Clear Sky Meditation and Study Center

Bull River, British Columbia, Canada

  • Last updated: January 23, 2018 (2 seconds ago)
  • Listing created on: January 23, 2018

Mission Statement

Clear Sky isn’t just a place.
It’s the aspiration and the common purpose of a group of people. Simply put, we want to wake ourselves up and help others do the same.

Community Description

Since 2005, Clear Sky has been growing and offering retreats and training for people with a heart for spiritual exploration who want to awaken more quickly and fully.
+ Meditation retreats
+ Meditation cabins
+ 1-acre food forest
+ Training program
+ Hosting our founding teachers’ retreats and teachings, both residential and online

The name Clear Sky represents the mind of blissful, non-clinging awareness – the still, clear mind always present behind the ever-shifting clouds of everyday thoughts and emotions. This is the mind that pays attention to the right details and is alert, awake, conscious, and kind.

About

  • Type(s): Shared Housing, Cohouseholding, or Coliving (multiple individuals sharing a dwelling), Spiritual or Religious Community
  • Programs & Activities: School, Educational Institute or Experience, Volunteer, Internship, or Apprenticeship, Organization, Resource, or Network, WWOOF’ing, Guest Farming, Meditation retreats
  • Location: Rural

Housing

  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 310 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Room(s) in a house or building, Yurt, tee-pee, dome, treehouse, or tent, Mobile homes, RV’s, converted buses
  • Current Number of Residences: 3
  • Planned number of residences: 3
  • Planned Residence Types: Room(s) in a house or building, Tiny house, Mobile homes, RV’s, converted buses
  • Housing Provided: Rental, Work-exchange
  • Land owned by: Clear Sky is a charity
  • Additional Comments:

    At present, you’re likely to be a good fit if you’re single or perhaps a couple. We don’t have families living on site.

Membership

  • Adult Members: 10
  • Child Members: 0
  • Non-member Residents: 0
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    Call ahead and ask about the Clear Sky experience or the Karma Yoga program.

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    Membership as such is purely for voting rights at our annual board meetings. You do not need to be a member to stay at Clear Sky.

  • Additional Comments:

    Since Clear Sky is a charity, our community is based on a shared interest in awakening / spiritual growth. There is a period where you can stay as part of the Karma Yoga program, where you give 6 days in exchange for room, board and training in mindfulness. After that, staying on a temporary or permanent resident is by individual negotiation, and your room and board will depend on how many days you are available each week to run the center, and how many days you work a job. You’ll likely be asked to commit to a minimum of six months.

Government

  • Decision Making: By a board, council, group of elders, or leadership group
  • Identified Leader: Yes, multiple identified leaders
  • Additional Comments:

    Decisions are generally led by the more experienced and senior members. if you have a specific skillset or knowledge base, you may be part of decision making in certain areas. Yet generally each person’s influence depends on to what extent they think and act with the community and the teachings first and foremost in their mind.

Economics

  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Regular Fee per Month: $500
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 20
  • Open to members with existing debt: No
  • Additional Comments:

    This is not exactly relevant, since as we’re a charity there is no buy-in or group ownership. We’ve clicked ‘no’ here because we want to encourage financial responsibility in all, and money or other worldly concerns become an energy drain if not attended to properly.

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.
  • Current renewable energy generation: Up to 25%
  • Energy sources: Geothermal
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 50-75%
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Planned food produced: Between 26-49%
  • Food produced locally: Almost All, around 90%

Lifestyle

  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Library, Workshop, Outbuilding(s), Tractor & Farm Equipment, Fire pit, Internet, meditation room
  • Internet Available: Yes, community provides it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for some people.
  • Shared meals: Approximately all meals
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Local (food sourced within 150 miles), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), GMO Free (only non-genetically modified organisms)
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Somewhat – there are some dietary restrictions or customs.
  • Special Diets OK: Sometimes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    While we have checked ‘tobacco used occasionally’, it is rare for anyone living here to be a regular or even occasional smoker. Smoking is only allowed in one spot, especially in summer when the fire hazard is high.

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Eclectic (integrates multiple religious or spiritual beliefs), Buddhist, Mixed Eastern Philosophy or Practice
  • Spiritual Practice Expected?: Yes
  • Expected Healthcare Practices:

    Not sure what this question refers to – we expect good personal hygiene (since we’re in close quarters!) and general self care and care for the health of others.

  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual
  • Additional Comments:

    In general, we eat all meals together except on our ‘integration day” (day off) when you are still welcome to join group meals if you wish.
    We eat lunch and dinner most days with our founding teachers.

Additional Comments

Clear Sky is essentially a working monastery. We are not monks or nuns, however:). We have fun, jobs, relationships and we are omnivore.
We’re about waking up and waking each other up.
We welcome new people through our Karma Yoga program. If we’re a good fit, ask about staying longer and how that could work.

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Keywords

Awakening, meditation, conscious community, exploration, food forest, farm,