Saturday, January 18th, 2020 from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM
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Sunday, January 19th, 2020 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  

A Weekend of Meditation

Focusing on Peace and Joy

Everybody’s New Year’s Resolution
Heather Martin

This retreat is full. Registration is now closed.

Let’s take these two days to get in touch with and deepen into what brings our hearts alive; making conscious more meaning and value in our lives.

The first day – Saturday – we’ll employ some well known and effective tools that release us from our tangles and struggles, subsiding the tension and drama inside our hearts/minds. The second day – Sunday – we’ll delve more deeply into ways to usher in to our awareness the sacred, the valuable, the meaningful, once there is some space in our hearts, and a malleable enough mind to follow our guidance.

Heather Martin has been meditating for 40 years, in various traditions. Theravada has been her main practice since 1981, when she trained in the style of SN Goenka, for 8 years. She has practiced Tibetan Dzogchen with Tsoknyi Rinpoche, Vipassana with Burmese Sayadaw U Tejaniya, and more recently the early Foundations of Mindfulness with scholar-monk Bhikkhu Analayo.

She has been teaching retreats in North America since 2001, in Canada and the West Coast of the United States. She guides the Salt Spring Island Vipassana Community, where she has lived for 37 years.

She is a retired midwife and childbirth educator.

Heather emphasizes the practical application of these perennially brilliant teachings, with warm-heartedness, clarity and accessibility.

Brian Chapel (registrar)