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Strategies for Overcoming Distracting Thoughts

A week-long mindfulness meditation retreat in Calgary, Canada

with Shaila Catherine

Monday, June 17 – Sunday, June 23, 2019

The retreat begins with registration at 3:00 pm on Monday, June 17, and ends at 11:00 on Sunday, June 23.

Mental restlessness is an insidious and pervasive hindrance that all practitioners struggle to overcome. We can refine our skills for working with the modes of thinking that distract us from being mindful and concentrated: critical thoughts, planning, worrying, lustful thoughts, judging, memories, internal commentaries, to name a few. The teachings on this retreat will present a sequence of strategies for dealing with obstructive mental patterns; these progressive instructions are found in two discourses in the Middle Length Discourses, (suttas 19 and 20). Practitioners will be encouraged to develop a mindfulness-based meditation practice, while exploring these strategies for overcoming distractions.

This retreat is suitable for both new and experienced practitioners. It will be held at the beautiful FCJ Retreat and Conference facility — a quiet oasis of peace on the banks of the Elbow River and adjacent to a natural riverside park. The residential rooms are comfortable and have been recently updated. Calgary in Alberta is a city of 1.2 million and is serviced by an international airport (YYC). It is 65 miles from Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies which is an ideal vacation destination for the days before or after our retreat.

Preparation: Please read the following two discourses prior to the retreat. You may wish to bring a print out to the retreat for your personal reference.

For more information and registration details, please visit: https://insightretreats.ca