Dharma Teachings 2024-2025

Welcome to the 2024-2025 teaching schedule of Dharma Teachers Qapel and Sensei. We invite and encourage you to plan your year of Dharma practice in advance. 

Overview Schedule 2024


2024 is the Year of Wonder! And the Teachers are thrilled to support your path of wonder.

We invite and encourage you to plan your year of Dharma practice in advance, in affirmation of your spiritual aspiration. As your aspiration guides you, choose from a variety of meditation retreats and online courses. Mark your calendars now.

January 14- February 4

Multiple Realities: The Bardos & Beyond

(4 Week Online Course)

Loosen the blinders, walk through veils. We launch the year with a study of the ‘bardos’ or ‘realms’ of experience. Are you practicing for death?

Course Details: Bardos Online 2024

March 8-17
Stages of Emptiness Retreat

The Five Stages of Emptiness 

(One Week Retreat)

What does emptiness mean to you? Would you like to understand the nature of things… more deeply? Every hello is a goodbye. Learn how your relationship with emptiness—and its stages—can further support you, and all beings. This is a precious opportunity to attend a meditation retreat on this topic, with highly experienced Teachers. In-Person with online option.

Course Details: Stages of Emptiness Retreat 2024

March 24

AstroDharma Community Call

(Online Class)

Are you a student of AstroDharma? Have you enrolled in AstroDharma studies with Catherine Pawasarat Sensei? This commuinty call is a chance to connect with a wisdom teacher who has developed Dharmic astrology as a tool for transformation and for benefitting beings. Submit your AstroDharma questions and benefit from hearing the questions of others in the community.

Course Details: AstroDharma Community Call

April 14- May 5
Eight Folds Noble Path online course

From Ordinary to Extraordinary: Walking the Eightfold Noble Path 

(Four Week Online Course)

It’s time to get practical. The Eightfold Noble path is about methodology—how to walk the talk of freedom and spaciousness in our lives. The world needs you to shape up, like, yesterday. And it’s easier with others! Through this study, the practice of this Path, and by really seeing the stuckness of our patterns, we will begin to loosen our tight sense of who we are. The results? Greater freedom, compassion, and clarity. From ordinary to extraordinary. It’s a win-win.

Course Details: Eightfold Ennobling Path

May 24 – June 2
Breathing Retreat 1

Breathing Meditation


This breath will change your life. Join Catherine Pawasarat Sensei in an eight-day breathing meditation retreat. This practice is suitable whether you are a newbie or seasoned meditator, or have always wanted to do a vipassana or longer retreat. Gift yourself the in-person guidance of an accomplished meditation teacher and a balanced meditative approach of the four classical meditation postures. In-person with an online option.

Course Details: Breathing Retreat 2024

July 12-14
absolute relative

Razor’s Edge: The Dance of Absolute and Relative Truths 

(Weekend Course Online/In Person)

One weekend. One Teacher. Two truths… in one. Step onto the Razor’s Edge: the paradoxical and joyous dance of Absolute and Relative. It’s the only truth there is.

Course Details: Razor’s Edge Weekend

September 6-22
movement of mandala tarot

Movement of the Mandala Retreat

(By Application – Full)

This two-week somatic retreat will weave the archetypal energies of the Tarot and Kabbalah into our lives in beautiful and healthy ways. This retreat is full.

Course Details: Movement of the Mandala

October 18-20
interdependent origination

The Heart of Inter-Being: Understanding Dependent Origination

(Weekend Course Online/In Person)

What makes you “you”? How does everything “you” perceive arise? Why does this matter? Together we’ll study a powerful map of consciousness: the wheel of dependent origination. This is a foundational philosophical doctrine shared by all schools of Buddhism, recommended for students of all levels. It directly correlates to suffering, and how to become free, wise, and compassionate.

Course Details: Heart of Inter-Being: Dependent Origination

November 10-December 1
Sangha, Group Guru, Together

The Power of Sangha & Group Guru

(4 Week Online Course)

Sangha are the people working alongside you to wake up. Group Guru is the network of the Awakened Mind showing up in teams and conscious community. We can—and must—use each other to pull ourselves out of the mires of suffering. In this modern approach to sangha and group guru, we will look at the interplay between the collective, the individual and liberation.

Course Details: The Power of Sangha & Group Guru

December 24-January 1 2025
Sangha Fire

Sangha Christmas 


An in-person sangha-only retreat in the peaceful, snowy Christmas-time mountains at Clear Sky Meditation Centre.

Details: Sangha who regularly attend teachings will be contacted with details. 

Overview Schedule 2025


2025 is the Year of Celebration

Let’s celebrate the power of consciousness and community with a year
of intriguing Dharma study and practice.

We invite and encourage you to plan your year in advance, in affirmation of your spiritual aspiration.
As your aspiration guides you, choose from a variety of meditation retreats and online courses.
Mark your calendars now.

January 12 – February 2, 2025
integral buddhism

Integral Evolution: Waking Up & Growing Up

(4 Week Online Course)

Along with the work of waking up—cultivating an enlightened state—we also need to do the work of growing up. This means learning to integrate the clear state into the world through doing our shadow work, developing our communication, and doing all the critical development work to be a fully integrated human being. In this course we explore the elements of a fit and dynamic vehicle for 21st-century awakening, and beyond.

Details: Integral Evolution: Waking Up & Growing Up

March 21-23
Sangha, Group Guru, Together

AstroDharma and the 12th House

(Weekend Course
In-Person & Online)

The astrological 12th house describes our unconscious and superconscious. Join Catherine Pawasarat Sensei for an exciting weekend on how we can each face the challenge of bringing the unconscious to transcendence. The weekend will include transformational Somatic AstroDharma Mandala group work (in-person).

Course Details: Coming Soon

April 13-May 4


(Four Week Online Course)

Joy is a resource. Growing up and waking up is not always easy. In fact, it can be sheer hard work. Nurturing joy and bliss in your life helps you better face the realities of suffering with awareness, compassion, wisdom, and strength. Join us for a four-week course studying and cultivating this natural resource. Joy to the World!

Course Details: Coming Soon

May 23-31
breathing meditation retreat forest


(8 Day Meditation Retreat)

Study sensation, the breath, body and mind. Join Catherine Pawasarat Sensei in an eight-day Vipassana meditation retreat, a practice suitable whether you are a newbie or seasoned meditator, or have always wanted to do a longer retreat. Gift yourself the in-person guidance of an accomplished meditation teacher and a balanced meditative approach using the foundations of mindfulness from the Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta. In-person, with an online option.

Course Details: Coming Soon

July 4-6

As the Spirit Moves

(Weekend Course)

Join Qapel (Achariya Doug Duncan) for an eclectic weekend of “old school” style Dharma teachings. In the past, people “showed up” for Dharma teachings, regardless of topic. The teachings given will be inspired by the energy of the people there and what is “up.”
Course Details: Coming Soon

Oct 31-Nov 2

Dharma & Sex

(Weekend Course)

Everything in our life comes back to our view. Can wisdom traditions exist with sexuality and relationship as a core component? How about without them? Join Catherine Pawasarat Sensei for a female Dharma perspective on sexuality and spiritual practice.

Course Details: Coming Soon

Nov 23-Dec 14

To Be Announced

(Four Week Online Course)

The topic of the fourth online course in 2025 is to be announced. Mark your calendars!

Course Details: Coming Soon

Dec 25- Jan 1
Winter meditation retreat canada

Christmas Retreat

(Sangha Meditation Retreat)

Meditate in community this Christmas with a sangha meditation retreat at Clear Sky Meditation Centre. 

 Details:  to be announced

Mark your calendars now! And stay tuned for updates. Thank you for joining us!

Tree of Life retreat

Supporting Each Other

Although there is no formal year program, we encourage you to reflect and set an intention for the year of what you will attend. We also invite you to connect with people in your local Sanghas to share your aspirations 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

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

Qapel (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 Sensei 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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