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2018 Brock Brown

Brock Brown is a founding member and Chair of the Victoria Insight Meditation Society where he teaches and leads meditation retreats. He has been dedicated to the study and practice of the Buddha’s teachings in the Theravada tradition for the past 27 years, and is inspired by the Thai Forest tradition. He is a graduate of the Spirit Rock Dedicated Practitioners Program and the Community Dharma Leader Program and completed the Birken Forest Monastery Upasika program. Brock enjoys studying the suttas and making them relevant to our everyday lives.

2019/01/19 Heather Martin weekend retreat

Insight Meditation Weekend Retreat with Heather Martin

January 19th and 20th, 2019

Heather Martin

Held at Goward House, 2495 Arbutus Road, Victoria, BC,
Saturday 9:00 to 4:30 pm;  Sunday 9:00 – 4:00 pm.

Registration opens Dec 17


Come and Meditate with others, in silence and friendship.

Let’s remain cool, calm and collected in the heat of the moment; in the unfolding crises of our home planet; in face of the latest news, so we can respond well to whatever comes our way with perspective, with care and, above all, with kindness.

Heather Martin has been meditating for 40 years, in various traditions. Theravada has been her main practice since 1981, when she trained in the style of SN Goenka, for 8 years.  She has practiced Tibetan Dzogchen with Tsoknyi Rinpoche, Vipassana with Burmese Sayadaw U Tejaniya, and more recently the early Foundations of Mindfulness with scholar-monk Bikkhu Analayo.

She has been teaching retreats in North America since 2001, in Canada and the West Coast of the United States.  She guides the Salt Spring Island Vipassana Community, where she has lived for 37 years.

She is a retired midwife and childbirth educator.

Heather emphasizes the practical application of these perennially brilliant teachings, with warm-heartedness, clarity and accessibility.

2018/10/14 Christina Feldman Retreat day two audio files

The following audio files were recorded at Goward House on day two of a weekend retreat given by Christina Feldman in October 2018.


2018/10/13 Christina Feldman Retreat Day One Audio

The following files were recorded at Goward House in Victoria on day one of a weekend retreat given by Christina Feldman in October 2018.


2019/09/15 Brock Brown Retreat Audio Files

The following files were recorded at Goward House in Victoria during a one day retreat given by Brock Brown on the 15th of Sept, 2018.


2018/09/12 Ajaan Geoff talk Audio Files

The following audio files were recorded at Goward House on the evening of 12 Sept, 2018 during a presentation by Ajaan Geoff.


2018/11/01 YMCA Meditation Training

The YMCA Mindfulness Groups offer a free 7-week psychoeducational and support group for young adults ages 18-30 who experience anxiety. Participants learn healthy coping skills, connect with other young people in the community, and get support all in a safe and friendly environment. Programming is supervised by trained mental health professionals.

The group provides a safe, supportive environment where you can meet others who have had similar experiences and includes:

  • Educational workshops about anxiety and other mental health related topics
  • Practicing evidence-based mindfulness techniques during workshops, a proven tool to help manage anxiety
  • An introduction to Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), an evidenced based therapy that uses acceptance and mindfulness strategies
  • Take-home resources to help manage anxiety in between weekly meetings
  • A seven-week YMCA-YWCA Vancouver Island gym membership to encourage young adults to manage their anxiety through physical activity

If anxiety is impacting your life and preventing you from doing what you want or need to do, this group can help support you. Join us to learn mindfulness techniques, get helpful tools and resources, and meet other like-minded young adults.

Registration / Information

Attending an information session is mandatory prior to participating in the program. Register for an upcoming information session by emailing us (please include your contact information and birth date).

In 2018-2020 we will be holding Mindfulness Groups at the Downtown and Westhills (Langford) Y locations.

Y Mind Program description and details –


2019/03/26 LBGTQI 5-day Retreat – Salt Spring Island



MARCH 26 – 31, 2019
Stowell Lake Farm, Salt Spring Island
Contact for more information and to register.

We’ll create a space of ease and support for QTBLGAI2S people to cultivate mindfulness, kindness and wisdom through insight meditation. Sharing silence and meditative space with community allows us to make greater peace with ourselves and our lives, one moment at a time. While listening to the teachings of wisdom and compassion and mindfully sitting, walking, eating and resting, liberating insights arise, and clarity and freedom is gained. We can learn to find an ever-deepening sense of well-being, touching joy and fostering the heart’s release. We practice in this way both for our own benefit and for the benefit of others. Open to beginning and experienced meditators who self-identify as queer, questioning, trans, genderqueer, non-binary, bisexual, lesbian, gay, agender, intersex or two-spirit.

2018/10/10 A six week course with Margo McLoughlin

Tending the Spark: Mindfulness and the Creative Life

Explore the connections between mindfulness
and living a creative life. 

Rediscover your passion for creating,
or simply reframe 
your approach to the tasks of daily life. 

Dates: Wednesdays, October 10 – November 28, 2018.

Time: 4:30 – 6 p.m.

Location: The chapel at the Oak Bay United Church, adjacent to the church offices at 1355 Mitchell Street, Victoria, BC.

Registration Fee: $80 – $120 sliding scale. To register, please send an e-mail to Margo ( with “Tending the Spark” in the subject line.

Margo McLoughlin
#6, 914 St. Charles Street
Victoria, BC  V8S 3P6