Embodying the Dharma in Everyday Life


Jean Esther

October 13-20, 2023

Le Manoir de la Forêt
Cantley, QC

$1030 / $1110 / $1190
Deposit: $515


It is notable that the Buddha did not limit his teaching to those who committed to a monastic life. Indeed, his teachings also addressed the ‘householder life’ as experienced by lay practitioners. The Buddha laid out very specific maps of engaging within our lives from a place of non-harm, mindfulness, wisdom, and compassion.

In this weeklong silent retreat, we will take time through our practice to meet our direct experience with receptivity, wisdom and compassion. Though dharma talks and small group discussion we will apply the Buddha’s teachings to our direct experience. The more we practice in this way the more these teachings take root in the ground of our being, informing our lives well beyond our meditation cushion. They become refuge, resource and guideposts for an embodiment of dharma in our everyday lives.

This retreat is taught in English.



Daryl Lynn Ross Meditation Teacher


Beginning her formal training in meditation in 1975, Jean Esther has trained in the Buddhist Theravadan tradition with renowned senior lay teachers as well as Burmese and Western Monastics since 1982. Over a number of years, Jean has engaged in intensive teacher training in both Vipassana practice and non-dual awareness. Her teaching is also informed by over 40 years of practice as a psychotherapist, focusing on the healing of trauma through an embodied somatic approach. She trained for over 20 years in Jungian psychology with Jungian analyst Marion Woodman. Respecting all of life through a social justice understanding informs her life and her teaching. Jean teaches at Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA, USA, Insight Meditation Community of Western MA, USA as well as various other locations across the US and Canada. Jean has served on the Guiding Teachers Council of True North Insight since 2015.


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, Friday, October 13. The retreat will conclude by lunch on Friday, October 30. Everyone is welcome to stay for lunch. The teacher requests 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:
$1030 - $1110 - $1190



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