About This Center

Planet Dharma is the website of Doug Duncan and Catherine Pawasarat, spiritual teachers focusing on awakening in this lifetime and leveraging that awakening to benefit all beings. They offer online courses on a wide variety of topics, from traditional Buddhadharma to Astrology and the Western Mysteries. They are passionate about offering paths for awakening in this lifetime. Planet Dharma's long-term vision is to create a virtual monastery to provide a platform for the modern practitioner so that they can unfold quickly while in the world. Doug and Catherine also run in-person retreats and training at Clear Sky Center in the B.C. Rockies. Learn more at: (contact info blocked)

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  • Jenai Lieu   February 13, 2020

      Approachable Teacher Taking Ancient Teachings to the Modern World

    Doug Duncan is an incredible teacher because he makes himself accessible and approachable to the people around him. He makes a great effort to take esoteric teachings into understandable lessons that people can use in their daily lives. Something that I really appreciate about Doug is the constant respect he has for the teachings by helping his students understand their origins and the context in which they came from.

  • Alex Tabler   February 07, 2020

      A place to reconnect

    I found this place about 2 years ago. Its such a beautiful escape from the city, that is warm and inviting. I have completed the Becoming a Work of Art retreat 2x and have went for some karma yoga weekends since. Every time I have been there I come away feeling rested (always a great seep), nourished (the food is amazing and healthy), and connected. They have a great onsite team that are very supportive with any questions or needs you have.

  • Deidre May   January 26, 2020

      Opportunity to practice in Canada or through online teachings/ contact with international sangha

    Practicing with Doug and Catherine, and becoming part of their international online sangha, is an invaluable opportunity. Their multi-dimensional approach encompasses traditional and modern Buddhist teachings, psychoanalysis, astrology, and many other paths of exploration – based on the understanding that complex, modern beings require complex practices to awaken and live deep and meaningful lives. Paradoxically, their style of teaching is also fresh and direct, cutting away illusion and pointing to the simplicity that each moment holds of awakening.

  • Eduardo Madrid   November 26, 2019

      Namo Tassa

    The words fall short when describing, just how much of an impact that Sensei has been to my spiritual unfolding. Not only Sensei, but also knowing and having a community like Clear Sky available has been, again, indescribable. Truer guidance I've never received and for this, I could not be more grateful. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  • Michelle Heinz   November 25, 2019

      Gobal Wakeful Teachings

    In person or online, Doug and Catherine bring practical, fresh and holistic perspectives to dharma- no matter where you are on the planet! Having worked with them for over 16 years, I'm grateful to integrate accessible wisdom and guidance into my daily life without losing the essence of waking up.

  • Irene Arriaza   August 20, 2018


    Attending Planet Dharma's retreats and online courses has improved my quality of life tremendously. The retreats have provided a great opportunity to attend live teachings and the space to do deep work and a beautiful and peaceful setting.

  • Maryline Fortier   May 31, 2018

      Planet Dharma

    This website is filled with tools for conscious living. I love their tools that help to gage our level of awareness. Their blog and their vlogs provide a lot of fruits for thoughts and many tips to increase love in our life. I'm very grateful for this great ressource. -Maryline

  • Richard Nathaniel   April 15, 2018

      Great classes with great teachers

    I appreciate how Planet Dharma offers year-round online courses for spiritual awakening. I have taken different classes with Planet Dharma from the traditional Buddhist teachings to the more recent Dharma in Film class where I learned about the Dharma through a modern perspective, which were all great and supported me on my spiritual practice. I live in an area where it is difficult to spend time with other Sangha members, and Planet Dharma offers that space to stay connected with the Sangha and Doug and Catherine Sensei.


Look at your mind nakedly.
You won't see anything, cause there is nothing to see (hee! Hee!) Milarepa

Why Retreat?

We asked people why they go on retreat, here's what they said:

To drop deep into the practices and connect with my true nature. Rubin

Retreat Guru's Vision

We believe human beings are innately wise, strong and kind. This wisdom, although not always experienced, is always present. Going on retreat is a beautiful way to reconnect to our basic sanity and health. Our aspiration at Retreat Guru is to inspire people to experience authentic retreats and reconnect with their innate wisdom, strength and kindness.