Saturday, February 23rd, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM
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Sunday, February 24th, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

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Goward House 
2495 Arbutus Road
Victoria, BC V8N 1V9

Please use the rear entrance to the building (around to the left and down the sidewalk or stairs).
The #11 bus stops nearby.

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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 Victoria IMS. The suggested donation for organizational costs for this two-day event is $40. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.


Victoria IMS Retreats  
Victoria Insight Meditation Society  

The Medicine of Awareness:

The Healing Path of Practice

A Non-Residential Retreat
Margo McLoughlin

Through our practice of meditation, we discover the healing properties of mindful awareness. This kind of awareness is much more than paying attention: it is a profound training of the heart and mind that re-establishes inner equilibrium and nurtures an attitude of caring and compassion.

The Buddha is often referred to as the Great Physician, whose fundamental teachings of the Four Noble Truths diagnose the human ailment, identify the cause, offer a cure, and prescribe the treatment.

Over the course of two days, Margo will use the framework of Five Spiritual Faculties - faith, energy, mindfulness, concentration, and wisdom - to investigate the ways we can strengthen and apply the medicine of awareness in our lives.

Margo McLoughlin offers classes and leads retreats in Victoria and other Vancouver Island communities. She is a longtime student of Theravada Buddhism, a graduate of the Harvard Divinity School, as well as the Community Dharma Leader training program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. Margo recently completed a ten-month course of study and retreat under the guidance of Steve Armstrong and Kamala Masters.

David Axon (registrar)