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Eye of the Storm: Navigating the Modern World (Online)

Event Highlights

  • This course will teach you about the art of the spiritual container. By repairing the holes in your metaphorical leaky cup, you can redesign your everyday life to be more like you’re in the protective space of retreat.
  • From years of being a refuge for spiritual explorers, our meditation centre, Clear Sky, developed five key principles of a spiritual container.
  • We share how you can apply these simple yet profound principles directly into your own home, work and life, to enliven your meditation and support your year-round growth.

Schedule

MON, OCTOBER 12
Class 1
In this class we introduce the idea of a “spiritual container” and why this is an important element so often forgotten by modern spiritual explorers. We also look at the principle of honoring the space around us – whether our homes, offices, environments, or our own bodies. Paying attention to our space is the first step in creating a supportive spiritual container.

MON, OCTOBER 19
Class 2
So many of us feel struggle with time management or get swept up in distractions. We’ll explore the art of consciously choosing supportive structures, routines and rituals to help us be present. We also look at the art of skillful communication. How can we have more conversations that energize and move us forward? Supportive consciously chosen structures and healthy communication are the two next key principles of a spiritual container.

MON, OCTOBER 26
Class 3
For most of us, there are one or two big areas in our life that drain energy. This could be how we relate to money, food, sex or career. It could be our intimate or family relationships. Or it could be a pervasive feeling that we are not aligned to our vision and purpose. In this class we dive into how bringing insight into these areas can powerfully free up energy.

MON, NOVEMBER 2
Class 4
In Week 4 we explore the final principle of a spiritual container – it’s easier with others. We look at the importance of healthy and conscious community, and ways we can find or develop that in our lives. Finally we explore how bringing together all five principles of the spiritual container can radically transform our meditation and spiritual lives, by providing a solid and supportive platform for year round growth.


Course Details
Time and Location
Each of the four weekly classes in this online course will be video streamed live at 7:30pm MST. The recording will be available for one week after each class.

Study and Meditation Opportunities in addition to the classes include Master Classes on three Sundays at 3pm MST, and a Flash Retreat on November 6-8, 2020.

What Does the Course Cost?
We offer this course on the basis of dāna, as well as an admin fee of $100 (USD). The admin is to cover the costs of running these online courses – for equipment and software to provide you the teachings online.

For our teachings itself – You may have come across this is the form of “pay from the heart”. Dāna is a Sanskrit term meaning “generosity”. With dāna, we give as a mutual exchange of generosity. 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. We suggest a range between $120 and $500 for this four week course.


About This Event

 Eye of the Storm

Do you struggle to keep momentum with your spiritual practice? It is easy to feel one’s energy get drained away and get lost in the struggles and distractions around us. It’s like trying to cross a desert, and holding precious water in a leaky cup with no lid.

This course will teach you about the art of the spiritual container. By repairing the holes in your metaphorical leaky cup, you can redesign your everyday life to be more like you’re in the protective space of retreat.

From years of being a refuge for spiritual explorers, our meditation centre, Clear Sky, developed five key principles of a spiritual container. We share how you can apply these simple yet profound principles directly into your own home, work and life, to enliven your meditation and support your year-round growth.

Doug & Catherine’s teachings are a rallying cry for all those who want no-holds-barred, honest guidance on the path of awakening. I’m thoroughly inspired by the spiritual potential we all have, and sobered by the challenges we face as a species and global consciousness. The path they lay out makes it clear that the journey is worth taking. Cara Conroy-Low Acupuncturist, Canada

What's Included

  • 4 online classes

What's Not Included

3 optional master classes to ask questions and share reflections with others
1 optional weekend flash retreat to put the teachings into practice

Master Classes
Three Sundays
There are weekly Master Classes (akin to online Q&A Office Hours) during this online course to support your deepening learning and practice, on the following dates at 3pm MST:

Sun. Oct 18
Sun. Oct 25
Sun. Nov 1
You can elect to attend all three or individual dates.

Registration & Dana links for Master Classes will be accessible to you when you register for the course.

Flash Retreat
November 6-8, 2020
Elect to deepen your practice via a Flash Retreat during the last weekend of this course. The retreat provides practitioners a valuable opportunity to integrate and seal the learnings from the online course, in a format well suited for our contemporary lives.

The retreat will include instructions, online check ins, and a Master Class on Sunday, November 8.

We encourage you to attend this weekend retreat at Clear Sky Centre, or together with your local sangha, or if those not available to you, in your home.

Venue Highlights

This is an online course by Planet Dharma hosted at Clear Sky Centre with a wide variety of international students and community members

awakening buddhism Meditation mindfulness

Reviews     To review this event, visit the page for the venue or retreat leaders (above).

  • Martin Blackwell   June 09, 2020

      My Clear Sky experience

    Yay for Clear Sky! My Clear Sky experience was like a long lost brother returning to the fold. I was welcomed as though I had never left. Never have I felt more as though the Clear Sky bonding ever waivered - the return was seamless. Perhaps the empathy reached out to me was epitomized with Ava's winning smile, eyes focused, mouth curled into a little laugh,"It 's great to have you back!" No matter where I go I'll always wear that "It's great to have you back!"

  • Nishta Matarese   February 25, 2020

      Personal Retreats at Clear Sky

    "Clear Sky center is a wonderful place to step out of our daily habits and step into what is truly calling us. There one gets the sense of being supported to awaken more deeply - maybe it is the pristine natural environment or the extraordinary silence or a combination of a committed intact sangha of seasoned meditation practitioners who take great care of the details assuring a well appointed and luxurious experience but I, for one, left with a desire to return to explore a wealth of ancient teachings" ~ Nishta Matarese; Business Woman

  • 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.

  • Duncan Cryle   January 13, 2020

      Incredible and supportive experience in the BC Rockies

    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

      Time well spent at Clear Sky

    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

      World Class meditation work happens here

    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

      Spectacular Supportive and Real

    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

      A Priceless Journey

    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

      Deep Healing

    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

      A place to grow

    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

      Deepening the practise

    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

      Best retreating opportunities

    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

      Best place on earth

    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

      A centre for the real seekers to awakening

    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

      My favourite meditation center

    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

      Blissful stay!

    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

      Peaceful and quiet

    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

      Real conscious community

    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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