Imagine being the change you want to see in the world.
Creative visualization and active imagination are vital to the spiritual path. They improve our relationships with ourselves and others and grow our desire to benefit all beings.
By cultivating powerful visualization skills, we can imagine our desired way of being into existence. As a bonus, we strengthen the ability to see through and decrease our negative states when they arise.
The Power of Western Meditations and Star Group
Buddhist philosophy holds that the waking world is no more “real” than the worlds of meditation or dreams. Therefore our ability to imagine new and more diverse positive arisings is an essential skill for the bodhisattva path.
During this retreat, we’ll follow Namgyal Rinpoche’s pioneering work with these practices, drawing on his book, A Body of Truth, and the Star Group meditation methodology that he developed.
What to expect:
• We will explore diverse meditations from the Western Mystery tradition. This tradition focuses more on archetypes, and less on human-centric deities and saints (which are present in traditions like Buddhism and Christianity). • We will draw on the use of forms, elements, shapes, movement and color to stimulate transformative energies within us. • We will explore a broad spectrum of practices–from meditations on honeycombs to the Great Pyramid and its secret chambers. • To create a holistic experience, we will balance the five elements, inner and outer, active and passive energies, time indoors and outdoors, alone and in groups. • You may discover hidden talents, and increase your strengths. Negative internal blocks will loosen.
What is Star Group?
Developed by Namgyal Rinpoche, Star Group is a rare and precious practice. Small groups of people meditate together to create a psychic platform where they collectively explore the depths of inner and outer space. Star Group meditation draws on the powers of several minds working together and individually, increasing the range and power of our exploration, meditative vision and joy.
Star Group could be seen as a progression from meditating alone to meditating as a group or collective. This practice provides an outstanding opportunity to draw on meditation as a resource to develop relationship and community skills. Integrating your experiences and energies with others benefits innumerable beings. We invite you to join us to train in becoming more skilled and compassionate for the benefit of all beings.
A Saraswati wong kur initiation ceremony will take place at the start of the retreat. (For more information about what a Wongkur is, click here.) [Please add link]
Saraswati is a female deity figure who represents the archetypal creative principle. In Tibetan Buddhism, she is the divine embodiment and bestower of enlightened eloquence. Saraswati is the inspiration for and a matriarch of the arts, sciences, music, languages, literature, history, poetry, philosophy and all those engaged in creative endeavours.
Set in the golden valley of rural Herefordshire on the Welsh borders and in sight of the black mountains, Maitreya House is a beautiful, supportive environment for the retreat. You’ll love the converted stone farmhouse, private grounds and stunning panoramic views. Maitreya House is run specifically to support universal growth and unfolding through precious teaching. This is the perfect location for stepping away from daily life and truly benefitting from these powerful practices that Doug and Catherine are sharing.
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The full fee for this retreat, which includes lodging and meals, is £800. A £100 deposit will hold your space on the retreat. Pay in full by the dates shown below to benefit from significant early bird savings:
Super Early Bird Price – £675, if paid in full by 1st May 2018 Early Bird Price – £725, if paid in full by 1st June 2018
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We encourage everyone to find the “teacher within” that we can be. But, for almost everyone, we need to apprentice before we can master. Doug Duncan and Catherine Pawasarat apprenticed in the teachings of awakening for decades with their teachers. Between them they have been teaching for more than 30 years.
Their explorations and teachings are guided by four principles: spiritual growth, social connectivity, economic sustainability and environmental integrity.
Doug & Catherine teach from various wisdom traditions – including buddhadharma, Western Mysteries, modern science, art and nature – based on broad interests and a non-judgemental approach. We’ve lived and worked overseas for many years, and a planetary outlook is important to us. So is humour! Read more: Full Bios.
Doug and Catherine Sensei are living examples of the dharma teachings. For me, their teachings give me a place to begin to apply the dharma in my own life. I trust in their one-pointed focus on whatever it takes to speed their students unrealized potential.
Counsellor and Mom of two
Doug Sensei and Catherine Sensei demonstrate and challenge us to recognize that nowhere is the Awakened mind not present or available to us. They model and challenge us to be ruthlessly self-honest, practical and to work together to build and shape healthy communities and relationships in all that we do.
Watching how everyone engaged and getting new insights and a-ha moments brought home to me that karma yoga and dharma training is a path that brings the modern spiritual explorer alive and moves them forward.
Dr. Duncan Cryle
Ph.D IBM executive, Clear Sky Accountability Officer
Cata and Doug Sensei teach their own brand of profoundly sensible Dharma.
As a result of studying with Doug and Catherine, I’m more awake: I have more clarity, compassion, and calm. These characteristics have made me a better dharma student, dharma teacher, parent, friend, colleague, manager and leader.
Doug Sensei and Catherine Pawasarat have woven together a finely-textured tapestry of Buddhist Philosophy that has made the basics of the practice come alive for me and accessible and pertinent to my every-day life.
Resources Specialist, CBC National TV News (retired)
I have been fortunate to meet Doug and Catherine, who through compassion and skillful means helped me to courageously face all my demons, fears and blindspots. I have come through into a lighter manifestation to be of real service to all beings.
Transformational Change Coach
Thank you again for all the teachings! They have impacted my life in such a positive way that it is unexplainable with words 🙂
Sensei and Catherine's teachings have helped me create a spaciousness in my being to find generosity, abundance, and energy with my self and my potential. I am immensely grateful to them for their patience and love and personal connection to my growth and unfoldment.
This experience has been incredibly beautiful, challenging and transformative. The teachers are an inspiration in all ways.
Marketing and Communications Professional
Doug and Catherine Sensei demonstrate how every encounter in our lives is not only a litmus test that shows if we are acting with compassion or not, they hand us the polish for the silver that we can use to rub away the tarnish of our egocentric mode of perception to reveal the inherent sparkle of a compassionate heart and mind.
Translator, Japanese to English
I attended the Buddhas in Action two week retreat at Clear Sky Retreat Centre with Doug Sensei and Cata Sensei. The teachers are taking the dharma teachings forward in a way that speaks to our modern lives today without losing their integrity.
Money & Transformation Coach
Doug and Catherine's ability to translate the heart of the Buddhist teachings into wisdom that is relevant and applicable in today's world mean that their teachings go far beyond theory to have real impact on lives. The crucial balance of care, support, insight and challenge they have offered me has been instrumental for a greater experience of love, connection and aliveness in my life. My deepest heart thanks go out to them for all that they have done for me and all beings.
Choreographer & Dance Teacher
If you get a chance to study with Doug-sensei and Catherine, don't miss it. Through the power of long dedication, deep meditation, and wise guidance, life can definitely be transformed.
Retired Professor & Meditation Teacher
Doug & Catherine are continuously pushing the envelope of experience, often with irreverent humour in challenging others to do the same & doing so with heart for Dharma that isn't afraid to think outside the box.
Operations Manager, Clear Sky Center
Doug and Catherine have a wonderful relaxed interplay. Even though they have different personalities, they demonstrate how to work together without conflict. Working in the kitchen brought many personal issues to light which I could then examine more closely during the meditations.
Many times during the morning teachings I felt Sensei's teachings resonate so deeply I was transported to a different awareness and feeling state.
The first time I met Catherine and Sensei at Clear Sky Centre for a one week silent meditation retreat, at the end I burst into tears. I found home.
Dharma Trips around the world with those two cutting edge masters have also allowed me to see the world from a whole new prespective.
The first time I met Doug & Catherine Sensei was at the Clear Sky Center, BC as a Karma Yogi (volunteer). Despite being new to the teachings, despite my past, despite my attitude they welcomed me and created space for me to connect with everyone. I know they see Buddha Nature in everything and welcome it with a warm heart.
Doug and Catherine Sensei are masters in every sense of the word. They live and walk their talk. Whoever said you can't have your cake and eat it too, never met these two brilliant teachers. All is possible when you are with the awakening mind!
I came to Clear Sky after years of wandering on the path of self-transcendence; I was trying to do it by myself and it just wasn’t working. Dharma Teachers Doug & Catherine immediately saw my self-imposed limits and provided me with clear, direct instructions on how to really accelerate growth. After putting my personal preferences aside and deciding to work with awakened teachers I have become far more focused and clearer than I could ever have been on my own.
Working with Doug and Catherine at the 5 day hero’s journey workshop was deeply impactful and has clarified for me not only my deepest heart’s desire but what I need to face and overcome to manifest it. Doug and Catherine are extraordinary facilitators with a great depth and breadth of knowledge, wisdom and presence to share.
M.Ed / RCC
Doug and Catherine Sensei have a complimentary teaching style that empowers me to take on life's numerous challenges. Thanks to their guidance, I understand the role of fiery masculine energy and how to integrate it with softer more receptive earth feminine energy. They are Yin and Yang in human form. I could not ask for a more complete or effective spiritual teaching.
When I am with these two very clear individuals, I am humbled by their dedication to others, and understand the every-waking-moment responsibility that comes with their calling.
Art Dealer, Japan
Doug, Catherine & the community around them are phenomenal teachers, supports and guides. I've never seen any therapy and meditation teaching that goes to such depth, one on one and in community, anywhere else.
It is one thing to hear or read the Dharma and understand it intellectually. This workshop went so much further than that, as I found myself receiving realizations of the teachings on a visceral basis, going far beyond simply understanding.
This retreat was right on the mark, a perfect blend of focused inner work along with space for reflection in a trusting and comfortable setting. The teachers were wonderful, insightful, humorous, and extremely attentive to our individual needs for understanding. The journey has opened access to undiscovered strengths in myself and I could not be more thankful.
Manager of Software Engineering
The teachers offer me training to improve my life in such a way that top consultants cannot do.
They have journeyed with me through surgeries and vertigo, from fashion choices to home décor, and ultimately, through leadership training and meditation techniques. There is no area they will not go if it is for my unfolding!
Teachers suggest, guide and train - the student's responsibility is to get involved and be willing to dance. I accepted that opportunity to dance, the opportunity of a lifetime, and with such excellent dance partners (Doug and Catherine) I have thrived in my unfolding.
• Dāna (Generosity Based Teaching) Doug & Catherine are teaching this meditation retreat via the ancient tradition of Dāna (generosity), an offering from them to the attendees. It is considered of supreme value to your life and thus “beyond price” so it is expected that the student will be equally generous and support the teaching and the teachers by making an offering.
While no offering is too small, also no offering is too great. The giver benefits by offering as much as they can, given the individual’s circumstances. Along with compassion, generosity is considered the root of spiritual progress and, according to the ancients, therefore the root of our success in daily life as well.