Receive daily teachings based on Tarot archetypes.

Become familiar with the 22 Tarot cards of the major arcana and their main characteristics.

Practice using meditation techniques using the Tarot cards for self-discovery.

Reveal and relate deeper patterns from within our being to the major archetypes.

Explore techniques in loosening patterns of thought and action.

Enjoy the benefits of 5-8 hours per day of meditative practice and exploration.

Enjoy the surrounding wilderness at Clear Sky Center.

It’s human to have some apprehensions about doing something new, meeting new people, or going to a new place; particularly when all three happen together. Knowing this, we try to make our retreats as supportive as possible.

Guided meditation retreat

Meet the Teachers

Catherine Pawasarat Sensei

Doug Qapel Duncan

Doug Duncan and Catherine Pawasarat are Dharma and meditation teachers who founded Clear Sky Meditation Center, BC, Canada.

Achariya Doug Duncan received lay ordination from Namgyal Rinpoche in 1978, and is a lineage holder in that teaching. Known for his direct, humorous and compassionate engagement with students, Doug embraces various traditions, contemporary psychology, and science, to mentor all beings to a more awakened state.

Catherine Pawasarat 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. With Doug she is co-founder of Clear Sky Retreat Center in the BC Rockies.

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. 

Clear Sky Meditation Centre sanctuary
a plate of food including avocado



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.

Our retreats comply with current BC Covid-19 Health Orders.  Please refer to those provincial guidelines as well as the Canadian federal travel guidelines, especially if you are planning to travel to Clear Sky Center in person.

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

sun rising over meditation center in BC


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