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.

1 VictoriaIMS Retreats

We offer one-day and two-day non-residential retreats. Retreats have usually been held at Goward House, 2495 Arbutus Road, Victoria, BC. At this time we have cancelled all in-person retreats but have scheduled online retreats using Zoom.

The following online retreats are scheduled for the remainder of 2020.

Carol Wilson online retreat 14th and 15th November, 2020.
Registration open. Contact for more information.

2020/11/14 Carol Wilson Zoom Retreat

Carol Wilson Retreat: Bringing the Dhamma Home: Natural awareness as a way of life.
Sat Nov 14 and Sun Nov 15 2020
9am – 4pm both days
Registration Open. Contact for more information.

As Sayadaw U Tejaniya says:” Mindfulness is a lifestyle change.”   When we have the opportunity to practice recognizing relaxed, natural awareness in our daily life, we may discover that the “lifestyle change” is not as much of a change as we might imagine: it is a shift of intention. Are we truly interested to invite a steady awareness  into our activities, whatever they are?

Awareness is a natural quality of the mind. When the mind is relaxed and at ease,   moment-to-moment awareness enables us to see things as they are, leading to the blossoming of wisdom and compassion.

Natural awareness can become a part of our lives. This weekend retreat will emphasize developing a continuity of awareness that is supported by wise attitude and wise effort. 

A weekend  together, at home, in the midst of our regular lives, is a perfect opportunity to practice and strengthen our trust that  awareness, and  the compassion that accompanies clear seeing, is available for us in our life. The receptive, kind attitude that meets whatever is arising in our hearts and minds, right now!, with interest to learn, is the doorway to deepening wisdom and compassion, for ourselves and for all of life. 

About the teacher:

Carol Wilson has been a practitioner of Vipassana or Insight Meditation since the early 1970s. She has been sharing vipassana and metta retreat teachings since 1986 internationally. Carol has been particularly influenced by the teachings and practice styles of Sayadaw U Pandita and in the past ten years, of Ashin U Tejaniya. In the 1980s she spent a year in Thailand as a Buddhist nun.

Carol normally teaches residential three month retreats for the Insight Meditation Society and month-long retreats for Spirit Rock Meditation Center. She is currently a guiding teacher for the Insight Meditation Society (Barre, Mass).

We are very fortunate to have Carol join us for a weekend retreat.