Embracing Imperfection in Ourselves and in All Things


Pascal Auclair

October 18-21, 2018

Au tournant du Cœur
Sutton, QC

$350 / $400 / $450
Deposit: $175
Camping: $300

By being particularly present to what is happening inside of ourselves and outside of ourselves, by allowing what is experienced to be truly known from one moment to the next, clearly, with calm and equilibrium, with mindfulness, we discover the perfect imperfection of existence, of all things: beauty—deep and fleeting; what is unknown, strange and unsettling; life itself—changing and impressive. We learn to feel with joy, compassion and with a more nimble mind what is present, abandoning resentment, false expectations, and the need to control. We allow ourselves to be touched and transformed. The heart—or the mind—becomes more fluid and creative, more playful and tender, clearer and more perceptive, all the while being imperfect, which is now absolutely OK. Good for ourselves and for others.

All of this happens in the deep silence that allows this noble exploration to take place, guided by the teacher, alternating between the practice of sitting and walking meditation.

Whether you are discovering mindfulness for the first time or have already experienced an intensive meditation retreat, you are welcome at this quiet and friendly gathering.

This retreat is taught in French.




Pascal Auclair Meditation Teacher
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Pascal Auclair has been immersed in Buddhist practice and study since 1997, sitting retreats in Asia and America with revered monastics and lay teachers. He has been mentored by Joseph Goldstein and Jack Kornfield at the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Massachusetts and Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California, where he is now enjoying teaching retreats. Pascal teaches in North America and Europe. His depth of insight, classical training, and creative expression all combine in a wise and compassionate presence. In addition, his warmth and humour make Pascal a much appreciated teacher.


Registration Information


LOCATION: Au tournant du Coeur, 1738 Chemin Scenic à Sutton, Québec, J0E 2K0



ARRIVAL TIME: 3:30-5:30 pm, Thursday, October 18. The retreat will conclude noon on Sunday, October 21. 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:
$350 - $400 - $450


This retreat is held at Au tournant du Cœur in beautiful Sutton in the Eastern Townships of Quebec. Accommodations are in 10 one-person cabins for the first 10 registrations. All other rooms are double rooms.

Sinks, toilets and showers are in the main building, so those in the cabins will have to walk several minutes to use the facilities.

What to bring:

  • Sheets, pillowcase, blanket or sleeping bag
  • Towel
  • Headlamp or flashlight if you wish
  • Flip flops
  • Meditation cushion or bench, zabuton or yoga mat
  • Rain gear


DIRECTIONS to Au tournant du Coeur

From Champlain Bridge:

  • Follow Hwy 10 E
  • Take exit 74 for Rte Pierre-Laporte towards Bromont/Cowansville/Granby
  • Turn left onto Route Pierre Laporte (signs for Cowansville/Bromont)
  • Continue onto Boulevard Pierre-Laporte/QC-241 S for 6.8 km
  • Turn left on Principale Road (Cowansville Hospital)
  • Turn left onto Boulevard Jean-Jacques-Bertrand/QC-104 E/QC-139 S
  • Continue for 2.6 km
  • Turn right onto Chemin West Brome/QC-139 (Flashing yellow light and BMR)
  • Go through Sutton village
  • After Sutton village, turn left onto Chemin Schweizer (BMR) for 400m
  • Take the first right onto Chemin Scenic Road
  • Continue for 4.5 km (7-8 minutes) to 1738 Chemin Scenic