Workshops and Retreats

Our recent Vancouver “Experiments in Wisdom” 9-day Insight Retreat


Great thanks to the organizers at Three Jewels Vancouver and our hosts at the Loon Lake Research and Education Center for supplying the perfect conditions for voyaging into the wisdom of silence. Thanks also to those who attended the weekend urban retreat at Three Jewels Vancouver before this crew set off for an additional week of silent and guided meditations in up to 17 24-minute sessions per day.

We already have next year’s retreat scheduled at Loon Lake! This one will be two weeks, with options to attend just the initial weekend or first week. Put it on your calendar now–March 14-28, 2015.


An undistracted mind is mental one-pointedness, the serenity aspect, while accurate reflection on fact and meanings refers to discerning wisdom, the insight aspect. Thus, you must achieve all good qualities of the two vehicles through both sustained analysis with discerning wisdom and one-pointed focus on the object of meditation. You do not achieve them through one-sided practice of either analytical meditation or stabilizing meditation.

–Je Tsongkhapa, Lamrim Chenmo

By Douglas Veenhof

Douglas Veenhof is a former mountain guide, a first place winner in the Society of Professional Journalists’ "Excellence in Journalism Competition" and the author of White Lama: The Life of Tantric Yogi Theos Bernard, Tibet’s Lost Emissary to the New World (Harmony Books, 2011). He has studied and practiced Buddhism for more than twenty years and graduated with honors from the seven-year program of advanced Buddhist studies at Diamond Mountain, the academy in the Arizona desert founded by Geshe Michael Roach and Lama Christie McNally. He writes and blogs on Yoga philosophy, Buddhist meditation practice, the philosophy of mind, and cultural analysis, and has been interviewed on both radio and television (ABC, New Haven, CT). He teaches workshops and modules for Yoga teacher trainings in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia, and is currently at work on a memoir.

2 replies on “Our recent Vancouver “Experiments in Wisdom” 9-day Insight Retreat”

It’s always great going on retreat with a master meditator such as Doug to guide us along the way. All the meditation instructions were presented clearly and he answered all questions, dealing with the shamatha and vipassana practices and beyond, put forth to him by us. I gained a lot from this retreat and was happily surprised to have the extra bonus of learning techniques to bring lucidity to my dreamlife. I had a couple this morning in fact! Thank you again, Doug!

Another life-changing week! Thank you Doug for sharing your incredible wisdom and insight so clearly. I feel like I’ve experienced 10 years of realizations in one week. So so so valuable! Best wishes on your upcoming retreats and see you again in 2015!

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