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Tarot & Western Archetypes Retreat

August 6 - August 20

Tarot & Western Archetypes

Interactive Retreat | August 6-20, 2022

The Tarot claims unique status as part of the Western Mystery tradition. It offers a powerful and concise path of liberation that draws on our own life experiences as Westerners and our native intelligence to help unfold deeper wisdom and understanding of our mystical life.

In this two-week-long retreat, participants learn to use the 22 cards of the major arcana of the Tarot deck as a resource for reflection, visualization and self-discovery.

An online option is available for those who cannot travel to BC, Canada for this retreat.


The Tarot and Western Archetypes

Hua Yan 2022

While Buddhism, Sufism, shamanism and other traditions offer us outstanding tools for our spiritual unfoldment, they also require learning about foreign philosophy, culture, and sometimes even language. The Tarot’s archetypes are something that all Westerners have grown up with since infancy (even if we didn’t realize it), and thus they are more easily accessible. The Tarot archetypes – such as the Fool, the Empress, and the Chariot – allow Westerners to do depth work and find greater meaning in our lives, relatively easily.

Each Tarot card embodies the characteristics of an archetype, aspects of which exist within each of us, and each card contains symbolism through which transformation can occur. In this retreat, daily teachings focus on the knowledge base of the Tarot tradition, which leads us into deeper meditation on the archetypes and energies therein.

Through these teachings and meditations, we discover what aspects are stronger and weaker in our being, ultimately teaching us how to integrate them more fully into our daily lives. Exercises that may incorporate art, music and movement help us contact the patterns of our being through sensing, feeling and insight.

Residential or Online Retreat

It's best in person.  Online is also possible.

It is always best to do a meditation retreat in person. However, with Covid-19 travel restrictions, you may not be able to fly to BC. Here are some basic requirements for doing this retreat online.

Basic requirements to do the retreat online:

  • Block out your schedule and be focused on the retreat for this entire period, using this time and participating in the retreat as if you were at Clear Sky in person. This includes a rigorous, full, daily meditation schedule.
  • Participate in all of the daily classes and group practices via online streaming.
  • Set up a quiet space or location where you can focus on the Meditation Retreat and not need to engage in conversation or work with others.
  • Put away your phone, digital devices and other distractions.
  • If there are enough people in the same time zone as you, you could also meet to do group practice together throughout the retreat.

 Daily Schedule:

This is an example of a daily retreat schedule. Exact times may vary.

  • [Personal Meditation / Breakfast]
  • 9am MST: Class with Teachers
  • [Personal Meditation / Lunch]
  • 2pm - 3 pm MST: Group meditation practice
  • [Personal Meditation / Dinner]
  • 7pm MST: Meditation and Q&A with Teachers 
Sangha - Online Classes

Tarot & Western Archetypes

Universal principles of unfoldment

August 6-20, 2022

At Clear Sky Meditation Centre, BC, Canada

Group Guru Conscious Community

Why this Retreat?

The Tarot offers a powerful, concise path of liberation drawing on universal life experiences to invite us into deeper understanding of the mystical life.

As archetypes and meditations, the symbolism of the tarot is utterly transformative. In this retreat we will examine the major arcana, their archetypal meanings, and how some of their groupings may be catalytic for our spiritual transformation.

Tarot Retreat

What Can I expect with this Retreat?

The Retreat

  • An open mind and heart and a spirit of adventure are excellent things to bring!
  • Receive daily teachings based on Tarot archetypes.
  • Become familiar with the 22 Tarot cards of the major arcana and their main characteristics.
  • Practice using meditation techniques using the Tarot cards for self-discovery.
  • Reveal and relate deeper patterns from within our being to the major archetypes.
  • Explore techniques in loosening patterns of thought and action.
  • Enjoy the benefits of 5-8 hours per day of meditative practice and exploration.
  • Enjoy the surrounding wilderness at Clear Sky Center.
  • It’s human to have some apprehensions about doing something new, meeting new people, or going to a new place; particularly when all three happen together. Knowing this, we try to make our retreats as supportive as possible.

The Location – Clear Sky Center

  • Located in the BC rocky mountains, Clear Sky offers over 300-acres to deepen your practice and reconnect with nature. Founded by Qapel (Doug Duncan) and Sensei (Catherine Pawasarat), the centre is home to students from around the globe who are dedicated to co-creating a supportive and innovative space for awakening in our modern world.
  • Clear Sky Centre FAQs
  • Our teachings and Clear Sky operate based on the ancient tradition of dāna or generosity. As generosity is the basis upon which all spiritual practice flourishes, we recommend that you learn more about this profound practice before you register.

Meet the Teachers

Catherine Pawasarat
Catherine Pawasarat
Doug Qapel Duncan
Doug Qapel Duncan
Doug Duncan and Catherine Pawasarat are Dharma and meditation teachers who founded Clear Sky Meditation Center, 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, Qapel embraces various traditions, contemporary psychology, and science, to mentor all beings to a more awakened state.

Catherine Pawasarat Sensei has trained daily with Qapel (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 Qapel she is co-founder of Clear Sky Retreat Center in the BC Rockies.

What Do Previous Retreatants Say?

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
Cara Conroy-Lau

Doug and Catherine teach the Vajrayana with great skill and means. Their ability to shift, weave and embrace each moment with diverse types of students is amazing. One of the jewels they teach and transmit is deity practice, or arising yoga. I have experienced many of their wongkur initiations and find them to be powerful and liberative experiences that also provide tools of great value in my day-to-day practice.

Cara Conroy-Lau

Course Fees & Requirements

All Retreatants: A Dāna Based Retreat

This retreat is offered on the basis of dāna (generosity).

Dāna is a Sanskrit term meaning “generosity”, and is the traditional way in which Buddhist teachings are offered.  With dāna, we give as a mutual exchange of generosity. You may have come across this in the form of “pay from the heart”. It’s our joy to offer this course, and we trust you’ll match our time, energy, and passion by giving an amount of money that feels good and healthy to both you and us.

You will be sent a link to offer “dāna” to the teachers after registration. 

For more information on dāna click here.

Retreatants at Clear Sky: Lodging Fees & Covid 19 Protocols

In addition to Dāna to the teachers, Clear Sky Meditation Center provides an incredible space for your retreat.  Situated on a beautiful 310-acre property in the Rocky Mountains, the center and its karma yogis provide you nourishing daily meals and comfortable accommodation.

Please go to the registration page for this retreat for details of the all inclusive fee for the two week retreat.

Covid-19 Protocols

Please note that we are taking measures to keep us all healthy during this retreat, including:

  • You must have experienced no symptoms associated with covid-19 in the past 14 days.
  • You have met and followed all BC and Canadian health regulations regarding Covid-19 and travel.
  • Further details will be posted closer to the retreat date as necessary.

Detailed Daily Schedule

Specific times may change – this is a rough guide (MST)

  • 6:30 – 7:30 AM: Walk &/or Personal Practice
  • 7:30 – 8:15 AM : Breakfast: Prepare, eat, clean up
  • 8:15 – 8:45 AM: Walk &/or Personal Practice
  • 9:00 – 10:00 AM: Class with Teachers
  • 10:00 – 10:30 AM: Walk
  • 10:30 – 11:30 AM: Group Practice lead by Sangha
  • 11:30 – 12:30 PM: Personal Practice
  • 12:30 – 1:30 PM: Lunch: Prepare, eat, clean up
  • 1:30 – 3:00 PM: Personal Practice
  • 3:00 – 4:00 PM: Group Practice led by Sangha
  • 4:00 – 5:30 PM: Personal Practice
  • 5:30 – 7:00 PM Dinner: prepare, eat, clean up
  • 7:00 – 7:30 PM: Walk &/or Personal Practice
  • 7:30 – 8:30 PM: Group Practice and Q & A with Teachers
  • 8:30 – beyond: Personal Practice & sleep

*For Online Retreatants: Admin Fees & Requirements

In order to bring you this retreat at home, there is an additional admin fee* of $375 CAD. The admin fee is to cover the costs of running these online courses – for equipment and software to provide you the teachings online.

If you are taking this retreat online, we require that you devote your full attention to the retreat for the entire two weeks.

Requirements include:

  • Block out the two weeks and be focused on the retreat for this entire period, using this time and participating in the retreat as if you were at Clear Sky in person.  This includes a rigorous, full, daily meditation schedule.
  • Participate in all of the daily classes and group practices via online streaming.
  • Set up a quiet space or location where you can focus on the meditation retreat, and not need to engage in conversation or work with others.
  • Put away your phone, digital devices and other distractions.
  • Note: full details/ requirements will be sent to you after registering


About the administrative fee*

In the traditional model of in-person teachings, a retreat center or urban meditation center invites teachers to visit. In these cases the centers have infrastructure and organization costs to cover, which might be covered by an admin fee. For the teaching itself, dāna to the teachers is offered in a bowl. This honors both the sustainability of the teachers and of the supporting center.

We’ve tried to recreate this approach online.
The teachers’ time and the teaching themselves are offered on the basis of dāna, separate from the admin fee. With our dāna offering we are making a direct gift of generosity to the teachers to support their teachings and livelihood. Learn more about the practice of dāna here.

The admin fee goes to support the infrastructure and organization necessary to support them to teach. As anyone with an online business will know, the costs of setting up good infrastructure to support effective teaching and connection online can be surprising.

Below are some examples of the work and benefits that your admin fee payment is supporting:

  • high speed internet (to allow interviews and classes online)
  • online class systems (Zoom)
  • registration / admin systems (Eventbrite, Basecamp)
  • communication systems to keep everyone informed, share connection details, teachings and other resources (Mailchimp)
  • online storage (for example, Dropbox, to allow us to let students watch recordings and to store and share selected teachings in other forms such as podcasts and videos after the Teachings)
  • quality sound, video and editing equipment (both for live teachings and to provide good enough quality for later sharing as podcasts and video). We are regularly updating our equipment to improve your user experience
  • online calendar booking system to allow students to book interviews
  • website hosting and maintenance for sharing upcoming courses, teachings, blogs and other resources

May all our efforts be sustainable, abundant and for the benefit of all beings!

*We also do not wish to exclude anyone from the Teachings, so if you are not currently in a financial position to afford the admin fee, please contact us so we can support you to attend.

We welcome any questions. Please feel free to contact [email protected]

Ready to Register?

Please click on the appropriate button below to register for online or in-person retreat options.  If you have questions about the retreat, please phone 250-429-3929, or contact [email protected]

Travel in 2022 and Covid-19

Due to travel restrictions, we are offering an online option for this retreat.  Please read the course fees and requirements information above. We will be contacting you after registration to offer recommendations to support your online retreat.


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