Plum Village monastics are coming to Calgary!

UPDATE: The tour has been postponed. New tour dates will be posted to the website and sent out on our list-serve once they have been finalized.

Five monastics from Plum Village France will embark on a tour across western Canada to offer retreats on the theme of mindfulness as a foundation for health. The Wild Rose Sangha is honoured to host the monastics and to partner with them to lead a day of mindfulness.

Day of Mindfulness & AGM, January 27

Join us on Saturday, January 27 for a day of mindfulness and the sangha’s annual general meeting. The day will run from mid-morning to early afternoon. You can choose to attend the day of mindfulness, the AGM or both. Everyone is welcome. Keep an eye on the email group and website for updates.

Shining stillness during a day of mindfulness

Day of Mindfulness Saturday Nov 11th 2023

dirt road cover by dried leaves

This year the Wildrose Sangha is celebrating its 20th Anniversary! We would like to invite you to celebrate with us by attending our Day of Mindfulness one-day retreat in Calgary.

The Day of Mindfulness retreat will take place on Saturday, November 11 from 9:15 am until 2:45 pm, at the Rosemont Community Association, located at 2807 10 St NW.

Following the retreat there will be an optional outdoor walking meditation, leaving from the Rosemont Community Association, through confederation park (depending on the weather) from 2:45 pm – 3:45 pm.

A full schedule for the retreat will be sent closer to the retreat date, along with information on what to expect, what to bring, and what to wear during the retreat.

The cost for the retreat is $35, which covers the cost of the Dharma Teacher(s), hall rental, and morning break.

There will be a potluck lunch, and we ask that you bring a light vegan or vegetarian potluck item to share. There is a refrigerator, stove top, microwave at the hall but there will be no other cooking supplies available. Plates, cups, and cutlery will be provided along with a selection of herbal, caffeine free teas and water.   Please bring serving dishes, spoons etc for each of your potluck items.

If you would like to register for the Day of Mindfulness Retreat, please email Jason Kingsley (jasonakingsley@outlook.com) with your name, phone number, email address, and which payment method you will be using. Payment can be provided by the following methods:

  1. Via e-transfer to tjpickup@telus.net
  2. Through the Wildrose Sangha website at wildrosesangha.ca/donate
  3. With cash in person at a Wednesday evening Sangha practice 

Mountain Retreat May 26th-28th 2023

Join us in the heart of the Rocky Mountains to be embraced by the freshness of spring unfolding & nourished by the practices of mindful meditation. Our retreat will be spacious, with times of sitting & walking; silence & connection, creative play & the opportunity to slow down to deepen our awareness of the preciousness of each moment. We will explore the seven factors of awakening – mindfulness, investigation, energy, joy, tranquility, concentration & equanimity. We will come fresh to the mindful practice of meeting each moment in an open & curious way to awaken to the wonders & beauty of life & the joy of coming together once again in person.

About Alexa

Alexa has been practicing in the Plum Village tradition of Vietnamese Zen Buddhism for more than thirty years. She received Lamp Transmission to be a Dharma Teacher from Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh in 2014. Alexa is a Marriage & Family Therapist, an expressive artist & a lover of poetry. Her teachings support deepening practice by focusing on body awareness, encouraging creativity & watering seeds of joy.

To Register

Registration is $290 for the retreat. This fee covers shared, dorm-style, accomodation at the nordic centre and all vegetarian food. The Retreat will begin Friday afternoon and end Sunday by 12pm.

Please note registration is now full to join the waitlist please fill out this form and we will finalize registration by the end of April: https://forms.gle/Yt6h9p34MGmFjKV26

Schedule (To be Confirmed)

FRIDAY

5:00pm Registration

5:30-6:30pm Dinner

7:00pm  Orientation to meditation and practices for the weekend

7:50 – 8:15pm  Guided Meditation

8:15 – 8:25pm   Stretching

8:25 -8:45pm  Deep meditation/Dedication of Merit

SATURDAY

6:00am  Wake up

6:30am   Sitting Meditation

8:30am   Breakfast

9:30am   Guided meditation

10:00am  Dharma Talk

11-11:30am  Creative Practice

11: 30am  Outdoor Walking

12:30pm Lunch

1:30-3:00pm Personal Time

3:30 – 4:45pm  Dharma Discussion

5:00-6:00pm  Dinner

7:00 – 8:30pm  Sitting Meditation and MTT Ceremony    

SUNDAY

6:00am   Wake Up

6:30 – 8:00am Meditation

8:15am Breakfast

9:00am   Cleanup

10:00am Closing

 10:30am-1:00pm   Optional hike and picnic lunch in Canmore