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Clearwater Retreat in Sanctum Retreat in Caroline, AB

Clearwater Retreat 2022:
Cultivating the Inner Peace of Clear Water
Thursday, April 28th – May 1st, 2022
Sanctum Retreat Centre, Caroline, AB
In-person only

To register as a couple (living in the same household), please contact the office at [email protected]

Spiritual Director Kushok Lobsang Dhamchöe welcomes new and returning students to join him for a new meditation and yoga retreat taking place April 28th – May 1st, 2022, at the beautiful Sanctum Retreat Centre in Clearwater County, 5 km west of the village of Caroline, Alberta.

RETREAT DESCRIPTION: 

This retreat will include daily mediation and Buddhist philosophy teachings with Kushok, as well as optional AM and PM Gentle and Restorative Yoga Sessions with Certified Yoga Instructor, Kari Stange. 

Your investment will include Sanctum’s beautiful private accommodations (double occupancy available for couples), all meals and snacks, teachings, yoga, and opportunities to explore and enjoy the scenic grounds. 

Please don’t miss this opportunity to relax and recharge your mind and body with Gaden Samten Ling’s 2022 Clearwater Retreat. 

TARGET AUDIENCE:

No pre-requisite is required. Everyone is welcome.

RETREAT DATES:

  • Thursday April 28th – May 1st, 2022 (3 nights) 
  • Arrival: 4:00 pm, April 28 (supper will be served at 5:30 pm) 
  • Departure 1:00 pm, May 1 (Staying to help with tear down is appreciated) 

LOCATION:

Sanctum Retreat Centre, 11 Sanctum Way, AB 

(4.7 km outside of the village of Caroline, AB) 

TEACHING DESCRIPTION:

Eight Verses of Mind Training (text will be provided).

The Eight Verses of Training the Mind is a highly revered text from the Mahayana Lojong (mind training) tradition. These instructions offer essential practices for cultivating the awakening mind of compassion, wisdom, and love. 

RETREAT INVESTMENT:

Your investment of $500 Cdn/ per person includes 3 nights accommodations in individual, private rooms, all meals and snacks from Thursday supper to Sunday lunch, Meditation sessions and Buddhist philosophy teachings, and optional daily morning and evening gentle, restorative yoga sessions. 

Sanctum is offering couples pricing for individuals living in the same household. Please contact the office for details. 

DIETARY RESTRICTIONS:

Sanctum is kindly able to accommodate food allergies and dietary restrictions (e.g. celiac) if given 2 weeks notice prior to the start of the retreat. If you have a specific allergy or dietary restriction, please contact the office.  

NOTE: Dietary accommodations are not available to anyone registering after April 14th, 2022.     

REGISTRATION DEADLINE:

Space is limited. To avoid disappointment, please register early.  

Registrants with dietary restrictions must register by April 14th to allow for meal accommodations.  

No dietary accommodations are available to those registering after this date.  

The final date that registrations (without dietary restrictions) can be accepted is April 20th, 2022. 

REFUND POLICY:

We understand that unexpected events can arise that affect your plans. If you need to cancel up to 7 days before attending the retreat, you may receive a full refund minus a $20 administration fee. All retreat payments become non-refundable after April 20th, 2022. 

PHOTOS AND VIDEOS:

Please note photos and videos may be taken for promotional purposes. Our Privacy Contact is Andrew Patton, 780-479-0014, [email protected].

VOLUNTEERING:

Please note there will be volunteer opportunities to support the retreat (e.g. set up/tear down, transportation, bookstore, etc.). More information will become available upon registration. 

OPTIONAL YOGA SESSIONS:

Yoga sessions are shared in a supportive way that is inclusive whether you are a seasoned practitioner, or if this is your very first class. Movements will be done on the floor on your mat, but modifications will be given for those wishing to stay in chairs. The morning session will consist of gentle stretches, breath practices, and warming up the joints to aid in releasing tightness and creating both stability and range of motion in the body – preparing you for periods of sitting in meditation and learning sessions. The evening session will also be a very gentle practice, an unwinding of the day, calming the nervous system and preparing the body to ease into sleep. 

SUGGESTED ITEMS TO PACK:

  • Comfortable, modest clothing 
  • Notebook and pen 
  • Meditation shawl if desired 
  • Reusable water bottle 
  • Outdoor apparel to enjoy the beautiful natural area 
  • Yoga mat and other yoga props 
  • Khata and offering for Kushok 
  • Cash for shopping at Kushok’s Store and GSL bookstore 
  • Prayer book and texts for individual study and practice 

A more detailed list will be provided to retreat participants.

If you have any questions, please contact the office at [email protected].

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