Clear Sky Meditation Center
Since 2005, Clear Sky has been growing and offering retreats and training for people with a heart for spiritual exploration who want to awaken more quickly and fully. These include retreats from our founding teachers Doug Duncan and Catherine Pawasarat.
The name Clear Sky represents the mind of blissful, non-clinging awareness – the still, clear mind always present behind the ever-shifting clouds of everyday thoughts and emotions. This is the mind that pays attention to the right details and is alert, awake, conscious, and kind.
After all, isn’t this our birthright, what we all want?
Why Clear Sky works – the five principles of a spiritual container
We heard again and again that people would have amazing, transformative experiences at Clear Sky, and then inevitably struggle to recreate this strong container for themselves in their daily lives.
It’s understandable. After all, we can only spend so much time in retreat; most of our time is spent in everyday activities, with the inevitable busyness and distractions. And this is where our energy leaks and where, despite best intentions, we lose focus on our spiritual aspirations.
Yet, we know it doesn’t have to be that way.
In 2015, we started what became an 18-month project to answer a question; How do we help people keep their spiritual lives ignited, without quitting everything and going to live in the mountains?
Through this project, we came up with five principles to help people feel support like that of a retreat centre, a concept we call a “spiritual container.” This is the centre’s unique offering to help people set up their own spiritual container in their daily lives to protect their state and keep joy and clarity at the forefront of their lives.
Clear Sky – A working monastery lifestyle
We embrace Karma Yoga as a practice in itself, and the purpose of the center is to provide a supportive container for this precious discipline. Life here is geared to this principle, rather than on strict adherence to the published schedule.
So, while we set out a schedule averaging out at eight hours a day of Karma Yoga in a six day period (with one day off (integration) per week), there are times when this may change based on the needs of the center. Typically, we balance this by a day at the beach, or skiing, or going out for a dinner and a movie.
A typical day starts with group meditation at 6:30 or 7:00 am and ends with a second group meditation at 7:30 pm. Aside from six hours of general karma yoga projects, everyone spends around two hours a day in the kitchen on meal preparation and cleanup.
Living so fully in community is an integral part of the program – it is both a challenge and a joy, and is the source of much of the learning and insights you can expect here.
Catherine Pawasarat and Doug Duncan
Fort Steele British Columbia V0B 1N0 Canada.