Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour Retreat

 


Teachers
Nakawe Cuebas Berrios &
Kate Johnson

When
October 20-23, 2022

Where
Le Manoir de la Forêt
Cantley, QC

Cost
You Choose rate* - Scholarship rate**
$445 / $485 / $530
Deposit: $120

Registration for this retreat opens on August 18.

We invite you to True North Insight's fourth meditation retreat for BIPOC folx. While we all may have experiences in common, we are also a tapestry of many colours, backgrounds, cultures, orientations, life experiences, world views, and identities. This retreat aims to bring together a community of people of colour for practice in an environment of safety and ease where all of one's self is welcome and appreciated.

The retreat will offer an introduction to Insight Meditation (Vipassana) and heart practices in noble silence as our container.

Through the offerings of guided stationary (seated, standing, or reclined) and movement (walking) instructions, you will become acquainted with the words and philosophy of the Dharma through talks and reflections by the teachers. This is an accessible retreat for meditators in the beginning stages of practice, as well as for those who have some practice experience.

It is our hope that you will experience the practice as an antidote, medicine to the impact of both the individual and collective stress caused by the cultural and structural manifestation of oppression, racism, genocide, and colonization that has impacted BIPOC for and through the generations.

This retreat is taught in English.

Please be aware that Kate’s young daughter will be present at the retreat centre, so you may hear her voice during the day.

 

COVID-19 Protocols: At the time of the retreat, all health guidelines in place for group gatherings will be followed and communicated to attendees.

Please note we will continue to monitor Ontario and Quebec's COVID protocols and will communicate any potential changes to the retreat via email.

In-Person COVID-19 Safety Measures: Please click here for more information. 

Cancellation due to COVID: If TNI cancels this retreat due to COVID, we will offer a full refund to all participants.

 

Teachers


Nakawe Cuebas Berrios

 

Nakawe Cuebas Berrios - For over 20 years nakawe has and continues to be a practitioner in the Buddha Dharma. Her first Buddhist teacher was Goenka. Graduate of the Spirit Rock Dedicated Practitioners Program, Community Dharma Leaders Program and the IMS Teacher Trainer Program. At present she teaches retreats and is a community Insight Meditation teacher with New York Insight and other centers.

Working as a Midwife for 40 years.

Her ancestral home is Puerto Rico, blending the Spanish, African and Taino Indian roots that flow from her ancestors, that give her guidance and strength.

Nakawe believes we all have the potential to live a life of wisdom and compassion. These are the teachings of liberation that she wants to share.

 

Kate Johnson, Meditation Teacher

 

Kate Johnson is a Buddhist meditation teacher and writer who loves integrating embodiment, justice, and the practice of wise relationship in all of her work.  She is the author of the book Radical Friendship: Seven Ways to Love Yourself and Find Your People in an Unjust World.   She has taught meditation and creative movement practices as social change methodologies in public schools, community health centers, activist organizations and performance collectives for over a decade, and was fully empowered as an independent Dharma teacher in 2020, in the western Insight/Theravada Buddhist lineage through Spirit Rock Meditation Center’s four-year teacher training.  Kate is also an utterly unprofessional dancer who holds a BFA in Dance from the Alvin Ailey School/ Fordham University, a MA in Performance Studies from NYU. Most recently, most profoundly, most ordinarily — Kate is a mother.  These days, you can find her writing, teaching, and facilitating online and in her home city of Philadelphia, where she can be found in the off hours exploring with her kids, sipping tea with friends, and looking for all manner of good trouble.  Check her out at www.katejohnson.com.

 

Registration Information


 

LOCATION: Le Manoir de la Forêt, 32 Chemin River, Cantley, QC J8V 3A1.
Most of the rooms at Le Manoir de la Forêt are double rooms. Washrooms are shared, The rooms and the meditation hall are on the second floor, accessible only by stairs.

 

ARRIVAL TIME: 3:30-5:30 pm, Thursday, October 20. The retreat will conclude by lunch on Sunday, October 23. Everyone is welcome to stay for lunch. The teachers request that you plan to attend the entire retreat – please arrive on time and stay through the closing talk.

 

COST: TNI is dedicated to offering affordable rates to all. TNI retreat fees are on a sliding scale basis that allows participants to pay according to individual means. Fees do not include compensation for the teachings, and teachers rely on the generosity of retreatants for a sustainable income. There is an opportunity to offer dana (donations) to the teachers at the end of each retreat. The deposit is included in all of our fees.

 

Sliding Scale:
You Choose rate* - Scholarship rate**
 
$445 - $485 - $530
Deposit:
$120

 

*You Choose Rate - So that TNI can offer this form of financial assistance to as many as possible, please be as generous as you can when choosing your rate, at or above $40 per night ($120 minimum total).

** Scholarship Rate - TNI offers scholarships of up to a 50% reduction of the low rate on our sliding scale to those who request it. For this retreat, the low rate is $445. You can ask up for a scholarship of up to 50% of this rate. For example, if you ask for a 50% scholarship, you would pay $225.

 

COVID-19 Protocols: At the time of the retreat, all health guidelines in place for group gatherings will be followed and communicated to attendees.

Please note we will continue to monitor Ontario and Quebec's COVID protocols and will communicate any potential changes to the retreat via email.

In-Person COVID-19 Safety Measures: Please click here for more information. 

Cancellation due to COVID: If TNI cancels this retreat due to COVID, we will offer a full refund to all participants.