Contemplative Events in Victoria BC and Surrounding Areas – 2015


Sunday February 1, 2015 – Learn to Meditate: The Practice of Centering Meditation

Centering Meditation is a form of prayer in the Christian contemplative tradition that trains the heart, mind and soul to open to Sacred Presence. Through silence and an inner gesture of letting go, we learn to experience the Sacred Presence beyond words, emotions and thoughts, and to release our attachment to egoic concerns. The practice cultivates a deep relationship with sacred reality, and opens us to compassion and inner peace.  This workshop is based on the teaching of Thomas Keating and Cynthia Bourgeault.

Facilitators: Henri Lock, United Chaplain, Multifaith Services, and Miranda Harvey, The Contemplative Society

Location: University of Victoria Interfaith Chapel, Victoria BC

Time: 1:30 – 5:00pm

For more information, please contact Henri Lock:, 250-472-4159.  To register go HERE.



February 4th and 11th, 2015 –  Inner Awakening

A course in two sessions discussing and exploring inner life and the heart through silence, centring prayer, lectio divina, and chanting. Prepare for transformation!
Led by Mary-Clare Carder

Location: St. George’s Anglican Church, 3909 St. George’s Lane Victoria BC

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015
Wednesday, February 11th, 2015
7- 8:30 pm

Please pre-register at 250-380-3838 or email Pre-registration is required as space is limited.

Mary-Clare Carder has been a Board member of The Contemplative Society for 5 years, has facilitated the St. George’s Centring Prayer Group for 7 years, and has 25 years of participation in contemplative retreats.

Event poster available HERE.



February 13 – 15, 2015 –  Community Events with Brother Emile from Taize France

Friday, February 13th at 6pm
Prayer with the songs of Taize at Christ Church Anglican Cathedral, 930 Burdett Avenue, Victoria BC. Gathering in the Jerusalem Chapel, followed by a short sharing.

Saturday, February 14th at 6pm

Downtown Churches Association’s 25th anniversary celebration and Prayer in the style of Taize at Fairfield United Church, 1303 Fairfield Road, Victoria BC. For information on optional dinner to follow ($20), contact, 250.361.0036

Sunday, February 15th at 7pm

Prayer with the Songs of Taize at St. John’s Shaughnessy Anglican Church, Granville and Nanton, Vancouver BC

Contact person in Victoria Kathryn Lacerte 250.891.6765.



Saturday March 14, 2015 –  Lenten Quiet Day

Join us for a renewing day of quiet meditation. Chanting in the Style of Taizé, Centering Meditation, lectio divina, labyrinth walking, and resting in the solitude of the Interfaith Chapel. Refreshments and a simple soup and bread lunch will be provided. FREE, donations gratefully received. Parking: Flat rate of $2.50 for Saturdays

Location: University of Victoria Interfaith Chapel, Victoria BC
Time: 9:30am-1:30pm

Facilitated by Henri Lock and Heather Page. Offered by the United Church Campus Ministry in association with The Contemplative Society. For more information, please contact United Chaplain Henri Lock:, 250-472-4159.



April 13 – 18, 2015 –  Spring Peer-Led Meditation Intensive Retreat

Location:  Cowichan Lake Research Station Conference Centre, 7060 Forestry Road, Mesachie Lake, Vancouver Island, Canada

Dates:  April 13-18, 2015 – Monday afternoon to Saturday noon

Event Description:

An opportunity for a small group (max. 20) to be immersed in sustained silence. The Intensive will be co-led by participants. Each retreatant will have the opportunity to lead or assist in daily sits, lectio, and chants. Enjoy the lake-side facility with plenty of opportunities for long forest walks. Accommodations are simple and rustic. Some facility and site photos available here. Cowichan Lake Research Station Conference Centre is approximately 100 km (90 minute drive) north of Victoria BC.

Pre-requisite: 5 years or more of regular meditation practice as well as some experience with longer silent retreats.

Cost: $500 private ~ Deposit: $100 due by Feb. 28th. Please use this online registration and follow payment process HERE.



April 30 – May 1, 2015 – Following the Mystics Through the Narrow Gate, with James Finley

Location:  The Cathedral Church of St. Michael’s & All Angels, 608 Sutherland Ave., Kelowna, BC Canada

Dates:  Thursday, April 30 – 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Friday, May 1 – 9:00 am – noon. These two talks will not be the same but the latter will continue from the first.

Event Description:

Drawing from the teachings of St. Julian of Norwich, St. John of the Cross, St. Teresa of Avila, the Cloud of Unknowing, Thomas Merton, Zen Masters, and related sources, James Finley will provide an in-depth, experiential introduction to the heritage of the Christian tradition (open to all traditions).  The emphasis will be on the guidance that the mystics offer us on recognizing that we are being called to more interior, contemplative ways of experiencing God’s presence.   We will explore the path, the way of life that the mystics mark out for us as a way that we can come to a profound experience of God, one with us in all things.  Suggestions will also be made for simple ways to practice contemplative prayer.  In addition, we will learn ways to read the wisdom writings of the mystics in order to take full advantage of the help that they are offering us.

Presented by James Finley, Ph. D. – International Spiritual Teacher/Speaker/Psychologist

Registration available HERE




Please watch for more upcoming events to be posted soon.




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