A place where girls & women can build strength & fortify their minds. We offer two Programs: LEAD Teens (13-18) and LEADw (18+), both which leverage strength and fitness as a catalyst for building your mental muscle. Through our carefully constructed LEADer Curriculum™, you will learn to view yourself through a more holistic lens. On your journey, the focus will revolve around progress in two equally vital and highly-connected areas: athletic development (physical capacity) and character building (mental competency). We provide you with a safe space where you can physically push yourself to new limits. We also provide you with a supportive peer forum where you can develop crucial leadership and communication skills. Your mission – should you choose to accept it – will be to help both yourself and others recognize the beautiful, reciprocating relationship between the mind and the body.
Vipassana, which means “to see things as they really are,” is one of India’s most ancient techniques of meditation. It was taught in India more than 2500 years ago as a universal remedy for universal ills, an “Art of Living.”
Vipassana meditation is taught during ten-day long courses at several retreat centers in the Pacific Northwest:
The Northwest Vipassana Center, also known as Dhamma Kuñja (meaning Grove of Dhamma), is situated on 50 rural acres near the town of Onalaska, Washington, two hours south of Seattle, and 1.5 hours north of Portland, Oregon. The Center was established in August 1991 to offer training in Vipassana meditation. Ten-day courses are offered every month for new and returning students. Three-day and one-day courses are given for returning students from time to time, as well as programs for children.
Dhamma Surabhi is situated on a 56 acre forested property 20 minutes south of Merritt, BC, and less than a 3-hour drive from Vancouver, BC. The aroma of pine fills the air during the warmer months, reinforcing the centre’s name of Dhamma Surabhi, “Fragrance of Dhamma.”