programme-retraite-septembre 18 2015

(English version follows)

La fin de semaine du 18 au 20 septembre un petit groupe d’âmes curieuses se réunira dans un coin de la forêt laurentienne pour se plonger dans la paix de ces belles montagnes mais aussi dans la paix intérieure.  Cette paix si précieuse ne peut être perçue que dans le silence profond lorsque notre mental, confronté à un flot de sensations, pensées et émotions incessantes, se calme petit à peu. Alors l’acteur devient l’observateur et nous percevons pendant un instant notre vraie nature.

Nous sommes tous capables d’avoir cette expérience, ceux qui ont médité longtemps et ceux qui débutent.  En Zen, le mental du débutant est très apprécié puisqu’il est libre d’idées préconçues. Vous devez cependant pouvoir rester assis immobiles pendant des périodes de 15 min. Mai si la posture de jambes croisées est trop douloureuse vous pouvez utiliser une chaise.  Il y aura des mots d’encouragement (“pep talks”) et des étirements de yoga pour calmer le corps et l’esprit et des périodes libres pour la contemplation ou marcher dans la nature.

J’assisterai Jean Christophe, un hôte, organisateur et professeur expérimenté et une karma yogi dévouée sera en charge de repas délicieux. Ne manquez pas cette opportunité d’ approfondir votre pratique et de célébrer l’équinoxe de l’automne, un moment sacré pour la contemplation et pour retrouver notre équilibre.

J’espère vous revoir bientôt!

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The week-end of September 18-20 a small group of curious souls will gather in a magical forest to taste some moments of peace, the peace of the beautiful Laurentian mountains but also the inner peace that dwells within our hearts and minds. This precious peace can only be perceived in the deepest silence when the mind, confronted ceaselessly with thoughts, sensations and emotions, finally quiets down. Then the actor becomes the spectator, the load of the performer is dropped and there is an “Aha! moment”.

We are all capable of experiencing this moment, long time meditators as well as beginners.  In fact, in Zen the beginner’s mind is very much praised as the less pre-conceived ideas we have the easiest meditation becomes. You must however be prepared to sit still for 15 min. periods.  If the cross-legged posture is too painful you can sit on a chair. There will be yoga stretches and “pep talks” to soothe bodies and minds and free time for contemplation or walks in nature.

I will be assisting Jean Christophe, a perfect host, organizer and teacher and a generous karma yogi will prepare delicious meals.  Don’t miss this opportunity to deepen your practice and celebrate the Fall equinox, a sacred time for balance and contemplation.

Hope to see again.


About suryasanmiguel

I'm a Yoga teacher and educator. I was born in Madrid, Spain and came to Canada in the 70's to study but remained here. I received a degree in Education from McGill University. In my student's years I had the good fortune of meeting my Zen teacher, Roshi Phillip Kapleau and I studied with him for 15 years attending numerous retreats. In 1988 I was also very fortunate to meet Swami Vishnudevananda at the Sivananda Yoga Camp in Quebec where I became a certified Yoga teacher My interest in Budhism and Hinduism also led me to meet several Tibetan Lamas and study their teachings and traditions. I live presently in Montreal, Canada but travel frequently teaching Yoga and giving workshops and lectures on spiritual related topics.
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  1. Amina Bentivegna says:

    Sounds lovely, Surya! I will be entertaining a lady friend I have not seen in 30yrs that week! All the best to you… Namaste, Amina

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  2. Vanessa F says:

    Good morning Surya and thank you for the email. I am interested in the October sessions. Will you be present in October or only Sept 18-20?Also, I don’t drive. Perhaps I could take the shuttle from the Montreal Sivananda Centre on Friday afternoon and leave for Montreal on Sunday (if they don’t mind waiting until the retreat is completed by 3pm). Do you know if the talks will be bilingual? Thanks again for sharing! Vanessa

    Date: Thu, 3 Sep 2015 01:29:23 +0000 To:

    • Good morning Vanessa, So far I am only scheduled for the Sept. 18-20 retreat. For the driving I am sure you can come with another participant. Pls. mention it to Jean Christophe when you reserve and also about the talks being in English. I am sure we can make them bilingual. Hopefully I’ll see you in September!

  3. Michèle Lalande says:

    Bonjour Surya, ce programme est très alléchant et je vais y réfléchir. Peux-tu me dire quel sera le coût de cette belle retraite ? Merci à l’avance

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