Meditation Classes – online and in person

Ongoing Drop-in Meditation (online)

Ongoing Zoom meditation teachings and practice every Wednesday evening 7:30 p.m. EST. Here is a one-time registration link to receive the weekly invitation: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScjRullqTTe6-YPDv65tOMyKYvmI0QYAxnA9WpgPsJdK6INPw/viewform

You can also watch anytime after they are uploaded, on the True North Insight on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=jill+davey+meditation  

Thank you for your support. Wishing you ease and wellness.

Ongoing Drop-in Meditation and Group Support for Caregivers (online)

Are you a personal caregiver for an elderly, ill or disabled family member or friend? If so, you may wish to take a much-needed pause to meditate and share your fears, your joys, your challenges and your coping strategies. Beginning in September, and in association with True North Insight, Joan and Jill invite you to join them for online sessions of meditation and sharing with other caregivers, every Tuesday (alternating afternoons and evenings). These English-language sessions will be offered via Zoom so you can attend from the comfort of your home. French-language sessions will be offered by Pierre-Vincent, Benoit, Gilberte and Joan on Thursdays (also alternating afternoons and evenings).

If you are interested in participating, please contact us at meditationpacg@gmail.com We will be happy to get back to you with the exact schedule and details on how you can log into the sessions.

These meditations will be offered freely. Donations to the teachers will be welcome.

The Poetry of Awakening
A Meditation Course Exploring the Seven Factors of Awakening with Poetry and Dharma (online)

This course is offered live on Zoom
8 Wednesdays
April 13 – June 1, 2022
6:30-8:30pm EST

“If a poem is any damn good at all, it invites you to bring your whole life to that moment…”
Muriel Rukeyser

Poetry helps us describe what seems ineffable (indescribable) within our experiences of mindful meditation. It is a powerful companion on this path of awakening to the nature of things, and freeing our hearts and minds from deep roots of reactivity. Participants will be encouraged to develop daily present moment mindfulness as well as begin (or continue) a formal meditation practice. Instruction will be given. 

Each week we’ll dive into selected poems from Poetry of Presence, An Anthology of Mindfulness Poems, editor Phyllis Cole-Dai & Ruby R. Wilson. We will explore and practice the Seven Factors of Awakening which are: mindfulness, investigation, energy, joy, calm, concentration and equanimity. The chosen poems will reflect these themes, deepening our understanding. 

Both new and experienced meditators are welcome. Each weekly gathering will be 2 hours long and will include guided meditation practice, check-in and dhamma theme. Group numbers will be kept small to allow time for sharing and discussion. Time to “bring our whole life to that moment…” 

Required book for this course: Poetry of Presence, An Anthology of Mindfulness Poems, editor Phyllis Cole-Dai & Ruby R. Wilson: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36150827-poetry-of-presence

To read more and register: https://programs.truenorthinsight.org/courses/the-poetry-of-awakening

Deepening Meditation (in person)
8 Wednesdays, 9:30 – 11:00 am
April 13 to June 1

This series is for students that have completed at least one introduction to meditation series with Jill. This may also be fitting for those with previous meditation experience and practice. The classes will include teachings, partially guided meditations, and community sharing about the practices. Chairs available for sitting. Instructor: Jill Davey.
NOTE: If you are new to this class, contact the instructor prior to registration jill@riversoundretreat.com.

To register: https://ca.apm.activecommunities.com/centrewellington/


Introduction to Insight (Vipassana) Meditation and Daily Life Mindfulness (in person)

Ruby Sage, Inspiration for the Soul is pleased to offer this 6 week Intro to Meditation
8 Thursdays, 7:30 – 8:45 pm,
April 14 – May 16

In sync with the awakening of spring, we will cultivate our own inner awakening to the nature of how things are. Seeing reality as-it-is is an essential element in well-being according to the teachings of the Buddha. Both meditation and mindfulness are proven to reduce stress, improve focus, and cultivate kindness to ourselves and with others. Mindfulness is the simple, conscious act of being present in any given moment (eating, walking, driving, cleaning, conversing, etc.). Meditation is the focused practice of cultivating calm awareness with the potential to undo our habitual reactions and cultivate skillful responses.

Your pre-registration fee includes your own copy of the very helpful book; Mindfulness: A Day and Night Reflection Journal which is designed to help us track our intentions and progress on this path. 

Location: We will meet at the Elora Cafe on Thursday evenings 7:30 – 8:45pm, April 14 – May 16. The Cafe will have some pre-made snacks and beverages available for purchase.

Pre-Registration: $23. Space is limited. Please contact Jill to pre-register and pick up your copy of the required book.
Jill is freely offering her teaching. There will be an opportunity to support the continuation of these teachings and Jill’s livelihood by donation each week.

You are invited to contact Jill with any questions about the course at 519-993-7480 or jill@riversoundretreat.com

Freeing the Heart and Mind in Painful Times
Sunday March 27, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
The Space Within , Stratford

We will begin with a Dharma Talk on the practices that support liberating
our hearts and minds from the pain of contraction. Followed by a partially
guided meditation. There will be time for sharing, questions and reflections.

https://www.thespacewithin.ca/event/the-space-within-sunday-sangha-march-27th/