Ottawa Week-End Retreat w/ Greg Scharf, June 15-17, 2012

Join the OBS for a special weekend retreat

being taught by Greg Scharf

June 15 (Friday evening) to June 17, 2012 (Sunday afternoon)

Where: Maison Bruyere, 57 Rue du Couvent, Gatineau (Aylmer) Quebec

Cost: $227.00 OBS members*

Cost: $257.00 non-OBS members*

Greg Scharf has practiced with both Asian and Western teachers in the Theravada tradition since 1992, including training as a monk in Burma at Panditarama and Chanmyay Yeiktha Meditation Centers. His teaching emphasizes the natural unfolding of love and wisdom through the cultivation of mindful awareness. Greg has been teaching residential retreats in the USA and abroad since 2007, including being a member of the teaching team for the annual Autumn 3-month retreat at the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Barre, Massachusetts for the past 3 years. Co-teachers for this retreat include Joseph Goldstein and Carol Wilson, among others. Greg has also taught at the IMS Forest Refuge, for one month periods, annually, since 2009, and has been a member of the teaching team, along with Michele McDonald and Rebecca Bradshaw, for an annual 16 day Metta/Vipassana retreat at IMS each Spring over the past 4 years.

Insight, or Vipassana meditation is the simple direct practice of moment-to-moment observation of the mind/body process with relaxed, open and careful awareness. By learning to observe our experience from a place of spacious stillness and balance, we begin to access a natural clarity of mind and openness of heart. As our practice unfolds, we respond to the inevitable joys and sorrows of life with increasing sensitivity, stability and love. Loving kindness or Metta meditation develops the heart’s capacity for patience, acceptance, and forgiveness as we connect with and care for ourselves and others.

This retreat will emphasize how the unfolding of wisdom through present moment awareness opens the heart to the beautiful qualities of love and compassion. The format will include guidance in both Insight and Loving-kindness meditation and is suitable for both beginning and experienced students.

Information about the registration and where to send it and your payment can be found in the registration form. To download the registration form, click here.

If you have questions about the registration process, please contact Evelyn Tan at

Registration is open starting April 22th

*All fees include applicable taxes. Please note that all fees only go to cover the cost of running the retreat. Donations are not included in the fees.

Accommodations at Maison Bruyere will be shared with other retreatants of the same sex.

Part of the practice at the retreat is to not eat past the mid-day meal. Tea and hot chocolate will be available in the early evening.