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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

Aug 17/18 Ajaan Geoff from San Diego County, CA

Registration Open: click here
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 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.

2019/08/17 Ajaan Geoff Study and Meditation Retreat

Aug 17 and 18 2019
The Five Faculties
Study and Meditation Retreat
Venerable Thanissaro Bhikkhu
also known as Ajaan Geoff
Held at Cadboro Commons, University of Victoria

Saturday 9am – 4:30 pm; Sunday 9am – 4pm.

Registration open – click here

The Five Faculties – conviction, persistence, mindfulness, concentration, and discernment – are a list of qualities that the Buddha said are essential for awakening. They cover both the practice of meditation and the conduct in daily life in a way conducive to release from suffering.
This course, through talks, readings, discussions, and meditation will treat the practical aspects of how to develop these faculties both off the cushion and on.

Study Notes will be available for you to print and bring to the retreat.

Ajaan Geoff is a senior monk in the Thai Forest tradition of Theravada Buddhism and the abbot of Metta Forest Monastery in San Diego County, CA. Appreciated equally for his scholarship and pragmatic approach to practice, he is deeply committed to helping others understand and apply the Buddha’s teachings.


The Victoria IMS is honoured that Ajaan Geoff will offer teachings in Victoria, BC.

2019/09/14 One Day Retreat With Brock Brown

A Peaceful Heart
Finding Peace in a Troubled World

Sept 14, 2019
Held at Goward House, 2495 Arbutus Road, Victoria, BC,
Saturday 9:00 to 4:30 pm.

Registration opens Aug. 19, 2019

In this daylong retreat we will reflect and investigate how we can cultivate peace. There will be chanting, guided meditations, Qi Kung and a Dharma talk.
The Buddha’s teachings are said to go against the streams of the world. We will consider how the ancient teachings of the Buddha help us develop peace in our hearts and minds, even in a troubled world.

This daylong is appropriate for both beginner and experienced meditators.

Brock Brown is a founding member and Chair of the Victoria Insight Meditation Society where he teaches and leads meditation retreats. He has been dedicated to the study and practice of the Buddha’s teachings for the past 30 years, and is inspired by the Thai Forest Tradition. He is a graduate of the Spirit Rock Dedicated Practitioners Program and the Community Dharma Leader Program. Earlier this year Brock spent a month in Thailand staying at a Thai forest monastery in the Ajahn Chah lineage and travelled to India to visit the Buddhist holy sites.