Sangha-Led Self-Guided Vipassana Retreat April 25-27 2014

Dhamma: A Theravada Buddhist Society

Weekend of April 25-27, 2014 Cascadia Centre, Robert’s Creek, BC

cascadia2Vipassana (Insight) Meditation, in the Buddhist tradition, is the path that leads to insight. The development of insight is directed towards mindfulness. This mindfulness method of meditation includes a special type of ‘awareness’ or ‘attention’. Mindfulness Meditation focuses on what is actually happening moment-to-moment, through non-judgemental observation. It is a quality of intentness and attentiveness, of giving yourself fully to what is taking place in the present moment. Mindfulness does not involve trying to get anywhere or to feel anything special – it means being attentive, paying careful attention and being totally present so that you are no longer on ‘automatic pilot’ or reacting out of old habit patterns.

[A complementary] practice is the meditation of Metta (Loving Kindness), which focuses on our heart quality of unconditional friendliness (love). This meditation actively cultivates positive emotional states towards ourselves and to others. As we open to the experience of the mind and heart we come to an understanding of who we are and how we connect with each other and all of nature. Drawing on simple Buddhist teachings (Dhamma) and … meditation practices we can cultivate love, compassion, joy and equanimity. Shirley Jayanta Johannese

This will be a silent residential meditation retreat held in the traditional Vipassana style, which includes sitting, walking, standing, and lying meditation. Metta practice will also be incorporated. As there will be no “teacher” for this retreat, it is being kept intentionally small and is suitable for experienced Vipassana meditators who have sat at least 2 residential retreats with Dhamma Buddhist Society-sponsored teachers. The retreat is an opportunity to deepen one’s own practice with the support of other Sangha members. The retreat will be held against a backdrop of noble silence. A general structure for each day will be provided. One or two taped Dhamma talks and discussion periods may be included, depending on the will of the group.

DATES: 12:30 PM (lunch), Friday, April 25, 2014 to 1:00 PM, Sunday, April 27, 2014

LOCATION: Tel: 1-887-885-0179 (toll free) or 604-885-0179
For directions, Link Here  Cascadia Centre, Roberts Creek, BC

COST: $175 for members ($195 for non-members) – accommodation and partial meals provided: a contribution to simple vegetarian meals to be coordinated with participants.

WHAT TO BRING: Personal toiletries, loose comfortable and layered clothing, socks/slippers, meditation bench/cushion, yoga mat (if available). Also food contribution for coordinated potluck meals.


This retreat is suitable for experienced meditators who have sat at least 2 residential retreats with Dhamma Buddhist Society-sponsored teachers. The purpose of the retreat is to provide the conditions for meditators to further their practice with the support of other Sangha members. It is expected that participants are experienced enough to sit a short retreat without a teacher. Please contact me before registering.

About the meals:
The majority of the simple and nutritious vegetarian meals (beginning with lunch on the Friday and ending with lunch on the Sunday) will be prepared by two Sangha members and are covered by the retreat fees. A small potluck contribution may be requested to supplement.

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Workshop – April 4-6 2014

We are pleased to announce another MBSR Workshop at Cascadia Centre, with Dr. Eddie Berinstein, April 4th to 6th, 2014.

Contact Cascadia Centre to register and for more info. 

MBSR was started by Jon Kabat-Zinn in the late 1970s. The cultivation of mindfulness through meditation practice allows us to be more present for our moments as they unfold and to embrace the “full catastrophe of our life in a more harmonious way. The primary purpose of the workshop is the cultivation of mindfulness in everyday life, thereby using it as a tool to help deal with Chronic Pain, Stress and Illness. Dr. Eddie Berinstein has been practicing Mindfulness and Insight meditation since 1977. Eddie now teaches MBSR workshops on the Sunshine Coast and is an instructor with the Center for Mindfulness. He has found that the cultivation of Mindfulness has enhanced all aspects of his physical, emotional and spiritual life, as well as his professional life as a family physician.

Maximum 16 participants.



Discover Rosen Method: Upcoming Workshops

Rosen Method Bodywork is about opening the heart and freeing the soul.

“This work is about transformation – from the person we think we are to the person we really are.” Marion Rosen (Founder)

ROSENMETHOD_LOGO_2Rosen Method Bodywork is unique in its use of sensitive, non-manipulative touch and words to encourage physical and emotional awareness. In moments of deep relaxation, long-held feelings and memories may surface and be spoken. We can become aware of choices we made early in life around which we have shaped our lives. With this awareness, we may discover new possibilities for regaining freedom of movement and more authentic self-expression.

Rosen Method is an effective complement to psychotherapy, medical treatment, and alternative treatment modalities. It is simple and direct. Rosen Method can be a powerful tool for reestablishing our mind, body and spirit connections.


Workshops provide an opportunity for self-discovery, by giving participants opportunity to explore this work through demonstrations, movement, hands-on experience, discussion and personal sharing. The support of the group enriches and deepens the process.

Mariette Berinstein, Director of Rosen Method Cascadia Centre is a Certified Bodywork Senior Teacher and Practitioner.  She has trained and worked with a number of teachers, including Marion Rosen (founder) and Elaine Mayland, author of “Rosen Method: An Approach to Wholeness and Wellbeing Through the Body”.  Mariette discovered Rosen Method in 1989 while on her own healing journey.   In honouring the sacredness of this work, she creates an allowing, safe place for the individual to connect with their authentic, whole Self. As an artist, Mariette brings creativity and passion to her teaching and her practice.

For more on upcoming Rosen Method workshops and intensives go to Rosen Method Canada


Writing our Lives: A Writing Retreat with Claire Robson & Elise Chenier

Writing Our Lives Poster 2013

October 4-6, 2013 at Cascadia House in Roberts Creek BC

Claire and Elise return to the Sunshine Coast after rave reviews from last year’s writing retreat. They will be here for another all inclusive retreat with an emphasis on memoir. Memoir unites our personal histories and the social landscapes in which they were formed. In this retreat, a well-known writer and a social historian combine forces to guide and support you to recall important memories and situate them in their cultural and social contexts. You’ll leave with new insights and crafted, contextualized writing in a variety of genres. No previous experience is required — both teachers are committed to demystifying creative processes and making them accessible. Bring photographs, family artifacts, and pen and paper; we’ll take care of the rest! Great food, beautiful accommodations, and deep sharing in an atmosphere of trust, humour, and compassion

claire robson

Claire Robson

Claire Robson is the author of two books (including an award-winning memoir), lead artist for Quirk-e (the Queer Imaging & Riting Kollective for Elders), and a postdoctoral fellow in the Dept. of Gender & Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University, where she researches memoir. She has taught memoir writing for the past two decades, to people of all ages and has facilitated annual writing workshops on the Sunshine Coast for 7 years.



Elise Chenier

Elise Chenier


Elise Chenier is an associate professor in the History department at Simon Fraser University, specializing in oral history and sexuality and gender in twentieth century Canada and the U.S. Her book Strangers In Our Midst: Sexual Deviancy in Postwar Ontario is considered a classic in the field. Elise joined forces with Claire last year at Cascadia for a highly successful partnership.


Workshop begins 6:30 pm Friday with tea and a light repast. Ends 3 pm Sunday. Meals provided Saturday & Sunday by Jonnita.

Cost: $285 person
Contact Judy Lynne for information or to arrange accommodations. 604-886-7334 or 

Download poster as a pdf: Poster 2013




Welcome to Cascadia House

Creating A Home Away From Home: for groups, friends, rejuvenation and inspiration! 

Bring your workshops to beautiful Roberts Creek!

Enjoy a fully furnished, well-appointed, three-floor home of 4,300 sq.ft on 3/4 of an acre.

It’s within 10 minutes of either the old growth forest or the Pacific Ocean and Roberts Creek beach.

Currently hosting fibre arts, writing, creative, therapeutic and healing events and workshops, the home is immaculately maintained and cared for.

It features:

  • Fully appointed, spacious kitchen area complete with spices, tea, coffee, urns, table settings, cooking utensils, water jugs and more!
  • Chef available to cater all meals: organic, healthy, fresh, delicious! made with love and very affordable
  • Separate large dining room with sliding doors to large, new wooden, secluded deck
  • Two living areas, lightly furnished to accommodate workshop space: one on main floor with fireplace alcove; one at garden level with environmental log fireplace and sliding doors to garden
  • 15 luxurious single beds, divided among 6 bedrooms; each bed with crisply ironed, white cotton linens and duvets 
  • 4 modern bathrooms: 2 with showers, 2 with tub and shower
  • Telephone and wireless internet access; excellent power source–we’ve accommodated 15 humming sewing machines with no problems!
  • Plenty of parking
  • Folding tables and chairs to support your crafts, arts and study; lighting can be adapted to suit both working light and therapeutic purposes.