Sea to Sky Vipassana Retreat near Whistler
with Brian Ruhe and Jack Liu
Thanksgiving Long Weekend Saturday, October 11, to Monday, October 13th, 2014
Sea to Sky Retreat Center Between Squamish and Whistler BC
In 1993, Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche and friends began building Sea to Sky Retreat Centre on a secluded 40 acre site of extraordinary natural beauty in British Columbia’s coastal mountain range.
The elegant and non-sectarian atmosphere of the Retreat Centre has made it an ideal environment for hosting a wide variety of programs and gatherings – from contemplative retreats within diverse religious traditions to human potential workshops; from yoga intensives to body work training.
Practicing Breath, Loving Kindness, and Walking Meditation in the Theravada Forest Tradition.
Join Brian and Jack! It’s an opportunity to learn or deepen your meditation practice at a very popular retreat centre.
TIME: Start Saturday 10:30 am until the holiday Monday 11:00 am. After Monday 11 am we will go to Whistler to do a short walk/ hike, then have lunch in Whistler and walk around the town. Leave around 2:30 pm.
Arrive on Saturday between 10 – 11 a.m. and get your room. Meeting starts 11 a.m. Wake up at 6:00 am with 6:15 am morning meditation. We will have three hour periods in the mornings and afternoons where you can practice walking meditation and sitting meditation for as long as you like. Retreat schedule will be available.
There will be some Dhamma talks, discussions, guided meditations, and private interview slots to talk to a teacher if you want. We will have three meals a day with retreat staff cooks so participants don’t have to do the cooking. Last meal is breakfast on Monday. This will be a silent retreat which means no talking, unless it is during Dhamma talks. People can talk in their rooms or outside if they really want to.
This is a relaxed environment, not a meditation boot camp, where mature people can be in silence together, reading, drinking tea, staring out the window or going for walks on their own. Participants should be with the group process but they don’t have to follow the whole schedule. Bring some good meditation books for reading with you if you want to read, or dhamma audio talks on your portable device.
Dress should be modest, comfortable, and you’re encouraged to wear white if you like. Bring your own sitting gear if you have it but chairs and some cushions are available.
The sleeping conditions at the retreat centre provide double rooms. Bring your own toiletries. Single rooms cost $35 more per night.
Brian Ruhe has taught Buddhism and meditation for 18 years. He follows the Theravada Forest tradition at forestsangha.org . He is the author of two Buddhist books and two guided meditation CDs, which will be available.
Jack Liu has been a meditator for ten years and is a Ph.D. candidate on Buddhist meditation.
Email: email@example.com or phone Brian Ruhe 778-232-2282 cell.
Website: www.theravada.ca Meetup: www.meetup.com/vancouvermeditation
$195, pay in advance. Plus suggested donation (Dana) of $70 to the teachers. Based upon double occupancy. Single rooms cost $35 more per night. Send $195 to register, payable to Brian Ruhe by PayPal at the Donate button on theravada.ca or by Internet banking to firstname.lastname@example.org . Cost includes rental of Pavillion for group meditation.
Cancellations Retreat fees will be refunded (less a $50 handling/banking fee) for cancellations on or before October 4, 2014. The $195 retreat cost will NOT be refunded for cancellations made after October 4, unless the spot can be filled.
A car pool is being arranged. Contact Brian if you need or can offer a ride.
Travel to SSRC by car
The turnoff to the centre is located approximately 33 km north of Squamish. Don’t miss the turnoff. You turn immediately after you cross the Rubble Creek bridge. Then you pass one road on the left and the second road has a red sign on a tree. That’s the way into the centre on the 3 km entrance road.
Here are the instructions provided by SSRC:
Take the Sea to Sky highway 99 north. The turnoff to the centre is located approximately 33 km north of Squamish.
The turnoff is announced on Hwy 99 with 2 signs for Garibaldi Lake/ Black Tusk Trailhead (the first is 2 km before the park road turnoff and the second 400 metres before the turnoff). The Park turnoff road comes immediately after a small highway bridge over Rubble Creek. Turn right into this road. (You know you have missed the Park Road turn-off if you see a hydro dam on your right hand side, and further along, you pass Pinecrest and Black Tusk Village.)
Proceed for approx. 0.7 km.
Turn left (after approximately 0.7 km) onto the gravel road that is marked by a small red sign (on a tree) which says: “SSRC”. This turnoff into the SSRC road marked by the sign on the tree is the second road you will pass. (If you have gone more than 1 km, you missed it.)
The centre is located at the end of this gravel road. (Approx. 3 km). Please drive slowly and mindfully. You may encounter a vehicle coming from the other direction. Travel to SSRC by Bus is also possible.
May the Buddha, dhamma and sangha guard and protect you always.