2023 Teachings

Overview Schedule

Welcome to the tentative 2023 teaching schedule of Dharma Teachers Qapel and Sensei. We invite and encourage you to plan your year of Dharma practice in advance. Mark your calendars now.  *Topics and dates are subject to change.

2023 Schedule


 Welcome to Planet Dharma’s overview teaching schedule for 2023. We invite you to choose from a selection of meditation retreats, online courses and public events as your aspiration guides you.

Please also visit the Enlighten Up! classes page for additional semi-regular dharma talks.

February 6- March 5, 2023

Integral Spirituality II: Mapping 21st Century Awakening

(4 Week Online Course)

We launch the year with a four week deep dive into Integral Spirituality. We workshop lines of development to balance ‘states’ and ‘stages’ of on the path.

Course Details: Integral Spirituality II: Mapping 21st Century Awakening

May 8- June 4, 2023

Studying the Tarot 

(Four Week Online Course)

This four week online course will be a study of the Kabbalah’s Tarot imagery and archeytpes.  This course is a pre-requisite for the Movement of the Mandala Retreat in September 2024.

Mark Your Schedule. Course details to follow.

August 11-20, 2023

Breathing Meditation (Retreat)

This ten day meditation retreat covers a fundamental practice in dharma – awareness of the breath. Through this practice we also develop mindfulness of the body, feelings, mind states and contents of mind.  Highly recommended for beginners and experienced meditators alike. The retreat will take place at Clear Sky Meditation Center in the East Kootenay Rockies of BC.  For those outside of the local area, an online retreat option is available.

Mark Your Schedule. Course details to follow.

September 2023

Teachings in Europe

(To be announced)

Tentative dates for teachings in Europe. Topic and further details to be announced. 

Mark Your Schedule. Course details to follow.

October 15 – November 12, 2023

Path of the Bodhisattva

(Four Week Online Course)

The third online course in 2023 will be on the Path of the Bodhisattva.

Mark Your Schedule. Course details to follow.

December 8-22, 2023

12 Manjushri Meditation


Our annual winter retreat will be a two week silent meditation retreat. This retreat will focus on arising yoga. The Twelve Manjushri empowerment will be given, followed by guided practice. Start and end dates to be confirmed.

This is an in-person only retreat at Clear Sky Meditation Centre.  These practices and teachings are rarely given. Some pre-requisites may be required.

Mark Your Schedule. Course details to follow.

Mark your calendars now. Stay tuned for updates on the rest of the year’s schedule.

Tree of Life retreat

Supporting Each Other in 2023

Although there is no formal year program, we encourage you to reflect and set an intention for 2023 of what you will attend. We also invite you to connect with people in your local Sanghas to share your aspirations for 2023 and ways you can work together to explore and support each other with your Dharma studies.

Meet the Teachers

Catherine Pawasarat
Catherine Pawasarat
Doug Duncan
Doug Duncan

Doug Duncan and Catherine Pawasarat are Dharma and meditation teachers who founded Clear Sky Meditation Centre, BC, Canada.

Achariya Doug Duncan received lay ordination from Namgyal Rinpoche in 1978, and is a lineage holder in that teaching. Known for his direct, humourous and compassionate engagement with students, Doug embraces various traditions, contemporary psychology, and science, to mentor all beings to a more awakened state.

Catherine Pawasarat has trained daily with Acariya Doug Duncan since 1998 in an intensive spiritual apprenticeship that is rare in the modern West. She received lay ordination from Namgyal Rinpoche in 2003. In addition to Buddhist philosophy and its applications to daily life, Catherine also draws on generative living and the arts. With Doug she is co-founder of Clear Sky Retreat Center in the BC Rockies.

Jenai Lieu

These are ancient teachings that I feel are important to understand if someone is serious about meditation. I appreciate Qapel and Sensei’s unrelenting perseverance to teach about the roots and traditions of these life changing practices. They explore the rich history with us and also deliver the material in a very understandable and relevant way.

Jenai Lieu
Psychology student, Canada
Kira MacDuffee

Working with Qapel and Sensei at the five day hero’s journey workshop was deeply impactful and has clarified not only my deepest heart’s desire, but what I need to overcome to manifest it. They are extraordinary facilitators with a great depth of knowledge, wisdom and presence to share.

Kira MacDuffee
M.Ed / RCC
Dr. Duncan Cryle

Doing karma yoga, I watch how everyone gains new insights.  These many “a-ha moments” makes it clear to me that this type of active 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
Evangelos Diavolitsis

Qapel and Sensei have consistently been honest, accurate and candid with me. It has sometimes taken me years to admit my self-sabotaging blind spots. Clear and radical self-honesty liberates my sticky parts. Thank you to my master teachers for helping me free up all the energy knots – especially the ones created from unconscious patterning around money, sex and power.

Evangelos Diavolitsis
Peter Ujlaki

Qapel and Sensei are always burning calories to get you back on a path that can lead toward greater self-awareness. 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.

Peter Ujlaki
Fine Art Dealer, Japan

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