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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.

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.

How to Register
On the day a retreat opens for registration, a link to register will be posted on this page.
As well, if you sign up for an electronic newsletter, you will receive an invitation to register the morning the retreat opens.

2020/01/18 Heather Martin Retreat

January 18/19 2020
Held at Goward House, 2495 Arbutus Road, Victoria, BC
Saturday 9:00 to 4:30 pm; Sunday 9 to 4pm
Registration opens Dec 16 2019

A Weekend of Meditation focusing on Peace and Joy – everybody’s New Year’s Resolution.

Let’s take these two days to get in touch with and deepen into what brings our hearts alive; making conscious more meaning and value in our lives.

The first day – Saturday – we’ll employ some well known and effective tools that release us from our tangles and struggles, subsiding the tension and drama inside our hearts/minds.  The second day – Sunday – we’ll delve more deeply into ways to usher in to our awareness the sacred, the valuable, the meaningful, once there is some space in our hearts, and a malleable enough mind to follow our guidance. 

Heather Martin, a resident of Salt Spring Island, has a long association with the Victoria Insight Meditation Society. Heather teaches classes and leads retreats in Canada and the US. Her early dharma influence was under the guidance of S.N. Goenka, and she has since been influenced by both Burmese and Thai streams of Theravada, most recently studying with U Tejaniya of Burma. Heather’s approach to life and her style of teaching for the past 15 years is led by her heart – warm and compassionate. She is curious, practical, has a ready laugh and is a great communicator.