MEDITATION & YOGA
Explore how alignment, breathing, balancing, stretching and strengthening provide the ideal opportunity to apply Buddhist meditation techniques to experience your mind, bring awareness to habits, and open your heart. Melissa guides you in both movement and stillness practices, as well as offers dharma and poetry readings. Each class encourages gentleness of breath, attention to alignment, creative movement, relationship to the ground and the process of gravity.
Fall Practice Session
The Domestic Monastery
Sept 27 - October 25th, 2023
Wednesdays 7-8 am
Formal Meditation Practice in the Spirit of Zen
All props provided.
Registration by donation at
One to one time gently exploring one or a few practices of stillness, breathing, walking, simple movement, inquiry and deep listening from a warm heart and Chaplain's ears.
By donation ~
Gathering for regular group practice is a modern form of shared community collective. Through movement and stillness of the group, we support one and other in subtle, intimate and profound ways, working beyond language, shifting patterns, habits and supporting the outer world in endless ways. For our hearts, minds, bodies, children, lovers, family, friends, community, art, environment, politic, and world. Every sentient being on earth.
I offer a variety of ways to enter practice by teaching series in yoga studios, wilderness settings, corporate settings, and beautiful retreat centres.
Fall & Spring Meditation Training & Practice Series
Spirit of Zen Meditation Retreats, Stowel Lake Farm, Salt Spring Island
Affiliate Practitioner, The Breathe Network for Survivors of Sexual Assault
Ethical Engagement Educator, The Lab of Meditation Training Vancouver
Compassion Training, Third Space Charity
Chaplain in residence, Internship Educator, Third Space Counselling & Charity
Buddhist Chaplain, University of British Columbia Okanagan Multi-faith Centre
Visiting education Chaplain, Kelowna General Hospital
THIRD SPACE CHARITY
Third Space Charity runs an incredible internship program for University Masters graduates of Social Work and Clinical Counselling Programs.
Thursday afternoons we gather to explore the balance between the work of a clinician, personal care and community engagement.
SECOND SUNDAYS LIVING BY VOW
Join a virtual community
gathering once a month. Guided movement, meditation practice & dharma story exploring what it means to live by vow. An exploration of Buddhist precepts, Yogic Yamas, and an ethical life. Often knowns as the very foundation of meditation practice and a great way to stay connected and dive deeper after retreats and workshops.
Pre-registered 12 month series. Offered by Dana.
Offered every other year.