Date & Time Details:
    Registration opens at 3:00 PM on April 30
    Dinner is at 5:30 PM
    Program ends at 12:00 PM on May 6

    Location: Bethlehem Centre

    Address: 2371 Arbot Road, Nanaimo, BC, Canada

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    Cultivating the Joy of Insight – BCIMS

    With Rachel Lewis and Tuere Sala

    April 30 - May 6, 2024

    Cultivating the Joy of Insight

    The Buddha taught the four noble truths as a way of freeing ourselves from the suffering of ordinary life. In this residential retreat, we will explore how joy and presence support the heart and mind in deepening into concentration and insight. Concentration strengthens the stability of our attention and our sense of ease in the simplicity of the present moment. This stability of attention is what enables us to open to the joy of insight and understanding.

    There will be practice instructions at the beginning of each day and alternating sitting and walking periods. There will be practice discussion groups and time for questions and answers.

    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.

    This retreat is suitable for both experienced meditators and those who are newer to practice. If you have never been on a residential retreat, we suggest that before you sign up for this retreat you try one of the mini-retreats that Rachel offers.


    Rachel Lewis
    Rachel Lewis began practicing insight meditation in 2003, while completing her physics PhD at Yale. Since 2011, she has taught dharma and meditation classes and retreats in British Columbia and beyond. She completed the IMS/IRC 4-year teacher training in 2021, and is a guiding teacher of the British Columbia Insight Meditation Society. Her dharma teaching interests include the power of music, humour, and creativity to increase our capacity for learning, as well as the way that practice supports and is supported by social justice work. See her other events at
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    Tuere Sala
    Tuere Sala is a Guiding Teacher at Seattle Insight Meditation Society and Spirit Rock Retreat Center. She is a retired prosecuting attorney who has practiced Vipassana meditation for over 30 years. Tuere is committed to lay practice and inspired by bringing the Dharma to nontraditional places. She is a strong advocate for practitioners living with high stress, past trauma and difficulties sitting still. Tuere has been teaching since 2010 and has a long history of assisting others in establishing and maintaining a daily practice. See her upcoming events at
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