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.

2019 Victoria IMS Retreats

VictoriaIMS 2019 Retreat Schedule

Volunteer organizers, teachers, and participants have come together for the past 19 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 2019 retreat schedule
For teacher bios click here

Jan 19/20 Heather Martin from Salt Spring Island, BC
Registration Open. click REGISTER

Feb 23/24 Margo McLoughlin from Victoria, BC
Registration Opens: Jan 28 2019

Apr 27/28 Tuere Sala from Seattle, WA
Registration Opens: Apr 1 2019

May 25/26 Adrianne Ross from Vancouver, BC
Registration Opens: Apr 29 2019

Aug 17/18 Ajaan Geoff from San Diego County, CA
Registration Opens: July 22 2019
Location: Cadboro Commons, UVic campus

Sept 14 Brock Brown from Victoria, BC
Registration Opens: Aug 19 2019

Oct 12/13 Vance Pryor from San Francisco
Registration Opens: Sept 16 2019

Nov 9/10 Howard Cohn from San Francisco, CA
Registration Opens: Oct 14 2019

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.

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 900 – 4:00 pm.

Registration open. click REGISTER:

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 Bhikkhu 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.

2019/02/23 Margo McLoughlin weekend retreat

Margo McLoughlin Retreat

The Medicine of Awareness: The Healing Path of Practice

A weekend retreat with Margo McLoughlin 

February 23 – 24, 2019

Held at Goward House, 2495 Arbutus Road, Victoria, BC,
Saturday 9:00 to 4:30 pm;  Sunday 9:00 – 4:00 pm.
Registration opens January 28, 2019
Through our practice of meditation, we discover the healing properties of mindful awareness. This kind of awareness is much more than paying attention: it is a profound training of the heart and mind that re-establishes inner equilibrium and nurtures an attitude of caring and compassion.
The Buddha is often referred to as the Great Physician, whose foundational teachings of the Four Noble Truths diagnose the human ailment, identify the cause, offer a cure, and prescribe the treatment.

Over the course of two days, Margo will use the framework of Five Spiritual Faculties – faith, energy, mindfulness, concentration, and wisdom – to investigate the ways we can strengthen and apply the medicine of awareness in our lives.


Margo McLoughlin offers classes and leads retreats in Victoria and other Vancouver Island communities. She is a longtime student of Theravada Buddhism, a graduate of the Harvard Divinity School, as well as the Community Dharma Leader training program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. Margo recently completed a ten-month course of study and retreat under the guidance of Steve Armstrong and Kamala Masters.