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BCIMS Retreats

Short Retreats

Short retreats are are one and a half to two and a half days in length and are typically held over a weekend. BCIMS offers short retreats either online or in-person.

 

In-person short retreats are held in local venues. They are non-residential retreats, meaning that participants attend during the day and return home in the evening.  

 

Short retreats offer participants the opportunity for structured practice in a group setting with an experienced teacher. Unless otherwise indicated these retreats are suitable for beginners to experienced meditators. 

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Pascal Auclair

Fri Mar 24 - Sun Mar 26 2023

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2.5 days

UBC Asian Centre, Vancouver, BC

Registration opens:

10 AM on

Jan 24 2023

4 Wise Efforts: Abandon, Avoid, Bring Forth, and Nurture: All Buddhist wisdom is contained in the teachings on the four wise efforts. During this non-residential retreat, a friendly and quiet gathering, we will explore how to live well, learning how to: consciously identify and abandon that which needlessly disturbs the heart; prevent the emergence of attitudes that are harmful to ourselves and others; explore the capacity we have to invite beautiful and liberating human qualities; and finally, nurturing the wisdom to recognize and cultivate those strengths alive within us. A big program! A search that will take place in joy and kindness, promised. All are welcomed to this event; whatever your identity is, whatever your identities are in the present moment.

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Nikki Mirghafori

August 11-13, 2023

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2.5 days

UBC Asian Centre, Vancouver, BC

Registration opens:

10 AM on

May 5 2023

Befriending Mortality: Living An Awakened Life Through Mindfulness of Death (Maranasati): Fully embracing our life’s impermanence can give rise to a deep letting go and freedom, so that we can be fearlessly and peacefully prepared for our death as a potentially liberative moment. Let us come together to explore this supreme practice, one which the Buddha invited us to reflect upon daily for the sake of ourselves and others.

This retreat includes dharma talks, guided meditations, Q/A, silent sitting and walking, as well as interactive inquiry in small groups. All are welcome.

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DaRa Williams

Sat Sep 30 2023

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1 day

Online

Registration opens:

10 AM on

Jul 28 2023

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Christina Feldman

Sat Oct 28 - Sun Oct 29 2023

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2 days

UBC Asian Centre, Vancouver, BC

Registration opens:

10 AM on

Aug 25 2023

Please note, there will be no Friday evening sit for this retreat. We will meet Saturday and Sunday only.

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Rick Hanson

Fri Dec 1 - Sun Dec 3 2023

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2.5 days

Online

Registration opens:

10 AM on

Sep 29 2023

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NonResidential Retreat
Residential Retreat
Long Retreats

Long retreats are intensive retreats with a minimum of three full days of practice. BCIMS offers long retreats either online or in-person.

 

In-person residential retreats are held at a retreat centre where the majority of participants stay for the duration of the retreat. Some retreats also offer a limited number of commuter spaces at a reduced rate for participants who do not need accommodation.

 

Long retreats feature a limited number of attendees, allowing participants to immerse themselves in practice for an extended period of time and to engage in practice interviews with teachers.

 

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Anushka Fernandopulle and Pascal Auclair

Tue Mar 28 - Sun Apr 2 2023

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5 nights

Stowel Lake Farm, Salt Spring Island, BC
LGBTQIA2S+ Retreat

Registration Opens:

10 am on

Dec 14 2022

Financial Assistance Deadline:

Dec 2 2022

NEW UPDATE! Commuter and RV Tickets available: We are excited offer a limited number of commuter and RV tickets. Tickets are available on the Eventbrite Registration page starting February 1 at 10am.

We are so gladdened to be welcoming Pascal Auclair and Anushka Fernandopulle back to BCIMS to lead a LGBTQIA2S+ Retreat from March 28 – April 2 at the beautiful Stowel Lake Farm on Salt Spring Island. This retreat is intended for the LGBTQIA2S+ sangha to connect in affinity. We ask that you register only if you identify as a member of the LGBTQIA2S+ community to help support the container of safety.

We also ask retreatants to commit to attending the entirety of the retreat, to again support the retreat container.

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James Lowe and Jeanne Corrigal

Sat May 6 - Fri May 12 2023

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6 nights

Sea to Sky Retreat Centre, Whistler, BC

Registration Opens:

10 am on

Feb 6 2023

Financial Assistance Deadline:

Jan 23 2023

On this retreat, we will connect with the ease of nature through the Brahma Vihara (Divine Abodes) practices of metta, compassion, empathic joy and equanimity. Surrounded by a lake and forest in the Coastal Mountain Range, we will combine nature and meditation practices to support the natural process of peace in the mind. These practices and qualities can become your guides when you return to life after the retreat, even in challenging times.

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Rachel Lewis and Dawn Scott

Tue May 30 - Sat Jun 3 2023

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4 nights

Bethlehem Retreat Centre, Nanaimo, BC

Registration Opens:

10 am on

Mar 2 2023

Financial Assistance Deadline:

Feb 16 2023

The Pali word for confidence, saddha, means to place one’s heart upon something. In this retreat, we will explore connecting with our own inner sense of confidence as we trust the biological imperative for freedom, while resting into the support of nature and our companions.

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Adrianne Ross, Sally Armstrong and Guy Armstrong

Wed Jun 15 - Fri Jun 24 2023

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9 nights

Bethlehem Retreat Centre, Nanaimo, BC
Retreat for Experienced Practitioners

Registration Opens:

10 am on

Mar 17 2023

Financial Assistance Deadline:

Mar 3 2023

In this silent retreat for experienced students, we will explore the nature of awareness, or consciousness, which is at the heart of sentient life. Awareness is always with us, revealing the phenomena of our experience, yet we may not have learned how to use it as a focus in meditation. As we deepen our connection to and understanding of this mysterious capacity for knowing, it becomes a powerful pathway to inner freedom and liberation. There will be periods of sitting and walking practice and individual practice discussion meetings with teachers.

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James Lowe

Thu Aug 31 - Sun Sep 3 2023

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3 nights

Sea to Sky Retreat Centre, Whistler, BC

Registration Opens:

10 am on

May 31 2023

Financial Assistance Deadline:

May 17 2023

This diverse retreat rests in nature so we can engage the world. When we live in a world filled with delusion and culture wars, it’s important to reconnect to what matters. On this retreat we’ll reconnect to nature, and then in turn, to our metta and compassion. Adopting the forest as our refuge, we’ll examine the kind of stance we need to live an engaged wholesome life. This retreat is for individuals who identify as BIPOC.

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Tempel Smith and Kristina Baré

Sat Sep 23 - Sat Sep 30 2023

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7 nights

Bethlehem Retreat Centre, Nanaimo, BC

Registration Opens:

10 am on

Jun 23 2023

Financial Assistance Deadline:

Jun 9 2023

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Adrianne Ross and Christina Feldman

Wed Nov 1 - Sun Nov 5 2023

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4 nights

Bethlehem Retreat Centre, Nanaimo, BC

Registration Opens:

10 am on

Aug 1 2023

Financial Assistance Deadline:

Jul 18 2023

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Adrienne Ross

Dec 27 2023 - Jan 1 2024

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5 days

Bethlehem Retreat Centre, Nanaimo BC

Registration Opens:

10 am on

Sep 22 2023

Financial Assistance Deadline:

Sep 8 2023

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