Mastering the 16 Stages of Insight
About This Event
Mastering the Sixteen Stages of Insight
Through the Practice of the Foundations of Mindfulness
Dive into the practice of the foundations of mindfulness (Satipatthana sutta) and discover the sixteen stages of insight!
Find out why meditation is one of the four core practices of Planet Dharma teachings. Tap into Acariya Doug Duncan Sensei’s mastery of insight meditation in this rare two-week retreat. Your experience of mind may never be the same. This retreat is held at Clear Sky, the home retreat centre of Doug and Catherine. Clear Sky, in the Rocky Mountains of BC, is an innovative model of how we can awaken quickly in our day and age, 2020 and beyond.
What's the big deal about the Sixteen Stages of Insight?
Have you noticed how life is repetitious? How we do many things over and over again, in the same habitual way? How we may have stopped paying attention after the first few times? The path of insight meditation can give us leverage, training us in how we can keep looking again and again, and this is the literal meaning of the word ‘vipassana‘- to look again.
Scientists look again and again to analyse data of an external experiment in order to see the specific principles at work in that situation. In insight meditation, we look again and again at what arises within the mind so that we can uncover patterns within which we may have no idea are in operation.
These patterns are often called karma. They are the result of cause and effect. By seeing clearly the unconscious nature of patterns, we can quickly free ourselves from neurotic habitual repetition. We clear the way for Buddha karma – becoming a manifestation of compassion, loving kindness, empathetic joy, and equanimity in our lives.
Why do we use the Foundations of Mindfulness
By mastering the sixteen stages of insight through the practice of the foundations of mindfulness (satipatthana sutta- a key text in Buddhism), we can establish a strong foundation of mindfulness upon which these stages of insight can rest.
What’s Expected of Me if I Join This Retreat?
As an intensive meditation retreat, with many hours of practice per day, some experience, especially with insight meditation, is recommended but not mandatory.
An open mind and heart,plus a spirit of adventure are all excellent things to bring!
It’s human to have apprehensions about doing something new, meeting new people, or going to a new place. Particularly when all three of these things happen together. We try to make this as supportive as possible and ask you to be willing to give it your best.
Silence. This retreat is held in silence. In order to deepen our meditation, we ask that participants refrain from reading, using the internet or phone, or listening to music for the duration of this retreat.
Lastly, our teaching and Clear Sky have chosen to operate based on the ancient tradition of dāna or generosity. We ask all participants to learn more about this profound practice before registering.
Through the power of long dedication, deep meditation, and wise guidance, life can definitely be transformed. If you get a chance to study with Doug-sensei and Catherine, don’t miss it. This kind of spiritual guidance and down to earth work have deeply shifted many people’s lives and led to deep awakenings. Paul Jaffe Retired Professor & Meditation Teacher
Venue HighlightsWe invite all traditions to come here to deepen their spiritual explorations.
What’s so good about Clear Sky as a space to do retreats?
- It carries the energy of a place dedicated to spiritual work
- We welcome diverse spiritual practices
- We can take online bookings and registrations for your retreat
- With fantastic food and a natural environment, you’ll feel nourished on all levels
AccommodationsAccommodations are shared in our main facility, the Sanctuary. You will share with one, two or three others. Private accommodation is available in our eco-friendly cabins of which we have three.
- Free Wifi
- Free Parking
- Gluten Free
- Dairy Free
- Nut Free
Menu/CuisineMany folks are surprised that we serve meat every second day and that they will likely be asked to prepare and serve meat dishes during their stay. For this reason, we ask all participants to come with a mind of curiosity and non-clinging to preferences. For vegetarians and vegans, you can expect to be well fed, however there will be less options as we do cater mostly to omnivores. We are all encouraged to use our relationships with food for meditation and exploration. We source our food from our gardens, food forest, local suppliers, and eat organic as much as possible. Most people who visit rave about how nourishing the food is.
Pick-ups – We can pick you up from the Canadian Rockies International Airport (Cranbrook, YXC), which has regular flights from Vancouver and Calgary. It is a 45-minute drive to Clear Sky from the airport.
You can rent a car at the local airport, or in nearby Cranbrook. Renting a vehicle in Calgary – Driving from Calgary may be cheaper than flying, depending on your length of stay and how many of you there are. It is a beautiful 4.5-hour drive. Contact us if you are coming for a program and would like to find rideshare partners.
Get driving directions from your location with google maps. Our address is 3567 Cockell Road, Fort Steele, BC, V0B 1N0.
Clear Sky is close to the US border, and about four hours from Calgary. We are ten minutes from the BC-93 S Highway and twenty minutes from Fort Steele, along the Wardner-Fort Steele Road.
Some navigation systems may not bring you to our driveway:
Coming from BC-93 S Highway on the Wardner-Fort Steele Road – look for Bull River Road on your right, about five minutes past the fish hatchery, which will be on your left.
Coming from Fort Steele – after about twenty minutes, look for power lines overhead, where the road will bend to the right. Bull River Road is right after this right bend, on your left. (If you see the fish hatchery on your right, you’ve gone too far).
Drive down Bull River Road for about three minutes, then turn left into Cockell Road. You’ll see our driveway on the left, at the end of Cockell Road.
ReviewsWrite a review - tell others about your experience.
Duncan Cryle January 13, 2020
This was my second personal meditation retreat at Clear Sky Center. It's a beautiful location in the BC Rockies, and one of my highlights was quiet walks around the 310 acre property. The views were spectacular and I enjoyed frequently seeing browsing deer. The cabin had everything I needed, and it felt very supportive having meals provided to me by the center. As a long-term meditator I appreciated how clearly everything has been set up specifically and mindfully to support a meditation retreat, so that I could simply relax into the space.
Michele Cherot December 11, 2019
Every time I arrive at Clear Sky the stillness and quiet results in a deep exhale. The teachers, Doug Duncan and Catherine Pawasarat provide Buddhist teachings that resonate with my life experiences. The residents’ support combined with the natural beauty of the location result in reflection and healing. Every time I leave Clear Sky I come away with new perspectives that generate increased understanding of my true purpose and therefore my personal growth. Michele Cherot
Cara Conroy-Low December 08, 2019
I started going to retreats at Clear Sky about 12 years ago. The teachers here are world class, the retreats are profound, coming from a strong Buddhist / Western Mysteries based lineage. I really enjoy the property - its 310 acres, under beautiful Bull Mountain. The air is fresh, the landscape is stunning and there's wildlife everywhere (deer, elk, big horn sheep, cougar, bear, birds, badgers). I feel protected and at home on the land, very supported. All in all, Clear Sky is a community of strong spiritual practitioners working together to make themselves and the world a better place. My experiences here have transformed my life. :)
Karen Scott November 29, 2019
My retreat experiences here have been numerous. And I plan to return again and again to receive study and practice the Wisdom Teachings. It really is a spectacular place with such natural peace and beauty. The culture is supportive to unfolding and going deep and the teachers are great guides. A very supportive Center that I recommend if you’re looking for something real.
Brendan Ries November 28, 2019
Clear Sky is an amazing destination for a priceless retreat. I had the opportunity to do a 1-month silent retreat in cabin Vega and it`s definitely one of the best experiences I`ve had as of yet in my life. As a retreatant, I was really taken care of by the on-site team during my stay and they made sure that all of my eating and dietary needs were met. They even prepared coffee just the way I liked! The food was always delicious and delivered on time to my silent eating space. I really liked the idea of just using a notebook if there were any needs or questions I had, it surprised me that they always answered the same day. WOW! It`s also pretty amazing to also be in retreat and be able to set-up interviews to ask questions about anything that arose at various times during the retreat with teachers Doug Duncan and Catherine Pawasarat, masters in the art of meditation and mindfulness. As someone who loves nature, everyday hikes on the various trails exploring the pristine 310-acre space and conversing with the deer, elk, birds, badgers and other animals and abundant fauna with appreciation was revelatory and connecting. In the first 5 days I saw 5 bald-eagles, just outside on the tree of my cabin, and I had never seen ONE in my life. AWEsome! And the land, space and precious opportunity of silence kept giving back. Be generous to yourself and RECEIVE the beauties of the practice and inner freedom that a personal retreat can bring. I`ll be going back, but hopefully for a 3-month retreat next time.
Ruth Levin November 27, 2019
My experience doing a two-week solo retreat at Clear Sky Center was of very deep healing. Logistics were totally smooth, speedily and professionally taken care of and supportive to my experience. The cabin was comfortable and the setting breathtaking. The guidance of resident teachers was expertly done.
Geoffrey Haynes November 26, 2019
I have been at Clear Sky for a number of retreats and other events. The learning there happens at many levels, and never stops - whether it's meditating in a cabin, eating at the dinner table or helping out on the farm. I always feel better (clearer) after spending a few days there, even if I am not aware of the process at the time. The staff is always supportive, and is ready to help you grow. Be prepared for an intense experience that includes interacting with a tight-knit community - this isn't a place for just having a getaway. You'll get out of it what you're willing to put into it. I should also add the food is excellent, and the small meditation cabins are very comfortable.
Cheryl Bate November 25, 2019
Clear Sky Retreat Center and the approach to meditation taught there have been enormous helps to me. Elsewhere, insight meditation such as MBSR have also been wonderful but I had simply hit a wall. The range of depth teaching at Clear Sky has allowed my meditation practise to go to a whole other level. Thank you to the teachers and community of Clear Sky.
Maureen Smith November 25, 2019
I was on a month long retreat in one of Clear Sky's cabins in May 2019 and it was a fantastic experience. I felt supported physically by the meditation, the food, the environment, and the sleeping and eating spaces. I was in retreat beside someone else in the cabin next to me and I didn't feel any intrusion into my space. I highly recommend Clear Sky personal retreat programs for you if you are a beginner meditator or an experienced one. The space, the staff, and the supportive circumstances all combined to allow me to go deeply into the practice that I had gone there for.
Elizabeth E MacLean November 25, 2019
I've done several retreats at Clear Sky and couldn't recommend it enough. It is run by a group of dedicated practitioners that 'walk the walk' and make you feel welcomed and cared for. The accommodations facilitate deep retreat work, the food is organic, local and delicious and the natural beauty of their location is stunning.
Bat Fung November 25, 2019
I have been doing at least one retreat per year at Clear Sky Centre over the last 10+ years. The centre is built to support people, i.e. meditators, retreatants, and centre's residents included, to awaken. The centre takes a no nonsense approach. There wasn't a single retreat I partook I didn't come out with more joy, deeper understanding and stronger connection with the people and the truth.
Tony Chavet November 24, 2019
Clear Sky is a beautiful meditation center where I love to go regularly. I find it necessary to go there and refresh and heal each year.
Maryline Fortier April 05, 2019
Spending time at Clear Sky is so rejuvenating. I think what makes a huge difference when I compare it to other centers is that the members of the staff are mindful and have a meditation practice. That brings a good vibe to the space and experience in general. Thank you for this week-end.
Irene Arriaza August 20, 2018
Clear Sky provides a peaceful and quite environment in the middle of nature. A great location for those who want to attend a retreat or just feel the need to get away to reflect or meditate.
Maryline Fortier May 31, 2018
Clear Sky Center is a real gem to learn about conscious community living. It is where I found through meaning and purpose, through the practice of Karma Yoga (meditation in action). A bunch of dedicated people, wanting to make the best out of this lifetime and helping each other to wake up to more love, awareness and mindfulness.
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