Western Canada Events

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14 May -
19 May
Peer-led silent retreat Cowichan Lake Research Station Conference Centre, Mesachie Lake BC

The Contemplative Society joins the local Living Presence group in inviting you to take part in an entirely self-led silent retreat. While most of the retreat will be in silence, participants will decide the structure of sits, Lectio Divina, chanting, and supportive debriefing to help bolster each other’s practice. Registration is now open!


Cost: $550 CAD (including $75 non-refundable deposit)
Pre-requisite: as there is no professional leader, a minimum meditation practice of two years is recommended

Click to register now! Space is limited, and immediate payment of your non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your space. Questions can be directed to Ian Brown at 250-727-2480 or yg743@victoria.tc.ca.

11 Oct -
15 Oct
The Way of Union - The Metaphysics of Early Christian and Sufi Wisdom with Matthew Wright Cowichan Lake Research Station Conference Centre, Mesachie Lake BC

Join The Contemplative Society for a five-day Wisdom School that will explore the metaphysics undergirding the teachings of Jesus and the early Christian Wisdom tradition, as well as their relationship to a similar stream of teaching that flows through Islamic Sufism. These teachings present us with a coherent and luminous map of the human journey from timelessness into time, and deeper into integration and conscious union. We hope you will sign up and come with us as we seek to “enter the bridal chamber”, what Jesus calls the place of mystical union already present within our own hearts, accompanied on our journey by the Gospels of Thomas, Mary Magdalene, and Philip, as well as by the words of Sufi masters from Ibn al-Arabi to Jalaluddin Rumi.

A public event will also be held in Victoria on the evening of October 15, venue to be determined.

New to Matthew?  Rob King, a participant in our last Wisdom School on the Gospel of Thomas, had this to say about him: “If you have not had a chance to experience Matthew’s teaching, you will be in for a real treat…He has a unique ability to take what seems like difficult teachings and make them understandable and alive in a way that leads to personal transformation…[The Gospel of Thomas] became a living epistle!”

Registration will open soon to Contemplative Society members before the general public. To become a member and receive your opportunity to register in advance, visit our Support Us page today!


Cost: $900 CAD (private)

Fees include overnight accommodations and vegetarian meals. Check out the Cowichan Lake Research Station website for more information on the venue. For more general information, please contact us by email at admin@contemplative.org or at 250-381-9650.

Please check back as this event calendar is updated regularly