Western Canada Events

27 Aug -
01 Sep
Celtic Spirituality with Fr. Michael Fish Bethlehem Centre, Nanaimo BC


West Coast Ecumenical Retreats is pleased to invite you to a retreat with Fr. Michael Fish, OSB, CAM, held at the Bethlehem Centre. Together, you will explore the relevance of Christian Celtic spirituality in today’s world, specifically its respect for nature, awareness of everyday mystery, and cosmic harmony seen through the sacredness of the seasons. Rest in the liminal spaces of the imaginal world through myth, prayer, poetry, and plenty of opportunities for silence.

Fr. Michael’s retreat continues a long tradition of silent retreats with speakers from the New Camaldoli Hermitage in Big Sur, CA, most notably the late Fr. Bruno Barnhart.


Cost: $475 to $750 

For more information and to register, please visit Bethlehem Centre’s website.

11 Sep -
11 Dec
Adyashanti Gatherings: Recognizing Quiet and Spaciousness in a Noisy World St. Philip Anglican Church, Victoria BC

You’re invited to gather in community and listen to recorded talks by Adyashanti, participate in an Adyashanti guided meditation, and finish the evening by sharing your process (30 minutes of each). This series of Monday evenings is open to people of all levels of meditation experience, though is geared toward people of no or limited experience.


Time: Mondays (September 11 – December 11, 2017 excluding October 9), 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Cost: Suggested donation of $30-50 (payable once on your first evening of attendance) to assist with St. Philip’s infrastructure costs. Please register and come to as many sessions as you are able. 

For further information or to register, please contact Michael at michael_flynn@telus.net.

26 Sep -
26 Sep
The Feminine Face of the Divine: A Journey Across the Spiritual Traditions - an evening with Mirabai Starr Cadboro Bay United Church, Victoria BC

Join us for an evening of poetry and sacred prose by and in honor of women mystics from Judaism, Christianity, Sufism, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Taoism with inter-spiritual author and teacher Mirabai Starr, best known for her accessible an evocative translations of the Christian mystics. Experience the beauty of embodiment as we look through the eyes of the feminine and reclaim everything as sacred.

Want to get to know Mirabai better? Check out her website or read her books!


Cost: by donation

For enquiries or questions please contact admin@contemplative.org or phone 250-381-9650.

We are proud to be working with UVic Multifaith Services to bring you this event.

27 Sep -
01 Oct
One Heart: Weaving a Tapestry of Inter-spiritual Community with Mirabai Starr Cowichan Lake Research Station, Mesachie Lake BC

We are pleased to host Mirabai Starr this fall, inter-spiritual author and teacher, best known for her accessible and evocative translations of the Christian mystics as well as her worldwide contemplative retreats.

Join us for an exploration of the interconnected wisdom at the heart of all religious and spiritual traditions. Follow the streams of mystical longing and social justice through readings from the ecstatic poetry of the mystics, investigating sacred texts of the world’s great religions, sitting in contemplative silence, chanting the names of God in an array of languages, and engaging in deep dialogue through conversation and writing. Discover the unifying teachings and experience the heart-opening practices that carry us beyond an intellectual understanding of humanity’s many spiritual paths to the place we are transformed by the love at their common core.

Want to get to know Mirabai better? Check out her website or read her books!

Registration is now open – click here to register now!


Cost: $925 CAD (private). A $100 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your space. A limited number of partial scholarships will be made available.
Suggested reading (all books by Mirabai and available on her website): 
– God of Love: A Guide to the Heart of Judaism, Christianity and Islam
– Saint Teresa of Avila: The Passionate Mystic
– Saint Francis of Assisi: Brother of Creation

Fees include overnight accommodations and buffet-style meals of vegetarian and some diet-restricted options, with two fish dishes during the week. All taxes included in fees. Opportunities to car-pool will be made available. Thanks to the generosity of our membership and supporting organisations, we will also have a limited number of scholarships available. 


While this historic forestry camp facility offers simple, rustic charm in a lakeside, woodsy setting, it was specifically built for a team of men. There are no private washrooms in the sleeping quarters and only about 10 shared washrooms and showers; therefore, people may find they have to wait or be flexible in timing their use of these. Access to WiFi is limited, but there is cell phone reception (though we ask you to limit your use). As we have held successful and rich retreats on this site since 2014, we are confident that participants will reap many rewards at this location, especially if they come with the intention of bringing an open attitude, a sense of humour, and goodwill. Whatever challenges present themselves, Cynthia Bourgeault often reminds us these are precisely the conditions for experiencing the full benefit of a retreat. Visit their website for more information.

Although silence and meditation are components of this retreat, it is not in full silence. The schedule will include teaching sessions, time for group sharing, and question and answer sessions, as well as free unstructured time. Typically, silence will be practiced from the final sit in the evening through to the next morning session after breakfast. We may incorporate silence into more meals.

There are many travel routes to this destination, so we strongly encourage you to do your trip-planning research in advance of registering. Google Maps is a great place to start. Please note that BC’s Ministry of Transportation requires that appropriate winter tires be used on all vehicles traveling here during this time. We are offering to arrange ridesharing, though we cannot guarantee this option for anyone. For more information, please contact admin@contemplative.org.

Given all the above, we ask you to carefully consider if this event is suitable to you prior to registering. Registration is now open – register now! To apply for a scholarship, please fill out this application.

For enquiries or questions please contact admin@contemplative.org or phone 250-381-9650.

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