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.

2019/11/09 Weekend Retreat with Howard Cohn

Following The Buddha’s Way of Happiness
November 09 and 10, 2019
Saturday 9:00 to 4:30 pm; Sunday 9 to 4pm.
Sorry – This retreat is now full. Registration is closed.

The Buddha was called ‘the Happy One.’ His teachings and practices provide an inspiring vision of our human potential to experience the highest happiness. They remind us that many of our culture’s promises of what brings happiness actually block our way to the source of real joy. This weekend of Insight Meditation will follow the Buddha’s way of Mindfulness, Concentration and Love, illuminating how each of us, through a gradual process of recognizing and cultivating our natural awareness, can move from clinging and attachment to letting go and freedom, from confusion to clarity, and from tension to ease. The Buddha said, If it was not possible to do this I would not ask you to. Come and see for yourself. The retreat will include instructions in sitting and walking meditation along with opportunities for new and experienced meditators to dialogue with the teacher about their practice.

2020 Victoria IMS Retreats

VictoriaIMS 2020 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.

Nov 9/10, 2019  Howard Cohn from San Francisco, CA
Registration Open. Click here to register.

We are pleased to announce the 2020 retreat schedule.
For teacher Bios click here

Jan 18/19 Heather Martin from Salt Spring Island, BC
Registration Opens Dec 16 2019
 
Feb 29/Mar 1 Margo McLoughlin from Victoria, BC
Registration Opens Feb 3 2020
 
Apr 11/12 Pascal Auclair from Montreal, QU
Registration Opens Mar 16 2020
 
May 23/24 Thanissaro Bhikkhu from San Diego County, CA
Registration Opens Apr 27 2020
This retreat is co-sponosred with the Aranya Refuge Project, Vancouver Island.
 

Sept 19 Brock Brown from Victoria, BC
Registration Opens Aug 24 2020

Oct 17/18 Christina Feldman from the UK
Registration Opens Sept 21 2020

Nov 14/15 Carol Wilson from San Francisco, CA
Registration Opens Oct 19 2020

Volunteer organizers, teachers, and participants have come together for the past 20 years, to support the study and practice of the Theravada Buddhist teachings in Victoria. Teachings are offered freely in keeping with the teachings of the Buddha. We encourage the practice of generosity as a way to further one’s peace of mind and freedom from suffering.

Retreats and Talks are held at Goward House, 2495 Arbutus Road, Victoria, BC.
The June and August retreats 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.