Lean On Me: Taking Refuge in Buddha, Dhamma, and Sangha


Dawn Mauricio & La Sarmiento

May 31 - June 2, 2024

Villa St-Martin
Pierrefonds, QC


Where do you take refuge—intentionally or unintentionally—when times get tough? There are infinite places we can turn to when things get difficult, yet, according to the Buddha's teachings, there are only a few places that can be a true refuge for the heart and mind.

This weekend residential retreat will highlight The Three Refuges as a pathway to steady the mind and rest the heart. We will explore this foundational teaching through guided meditations, mindful movement, talks, relational practices, and ceremony.



Dawn Mauricio, Meditation Teacher


Dawn Mauricio (she, her) has been practicing and studying Insight Meditation since 2005, and has graduated from the first teacher development group of True North Insight, and Spirit Rock's Mindfulness Yoga and Meditation Training, Dedicated Practitioners' Program, and 4-year Retreat Teacher Training. She is known to teach with a playful, dynamic, and heartfelt approach, and leads daylongs, retreats, yearlong programs, and mindfulness workshops in Canada and the US for Spirit Rock, True North Insight, and for teens with Inward Bound Mindfulness Education. Dawn is also the author of “Mindfulness Meditation for Beginners.” For more information, visit dawnmauricio.com.


Dawn Mauricio, Meditation Teacher


La Sarmiento (they/them) has been practicing Vipassana meditation since 1998. La is a mentor for the Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program, a teacher with Cloud Sangha, and a contributor to the Ten Percent Happier app. They were a retreat teacher for the Insight Meditation Community of Washington (IMCW) for 10 years with Tara Brach and the Guiding Teacher of IMCW’s BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ Sanghas for 16 years. La was the lead teacher for the Inward Bound Mindfulness Education Virginia Teen Mindfulness Retreats for 7 years. They completed the Spirit Rock Community Dharma Leader Training in 2012 and have taught meditation retreats for BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, Young and Young Adults around the United States.

As an immigrant, non-binary, Filipinx American, La is committed to sharing teachings and practices that alleviate suffering, cultivate true happiness, and support the liberation of all beings, especially through humor and song. They live in Towson, MD with their life partner Wendy and two rescue pups Annabel and Bader.


Registration Information


Villa St-Martin, Pierrefonds, QC


LOCATION: 21269 Boul Gouin O, Pierrefonds, QC H9K 1C1, Canada.

Villa Saint-Martin is an Ignatian Spirituality Centre that welcomes retreats accomodating the needs of a wide audience, including Dharma organizations. Please note there are Christian symbols on the site.

All of the rooms at Villa St-Martin are single rooms with a sink. Washrooms are shared. 


ARRIVAL TIME: 10:30-11:30 amFriday, May 31. The retreat will conclude in the afternoon on Sunday,  June 2.
The teachers 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. 

A deposit of 50% of the base rate is required to register to the retreat. The deposit is included in all of our fees. 


Sliding Scale:
  • Benefactor: $800
  • Sustaining: $520
  • Base: $420
  • Reduced: $370
  • Scholarship: upon request (limited number of scholarships are granted)

◆ Deposit : $210 


The Benefactor rate provides the opportunity to offer more substantial support for TNI.

The Sustaining rate represents the actual cost to TNI to operate our programs. If you can afford this level or higher, you assist our efforts to offer lower sliding-scale rates and ongoing financial subsidies.

The Base rate covers 82 % of what is needed to run our organization. To balance our budget and to wisely steward our resources, donations must supplement our registration income.

Payment at the Reduced rate covers only 71 % of what is needed to run our organization. To balance our budget and to wisely steward our resources, donations must supplement our registration income.

TNI offers scholarships of up to a 50% reduction of the base rate on our sliding scale to those who request it. Limited number of scholarships are granted.



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