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Island Dharma presents


The Annual Winter Retreat with Cheryl Fraser - 2019

Healing, Purification, and Letting Go – Cultivate Wholesome States with Self-Compassion and Right Intention

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Dec 13, 14 and 15th, 2019

Nanaimo, B.C.

Bethelehem Retreat Centre

Starting 9:00 on Friday, Dec 13

Ending 12:00 on Sunday, Dec 15


The path of Dharma – the teaching of awakening – is, to a large degree, a journey rather than a destination. In this weekend silent retreat, we will gather together to reflect on the year with compassion and wisdom.

Sometimes life seems very difficult. And sometimes, despite our best intentions, we make mistakes. The practice of Self Compassion supports us to realize we too are human. In order to heal, we need to let go of past actions and focus our good intentions toward creating wholesome internal states. For when our thoughts are based in generosity, loving-kindness, and wisdom – the wholesome roots – our speech and actions will follow.

This retreat will include periods of silent meditation using open awareness practice and concentration on the breath. The Tibetan meditation of Vajrasattva will be explored. We will also practice guided self-compassion meditation and have time for reflection and contemplation.

There will be daily Dharma talks and group interviews with the teacher. Yoga as a form of moving mindfulness will be offered.

The retreat will begin on Friday, Dec 13th with check-in between 9:00 and 10:30. The retreat will begin at 11:00. Lunch will be served at 12:00. Check-out by 12:00 pm on Sunday, Dec 15th.

Contact: Cheryl Bakke Martin at with
questions or to register



What to Bring/Wear?
▪ Yoga mat or blanket
▪ Cushion or meditation bench
▪ Chairs will be available to those who need them
▪ Wear modest, comfortable clothing
▪ Covered water bottle
▪ Tea and coffee will be available at the centre
▪ Pen and Notebook
▪ Cheques or Cash for Dana offering

Registration Fee

The cost of $330.00 per person includes meals, snacks, accommodations, and meeting space and does not include a Dana contribution for the teacher. A basket will be available at the retreat for Dana.

Please note, no-one will be turned away due to lack of funds


Bethlehem Retreat Centre
2371 Arbot Road
Nanaimo B.C. V9R 6S9
(250) 754-3254

Register now

As space for this non-residential weekend retreat is limited, please register in advance by emailing Cheryl Bakke Martin at


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