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Organized Self-Retreat for Experienced Meditators

at Sea to Sky Retreat Centre, near Whistler, BC

with teacher-support from Linda McDonald

Tuesday, May 1 to Sunday, May 6, 2018

Due to cancellations, there are now two spots available.  Email if you are interested.  (Linda@westcoastdharma.org)


Experienced Meditators  This organized self-retreat is suitable for anyone who has an established meditation practice and previous experience attending silent residential retreats.  Teacher support is limited to optional individual interviews.

Setting The Sea to Sky Retreat Centre (SSRC) is located just south of Whistler, BC on a secluded 40 acre site of extraordinary natural beauty in British Columbia’s coastal mountain range.

Single Room Occupancy  Retreats will be limited in size so most people will have a single room (first come, first served).

Format Organized self-retreats are held in silence until the final morning of the retreat.  Sitting in the hall is time regulated to half hour intervals to maintain an organized container for practice. You choose whether it is best for your practice at that particular time to sit for just half an hour, or choose an hour, or an hour and a half, etc.  Entering and exiting the meditation hall is limited to the door opening once each half hour.  Use of electronic devices (smart phones, ipads etc.) with pre-loaded Dharma talks and/or meditation instructions to support your practice are welcome in the meditation hall as long as they are not audible to other participants; i.e., earbuds or headphones are necessary. 

The meditation hall will be for sitting practice; yoga and movement practices will be possible in one's room; audible chanting will be possible along the hiking trails. The retreat manager will be available for logistical concerns. The retreat supporting teacher will be available for individual meditation practice support. Meals will be vegetarian. Participants will have a daily "yogi job" of a half hour of service to contribute to the smooth running of the retreat.

Cost $525 (Canadian funds) or $425 (US funds) plus dana to the supporting teacher. 

Dana (generosity) From the days of the Buddha, the teachings have been considered priceless and thus offered freely. Your retreat registration fee covers only the retreat administrative costs, including the participant room and board costs.  There will be an opportunity to offer voluntary contributions (dana) to the supporting teacher and retreat volunteer staff at the end of the retreat.

Registration   Online registration with credit card is not available for these retreats.  Registration is by mail or by email and e-transfer of funds. Pllease download, print and complete the May 1 to 6 Organized Self-Retreat Registration form, and mail with your payment, to:  Westcoast Dharma Society, #310 - 2655 Cranberry Drive, Vancouver, BC V6K 4V5.

Each of the registration forms is in adobe acrobat PDF format and will require the adobe acrobat READER to be installed on your computer to view it. You can get the Adobe Acrobat READER for FREE by clicking here.

A May 1 to 6 retreat poster is available here. The May 1 to 6 registation form is available here.

Complete and mail your registration form with full payment of $525 by cheque or money order in Canadian funds, or $425 in US funds, payable to Westcoast Dharma Society; or provide a deposit now of $200, with a $325 post-dated remainder cheque if paying in Canadian funds, or deposit now of $200 (US) and $225 (US) post-dated remainder cheque.  Remainder cheques are due March 15th for this May 1 to 6 retreat.

Or, email a completed registration form and e-transfer your registration fee to info@westcoastdharma.org.  Email for further security instructions on completing an e-transfer.

Cancellations  Retreat fees will be refunded (less a $50 handling/banking fee) for cancellations on or before March 15, 2018 for the May retreat. The $200 retreat deposit will NOT be refunded for cancellations made after March 15 for the May retreat, unless the spot can be filled.  Retreat fees will be refunded (less a $100 handling/banking fee) for cancellations after March 15th for the May 1 to 6 retreat, if the spot can be filled.

Please contact Linda at Linda@westcoastdharma.org if you wish to apply for a scholarship or if you wish to provide scholarship money to help others attend.



Rides Coordination

Ride coordination will be arranged by April 1 for the May 1 to 6 retreat.  The retreat registrar will be in touch with participants by email.  Registration forms provide an opportunity to request a ride and to offer a ride to the retreat.

Driving instructions from Vancouver to SSRC:

  • Take the Sea to Sky highway 99 north. The turnoff to the centre is located approximately 33 km north of Squamish.
  • The turnoff is announced on Hwy 99 with 2 signs for Garibaldi Lake/ Black Tusk Trailhead (the first is 2 km before the park road turnoff and the second 400 metres before the turnoff). The Park turnoff road comes immediately after a small highway bridge over Rubble Creek. Turn right onto this road, even though there is no sign right at that spot.  (You know you have missed the Park Road turn-off if you see a hydro dam on your right hand side, and further along, you pass Pinecrest and Black Tusk Village.)
  • Proceed for approx. 0.7 km.
  • Turn left (after approximately 0.7 km) onto the gravel road that is marked by a small wooden sign (on a tree) which says: "SSRC". This turnoff into the SSRC road marked by the sign on the tree is the second road you will pass. (If you have gone more than 1 km, you missed it.)
  • The centre is located at the end of this one-lane rugged rocky road. (approx. 3 km). It needs to be driven slowly and mindfully during daylight. The road is not lighted and has a stretch with a 300 foot drop to Daisy Lake on one side and a cliff with a rockfall zone above the other side. 

Travel to SSRC by Bus

Please indicate on your registration form if you plan to come by Pacific Coach bus. Arrange your departure time for the 1:00 pm bus from the Vancouver airport to Squamish, which is also the 1:40 pm bus departing from downtown Vancouver to Squamish.  This bus arrives at the Squamish Adventure Centre bus stop at 3:10 pm. We will arrange to have someone enroute to the centre pick you up at the Squamish stop and drive you into the centre.

You will also need a return ticket from the Squamish Adventure Centre for the 1:15 pm bus on retreat departure day. We will arrange for someone to drive you on departure day from the Sea to Sky centre to this Squamish bus stop.

If you have questions about these retreats not addressed here, please email Linda at Linda@westcoastdharma.org.