One Week City Retreat: Gentleness is the Best Whip

with Donald Eckler

August 12th—August 18th (2017)

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  • $420 Program Price
  • $460 Patron Price

Prerequisite: previous weekend retreat experience *or* permission from a meditation instructor (contact us at our email address if you'd like to inquire:  [email protected])

Immersing yourself in a one week meditation retreat is a powerful deepening of mindfulness-awareness meditation that transforms how we relate to ourselves and everyday life.

"Gentleness is the Best Whip" is founded on the principle that everyone at their core is worthy and complete. From this point of view, meditation is not so much a tool to fix ourselves or improve our abilities, but a powerful way to connect with the inherent goodness and wisdom within our present experience.

The daily meditation practice and routine of the retreat supports our journey of gently making friends with who we are and giving rise to our inherent fearlessness. The design of this program creates an atmosphere in which we can trust in the experience of truly feeling ourselves, the natural world, and human society. The design of this retreat is to immerse ourselves in the mindfulness-awareness experience.

Please note that new participants are not allowed to join the retreat after the first day, so that we can maintain a strong practice environment.

Schedule: We will follow a retreat schedule of 8:30 a.m. to  5:00 p.m. (the exception is the first day Sun. Aug. 12th which is 1:30pm - 9:00pm) Includes 7 days of intensive full-day practice, lunch daily, plus light breakfast, drinks and snacks. As with all retreats, participants will have a 'rota' work period to contribute to the retreat community by preparing food, keeping the centre clean and other light tasks. Participants sleep at home. Those who don’t live close by can request overnight stay on mats at the Centre, which has showers and a kitchen.

The retreat will include:

  • sitting meditation,
  • walking meditation,
  • Shambhala yoga,
  • individual meetings with a meditation instructor,
  • talks by teacher Donald Eckler
  • dyads (working in pairs),
  • discusssion,
  • days of partial silence and days of silence

We will also be doing Shambhala Buddhist opening and closing chants at the beginning and end of the day; attendees may participate in chants or listen/meditate, as they wish.  

About Donald Eckler: Donald has been a student of Chogyam Trungpa and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche since the early 1970’s. For 37 years he was a teacher with the Toronto District School Board where he worked primarily with emotionally vulnerable children. He was responsible for designing and introducing the first class in the TDSB to integrate these sensitive, yet “basically good” students into regular classrooms. He has had the good fortune to be a student, member, and teacher in the Shambhala Community for many years.