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.

2017 Victoria IMS Retreats

VictoriaIMS 2017 Retreat Schedule

Volunteer organizers, teachers, and participants have come together for the past 15 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 2017 retreat schedule

May 27/28 Ayya Medhanandi
Three Faces of Mindfulness: Effort, Purity and Insight
Full Info here
Registration open. Register here.

Aug 19/20 Ajaan Geoff (Thanissaro Bhikkhu)
Registration opens July 24
Location: UVic Conference room

Sept 16/17 Adrianne Ross
Registration opens Aug 21

Oct 14/15 Steve Armstrong
Registration opens Sept 18

Nov 26 Brock Brown
Registration opens Oct 30

Retreats are held at Goward House except for the Aug 19/20th retreat.
Time of retreats: Saturdays 9 am – 4:30 pm; Sundays 9 am – 4pm.

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.

2017/05/27 Weekend Retreat with Ayya Medhanandi

Retreat with Ayya Medhanandi
May 27/28 2017
Goward House,  2495 Arbutus Road, Victoria, BC
Saturday 9:00 to 4:30 pm;  Sunday 9:00 – 4:00 pm

Online Registration open. Register here.

Three Faces of Mindfulness:
Effort, Purity and Insight

Ayya Medhanandi Bhikkhuni is the founder and guiding teacher of Sati Saraniya Hermitage, a Theravada Buddhist monastery for women in Perth, Ontario.  She began a spiritual quest in childhood that led her to a long retreat in Myanmar (Burma) in 1987.  The following year, she requested full ordination as a bhikkhuni from her preceptor, Venerable Sayadaw U Pandita. This was not yet possible for Theravada Buddhist women. Instead, he granted her 10-precept novice vows on condition that she take them for life.
After a military coup, she left Myanmar to train with the Thai Forest Sangha at Amaravati, UK and ten years later moved to New Zealand, and then SE Asia.  In 2007, having been an alms mendicant nun for nearly 20 years, she received bhikkhuni ordination in Taiwan.  In 2008, on invitation from the Ottawa Buddhist Society and Toronto Theravada Buddhist Community, Ayya returned to her native Canada to establish Sati Saraniya Hermitage.

Please join us for this opportunity to be with Ayya Medhanandi.

There will be periods of silent sitting and walking meditation and teachings throughout the day.

This retreat is suitable for beginner or experienced meditators.

The retreat and teachings are offered freely.

At the retreat, there will be an opportunity to offer financial contributions to the Hermitage, a registered charity, and to VictoriaIMS for operational costs.