Category Archives: VictoriaIMS Retreats

We offer one-day and two-day non-residential retreats. Retreats are held at Goward House, 2495 Arbutus Road, Victoria, BC. unless otherwise noted.

2018 Victoria IMS Retreats

VictoriaIMS 2018 Retreat Schedule

Volunteer organizers, teachers, and participants have come together for the past 17 years, to support the study and practice of the Theravada Buddhist teachings in Victoria. The VictoriaIMS Council and volunteers thank you for your ongoing interest and dedication to meditation and mindfulness practices.

We are pleased to announce the 2018 retreat schedule

May 26/27
Susie Harrington
Registration open –  REGISTER
Sunday May 27, Susie Harrington – Sunday Sit

June 23/24
Venerable Ajahn Viradhammo Retreat
Abbot of Tisarana Buddhist Monastery, Perth, Ontario
Registration opens May 28, 2018 Full Info
Location: UVic Conference Room

Sep 15
Brock Brown Retreat
Registration opens Aug 20, 2018

Oct 13/14
Christina Feldman Retreat
Registration opens Sept 17, 2018

Nov 10/11
Carol Wilson Retreat
Registration opens Oct 15, 2018

Retreats and Talks are held at Goward House, 2495 Arbutus Road, Victoria, BC.
The June 23/24 retreat will be held at UVic Cadboro Commons Building.

Time of retreats: Saturdays 9 am – 4:30 pm; Sundays 9 am – 4 pm.

The teachings are offered freely. There are no registration fees.

On the day of the retreat, you may offer financial contributions to the teacher or in the case of monastics to the monastery, and to Victoria IMS for operational costs. Suggested donation to VictoriaIMS is $40 for a two-day retreat and $20 for a one-day retreat. There is no suggested amount for offering financial contributions to the teacher or monastery.

2018/05/26 Susie Harrington Weekend Retreat

A Balanced Heart: Compassion and Equanimity
May 26/27, 2018 Sat/Sun  Retreat Goward House
with Susie Harrington
Saturday 26 May and Sunday 27 May, 2018
Time: Saturday 9 am – 4:30 pm; Sunday 9 am – 4 pm.
Goward House, 2495 Arbutus Road, Victoria, BC.
Registration open –  REGISTER
Through Insight meditation practice, we are given the opportunity to see the habits of mind that keep us isolated from our experiences and the world.  As we dismantle these patterns, our hearts soften, our capacity to see clearly increases, and we are touched and can touch the world more directly.   To be touched is a blessing, to be alive and connected is a tender and transformative experience. Equanimity in combination with compassion allows us to be connected and heartful, while also maintaining balance as we experience the joys and sorrows of ourselves and the world we care about.
 On this weekend retreat we will explore seeing clearly the truth of things as they are and doing so with a balanced and compassionate heart.  This silent meditation retreat will have sitting and walking practice, as well a small group meetings with the teacher and dharma talks.  It is suitable for beginners and those with experience.
Susie Harrington teaches meditation in the USA and Canada and is the guiding teacher for Desert Dharma,which serves many communities in the Southwest near her home in Moab, Utah. She has trained in the Insight tradition since 1989, and in 2005 was invited into teaching by Jack Kornfield, Joseph Goldstein, and Guy Armstrong. She has also received teachings from many others, including Tory Capron, Adyashanti, and Tsoknyi Rinpoche. She often offers retreats outside, believing nature to be a profound teacher, and a gateway to our true self. Her teaching is deeply grounded in the body and often emphasizes the expression of mindfulness in speech and daily life. Susie brings the skills of inquiry, relational dharma, and the psychological/spiritual interface to her teaching, informed by her ongoing study of the Diamond Approach by A.H.Almaas and as a graduate of Hakomi Therapy (a somatic psychotherapy modality).

2018/06/23 Ajahn Viradhammo Weekend Retreat

The Contemplative’s Craft”
Internalizing the Teachings of the Buddha

Victoria IMS is honoured to receive teachings from Ajahn Viradhammo.

Sat June 23 9am – 4:30 pm
Sun June 24 9am – 4:00 pm
UVic Cadboro Commons – Queenswood/Arbutus Room
Registration opens on May 28
Ajahn Viradhammo is a senior monk in the Thai Forest Tradition. He is the abbot of Tisarana Monastery in Perth, Ontario. Ajahn Viradhammo grew up in Toronto. In 1974 he ordained in Thailand with Ajahn Chah at Wat Pah Pong Monastery. He was involved in the establishment of both the Chithurst and Harnham Monasteries in the UK as well as the Bodhinyanarama Monastery in New Zealand where he was the abbot before returning to Canada.