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Westcoast Dharma Society offers nonresidential weekend meditation retreats, residenitial retreats, workshops, and classes, led by visiting and local Dharma teachers. 

See Retreat Schedule if you are looking for a detailed schedule of retreats, classes, and workshops through 2017 and 2018.

 


 

Upcoming Events ...

 

November 3 - 5  "The Sure Heart's Release" Vipassana weekend retreat with Kamala Masters

Sponsored by BCIMS.  Space is available.

 

Friday, Nov 3, 7:15 pm to 9:00 pm

Saturday, Nov 4, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Sunday, Nov 5, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

at the UBC Asian Centre

1871 West Mall, UBC Campus, Vancouver (Map It)

 

For more information and to register, please visit the BCIMS website here.

 


 

January 5 - 7 "Archaeology of the Heart" weekend retreat with Steve Armstrong

Sponsored by BCIMS.  Space is available.

 

Friday, January 5, 7:15 pm to 9:00 pm

Saturday, January 6, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Sunday, January 7, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

at the UBC Asian Centre

1871 West Mall, UBC Campus, Vancouver (Map It)

 

For more information and to register, please visit the BCIMS website here.

 


 

February 23 - 25  "Shift into Freedom: Nondual Insight Retreat" with meditation teacher and best-selling author, Loch Kelly

Sponsored by Westcoast Dharma Society.  Registration now open. 

 

Friday, February 23, 7:15 pm to 9:00 pm

Saturday, February 24, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Sunday, February 25, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

 

at the UBC Asian Centre

1871 West Mall, UBC Campus, Vancouver (Map It)

 

 

Shift into Freedom: Non-Dual Insight

Just as there are helpful pointers to “waking up,” there are ways to discover the unfolding of “waking-in” to a natural embodied well-being and then “waking-out” to be able to create and compassionately relate.

We will learn Loch’s contemporary versions of ancient wisdom practices in order to abide, welcome, and liberate shadow parts, and learn to navigate our own consciousness through small glimpses of our true nature. From this intrinsic support, we can unburden our wounded and protective parts, allowing us to embody and live from the joy of open-hearted awareness.

This workshop retreat will be based on teachings and practices from Loch's book "Shift into Freedom”. Those who attend the retreat are highly encouraged to read the book before the weekend if possible.


Loch Kelly is the best-selling author of Shift into Freedom: The Science and Practice of Open-Hearted Awareness (2015). He is a meditation teacher, psychotherapist, educator, and consultant.  Loch is the founder of the Open Hearted Awareness Institute, whose goal is to make compassionate awakening more available to everyone. He has extensively studied and practiced Theravada, Mahamudra and Dzogchen meditation for 30 years.  Loch has been a member of the New York Insight Meditation Teacher's Counsel and is affiliated with Adyashanti.  Loch has worked in community health, collaborated with neuroscientists studying meditation, and been active with social justice issues in NYC.  As a teacher he is known for his humour, direct pointers, and contemporary style of supporting awakening in students.

Dana (generosity) From the days of the Buddha, the teachings have been considered priceless and offered freely. Today, teacher support continues to come from students’ voluntary donations.

Cost
$95 (plus dana). Late registration (received or postmarked after
February 9th) is $108 (plus dana). Fees cover retreat organizing costs. Voluntary donations (dana) for the teachings may be given at the retreat.

For reduced-fee information, email info@westcoastdharma.org. The retreat is free for meditators 18 and younger.

Cancellations

A refund is possible less a cancellation/banking fee of $10 for cancellations up until February 16th.  After February 16 there will be no refunds.  Please notify us as soon as possible if you need to cancel as we expect this event to sell out.

Retreat information

A retreat poster is available here.

Registration

To register online with credit card, click here.

A retreat flyer that can be mailed in is available here.

Friday Partial Attendance

There will be NO Friday partial attendance option for this retreat workshop.  We expect this retreat to fill with those planning to attend the whole weekend with this very popular teacher.  Please register early to avoid the disappointment of the retreat becoming full well in advance of the retreat.

Please Note: An additional Talk and Booksigning Event with Loch Kelly at Banyen Bookstore will occur Thursday, February 22nd from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm.  Highlighted will be his book Shift into Freedom: The Science and Practice of Open-Hearted Awareness (2015) and his new audiobook Effortless Mindfulness Now (February, 2018).

 


 

March 23 - 25 Nonresidential Vipassana weekend retreat with Pascal Auclair

Sponsored by BCIMS.

 

Friday, March 23, 7:15 pm to 9:00 pm

Saturday, March 24, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Sunday, March 25, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

 

at the UBC Asian Centre

1871 West Mall, UBC Campus, Vancouver (Map It)

 

For more information and to register, please visit the BCIMS website here.

 


 

April 20 - 22 Nonresidential Vipassana weekend retreat with Michele McDonald and Steven Smith

Sponsored by Hollyhock.

 

Friday, April 20, 7:15 pm to 9:00 pm

Saturday, April 21, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Sunday, April22, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

 

 

 

at the UBC Asian Centre

1871 West Mall, UBC Campus, Vancouver (Map It)

 

For more information and to register, please visit the Hollyhock website here.

 

 


 

 

May 1 - 6  Organized Self Retreat for Experienced Meditators, with supporting teacher, Linda McDonald

Sponsored by Westcoast Dharma Society.  Registration will open January 1, 2018. 

Sea to Sky Retreat Centre, East side of Daisy Lake, near Whistler, BC


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 will be limited to optional individual interviews.  The number of retreat participants will be limited so most people will have single rooms.

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.

Retreat information details and registration  will be available here from Westcoast Dharma Society January 1, 2018 for this special format retreat.

 


 

May 11 - 13  "Introduction to Indo-Tibetan Essence Meditations Retreat" with Susan Mickel, MD, PhD 

Sponsored by Westcoast Dharma Society.  Registration will open January 1, 2018. 

 

 

 Friday, May 11, 7:15 pm to 9:00 pm

 Saturday, May 12, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

 Sunday, May 13, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

 

 at the UBC Asian Centre

 1871 West Mall, UBC Campus, Vancouver (Map It)