Reducing Energy Drain at Work

with Special Guest Teachers, Duncan Cryle & Karen McAllister

Wednesday, July 5th, 6:30pm – 8:00pm at The Centre for Social Innovation – Spadina

You want to maximize your impact in your community and in the world at large. You want to find a way to avoid unnecessary drains on your energy. You want to have your work nurture your growth, not only professionally but also as a growing and evolving individual.   

But with spending so much time and energy trying to realize your vision in the world, is this all even possible?

Yes, it is.

In fact there are ways to use your time at work to feed and deepen what truly nourishes you. And to transform your work into a vehicle to deepen your path of mindful awareness.

Whether you are looking for more holistic approaches to life, ways to bring meditation into your day, or you are looking to make changes to bring yourself into greater alignment and integrity with your life’s purpose, this session is designed to reduce the drain on your energy as you work to realize your dreams.

Join us and learn to build up and maintain your energy, so you can focus it on what really matters to you.

At this session we’ll explore:

  • Simple ways to set up your workspace that support your clarity and remind you to be self-aware.
  • How small tweaks to your schedule can make a big difference to your energy.
  • Practical day-to-day mindfulness exercises to support your presence at work.
  • Simple routines and changes that can help you keep focused, present, and enlivened.

 

Class Fee: Dāna (Pay from the Heart)

Awaken in Toronto classes are offered on the basis of the powerful and progressive practice of dāna. The teachers offer their classes without any expectation of compensation, as an act of trust of generosity. We encourage you to reciprocate and give generously in return, whatever that looks like in your situation.

 

Teachers:

Duncan Cryle is a certified Mindfulness teacher, Dharma teacher, IBM Executive, and former Chairperson of Clear Sky Meditation and Study Foundation.

Duncan is a dynamic teacher with a wide-ranging and holistic approach to spiritual growth. Through 15 years of teaching meditation and mindfulness, alongside an active career working all over the world, Duncan has learned a lot about integrated spiritual paths. A founding member of Clear Sky in 2004, Duncan has seen first-hand the power that working together in compassionate service has for enriching and widening spiritual growth. 

 

Karen McAllister is a Certified Money Coach, Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, non-profit leader, and spiritual-seeker. Her passion is helping individuals, social entrepreneurs and mission-based organizations wake up to their value and talents, so that they can contribute their very best to the world.

Karen is passionate about teaching principles – like honouring your space, embracing structure and communication – that create the conditions we need to wake up more in daily life. She is the current Chair of the Board and Director of Business Development for Clear Sky Center and has learned and embodied these principles in these roles as Clear Sky went from self-starter to second-stage growth. Karen calls this “the hands-on way of doing an MBA with a spiritual bottom line!”


Chris Headshot smallChristopher Lawley has been practicing meditation since 1999 and studying and training intensively with dharma teachers Doug Duncan and Catherine Pawasarat since 2006. Christopher is a passionate practitioner of karma yoga (‘meditation in action’/selfless service), an enthusiastic advocate of Doug Duncan’s ‘Challenges’ practice, and a founding member of Awaken in Toronto. He is interested in connecting with others in the city who are looking to integrate meditation and daily urban life.

Location:

This special event will be held in the at the Centre for Social Innovation – Spadina. (215 Spadina Avenue, 4th Floor)

Conscious Livelihood: Inspired Living from the Inside Out

with Special Guest Teacher, Doug Duncan Sensei

Wednesday, July 19th, 7:00pm – 8:30pm at the Centre for Social Innovation – Spadina

Contemporary society and the consumer marketplace offer mostly an empty substitute for a life well lived.

Conscious (or Complete) Livelihood means learning to live in accordance with deeper truths. When we uncover these truths for ourselves through meditation, mindfulness and applied awareness in our day-to-day lives we find that real satisfaction was always within our grasp.

Conscious Livelihood directs our aspiration to a radiant, blissful state of being. By seeking the best state of being, and the best supporting conditions to do so, we uncover for ourselves a new, more holistic and inherently satisfying vision that invigorates our life with purpose and meaning.

From this state we naturally explore and develop sustainable lives that serve the planet and create the world we truly want to live in.

Class Fee & Dāna

The cost of this class is $25 ($20 Early Bird Price) plus dāna for the teacher. Tickets can be purchased at the bottom of this page. Early Bird Price ends July 12th.

The class fee will go to cover travel and accommodation costs to bring the teacher to Toronto. Doug Sensei offers his classes without any expectation of compensation, as an act of generosity. We encourage you to reciprocate and give generously to the teacher in return, whatever that looks like in your situation. You can make your offering when you purchase your ticket or in person when you arrive for the class.

Teacher

Sensei Headshot SmallAchariya Doug Duncan has been teaching the Buddhist path to awakening for over three decades.  Known for his direct and compassionate engagement with students, Doug embraces the full spectrum of the various traditions he employs in order to mentor beings to a more awakened state. His great sense of humour, caring attitude and sometimes very direct involvement makes him an effective catalyst for opening the shadow, for very practical application of the teachings, for humorous and gentle relief when tensions mount and through a diverse range of explorations expands the teachings to include all aspects of life. You can learn more about Doug at his website, planetdharma.com.

Location

This special event will be held in the Alterna Savings Room at the Centre for Social Innovation – Spadina. (4th Floor, 215 Spadina Avenue) This is a fully accessible venue.

 

Weaving the Truth: Relative and Ultimate Realities

with Special Guest Teacher, Doug Duncan Sensei

Thursday, July 20th, 7:00pm – 8:30pm at The Village Healing Centre

Meditation masters have compared the events of our body/mind to a rainbow, a mirage, a dream, a dewdrop in the sun and the like. These events – thoughts, feelings and sensations – seem so real because they are habitual and repetitive. Moreover, we cling to the ones we like and run from the ones we don’t. We have been habituated to see these events as real, when really they represent relative reality. Meditation lets us see and experience them for what they are: “the play of the mind.”

Come to this talk and learn how to experience and dwell in absolute reality, with its spaciousness of mind and accompanying joy and bliss. Learn how to do this while still working, relating and playing in the relative world where our daily lives are mostly lived.

Class Fee & Dāna

The cost of this class is $20 ($15 Early Bird Price for tickets purchased by July 12th.) plus dāna for the teacher. Tickets can be purchased at the bottom of this page.

The class fee will go to cover travel and accommodation costs to bring the teacher to Toronto. Doug Sensei offers his classes without any expectation of compensation, as an act of generosity. We encourage you to reciprocate and give generously to the teacher in return, whatever that looks like in your situation. You can make your offering when you purchase your ticket or in person when you arrive for the class.

Teacher

Sensei Headshot SmallAchariya Doug Duncan has been teaching the Buddhist path to awakening for over three decades.  Known for his direct and compassionate engagement with students, Doug embraces the full spectrum of the various traditions he employs in order to mentor beings to a more awakened state. His great sense of humour, caring attitude and sometimes very direct involvement makes him an effective catalyst for opening the shadow, for very practical application of the teachings, for humorous and gentle relief when tensions mount and through a diverse range of explorations expands the teachings to include all aspects of life. You can learn more about Doug at his website, planetdharma.com.

Location:

This special event will be held in the gymnasium of the Village Healing Centre. (240 Roncesvalles Avenue, 1st Floor)

Foundations of Tantra Meditation Retreat

A silent meditation retreat with Sensei Doug Duncan at the Dharma Centre of Canada (Kinmount, ON)

Week-Long Retreat: Friday July 21st to Friday July 28th, 2017 

Weekend & Wongkur option: Friday July 21st to Sunday July 23rd

Looking for an immersive retreat experience and wish to gain tools to help make major shifts in your life?

The practice of tantra is a weaving of a clear mind and a blissful heart.

Engaging in the path and practices of tantra creates greater space between ourselves and our stories. The fully immersive nature of this work – including visualization, mantra and mudra – allows us to take a break from the constant maintenance of our persona. Through this, we experience a feeling of true release and peace. Through a regular practice we can integrate this experience of greater spaciousness into our daily lives.

This retreat begins with a Green Tara empowerment (wongkur) on Saturday, July 22nd.

For more information about the retreat visit the Planet Dharma website.

To register, visit the Dharma Centre’s website.

Teacher

Doug Duncan has been practicing the teachings of awakening for more than 40 years. He is well versed in Buddhist and Western philosophy and practices, as well as contemporary psychology, consciousness studies and art.

Doug Sensei is the root guru of the organizers of Awaken in Toronto. His last visit to Toronto was in November 2015, where he led a retreat on the Hero’s Journey at the Dharma Centre of Canada.

You can learn more about Doug and his partner, Catherine Pawasarat, on their website, Planet Dharma.

Introduction to Tantra Meditation (Weekend Retreat)

A weekend retreat with Linda Hochstetler

May 12th to 14th, 2017 at the Dharma Centre of Canada (Kinmount, ON)

If you are living in a busy environment and need to calm your mind, this short weekend retreat is for you. This retreat is ideal for those who are new to meditation and want to try a silent retreat.

You will be introduced to tantra, which creates a greater space between ourselves and our ego stories. You will learn to practice with a more active form of meditation involving sound, visualization, and hand positions for contacting the energy of compassion.

Registration is necessary in advance to ensure a space in one of the private meditation rooms. Cost is $220 for food and accommodation + dana for the teacher. Carpooling can be arranged for 2.5 hour journey from Toronto.

For more information about the retreat or to register, visit the Dharma Centre’s website.

Teacher

Linda Hochstetler will be your teacher and guide for the weekend. She has studied both mindfulness meditation and Vajrayana Buddhism for more than 20 years. She trained in mindfulness meditation with Jon Kabat-Zinn in the 90’s. Doug Duncan and Catherine Pawasarat are her primary gurus, and she follows their tradition of encouraging exploration of everyday life beyond the spiritual realms, particularly while living in the city. She has completed many silent meditation retreats, including a 2- month retreat in 2009. She has a passion for tantra, has had a personal tantra meditation practice for 20 years, and enjoys inspiring beginners to dive into these strange, ancient practices.

 

Spiritual Field Trip – Come Up To My Room

This event has been cancelled due to low enrolment. Thank you for your interest. Stay tuned for future events.

January 12th, 2017 at the Gladstone Hotel

(Cost: $15, RSVP through Meetup)

Our lives are ruled by the power of intention. Whether we make them consciously or not, we are bringing intention to everything we do.

Intention can transform experience. Two people at the same event can have completely different experiences. Spiritual Field Trips leverage this to provide experiences that are immersive, engaging and growth-inducing. Come together with others to explore your world, expand your mind and uncover the magic in the environments that surround you.

January’s Event:

Come Up To My Room is an annual event that describes itself as “an alternative design exhibition that provides a platform for experimentation outside the norms of art and design, at the edges between intention and interpretation.” You can learn more about the event here: http://www.gladstonehotel.com/spaces/cutmr2017/

We will come together to set intentions and to go over some tips for getting the most out of the experience. Then we’ll explore the exhibit, individually, in pairs, or small groups. Participants will be provided with a handout with reflective prompts and questions to encourage and support a fuller experience of exploration.

To finish, we’ll reconvene as a group for a facilitated discussion of our experiences, with an opportunity to share any thoughts, insights or excitement about the exhibit.

Cost for entry is $10 (not included in our event fee) and can be purchased ahead of time here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/come-up-to-my-room-2017-tickets-28765824355

The cost for this event is $15 and can be paid upon arrival.

Mantras for Anxiety

Thursday, December 1st, 2016 at Inhabit Pilates

  • Do you find yourself struggling to slow your mind down when you feel overwhelmed?
  • Do you sleep poorly because you can’t fall asleep easily or you wake during the night?
  • Do you have a body that’s fidgety or seems to have excess energy causing foot tapping or nervous movements?

Whether you’ve been diagnosed with anxiety or not, if you’re living in modern society, you probably experience a fair amount of daily anxiety. There’s a lot about daily living that’s stressful, and this often leads to anxiety in its many forms.

If you’d like to learn how to use mantras as a way of calming the mind and helping ground yourself when you’re anxious, this is the class. You will learn how to use a “mala”, or set of prayer beads, as an anchor to the mind. If you have your own mala, please bring it with you. Includes a 30 minute silent meditation practice time. Suitable for ages 12+. (more…)

Practice Circles

Thursdays from 7:30pm to 8:30pm (Except the first Thursday of the month, which is a Dharma class.)

It is so much easier to practice in a group!

Our practice circles are a great opportunity to establish or strengthen your meditation practice with experienced instructors and a supportive group environment.

Each circle starts with a review of basic techniques and an explanation of the evening’s practice. Then we do 30 minutes of that meditation together as a group. Finally there is an opportunity for participants to report back to the group and/or asking questions of the instructor. (Sharing is always optional.)

New and experienced meditators are all welcome. Please arrive early if you are new to meditation and would like some more involved individual instruction.

We will be covering various meditation practices. Please follow the MeetUp links on the right to find out what specific practice is happening on a given day. (more…)

Dharmic Astrology, An Introduction

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016 at Inhabit Pilates

Astrology is a powerful and fun way to explore our patterning, including our strengths, predilections and working with challenges. It is so much more than a horoscope! Dharmic Astrology takes the wisdom, tools and insights of this system and leverages it to maximize our growth and unfoldment.

In this introductory-level class we will look at the very basics of how to use our natal charts to plan our spiritual engagements. We’ll do a quick survey of the different parts of our charts – sun, moon and ascendent, signs, planets and houses – and set the stage for future exploration.

If you have always wondered what astrology can offer your spiritual growth, or if you are just looking for a new way to inject energy and insight into your path, this is the right class for you. (more…)

Outer Clarity : 5 Principles for Transformative Growth

Thursday, October 20, 7:30pm – 9:00pm

Whether you are exploring spirituality alone or following an ancient tradition, there is a point where the journey can seem like you are not getting where you want, or at least is not following the pace you would like.  The reason you may be feeling stuck is that you are focusing all your attention on guides, teaching and meditation techniques. These things are essential, but often do not give the right importance to what we call the “container” or foundation – a positive structure and space.

Perhaps during retreats you have experienced this kind of support structure that helps you to deepen more easily, but you haven’t thought of creating this kind of supportive environment in your daily life yet.  Knowing how to create a supportive environment can give you the strength and the space required to continue developing yourself even though you are surrounded by the pressures of daily life.

During the class we will look at the following 5 principles (originally formulated by Clear Sky Retreat Centre) to creating a stable environment that allows growth and transformation to take place:

  • Honour your space
  • Routine and freedom
  • It is easier with company
  • The cleaning that releases energy
  • Conversations that connect

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