Try out an Ottawa retreat while on holiday
- Ottawa Travel Guide
- Friday, 02 March 2012 10:35
When travellers venture to new destinations, they are often looking to have a unique and refreshing experience on holiday. Some choose to indulge in new culinary delights, while others make time to listen to their favourite music at a live concert. However, if those taking tours of Ottawa want to truly connect with their surroundings, they may want to consider a stay at the Ottawa Pagoda Sangha. This retreat centre welcomes visitors of all ages and backgrounds to spend some time doing simple routines and activities that can help bring a sense of peace and satisfaction.
This facility was built in honour of the Dharma teacher Chan Ngo, who was ordained in the 1980s in the Order of the Interbeing. Nowadays, the Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh leads the community to mirror the theories of the revered teacher Ngo. Hanh has also written several books and travels across the country to discuss this specialisation and ideas of mindfulness.
The main focus of this particular retreat centre in Ottawa is finding mindfulness with oneself and others. There are various classes, workshops and retreats that assist those hoping to reach a higher state of being and awareness through lectures, chanting and meditation.
The retreat centre often organises events that travellers can sign up for to try a more in-depth experience at the Ottawa Pagoda Sangha. For instance, on May 11th the facility will hosts a weekend Mindfulness Retreat led by Zen master Hanh.
No matter what meditation skill level guests are at, they are encouraged to be a part of this retreat and meet other like-minded travellers and locals as they go through various exercises and routines as a unit. Some of the other professionals who will accompany those in retreat are monastics from the Blue Cliff Monastery. Travellers interested in these types of retreats should explore the pagoda's website, as they frequently post the different events they will be offering annually to the public.
Those who like to try new things while on holiday should not miss spending some time at this retreat centre, or checking out the other tranquil offerings this city presents, such as spas, scenic parks and stylish hotels.