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Calendar of Events

We will continue to offer  Zoom Dyad Retreats as a pathway for those who like them and those who cannot attend in-person events. In our experience Zoom Contemplation Intensives  have proven themselves to be worthy alternatives to the Enlightenment Intensive. The are a way for people who cannot attend in person retreats to participant in the wonderful work of inquiry.

We will be offering more in person intensives when we find a suitable venue. 

Events for 2023

February 10  – 14 and February 17 – 21, 2023 Consecutive Weekend Contemplation Intensives – Zoom

March 31 to April 6, 2023  5 Day Enlightenment Intensive,  Cloud Mountain Washington – in person

May 19 – 23  and May 26 – 30th 2023  Consecutive Weekend Contemplation Intensives  – Zoom

July 20 – 28   2023 7 Day Enlightenment Intensive Tree of Life Newfoundland  – in person

September 21 – October 6th 2023 Two Week Enlightenment Intensive (in person).  Powell River BC

November 16 – 20, 2023 Three Day Enlightenment Intensive (in person) at Rivendale Retreat Center Bowen Island – in person

 We are looking for a new Enlightenment Intensive home! Anyone with ideas please let us know!!!

Note:  3, 5 and 7 Day Intensives are named for the number of full days doing Dyads. When we designate an Intensive a 5 Day or a 7 Day we do not count the evening before or the morning after. In practical terms, a 3 Day requires 5 days attendance, a 5 day requires 7.  

Details of these events are listed below:

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February 2023

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February 10 to 21 2023, Zoom Dyad Retreat

Friday evening Feb 10, all day Saturday Feb 11, Sunday 12 Monday 13 and Tuesday morning Feb 14

Tuesday afternoon Wednesday Feb 15 Thursday 16 and Friday Feb 17 are rest days

Friday evening Feb 17, Saturday 18, Sunday 19, Monday 20, & Tuesday Feb 21

This event is offered as one retreat as our intention is to provide a Long Intensive experience on Zoom.  There are 6 full days of contemplation, two part days and three rest days. We have offered consecutive-weekend Zoom retreats five times and found this format works wonderfully.  This is a great opportunity to contemplate deeply without the time constraints of the typical 3 day intensive.

While this event is offered to those who want to dive into a long intensive, we will accept participants who can only do the first or only the second part.

Fee is by donation.

To register call, Murray Kennedy 604 984 3282  or  Email: murrayakennedy@gmail.com

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March April 2023

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Five Day Enlightenment Intensive  

 Cloud Mountain Retreat Center  March 31 April 6 2023

At Cloud Mountain Washington (110 miles south of Seattle 70 Miles north of Portland)

Tiered Fees:  to be announced (Before Covid it was  Subsidized Level $420, Sustaining Level $460 Supporting Level $500 – it is unknown at this point if fees will rise or not)- plus dana offerings to teachers and staff.

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  May 2023

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May 19 – 23 and/or 26 – 30th 2023 Zoom Dyad Retreats 


Friday evening May 19th – Monday evening May 22nd or Tuesday morning May 23rd 

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Friday evening May 26th – Monday evening  May 29th or Tuesday morning May 30th  

This event is offered as one retreat as our intention is to provide a Long Intensive experience on Zoom.  There are 6 full days of contemplation, two part days and 3 rest days. We have offered consecutive-weekend Zoom retreats many times and found this format works wonderfully.  This is a great opportunity to contemplate deeply without the time constraints of the typical 3 day intensive.

While this event is offered to those who want to dive into a long intensive, we will accept participants who can only do the first or only the second part.

Fee is by donation.

To register call, Murray Kennedy 604 984 3282  or  Email: murrayakennedy@gmail.com

Murray Kennedy’s Enlightenment Intensives are traditional with the following exceptions 1. In the afternoons, rest period is earlier than in the original schedule; – before, rather than after, lecture. 2. Before one or two of the dyads the group chants together. 3. Instead of working contemplation we may have movement to music.  4.”Tell me what Love is?” is an available question.

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July 2023

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Seven Day Enlightenment Intensive in Newfoundland!

Thursday evening July 20 – thru Friday morning  July 28,  2023

At Tree Of Life Retreat Center,  Avalon Peninsula, Newfoundland     Cost $750   

Murray Kennedy 604 984 3282  or  Email: murrayakennedy@gmail.com

To register contact  Ian Goudie 709-765-6271 iangoudie@nl.rogers.com $200 Deposit

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Two Week Enlightenment Intensive

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September 22 to October 7th 2022

The Two Week Intensive is held at The Point, between Lang Bay and Brew Bay on Malaspina Strait. South of Powell River BC

To apply to The Two Week Intensive contact Murray: murrayakennedy@gmail.com

Cost $2300 (Includes room and board)

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About Longer Intensives

For many people three-day Enlightenment Intensives end just when they are starting to get interesting. On the final day participants often find themselves in a new realm, one where contemplation is no longer foreign or forced but spontaneous, natural and real. The dyads flow on a deeper level. Contact is profound. The power and significance of the work have become self-evident.

But then the Intensive comes to an end. Formality and discipline lift; contemplation subsides and participants begin to contract out of the expanded state they were just beginning to enjoy.

A seven or fourteen-day intensive is for those who want to stay on and continue the inquiry at the level they have attained at the end of the third day. So it is an opportunity go on out into realms you always had to turn your back on before; and experience whatever arises as contemplation deepens day after day after day. It is a simple and very pure life. You are supported and nourished by the structure and fellowship of the intensive. Your only mandate and concern is to continue opening to the truth and communicating your experience, whatever it is.

Personally I love long Intensives. I love having the time to sink deeply into a contemplating mode of life. I love living the practice; day after day in a company of committed others.  As the days go by forcing and striving are replaced by acceptance and curiosity. Anxiety and pressure give way to the spaciousness of unfolding reality. Devotion and surrender naturally arise. One’s intention is simply to welcome the Truth whatever it is; however it is! To me this is the essence of the work. It is an intrinsically meaningful, satisfying and appropriate activity. There is the opportunity to face, understand and resolve issues in a deep way.

Long Enlightenment Intensives are not easy. There are barriers and crises to face. But I feel they genuinely benefit those who choose to do them. They involve a deep confrontation with illusion and a level of work which can profoundly affect participants’ lives.

Fourteen day Intensives are significantly more challenging than the seven day format. And for some people they are not the best.  Admission is at Murray and Patsy’s discretion. As a rule we choose to work with people we already know from 3 or 7 Day Intensives.

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November 2023

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Three Day Enlightenment Intensive  

 Thursday evening November 16th through Monday morning November 20th

 In-Person at Rivendale Retreat Center, Bowen Island BC 

Fee to be announced. 

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Non Residential Contemplation Events:

Zoom Dyad Every Wednesday log on before 7:00

The opportunity to do one, two or three dyads every week or any week, it’s free and it’s good to give attention to attention. Contact murray if you wish to be put on the invitation list, see below.

In Vancouver Every Wednesday: Dyad Night postponed due to Covid.

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Dyad Night has been held in Vancouver continuously for 34 years. But we are meeting on Zoom during Covid, If you are interested contact Murray murrayakennedy@gmail.com for details.

Every Wednesday we do two, 40 minute dyads followed by a short sharing circle.

Dyad Night is open to anyone interested in contemplative inquiry. Newcomers are welcome and instruction is available.

This is a wonderful opportunity to practice presence, open to reality and let go of our burdens.

We meet every Wednesday evening 7:30 – 9:45 at Holy Trinity Anglican Church; 1440 West 12th Ave. The entrance is on the south side of 12th just west of Hemlock. There’s free street parking after 7:00.

Our room is on the third floor. Cost is $5.00.    All are very welcome.

Cost is $5.00. All are welcome.

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