The Four Noble Truths point the way to transforming our understanding of and relationship with life. Their wisdom guides us to live with greater ease and joy. The First Truth states the undeniable fact that suffering is a natural part of life. The Second Noble Truth identifies the cause of this suffering, while the Third points to the way to release these self-created causes, leading to a sense of inner freedom. The path leading towards this freedom is the Fourth Noble Truth.
In this week long retreat, Barry and Allison will present how Vipassana (Insight) and Metta (Loving-Kindness) meditation practices are a sound foundation to embrace and cultivate these truths. Our week long retreat will include systematic, progressive teachings; sitting and walking meditation practice; and an exploration of the Four Noble Truths as they weave seamlessly through our individual and collective lives. The retreat is open to students familiar with basic Insight Meditation (Vipassana) or Loving-Kindness (Metta) practices.
Barry Gillespie lived and taught in Ottawa for 26 years. He was a co-owner of Santosha Yoga from when it was founded in the 90’s until he moved to Boulder, CO in 2004. He was introduced to formal meditation practice in 1978, through the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Ashram. In 2003 he began exploring Theravada Buddhist practice, sitting many long retreats at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA and Spirit Rock in Woodacre, CA. His principal teacher is Guy Armstrong. He is an affiliated teacher with the Insight Meditation Community of Colorado. www.barryhgillespie.com
Allison Ulan has been practicing Yoga and Meditation since 1988. She combines Iyengar yoga, Ashtanga yoga and vipassana meditation to help people relax into alignment and mental clarity. She studied Ashtanga Yoga in India with Pattabhi Jois and he authorized her to teach in 2004. She is also certified through the Spirit Rock Mindful Yoga and Meditation Program. In 2000 she founded and co-directs Ashtanga Yoga Montreal. She created AYM to offer yoga as a holistic therapy which allows students to discover how a balanced body and mind lead to a joyful, meaningful life. Students find her approach balanced, practical, humorous, informed and always heart-centered.www.ashtangamontreal.com
Cost: Single Room: $755 – Double Room: $650 – Plus teacher Dana
To Register – please fill out the program application form and send to Galilee Centre along with your $165 deposit cheque.