September 29 - October 1, 2017

Inclining the Mind to Joy

In this retreat, we will engage with our innate ability to experience joy even in the midst of difficult circumstances. We will explore teachings and practices that support the emergence of joyfulness — and learn to distinguish joy from pleasure. Within the Buddhist teachings, joy plays an important role as a factor of enlightenment. It is considered, along with love, compassion, and equanimity, a Heavenly Abode.

St. Benedict's Retreat and Conference Centre
225 Masters Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Registration is a 3 Step Process

Step 1
Fill and submit registration form.
Step 2
Send or drop off payment.
Step 3
Receive confirmation.

Cost: $185, payable in full by September 15 with the completed registration form. Each participant will have a private room with shared washroom facilities. If payment of the full fee causes financial hardship, some partial scholarships are available (see below). The cost for this retreat is payable by cash, cheque or money order. (Paypal is not an option.) 

Scholarships: If payment of the full fee causes financial hardship, scholarships are available. A scholarship is partial payment by WIMG to support the path of those who may not be able to pay the full cost on their own. Scholarships are one way dana is made available and put to good use for the benefit of all. Please indicate on your registration form if you would like to request a scholarship. All inquiries are confidential.

Spaces are limited: This retreat has room for up to 24 participants. Please register and submit payment as soon as possible to better ensure your participation. Once registration is full, a waitlist will be started. 

Schedule: Retreat check-in will begin at 6 pm on Friday, September 29 with orientation happening at 7:00 pm. The retreat will end at 4:30 pm on Sunday, October 1. There will be scheduled periods for walking and sitting meditation.

Retreat leaders: Most practice sessions will be led by Nelle Oosterom. Nelle has practised Insight Meditation under the guidance of Spirit Rock teacher Sharda Rogell for twenty years and is currently being mentored by Sharda. 
Mindful movement exercises will be led by Kurt Schwarz, a longtime meditator and WIMG practice leader who is a certified Spiritual Health Practitioner. 

Practice discussions: Participants will have opportunity to schedule 15-minute private practice discussions with Nelle or Kurt.

Noble silence: Participants are asked to hold the retreat in silence, except for practice discussions, question-and-answer sessions, and other necessary communication.

Carpooling: Indicate whether you need a ride, or can provide one, on your registration form. 

Dana (Generosity): The cost payable for this retreat will go directly to St. Benedict’s to cover facility rental, rooms and meals. ‘Dana’ is the Pali word for ‘generosity’ or ‘giving freely.’ In keeping with tradition, we will be accepting dana for WIMG and this will be used to cover ongoing operations and help make participation in future WIMG retreats possible for everyone. Dana will be accepted by cash, cheque, money order prior to or at the end of the retreat. 

How to Register: 
Please register online with the form below. Completed online registration forms and payment must be received by September 15th. You should receive a confirmation of receipt by email as soon as your registration form and payment are received. Let us know if you do not receive confirmation shortly after you have submitted your form and payment. You can email your inquiries directly to Amy at 
After registering online, please mail or drop off your payment in the form of cash, cheque or money order to:

c/o Amy Teakle
151 Machray Avenue,
Winnipeg, MB
R2W 0Z5

With Kindness and Peace from the organizing team,

Nelle, Kurt, Jillian and Amy

Registration Form

Name *
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For example: Do you have a regular meditation practice? If you have gone on Silent Retreats before, how many and for how long?
To help us support your comfort, please describe any relevant health issues you want us to know about (examples: allergies, mobility restrictions, hearing, mental health concerns). Please describe any psychological conditions that might make meditation practice difficult at this time (such as grief, recent loss, depression, addiction, psychological illness, drug addiction or alcoholism, etc.).
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Additional Information
All information on this form will be kept confidential. By submitting this form: I confirm that all of the above information is correct to the best of my knowledge. I voluntarily agree to participate in the Winnipeg Insight Meditation Group's sponsored retreat at St. Benedict's retreat and Conference Center. I am submitting this registration for this retreat of my own free will, knowingly accepting my assumption of risk and the release of any liability.