Program Details

Being human in the natural world - Weekthun

with Russell Rodgers
July 5 / 12:00 PM - July 13 / 10:00 PM

Being Human in the Natural World

July 5 to July 13th, 2014

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A week-long meditation retreat is an opportunity to spend undistracted time with yourself. Knowing your mind and your senses opens life-giving connections with the world. This retreat will take place in a screened pavilion in the forest, and will be an ideal opportunity to explore our mind and senses and find our place on earth as basically good human beings.

The retreat will include talks and discussions, days of silence, exercises working with perception, walking meditation in the forest, and lots of sitting meditation practice. It will be suitable for beginning and advanced meditators alike.

The Director will be Russell Rodgers, a veteran of many retreats. Russell specializes in bringing the advanced teachings of Buddhism into everyday language.


There will be eight to ten hours of meditation practice per day, and meditation instruction and private interviews with meditation instructors.

The retreat will take place at Senge Ling, the Kootenay Shambhala Centre’s retreat land about an hour’s drive south of Nelson. Senge Ling is in an isolated location on top of a forested ridge. Accommodation is in participants' own tents.  The menu will be mainly vegetarian. Please be aware that our kitchen facilities are limited. If you do have a serious food allergy, we will attempt to accommodate that. Meals will be vegetarian and served in a silent, contemplative eating style.

Preference will be given to those who plan to attend the whole retreat and enter the retreat at the beginning. Space is limited to 25 people. Suggested donation: $600 CAD (see our accommodating Generosity Policy).  Registration: A $100 CAD reservation deposit (refundable before June 5) is requested. 


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Suggested donation: $600, (see our accommodating Generosity Policy)


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The Director of the retreat, Russell Rodgers, has been practicing meditation for 38 years, has led group retreats on the land and has also done solitary retreats there every year for the past twenty years. He has studied with the Vidhyadhara Trungpa Rinpoche, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche. He has a background in microbial ecology, but has mainly focused on experiential and intuitive, dharmic understanding of the natural world and of the mind that experiences it.



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