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Saturday, September 26th and Sunday, September 27th 

9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (both days)

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Because the Buddha's teachings are considered to be priceless, and in keeping with the teachings and spirit of generosity or dana, this retreat is freely offered. Donations are welcomed.


There will be two dana baskets set out at the retreat.  One basket will be for you to offer dana for the teacher and a  separate basket for organizational costs incurred by VictoriaIMS.  The suggested donation for operational costs for this two-day event is $40 but retreatants are invited to give whatever feels comfortable according to their situation. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.




Goward House 
2495 Arbutus Road
Victoria, BC V8N 1V9

Please use rear entrance at Goward House.  The #11 bus from UVic stops nearby.


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Awakening the Heart, Gladdening the Mind

 with Margo McLoughlin 


The Pali word “Bodhicitta” means heart of awakening or awakened heart and refers to the deeper motivation that leads us to practice. Beyond finding some ease within the daily stresses of our human existence, we intuitively know that our ability to respond wisely and with compassion when faced with unexpected difficulties in life makes a difference in the world. Knowing that our practice is not just for ourselves can provide us with great motivation to deepen our understanding and through mindful action contribute to greater peace in the world.

Margo McLoughlin has been practicing in the Insight tradition of Theravada Buddhism since 1986. A former staff member at Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts and a graduate of the Harvard Divinity School, Margo has also completed her training to be a Community Dharma Leader through Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California. Her teachers include Joseph Goldstein, Carol Wilson, Thanissara, and Eugene Cash. For more information about Margo, please visit her website at


Thank you,

Brian Chapel (registrar)