Program Details

Winter Meditation Intensive

with Gaylon Ferguson
January 4 / 10:00 AM - January 10 / 9:00 PM

Natural Wakefulness: Discovering the Wisdom We Were Born With

Join us for all or any part of our annual winter meditation intensive, running with two sessions daily from Friday January 4 to Thursday January 10.

This year our meditation intensive coincides with the New Year Weekthun led by Acharya Gaylon Ferguson. Participants in the meditation intensive will join the weekthun in the main meditation hall by participating in any or all of two sessions offered daily from 10 am to 12pm and 7pm to 9pm.

Each of the meditation intensive sessions will by led by Acharya Gaylon Ferguson who will guide us in meditation practice.


Everyone is welcome to attend any or all of the sessions running from Friday January 4 to Thursday January 10:

  • Every morning from 10am to 12pm

  • Every evening from 7pm to 9pm

Meditation instruction is available upon request at the beginning of any of these sessions.


You can pay for individual sessions or receive a discount by buying a group of sessions:

  • $15 for a single session

  • $65 for 5 sessions

  • $130 for 10 sessions

  • $175 for 14 sessions

If you cannot afford to pay full fees, see our generosity policy.

Please consider bringing a donation (canned goods, pastas, rice, etc.) for our annual food drive.

About the Intensive

As with the weekthun, this meditation intensive is based on Acharya Ferguson’s book, Natural Wakefulness: Discovering the Wisdom We Were Born With. It will cover the fundamentals of meditation and provide exercises and guided contemplations intended to help us experience innate wakefulness, showing us how to gain confidence in it.

This intensive is an opportunity to deepen one’s practice of mindfulness-awareness meditation, receiving guidance with senior teacher, Acharya Ferguson. It is suitable for both beginner and experienced meditators.

About Acharya Ferguson

Acharya Gaylon Ferguson is the author of Natural Wakefulness: Discovering the Wisdom We Were Born With, which was included in The Best Buddhist Writing of 2010. Known for his gentle, meticulous and penetrating style, he has been teaching buddhism and leading meditation retreats for the last 33 years. Acharya Ferguson holds a doctorate in cultural anthropology from Stanford. Currently a core faculty member at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, he teaches both Religious and Interdisciplinary Studies.

While in Toronto, Acharya Ferguson will also be leading a weekend meditation program, The Six Paramitas, Saturday and Sunday, January 12 to 13.

Online Registration

You may register for this program in advance by clicking on the "Click here to register" link below. After filling out the online registration form, you will have the option of paying online through PayPal using your credit card or PayPal account. If you prefer not to pay online, you can pay by cash or cheque at the beginning of the program.

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