• Standard Room (with a shared washrooms) – CAD $0.00
  • Commuter Option – CAD $0.00

Date & Time Details:
Registration opens at 3:00 PM on March 8
Dinner is at 5:30 PM
Program ends at 12:00 PM on March 17

Location: Bethlehem Centre

Address: 2371 Arbot Road, Nanaimo, BC, Canada

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Collecting the Heart/Mind Meditation Retreat – BCIMS

With Tempel Smith, Kristina Baré and Sayadaw U Jagara

March 8 - 17, 2024

With clarity of mind, embodied presence, and a warm heart we can open to deeper truths of human life based on wisdom and compassion. The Buddha taught the 16 Steps of Mindful Breathing (Ānāpānasati) as a progressive meditation practice, bringing calm to our hearts, minds, and bodies as a basis for liberating insights. This retreat will emphasize the first 12 meditative steps to develop samādhi, a steady collection, and unity of attention, and a deeper peace within. As we take our time to deepen samādhi, opening to the truth of impermanence in the last 4 steps can happen with greater clarity and ease.

This retreat is appropriate for those new to meditation practice as well as those who are already dedicated to this path of awakening. The retreat will be held in noble silence from the first evening until the last day, including a requirement to turn off and put away all electronic devices. We welcome all people from widely diverse communities and backgrounds, and our center supports those with ability access requirements.


Tempel Smith
Tempel Smith teaches Mindfulness, Insight and Metta meditation with an emphasis on Buddhist psychology and mind-body awareness. He spent a year as a monk in Burma with Sayadaw U Pandita and Pa Auk Sayadaw. Tempel serves on the Spirit Rock Governing Teachers Council, organizes the Dedicated Practitioners Program (DPP), Concentration, and Month Long retreats for Spirit Rock, and teaches classes online for experienced students.
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Kristina Baré
Kristina Baré is an insight meditation teacher, therapist, and Somatic Experiencing practitioner. She has trained primarily in the Burmese lineages of Ven. Mahasi Sayadaw and Ven. Pa Auk Sayadaw. She enjoys supporting students in deepening samadhi and insight. Opening the door to an expansion of the heart and to liberating wisdom. In support of the Buddha’s teachings, Kristina also draws on knowledge from Western psychology and Somatic Experiencing. She invites a kind, patient, and embodied approach as a base for samadhi and insight meditation practices. Kristina lives in Victoria, BC where she offers mediation guidance, somatic experiencing support, and therapy…
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Sayadaw U Jagara
Sayadaw U Jagara has 43 years of experience as a Buddhist monk, living in Southeast Asia, dedicated to the practice, study, and teaching of Dhamma. He has trained and taught in the U Ba Khin (S.N. Goenka) and in the Pa Auk traditions of Myanmar as well as being familiar with other Buddhist approaches. With heartfelt gratitude, BCIMS acknowledges we are based in what is now known as Vancouver, BC, the beautiful, traditional, and unceded lands of the Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples, who live on and have stewarded this land for thousands of years.
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