Heather Martin’s March 2021 Retreat

Annual Retreat for Experienced Practitioners




March 19th – 24th with Tempel Smith and Heather Martin.

The retreat begins on Friday evening, March 19th at 7:00 pm, and runs all day Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, closing Wednesday morning March 24th by 11:00 am.

This retreat is being offered to those who have been practicing for 5 years or more, and have attended a minimum of 5 multi-day residential retreats in the Insight Meditation tradition. We assume that everyone will be familiar with the foundation teachings, so support for deepening and refining more mature practice is enhanced.

(All of our other retreats are open to everyone, regardless of how much or little meditation experience you have).

This retreat will be offered via Zoom link, without charge.

There will be an opportunity to offer DANA to Tempel and Heather at the end of the retreat.There will be a maximum participation of 60 practitioners.

If you would like to participate, and feel your presence will help provide a supportive container for committed practice for the duration of the retreat, please email  saltspringimc@gmail.com.

Please include a brief outline of your meditation experience: Years of practice, tradition, retreat history, and whether your current practice is established, regular, intermittent etc.

Salt Spring Insight Meditation community is run by a small group of volunteers, so your cooperation by just writing essential emails, will be very much appreciated.

Thank you.

Wishing you all peace and calm in the midst of the turmoil in our world, love and connection however you can share it, and wellbeing in every way possible.

Heather Martin – Teacher

Ali Esmail – registrar

Salt Spring Insight Meditation Community.




Tempel Smith began practicing insight and loving-kindness meditation in 1989 at Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Barre, Massachusetts. Tempel focused his younger years on activism within nuclear disarmament, environmental protection, and service working in crisis shelters for homeless and abused youth. In 1997 he spent a year in Myanmar (Burma) as an ordained monk with both Ven. Sayadaw U Pandita and Ven. Pa Auk Sayadaw, and later practiced in silence for a nine month retreat back at the IMS.

Since 2001 Tempel has to taught meditation and Buddhist psychology to a wide variety of people including prisoners, activists, youth, service providers, and those with severe and chronic illnesses. He founded the B.A.S.E. House in San Francisco – a residential community dedicated to living a socially engaged Buddhist life. Tempel spent a year in volunteer service for Zen Hospice, and in 2003 he initiated an international meditation retreat and program for teenagers and young adults which became iBme (Inward Bound Mindfulness Education). Tempel worked for the Buddhist Peace Fellowship in Berkeley coordinating the B.A.S.E. and Young Adults programs, and also has lead pilgrimages in Thailand, Burma, and India for the past ten years.

In 2010 Tempel graduated from a four-year teacher training program run by Jack Kornfield, and now leads Spirit Rock’s 2-year Dedicated Practitioner Program at SRMC. The Buddha’s teachings Tempel offers is greatly informed by his time in Myanmar, years of activism and front line social services, western neuroscience and psychology, and modern somatic based trauma healing.  It is his hope to help transmit the ancient wisdom traditions from Asian countries in accessible forms to western communities.


Tempel has recently moved to Victoria, B.C. with his wife, Kristina Bare, who is an Insight Meditation Teacher-in-training.

He is looking forward to connecting with the sangha’s of BC, Alberta and the US Pacific Northest.