Dharma Teachings 2024

Year of Wonder

Welcome to the 2024 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.

Overview Schedule


It’s 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

Interdependent 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: Interdependent 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. 

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

Tree of Life retreat

Supporting Each Other in 2024

Although there is no formal year program, we encourage you to reflect and set an intention for 2024 of what you will attend. We also invite you to connect with people in your local Sanghas to share your aspirations for 2024 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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