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

Jan 20/21
Heather Martin
Registration open here

Feb 24/26
Margo McLoughlin Retreat
Registration opens Jan 29, 2018  More info here.
Friday Feb 23, Margo McLoughlin – Dharma Story telling evening  7 – 9pm

Mar 31/Apr01
Pascal Auclair Retreat
Registration opens Mar 05, 2018

May 26/27
Susie Harrington
Registration opens Apr 30 2018
Friday May 25, Susie Harrington – evening talk 7 – 9pm

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

Sep 15/16
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/charity 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.

2018/02/21 Heather Martin Retreat

Weekend Retreat with Heather Martin

What does it mean to be fully human ?
Can we live with greater reverence, wonder, freedom ?
Can we contribute the best of ourselves to our world, our people, ourselves ?
Practicing Present Awareness supports this journey of our one precious life.
This retreat is open to all, both experienced people and those new to meditation.

Sat Jan 20 and Sun Jan 21
Time: 9:00 – 4:30 on Saturday, 9:00 – 4:00 on Sunday
Goward House, 2495 Arbutus Road, Victoria, BC.
Registration open here

Heather Martin
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

2018/02/24 Margo McLoughlin 2 Day Retreat

Illuminating the World, Befriending the Mind: Mindfulness and the Path of Practice
A two-day retreat with Margo McLoughlin
at Goward House,2495 Arbutus Road, Victoria, BC.
February 24 – 25, 2017
Sat 9 – 4:30  –   Sun 9 – 4:00
A dedicated practice of mindfulness sharpens perception while also softening the heart. In this weekend retreat, we will deepen our understanding of mindful awareness through a careful examination of the first two factors of awakening – mindfulness (sati) and investigation (dhamma-vicaya). At the same time, we will review the foundations of practice and explore the importance of friendliness (metta) as we learn to befriend  our own minds.
A teacher, storyteller, and writer, Margo holds a Master of Divinity from the Harvard Divinity School. In 2012, she completed her training as a Community Dharma Leader through Spirit Rock Meditation Centre.
Extra event at Goward House prior to retreat
On Friday, February 23rd, from 7 – 8:30 p.m., Margo will present a storytelling program entitled “An Evening of Elephants: Reflections on Rebirth and Stories from the Buddhist Tradition.”
Margo has been translating and adapting the birth stories of the Buddha for the last twenty years. Her translations have been published in Insight Journal and Parabola Magazine. She has performed for a number of communities throughout the United States, including Seattle Insight, Insight Santa Cruz, San Francisco Insight, New York Insight and Insight Meditation Society.
This evening program is by donation. No advance registration is necessary. Children eight years old and older are welcome. Please come early to ensure a seat! 

2018/03/31 Pascal Auclair Weekend Retreat


Saturday 31 March and Sunday 01 April, 2018
Time: Saturday 
9 am – 4:30 pm; Sunday 9 am – 4 pm.
Goward House, 2495 Arbutus Road, Victoria, BC.
Registration opens Mar 05, 2018

 Intimacy with the world, inner and outer, will be what we open to and cultivate during this retreat, inviting again and again a balance of heart and mind, friendliness and clarity. This sets the right conditions for wisdom and freedom to arise naturally. While sitting and walking with meditative presence and guidance from the teacher, we will discover for ourselves what is possible in this very life.

 Pascal Auclair has been immersed in Buddhist practice and study since 1997, sitting retreats in Asia and America with revered monastics and lay teachers. He has been mentored by Joseph Goldstein and Jack Kornfield at the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Massachusetts and Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California. Pascal teaches in North America and in Europe. He is a co­founder and Guiding Teacher at True North Insight. His depth of insight, classical training, and creative expression all combine in a wise and compassionate presence. In addition, his warmth and humour make Pascal a much appreciated teacher