Location
  • Canada
Length
12 - 26 weeks
Program Tags
After College Conservation Cultural Immersion Hands-On Learning Internships Social Justice Study Abroad Volunteer Abroad Yoga Retreats

Program Details

Activities
Remote Exploring Yoga
Timeframe
Fall Spring Summer Winter Year Round
Housing
Ashram Lodge
Primary Language
English
Age Min.
25
Age Max
50

Pricing

Starting Price
2000
Price Details
Tuition is $2775 CAD + tax for 3 months. This includes Karma Yoga programming and education, guidance and training from the onsite teachers and community, food & accommodation, as well as three nights on personal retreat in one of our meditation cabins.

Additional classes and guidance are offered by Teachers on the basis of dãna (generosity, an ancient transformative practice you will learn about during your stay). Budget $100 to $150 CAD per week for dãna and other personal expenses during your stay, such as going off site, eating out, and exploring the beauty of the surrounding area.
What's Included
Accommodation Some Activities Meals Wifi
What's Included (Extra)

Embodied Karma Yoga (eg. harvesting, eco-restoration, construction, cooking)
Applied Karma Yoga (eg. graphic design, writing)
Daily community meditations, contemplations and organic meals
Classes, retreats and in-the-moment teachings
3-night retreat in one of our cabins.

What's Not Included
Some Activities Airfare Airport Transfers Transportation Travel Insurance
What's Not Included (Extra)

While at Clear Sky you will learn about the ancient transformative practice of dana. Additional classes and programs offered by our founding Teachers, Doug and Catherine Sensei, are given on the premise of this practice.

Oct 30, 2023
Jan 28, 2024
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About Program

Join our Three Month Intensive Program in the Canadian Rocky Mountains.

This is an immersive educational program with dynamic Dharma Teachers, community members and students. This program helps you develop practical skills for living in community, integrating your meditation practice with daily life and living your life in alignment with your values and vision.

Since 2005, Clear Sky Meditation Center has offered spiritual retreats and training for people with a heart for spiritual exploration who want to awaken more quickly and fully.

Founded by Qapel Doug Duncan and Catherine Pawasarat Sensei, we are home to students from around the globe who are dedicated to co-creating a supportive and innovative space for awakening in our modern world.

We embrace innovation, permaculture principles and are situated on 300-acres for deepening your meditation practice and reconnecting with nature.

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Program Highlights

  • Construct a meaningful personal vision (for this lifetime and beyond)
  • Build authentic connection with others
  • Cultivate a powerful and transformative meditation practice
  • Feel at home in your body and connected with nature. Co-create achievable solutions for healing our planet (spiritually, environmentally, socially & financially)
  • Transform and transcend difficult mental/emotional patterns and blocks

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Program Reviews

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Erika
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Unlocking Your Potential

The 3-month Karma Yoga program at Clear Sky was an incredibly life-altering experience for me—it helped me to see what was going on in my life and mind more clearly.

The teachers, whole community, and experience helped to ground me. It was very supportive. I was experiencing intense fear and confusion about life and where I was headed when I arrived, and I learned how to have a different relationship with those thoughts and feelings. I learned how to contact the place of stillness and peace inside of me.

And I learned that I am much much more than I could've previously imagined, and discovered more of the insight that my potential in certain terms is limitless. I now have a much better understanding of the fact that my obstacles are really in my own mind.

It's a huge gift to grow in working with others through karma yoga, as you have the opportunity to see your patterns in relationship and communicating with the other. There is no replacement for this. You cannot gain the insight into yourself that this program offers from sitting on a meditation cushion, believe me. Plus, it's an opportunity to grow in a variety of different skills, including what you are already good at, and what you aren't. The experience of letting go into the flow of daily practice and commitment to living in a real, integrated community is unbeatable. There is nothing like this.

You must be very committed to your own true growth and stepping outside of your current way of seeing things. If you're truly and deeply ready to leave behind the old patterns of life that aren't serving you or anybody else, consider taking up the challenge of this program and really facing yourself and the changes you need to make.

17 people found this review helpful.
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June
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Powerful, transformative experience

When I completed the karma yoga program last year, it was the most important, life changing experience that I'd had up until then and I'm in my mid 30s. The teachers and residents are patient, kind and supportive, yet dedicated to your spiritual growth and sharp when encouraging more wholesome habits. Participating in an intensive meditation program in a conscious community is an experience that I highly recommend trying - not only will you deepen your meditation practice, you can also walk away with other important life skills - cooking for 15+ people, mudding a straw bale cabin, marketing and web design, composting and gardening to name a few. There are guaranteed to be challenging moments when you run into your own ego, but with that comes the biggest breakthroughs. Thank you Clear Sky!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
If you are at all interested in the program, don't wait to contact the team to figure out whether it's right for you :).
Pros
  • Clearer mind and state
  • Meet a great community dedicated to spiritual unfoldment
  • New skills useful for my own business
32 people found this review helpful.
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Aurora
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Karma Yoga Program

Clear Sky is a one of a kind place that is dedicated to personal and spiritual development. The teachers and community uphold a high degree of integrity with a focused approach and application of spiritual principals and ethics in daily life. I would recommend Clear Sky and the Karma Yoga program to anyone who is looking to deepen their connection with themselves, other people, and life as a whole. It provides an excellent container and opportunity to develop a consistent meditation practice and learn about different spiritual practices and traditions. Clear Sky is a place where ones willingness to show up for challenge is met equally with the support to overcome it, and to become more fully awake and alive in our everyday experiences.

32 people found this review helpful.
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Ignacio
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

ClearSky is the place to unfold!

I did the 3 month intensive program in 2020. It was a challenge but the group, the space, the meditations, the work, the support and care was all there to help me unfold personally and spiritually! Everyone is super supportive at the centre and if community is new to you, as it was to me, I coudn't recommend it more. Try it. I learned so much about myself and confidence level has never been higher after going through the experience. Everything I learned ClearSky was so easily translatable to my everyday life in the city. ClearSky gave me the tools needed to show up in life with clarity, compassion and wisdom. Sure, it was tough but it was totally worth it and I couldn't be more grateful

Pros
  • Food is unreal
  • The teachers and community are beyond supportive, compassionate and caring
  • So much clean air
30 people found this review helpful.
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Brad
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Challenge Yourself

Clear Sky is a brilliant place to find your edge and extend yourself further.
The people are warm and friendly. The food is healthy and delicious. The landscape is
breathtaking. The routine is fairly rigorous combining meditation and educational programs that stimulate the mind with manual work that strengthens the body. The centre is run in a holistic and sustainable way that promotes well being for people and the planet. The meditation sessions are interesting and effective and they even have a fun night once a week that may comprise of a movie or a game of pool. The Teachings are useful and are delivered in an entertaining way offering great solutions to stay grounded and find more peace, clarity and wisdom. I look forward to returning to Clear Sky in the near future.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Stick with the routine when the going gets tough. The uncomfortable feelings will shift and the inevitable resolution is joyous.
80 people found this review helpful.
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Maryline
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Karma Yoga Program Review

Hi,
If you are thinking to stay at Clear Sky, congrats! This will be a real, down to earth transformative experience. If you are a spiritual seeker that want to understand yourself better to have bigger sense of fulfilment and happiness in your life, this could be the experience that your depth is seeking. The power of this place is all the transformations that people there have made and the commitment of the community to keep high standards of communication, commitment, trust and honesty. People there have made so much work on themselves and can really help you to see clearer and transcend your own unwholesome patterns and they are committed to your growth. That made my experience at Clear Sky the most transformational of all my explorative experiences. There are a bunch of people over there that are ready to shine the light where the darkness crept in. It is not the easiest and relax exploration, I must say, but if you really want to become what you are meant to be, looking at the limiting views of yourself and others is essential and Clear Sky is providing the container for you to see, understand, acknowledge, and heal the parts of you that contribute to suffering. A life time opportunity.
The natural setting is absolutely wonderful and the food is of high quality. You will be involved in a wide range of activities and will have the opportunity to understand better what are your strengths and areas of development. I personally found what I wanted to do for my career through my process at Clear Sky.

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
I did not think that meditation was so awesome. I discovered that this practice is essential to sustainable living and good mental health. Today, I can see how I am such in a better state and less victim of the ups and downs of life because of my meditation practice.
99 people found this review helpful.
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Brendan
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Mindfulness and beyond!

There were many programs that I was looking at before attending the "Mindfulness and Beyond" program at Clear Sky, but what I resonated most with were the words "a challenge" and that this was NOT the program to do if I wanted a vacation or lots of free time. It really was like a modern day monastery and I LOVED it! We all helped cooked the meals during the week and I really felt like I was a part of the center while I was there. We not only studied Buddhism and various mindfulness techniques, we learned how to work better with others, which has greatly improved my career and relationships. I liked how we checked in everyday as a team, studied new things and reflected throughout the day. I really miss walking on the beautiful trails at the center, listening to the bird songs and I often saw elk, deer and the onsite horse. The food was local, organic and yummy! The onsite teachers ate with us almost every day and they and the team were so kind and answered any questions I had. I was impressed by their experience and sharing. I learned so much and it really did go beyond what I expected. It was "a challenge" as mentioned, but I really grew in just 3 months. Picking and eating fresh fruit in the food forest is a must! Thank you Clear Sky!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Walk the beautiful hiking trails when you have time! There are so many animals you will see like deer, elk, chipmunks and badgers. I loved the quiet as the bird songs resonate. There are sitting platforms all over the 310 acre property with amazing views. Also, make sure to walk up the mountain and check out Peter Creek.
85 people found this review helpful.
Felix-Antoine
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Diving deeper

This is so much more than farming and caring for a food forest. It is about learning to live in a mindful community and bringing buddhist meditation into everyday life.
Let's be clear though, there is some farming and at least half of each day was spent outdoors pruning, mowing, fixing irrigation, harvesting and keeping records of it all. There is also a decent size vegetable garden close to the main building.
The scenery at Clear Sky is absolutely breathtaking. It is ranch country with massive mountains all around with deer and elk often seen in large numbers.
The food is delicious and diverse. The residents are very helpful to help transition into what we could call the buddha mind set (buddhist teachings and daily meditation practice). If you are not seriously interested in questioning your asumptions, taking a closer look at your ego and changing your habits, then Clear Sky might not be your best bet. If you are though, I cannot think of a better container to go diving deeper.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Be ready to meditate and do other daily chores (cooking, cleaning etc)
89 people found this review helpful.

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