The Heart of Wisdom Retreat
Winnie Nazarko

Date: Friday June 10 - 17, 2022

Location: Sisters of St. John the Divine Guest House, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
About the Retreat


     All beings want to be happy, but often don’t know how to be. We look for external circumstances to provide lasting satisfaction, but external things are changeable and thus unreliable sources of freedom and contentment.


     Many spiritual paths teach the importance of cultivating our heart and mind, of shaping it in the direction of wisdom and goodwill. This retreat offers teachings from Buddhism which directly show us how to do this.   


     The retreat offers instruction in insight meditation (mindfulness), walking meditation, and metta (goodwill) meditation. The retreat will be held largely in silence. This Noble Silence supports students in letting go of inter-personal distraction in order to focus on their own cultivation.


     The experienced teacher, Winnie Nazarko, is a Guiding Teacher at Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA. She will offer ample time for questions in the general sessions. There will also be small group practice meetings, allowing each retreatant to receive personal attention.

Register for the retreat 

Insight Meditation

     Insight (or vipassana) meditation is the simple, direct observation of the mind/body process with relaxed, open and careful attention. As we connect with our experience from a place of spacious stillness and steadiness, we learn to meet the changing conditions we encounter with greater ease and balance of mind. As our understanding deepens, equanimity in the face of change grows, and we discover a refuge that is to a great extent independent of life’s changing conditions.



Registration Fee: 

$1,150.00 (on or before April 30th, 2022)

$1,250.00 (May 1st - May 9th)

(no hst)

Deadline to register is May 9th.

About the Fee

     The registration fee covers the costs of single rooms at the Guest House and a cost recovery of modest administrative fees. The teacher's fee is collected as a donation (Dana) from participants for the support and well-being of our teacher. The Dharma Retreats' Board of Directors volunteer their time to organise retreats, receive no remuneration, and pay the same registration fee as everyone else. 

About Dana

     Dana follows a 2500-year-old Buddhist tradition, were teachers offer retreats free of charge. Instead, they are supported by voluntary donations from their students. The dana provided by the registration fee is modest for what our teacher provide.