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We offer one-day and two-day non-residential retreats. Retreats are held at Goward House, 2495 Arbutus Road, Victoria, BC. unless otherwise noted.

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2024 Victoria IMS Retreat Schedule
We are pleased to announce our 2024 non-residential retreats.
These in-person retreats will be at Goward House  in Victoria, BC, unless otherwise noted.
The August and October retreats will also be available online via Zoom.

March 16/17 Margo McLoughlin
Registration Open.     REGISTER

April 27 Adrianne Ross
Registration Opens: Apr 1 2024

May 25 Kristina Baré
Registration Opens: Apr 29 2024

August 17/18  Ajaan Geoff 
Co-sponsored with Aranya Refuge
Location: UVic, and online
Registration Opens: July 22 2024

September 14/15 Kate Davies
Registration Opens: Aug 19 2024

October 19/20 Howie Cohn 
In-person and online
Registration Opens: Sept 23 2024

November 23 Brock Brown
Registration Opens: Oct 28 2024

All retreats are offered with no registration fees.
Victoria IMS and our teachers follow the Buddhist practice of giving, called dana.
Victoria IMS and the teachers continue to offer programs as a result of the collective generosity offered to sustain organizational costs and teachers’ livelihoods.
We thank you for keeping the Buddhist teachings alive and well in Victoria, BC.

For information about the retreat teachers:

2024/03/16 Weekend Retreat with Margo McLoughlin

Retreat with Margo McLoughlin
The Clear Light of Awareness: Uncovering Wisdom and Balancing Effort on the Path of Awakening.

March 16 and 17, 2024 at Goward House in Victoria.
2495 Arbutus Road.
Saturday 0900am to 4pm
Sunday    0900am to 4pm
In-person only
Registration open.    REGISTER

The skillful application of energy manifests as the willingness to meet the circumstances of our lives with joyful interest and courage. This fearlessness is both the result of practice and the fuel that takes us onward. A sustained and balanced energy is necessary as we disentangle the reactive habit patterns of the mind and gradually learn to welcome both the lovely and unlovely aspects of experience. Over the course of the weekend, we’ll explore several dimensions of viriya (effort/energy), including its relationship to the other four spiritual faculties of confidence, mindfulness, concentration and wisdom.

Margo McLoughlin has been practicing and studying in the Insight tradition of Theravada Buddhism for more than thirty years. She is a graduate of the Community Dharma Leader program and also holds a Master of Divinity from the Harvard Divinity School. Margo translates the birth stories of the Buddha, known as the Jataka, adapting them for modern audiences. She brings a deep love of poetry, myth, and metaphor to her teaching.