Western Canada Events

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For recurring events, see the Contemplative Prayer and Study Groups page or the Groups Calendar.

03 Mar -
03 Mar
Lenten Quiet Day at UVic Interfaith Chapel – UVic, Victoria BC

Offered by the United Church Campus Ministry in association with The Contemplative Society, join us for a renewing day of quiet meditation, chanting in the style of Taizé, lectio divina, labyrinth walking meditation, and resting in the solitude of Finnerty Gardens. Refreshments and a simple soup lunch will be provided. This event is open to the public.


Cost: FREE

We encourage low-impact methods of transportation to the university, but parking is available for $3 all day. To register, please fill in this form. For more information, please contact Henri Lock at hlock@uvic.ca or 250-472-4159.

28 Mar -
28 Mar
Labyrinth Workshop University of Victoria Interfaith Chapel, Victoria BC

Henri Lock of UVic’s Multifaith Services will lead this workshop on walking the labyrinth. The winding path that takes us to the center of the labyrinth becomes a metaphor for our own spiritual journey. Come learn about the history of the labyrinth, how to meditate while walking the labyrinth, and to reflect on your own process and journey.

For more information and to register, please contact Henri at 250-472-4159 or hlock@uvic.ca.

Also, walk the labyrinth by candlelight April 12 and 19 from 6:00-8:30 (drop-in)!

17 Apr -
20 Apr
Exploring the Gospel of Thomas with Matthew Wright King’s Fold Retreat Centre, Cochrane AB

Hosted by the Wisdom Centre, Matthew will explore the Gospel of Thomas over the course of four days, the 2000-year-old non-canonical text that features short sayings of Jesus (similar to kōans) which are often used today in the practice of lectio divina. Matthew will lead us through the ways in which Thomas can help reorient Christianity for a global, inter-spiritual age. Matthew will also refer to the Gospel of Mary Magdalene. The retreat will include teaching, periods of silent reflection, and time for contemplative prayer. There will also be a public event at St. Laurence Anglican Church on Friday, April 20 at 7:30 pm.


Cost: $550  CAD (shared) or $700 CAD (private) for three nights’ meals and accommodations. A $250 or $350 deposit (depending on room type; first $100 is non-refundable) is required upon registration.

For more information or to register, please visit the Wisdom Centre’s website.

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 open to members on March 5, 2018. If you are interested in coming, we recommend you become a member today!


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

Registration coming soon! 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.

Please check back as this event calendar is updated regularly