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 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

Oct 12/13 Vance Pryor from San Francisco
Registration Open; Click here

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.

2019/10/12 Weekend Retreat with Vance Prior

Patience, Continuity, and Wisdom: A Non-Residential Weekend of Practice

October 12 – 13, 2019
Saturday 9:00am to 4:30pm; Sunday 9:00am to 4:00pm
Held at Goward House, 2495 Arbutus Road, Victoria, BC
Registration open: Click Here

This period of practice will emphasize the cultivation of patience, continuity of mindful awareness, and wise investigation of experience as a basis for meditation practice. We will explore bringing the practice of meditation into our daily lives in an integrated way. There will be ample time for both silent meditation along with question and answer periods

Vance Pryor, Psy. D. has been practicing insight meditation since 1999. He has been deeply influenced by the teachings of U Pandita and U Tejaniya. He is currently being mentored by Steve Armstrong and Kamala Masters, and is participating in IMS’s 2017-2021 Teacher Training Program.

2019/11/09 Weekend Retreat with Howard Cohn

Following The Buddha’s Way of Happiness
November 09 and 10, 2019
Held at Goward House, 2495 Arbutus Road, Victoria, BC,
Saturday 9:00 to 4:30 pm; Sunday 9 to 4pm.
Registration opens October 14.

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.