Shambhala Weekthun: The Play of Awareness
with Brian Callahan
August 10 / 3:00 PM - August 17 / 12:00 PM
Please join us for a week long meditation retreat at Mahood Fall, BC. The setting, on the shores of Canim Red Creek at the foot of Shadow Mountain is very beautiful. You will especially enjoy the early morning as the sun rises above Shadow Mtn.
Retreat deepens our experience of meditation and helps us access our own inner resources of mental clarity, creativity, and personal radiance, allowing our innate qualities to blossom. In our week of group retreat we will draw upon classic 'on the cushion' instructions and will play with these instructions, taking our practice into our lives in ways that may be less familiar.
During a portion of each day we will use art forms and the exploration of our natural surroundings to 'play with awareness' to bring awake open hearted mindfulness into our life experiences.
Our Director: We are delighted to welcome Brian Callahan, a wonderful teacher and friend, to lead us in this retreat. Many in the 100 Mile House area will recall that Brian taught Level 1 and Meditation in Everyday Life here in 2011. He and wife Margaret have been leading retreats at Mahood Falls for more than 15 years!
Brian has been practicing meditation since 1972 and has completed the traditional 3 year retreat. A Senior Teacher within Shambhala International, Brian has taught across Canada and the United States.
The Land and Accommodations
- The land is rustic, off the grid: no phone, cell service, or internet. In an emergency, the neighbour's telephone will be available. There is adequate power from solar, generator, and Propane.
- Indoor plumbing is limited. There are two outdoor toilets with splendid views! Bathing in the creek is an option and there is a sauna.
- Tenting is a great choice and has been popular at past retreats. Campers and trailers are also welcome.
- There are a few sleeping accommodations in the house, as well as floor space in the house and in the shrine room.
Meals will be simple, healthy, hearty, and plentiful. Please contact us if you are vegetarian or have special dietary needs. If you have specific requirements, we may not be able to provide the food you need. In that case, you should bring as much of your own food as is possible. All meals will be eaten in silence in the shrine room.
What to Bring
Mid-August is the most opportune time of the year for good weather and lower bug populations. But it's wise to be prepared for rain with rain jacket and foot gear. If you're particularly sensitive to mosquitoes, bring your favourite insect repellent.
Other items you will need: bedding or sleeping bag, toiletries (frangrance free please), towel, flashlight, comfortable clothes for sitting meditation including clothes for a variety of temperatures. (it can be cool in the morning and warm in the afternoon), shoes or slippers for wearing in the house, rain gear, insect repelllent, sunscreen & hat, sweater or jacket for cool mornings and evenings, snacks you think you might need or want, bathing suit for the creek and sauna, musical instruments, song books, poems, etc,
How to Pay
If you wish to pay with a credit card, you will be directed to a PayPal button after you register online.
If you wish to pay by check, indicate that in the comment box when you register
- make your check payable to: SMG of 100 Mile House
- send your check to: Bonnie Winter, Box 566, 108 Mile Ranch BC V0K 2Z0
It you have any questions, please be sure to contact us at the email address or phone number listed at the bottom of the page.