Nurturing Spirit Retreat - Online

$20 cad
Fri Oct 22, 5:00 PM - Sun Oct 24, 11:30 AM (PDT)

Nurturing Silence Retreat: The Zen of Rest

October 22-24, 2021

“If you’re silent, you can hear the forest breathe, the holy hush of the tree’s limb.” Felicia Morrell

 

Take time out to relax, slow down and savor life exactly as it is. Rest your body, quiet your mind, and listen to those sparks of inspiration that arise when you take time to nurture a quiet listening presence. In this Zen style retreat, you’ll have time to let silence seep into the depths of your being, learning core practices to help sustain awareness while sitting, moving, walking, eating, working, resting, or whatever you’re doing. Guided in practices that cultivate inner silence, while in your own space for a full weekend, you’ll emerge feeling revitalized with new insights and practices to take into your everyday life.

 

Your Nurturing Silence Team: Vickie MacArthur, Lana Cullis, and Debra Donohue

 

Friday October 22 (all times are pacific time)

5:00  Community Dinner - Join when you can! – Debra

Think back to the last time you attended an in-person event... maybe quite awhile ago! Remember what the first few moments were like? Maybe you didn’t know anyone, and it felt a bit awkward to say hello, maybe you knew lots of people and you were excited to hug and chat! Hopefully, you made a few new friends and made it past that first session feeling excited for the rest of the event. That’s the experience we are going to host for you on Friday! And we will need your help! If you already had dinner, maybe bring your dessert, or perhaps you just ended your last video call for work at 5pm and will join us from your kitchen as you cook!

 

6:15  Welcome and Intro to “The Zen of Rest” Practices – Vickie

 

7:30  Bedtime Story: The Other Way To Listen

Find a comfy place to sit or lie down and revisit a time when bedtime stories were read to you. 

 

Saturday October 23

7:45  Zoom opens, log in now

8:00  A Gentle Zen Yoga Practice

9:45  Sitting and Walking Meditation

11:30 Guidance for Practicing On Our Own: 

12:00 Mindful meal prep and eating meditation

           Open time for Zen practices: 

Nature Walk, Journaling, Contemplative Reading, Listening to Online dharma talk, or Resting

 3:50 Re-join zoom

 4:00 Breathe, Stretch, Sit Meditation (Optional)

 5:00 Mindful meal prep and eating meditation

 6:00 Listening Circles – Debra

Our Listening Circles will give you a chance to hear and share wisdom from our personal experiences in silence and bask in the support of community.

 

 7:00 Yoga Nidra – Vickie

Break the cycle of tension and fatigue, regain health and vitality, and reconnect to your soul’s calling, through the practice of Yoga Nidra. Begin with a few gentle stretches and breathing techniques to help release tension, then experience a full 40-minute Yoga Nidra practice, a sleep-based, conscious relaxation and meditation practice done in a lying down position. You will leave your busy outer life behind, and enter your inner world, and a relaxed, subconscious state of mind, where healing truly begins. 

 

Bedtime Poetry

Drift away to other times and places listening to poetry as you relax into your evening or sleep time.

 

Sunday October 24

10:00 Morning Meditation

10:30 Satsang and Closing Circle – Vickie and Doug MacArthur

Satsang is a Sanskrit word that describes a way of coming together in community to experience the pure truth and love that is beyond religion or culture. Even online, the simple act of joining to sing can touch places within us that spoken words cannot. Singing together dissolves boundaries and opens our hearts to the silent truth that is beyond words.

Doug and Vickie will share simple songs and chants from various spiritual traditions you can sing in your own space, from the silence of “Om” to a joyful “Alleluia”. Clap your hands with lively rhythms and the beat of a drum, and let soulful melodies guide you into the silence that connects our hearts as one united voice. Together we will create a vibration of peace to fill the world. 

 

11:30 Farewell


Nurturing Silence Team Bio's

Vickie MacArthur

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Vickie MacArthur fell in love with yoga as a spiritual practice in the 1990s and went on to develop a daily practice that has sustained her through life’s inevitable ups and downs. Both her practice and teachings have evolved from the vibrancy of an active flow-style practice, to the restful peaceful presence of a deeply restorative practice. Vickie has a passion and a gift for teaching the “Art of Slowing Down” in a world that is constantly speeding up. She teaches smaller, personalized yoga and meditation classes to help people deal with complex health challenges, including cancer, fibromyalgia, chronic pain, depression, and anxiety. In 2020, Vicki finished a two-year training program with Pacific Jubilee to accompany and support people on their spiritual path. She teaches through her studio www.spiritinmotionyoga.com and is a sought-after teacher for workshops and classes in Alberta, on the West Coast, and online. Watch for Vickie's upcoming book "A Lotus On Fire: How A Buddhist Monk Ignited the Love In My Heart".

Debra Donohue 

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Debra Donohue is the Creating Connection Director for Western Canada and has directed many retreats, conferences, and events over the past 12 years - all of which were in-person until 2020. This year Debra moved her events online and she is thrilled with the response. She has worked with children from 3-years old to 98 and is passionate about getting people together to play, sing, meditate, walk, talk, learn, and share meals. Debra’s background in acting and performance has been an asset in helping her create these experiences. You can join Debra weekly online where she is the producer and host of ‘An Afternoon of Nurturing Spirit’ and ‘Coffee and Conversation’.

 

Lana Cullis

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Lana Cullis has worked as a change advocate for over 25 years. She has a BA in English and Psychology and practices as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor. She carries a Registered Rehabilitation Professional designation with VRA Canada. She understands trying to find and keep work while living with illness and injury. Lana has worked in the Individual Placement and Support IPS program with Mental Health and Substance Use Teams for over 10 years and has specialized with youth seeking employment in the Early Psychosis Programs. Before that, she practiced employment counseling and program coordination in the Downtown East side of Vancouver serving persons with complex needs and determined spirits. Most recently she has become a Surveyor with CARF (The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) where she helps recovery-focused agencies meet and maintain the highest industry standards in both Canada and the United States. Whether working with individuals or agencies, in her practice Lana utilizes the power of wonder to activate change in work, life, and play.    

 


Nurturing Silence: The Zen of Rest

October 22-24 All times are pacific time

 

5:00  Community Dinner - Join when you can! - Debra

6:15  Welcome and Intro to “The Zen of Rest” Practices - Vickie

7:30  Bedtime Story: "The Other Way To Listen"

 

Saturday October 23

7:45  Zoom opens, log in now

8:00  A Gentle Zen Yoga Practice

9:45  Sitting and Walking Meditation

11:30 Guidance for Practicing On Our Own: 

12:00 Mindful meal prep and eating meditation

           Open time for Zen practices: 

Nature Walk, Journaling, Contemplative Reading, Listening to Online dharma talk, or Resting

 3:50 Re-join zoom

 4:00 Breathe, Stretch, Sit Meditation (Optional)

 5:00 Mindful meal prep and eating meditation

 6:00 Listening Circles – Debra

 7:00 Yoga Nidra – Vickie

Bedtime Poetry

 

Sunday October 24

10:00 Morning Meditation

10:30 Satsang and Closing Circle – Vickie and Doug MacArthur

11:30 Farewell