!!Retreat is now full!!

A waiting list has been started.

If you wish to be on the waiting list, please register below.


September 6 - 8, 2019

Cultivating Goodness

Our meditation flows with greater ease when we cultivate virtuous qualities such as generosity, patience, kindness, and ethical conduct. In Buddhism, such qualities are known as paramis (or paramitas) and they have the power to bring happiness and blessings into our lives. We will explore the paramis within the context of a silent meditation retreat.

This retreat will be led by Nelle Oosterom and Kurt Schwarz

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 at the time of registration. Registration is confirmed upon receipt of payment. The cost for this retreat is payable by cash, cheque, money order, or Interac (Paypal is not an option.) 

Scholarships: If payment of the full fee causes financial hardship, scholarships are available. A scholarship is partial payment by Winnipeg Insight 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 19 participants to have private rooms with shared washroom facilities. We will consider adding more spaces if some participants are willing to share a room. Once registration is full, a waitlist will be started. 

Schedule: Retreat check-in will begin at 6 pm on Friday, September 6, with orientation taking place at 7:00 pm. The retreat will end at 2:30 pm on Sunday, September 8. There will be scheduled periods for walking and sitting meditation.

Retreat leaders: Most practice sessions will be led by Nelle Oosterom, the Chair of Winnipeg Insight. Nelle is currently enrolled in the Community Dharma Leader program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California. Nelle will be assisted by Kurt Schwarz, an experienced meditator, dharma practice leader, and certified Spiritual Health Practitioner. 

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

Noble silence: Participants are asked to hold the retreat in silence, except for practice discussions, question-and-answer sessions, and other necessary communication. Cellphones are strictly prohibited outside of private rooms and should be turned off.

Carpooling: Please 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 Winnipeg Insight. This will be used to cover the group’s ongoing operations and to help make participation in future retreats possible for everyone. Dana will be accepted by cash, cheque, money order, or Interac prior to or at the end of the retreat. 

How to Register: 
Please register online with the form below. You should receive confirmation of receipt by email as soon as your registration form is submitted. Please send the $185 registration fee after completing the online registration. Make cheques payable to Winnipeg Insight Meditation Group. Once payment is received, your registration will be confirmed. 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 the registrar, Andrew Madziar at
After registering online, please mail or drop off your payment (do not mail cash) to:

Winnipeg Insight Meditation Group
c/o Jillian Preston-Gren
605 Berkley Street
Winnipeg, MB
R3R 1K1

Alternately, you may pay by Interac e-Transfer. Send to Jillian Preston-Gren at

 With kindness and peace from the organizing team!

Registration Form

Name *
Address *
Phone *
Cell Phone
Cell Phone
Emergency Contact Name *
Emergency Contact Name
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 life changes that might make meditation practice difficult at this time (such as grief, recent loss, illness).
If you are willing to share a room with a friend, partner, or family member who is also attending the retreat, please indicate.
If payment of the full fee of $185 causes financial hardship, please indicate the amount you are able to pay.
Do you have any comments or questions?
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 retreat at St. Benedict's Retreat and Conference Centre. I am submitting this registration of my own free will, knowingly accepting my assumption of risk and the release of any liability.