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Dharma work with Chris McKenna & Megan Cowan
 
 
 
Suffering is primarily a call for attention, which itself is a movement of love.
— Nisargadatta Maharaj
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One-on-One Sessions

Life is constantly providing us with opportunities to know ourselves and Reality more deeply. Usually, retreat practice reveals things, presents challenges and requires certain cultivation that is different than what shows up in daily life. Much of our conditioning, wounding, or patterning is set up in relationship. So daily life and various relationships will inevitably be the place where we must face this and work with it.

Moreover, while general statements can be made about our conditioning and suffering, the reality is that our patterning is highly specific to us and often requires outside help to identify and heal. “Doing it alone” is an egoic fantasy! We were put here to help each other become free. 

Our work with individuals is based strongly in the intuitive realm. In working together, we will be listening and looking for where there is a readiness for freeing oneself in some way.

We will return again and again to the fact that the truth of what is happening in any given mind state or life-situation is accessible to you if you train yourself to listen for it.

 
 

Online Class • May 26 - June 30, 2019

Transitions & Manifestation:
Moving Skillfully Through
What Was, What Is & What Will Be

Registration is open for our next online class: Transitions & Manifestation. This class focuses on how things are born and how they pass away on the small and large scale in all aspects of our lives (relationship, livelihood, family, body, etc.). It will be relevant if you find yourself in a major transition, simply want to get closer to the smaller moments of transition, want a container for discerning your next phase, need support in getting clear about your heart's drive, or you recognize some underlying patterns getting in the way of moving forward confidently.

 

2019 Retreats in British Columbia

We currently host small groups of people for intimate practice and teaching sessions on our property in Salt Spring Island, British Columbia. The “form” of these retreats emphasizes a spacious, non-self-conscious approach to sitting/lying practice, standing and walking practice done while immersed in nature and the elemental realm, somatic movement & energetic work with the body, and significant real-time interaction with the teachers about what is arising and how we are attending to it.

“Pyramid Retreats” are good if you perceive stagnation in your practice, if you are aware of a need for more intimate guidance, and/or if you are simply feeling a calling to drop deeply into stillness.

UPCOMING 2019 RETREAT DATES

June 12-16 | waitlist
July 10-14 | waitlist
July 17-21 | waitlist
August 7-11 | waitlist

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The most evident manifestation of the soul being asleep is one’s unshakable conviction in conventional or consensus reality, and in the content of one’s overall social conditioning. Regardless of what profound experiences of Being you may have had and how objectively you may have seen reality, when you get up off your meditation cushion or leave a meeting with your teacher, you act, feel, and behave as if reality is the world you learned from your mother. When you do this, you are expressing the asleepness of your soul.
— A. H. Almaas
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Again, the important point to remember is that you should keep asking yourself questions. Do not make statements. Ask questions to yourself. The mind hates that.
— Robert Adams

About Megan & Chris

Chris McKenna & Megan Cowan both got obsessed with meditation & the dharma as young people. They would go on to spend many years practicing in retreat, on park benches and pretty much anywhere else they found themselves. They would spend many more years integrating & trying to make sense of how the development of unconditioned awareness interfaces with this human life. 

Their teaching emphasizes the repeated recognition and embodiment of presence-awareness in all states and situations, the necessary interplay of psychological and spiritual development, a somatic/biophysical approach to meditation, a strong focus on inquiry & the development of the intuitive capacity, and a balance between the importance of transcendent awakening and the reality that our actions and relationships are the ultimate testing ground for the development of wisdom.

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