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Big Hill Retreat

Rear Big Hill Road, Baddeck, Nova Scotia, Canada

Group Retreats

Big Hill often hosts group retreats. Check here to find information on upcoming retreats that we will host.

Mystery at Face Value (May 10th-12th, 2013)

Gampo AbbeyThis will be a weekend of meditation, discussion and community. Tsultrim Chotso and Karma Kalsang of Gampo Abbey will lead the retreat. Either of the monastics can offer meditation instruction for those who may need it.

The weekend will be structured on the monastic daily schedule with morning and evening liturgies, meditation sessions, talks and discussions. Also a 3-5 K run/jog will be offered by Kalsang and walk offered by Tsultrim Chotso.

Works/teachers likely to be cited include:

  • Running With the Mind of Meditation by the Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche
  • Ruling Your World by the Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche
  • Wake Up to Your Life by Ken Macloud
  • Start Where You are by Ani Pema Chodron
  • The Little Book Of Love by Acharya Moh Hardin
  • Natural Wakefulness by Acharya Gaylon Ferguson
  • Your Favourite Author

Dates: May 10, 11, and 12th, 2013. Arrive Friday afternoon/evening. Depart Sunday afternoon.
Location: Big Hill Retreat, near Baddeck.
Cost: including accommodations is $80 (or pay what you can) plus teachers gift is encouraged.

See www.bighillretreat.com

A detailed program/schedule for the weekend is available on request.

For more information or to register please contact Terry or Linda.


Past Retreats

The Mystical Mind

Mystical MindThe Mystical Mind retreat will recall stories of the great Buddhist and Christian mystics and explore ways in which their lives and teachings support the spiritual practice of mindfulness-awareness. This weekend is a unique weaving together of Buddhist and Christian spiritual practice with an inspirational look at how both traditions nurture the mystical mind. The weekend will include storytelling and various forms of contemplation such as: sitting meditation, mindfulness movement, chanting and nature walks.


Teresa Bryant, B.A., M.A. Teresa is a counsellor and educator at King’s College, University of Western Ontario and with Nyingje Companions. Her work includes retreat and workshop facilitation, counselling and adult education in the areas of meditation, spirituality and multifaith leadership. She is a certified Spiritual Director with the Toronto School of Theology and is currently studying Buddhist psychotherapy with Amida Trust, Great Britain. Teresa has particular interest in Christian-Buddhist dialogue and considers herself equally at home in both traditions.

Yeshe Wangpo, B.A., M.Ed. Yeshe is a retired Tibetan Buddhist monk of the Karma Kagyu lineage, and a student of the Very Venerable Kenchen Thrangu Rinpoche. He received most of his Buddhist training at Gampo Abbey, a monastery of the Kagyu lineage. He is founder of Nyingje Companions and is currently resident teacher, instructing in Tibetan Buddhist philosophy, meditation and ritual in a western context.


Loving Kindness and Mindfulness

Love and KindnessThis weekend retreat will nurture the development of these two very important aspects of the Buddha's teachings. Friday & Saturday will focus on developing loving kindness first towards ourselves and then others through a series of guided meditations. Sunday we will move into the development of mindful attention primarily through breath awareness and walking meditation. The whole weekend will be steeped in silence and the natural beauty of the surroundings. The retreat will be lead by Scott Noble.


Deepening Practice and Awakening the Heart

Organized by the Cape Breton Shambala Meditation Group.

This is an eight-day, in-house retreat directed by Acharya Moh Hardin. It is open to all meditators and offers a wonderful opportunity to dive in to an environment of intensive meditation practice and study in a supportive small group setting. Big Hill Retreat provides a very beautiful natural sanctuary environment with comfortable accommodations on the 200 acre secluded property.


Cultivating Basic Sanity: The Four Foundations of Mindfulness

We invite you to come to Big Hill Retreat in Baddeck from August 21-29, 2004 to a meditation and study week entitled Cultivating Basic Sanity. Within the small group retreat atmosphere you will find a precious opportunity to slow down, relax and make friends with your mind. There will be group discussions and individual interviews. Acharya Moh Hardin, our director will lead us in guided meditations, give short practice talks, review tonglen practice and give teachings on the four foundations of mindfulness. Big Hill Retreat provides a very beautiful and natural sanctuary environment with comfortable accommodations on this secluded 200 acre property.


Insight Meditation

InsightMatthew Daniell has been practicing Buddhist meditation and yoga for over 20 years. He studied Zen in Japan, and Insight Meditation in India, Burma, and Thailand. His teachers include Munindra, Dipa Ma, Larry Rosenberg, Sharon Salzberg, and Joseph Goldstein. He studied yoga in the tradition of T.K.V. Desikachar of Madras India, and is certified to teach in the Shivananda and Kripalu traditions. Matthew presently co-leads retreats with Larry Rosenberg at the Insight Meditation Society, Omega, and Kripalu. He teaches mindfulness yoga at the Cambridge Insight Mediation Center. He is the founder and resident teacher at the Insight Meditation Center of Newburyport, Massachusetts.


Qigong Weekend Retreat

Purpose of Sheng Zhen QiGong: to develop a Healthy Mind and Body, to remove Stress, balance Energy and Open the Heart. Through practicing this qigong, the mind and body become more relaxed, allowing more qi to flow and circulate, creating happiness/contentment, our natural state. In this class, students will be introduced to 3 forms of Sheng Zhen QiGong : Kuan Yin Standing, Jesus Sitting and Zhongtian Yiqi. Beginners & Advanced Students will all benefit.

For general Sheng Zhen information – www.shengzhen.org