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Calendar of Events

Due to the situation with Covid 19 this list of intended Intensives is provisional.

We will not be holding Intensives unless it is safe for participants and staff to attend.

The Newfoundland 7 day and the September 2 Week are cancelled. The November Intensives are question marks.  We will update this Calendar going forward.

September 24th to 28th Three Day On Line  Dyad Contemplation Intensive

October 2nd to 5th Three Day On Line Dyad Contemplation Intensive see details below: 

November 6 – 11  2020;  Three Day Enlightenment Intensive, Langley BC

November 17 – 23,  2020;   Five Day Enlightenment Intensive, Cloud Mountain Washington.

February  13 – 15,  2021;  Three Day Love Intensive (Non Residential) North Vancouver

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.

Details of these events are listed below:


In Vancouver Every Wednesday: Dyad Night

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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.

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Consecutive Three Day On-line Contemplation Intensives

Thursday Evening September 24th through Monday morning September 28th

And Friday October 2 through Monday October 5th

IN July we did a full Three-Day Dyad Contemplation Intensive on Zoom.  It worked amazingly well; so well  many participants said they actually preferred on-line to in-person. And …

As we cannot safely give our traditional 2 Week Intensive this September, Patsy and I are offering two, back to back 3 Day Intensives with a 3 day break in between.  We hope this will give some of the depth and continuity of a long Intensive while being sustainable on zoom. In all there will be six full days of contemplation plus the first night and 3-dyad integration mornings following each of the 3 day Intensives. To participate you need a tablet or a computer, a stable internet connection and a quiet place to do the dyads.

Rather than setting a price for this Intensive we are making it by donation.

We view this as a long intensive and ask that participants commit to the whole time.

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Three Day Enlightenment Intensive

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Friday evening, November 6th thru Tuesday evening, November 10th, or Wednesday morning Nov 11th. 2020

At Springbrooke Retreat Center Langley     Cost $575

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

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November 2020

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Five Day Enlightenment Intensive

The April Cloud Mountain Intensive has been tentatively rescheduled to

Tuesday November 17 through Monday November 23rd 2020

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

Tiered Fees: Subsidized Level $420, Sustaining Level $460 Supporting Level $500 – plus dana offerings to teachers and staff.

For Information or to register for this Intensive go to the Cloud Mountain web site – https://www.cloudmountain.org/retreats?retreat=122

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November 2020

Standing-Dogen

Five Day Enlightenment Intensive

April 2021 at Cloud Mountain Retreat Center

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

Tiered Fees: Subsidized Level $420, Sustaining Level $460 Supporting Level $500 – plus dana offerings to teachers and staff.

For Information or to register for this Intensive go to the Cloud Mountain web site – https://www.cloudmountain.org/retreats?retreat=122

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Three Day Love Intensive 

Saturday morning February 13 thru Monday evening February 15, 2021

At 3077 Princess Ave. North Vancouver

Fee – $300

Love Intensives are the same as standard EI except:

  • All participants contemplate the true nature of Love responding to  the dyad instruction, “Open to the presence of Love.” 

  • Participants go home at night.   If you live out-of-town there are Air B&B’s in the area where you can stay.  

  • On days 1, 2, & 3 there are 10, 10 and 8 dyads respectively. 

  •  We begin each day at 7:30 Am. Days 1 & 2 go to 9:30 in the evening. On the final day we close at 7:30.  

  • Meals are provided. 

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

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May 2021

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Three Day Enlightenment Intensive

Thursday evening May  6 – Sunday evening May 9 or Monday morning May 10,  2021

At Springbrooke Retreat Center, Langley BC   Cost: $575

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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Seven Day Enlightenment Intensive

Thursday evening May 6  – thru Friday morning  May 14,  2021

At Springbrooke Retreat Center.       Cost $1075

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

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July 22 to 30th 2021

Seven Day Enlightenment Intensive in Newfoundland!

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Thursday evening July 22 – thru Friday morning  July 30,  2021

At Tree Of Life Retreat Center,  Avalon Peninsula, Newfoundland       Cost $850   

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

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

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Two Week Enlightenment Intensive

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September 16 to Oct 1st 2021

To be held at The Point, south of Powell River BC between Lang Bay and Brew Bay on Malaspina Strait.

Cost $2000 (Includes room and board)

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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Non Residential Contemplation Events:

Dyad Night: –   Every Wednesday Night: 7:30 to 9:45  – two dyads followed by a short sharing circle.

We meet at Holy Trinity Anglican Church. The address is 1440 West 12th Avenue. The entrance is on the south side of 12th just west of Hemlock. Our room is on the third floor. (Take the elevator.)

Cost is $5.00. All are welcome.

Love Intensive every February – see above

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