Western Canada Events

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

20 Oct -
20 Oct
TCS Annual General Meeting 2018 University of Victoria Interfaith Chapel, Victoria BC

Notice to the public

The Contemplative Society invites you to attend our Annual General Meeting, a great opportunity to connect with your fellow contemplatives. Everyone is welcome, but only members in attendance can vote. Desserts, coffee, and tea provided! All in attendance will also be eligible to enter a prize draw for a free signed copy of Cynthia Bourgeault’s new book Love is the Answer: What is the Question? A few signed copies will also be available for purchase.

If you are interested in electing or appointing members to be our directors and helping The Contemplative Society make important decisions about our future, we invite you to consider becoming a member. To participate at this AGM, your membership must be current (having made a donation since October 20, 2017).

We strongly encourage you to engage in this process in order to align TCS’ future with the vision of our community. If you are already a member, we will be notifying you in advance to renew your membership if applicable. To become a member or renew your membership now, visit our Support Us page. There will also be an opportunity to do so in person.


Date and time: Saturday, October 20th – 4:00 pm
Location: University of Victoria’s Interfaith Chapel (3800 Finnerty Rd, Victoria BC)
We encourage you to help reduce toxic emissions by using alternative forms of transportation, rather than driving. If you need to drive, consider carpooling! Parking is $3.00 on Saturdays.

For more information, please contact our administrator at admin@contemplative.org or 250-381-9650. Our AGM is open to the public, so feel free to bring your friends!

24 Oct -
28 Nov
Conspire 2018 - Interactive Webcast Series St. Anne and St. Edmund Church, Parksville BC

Spirituality Beyond Borders invites you to join a piece of the global contemplative community for an interactive rebroadcast of the Center for Action and Contemplation’s CONSPIRE 2018 webcast featuring Richard Rohr, Barbara Brown Taylor, Mirabai Starr, and more who will explore the idea “Path of Descent: Path of Transformation”. The webcast will be enhanced by in-person contemplative practice nestled in the beauty of sea, sand, forest, and mountain over a convenient six-week period. Andrew Twiddy will be your local facilitator and host for theme elaboration, discussion, and practice.


Cost: by donation
Schedule: six Wednesdays, either 9:15 am – 12:15 pm or 6:15 pm – 9:15 pm (October 24 through November 28)

For full program details and to register, please contact 250-248-3114 or spiritualitybeyondborders@gmail.com.

28 Oct -
28 Oct
Introduction to Centering Prayer: Mini Retreat Interfaith Chapel – University of Victoria, Victoria BC

A beautiful and gentle workshop to learn the meditation practice of Centering Prayer. Through silence and an inner gesture of letting go, we learn to experience Sacred Presence beyond words, emotions, and thoughts, and to release our attachment to the egoic perspective. The practice cultivates a deep relationship with sacred reality, and opens us to compassion and inner peace.

This workshop is free and open to everyone! It will give you a powerful personal tool for you to navigate the complexities of life. No previous experience necessary – come as you are!

Join Henri Lock, United Chaplain at the University of Victoria’s Multifaith Services and Miranda Harvey, Administrator of The Contemplative Society, as we explore the teachings of Thomas Keating and Cynthia Bourgeault that shape this practice. To reserve your spot, please register via this form.


Cost: FREE. Donations gratefully received.

Parking/Map: We encourage you to help reduce toxic emissions by using alternative forms of transportation, rather than driving. If you need to drive, consider carpooling! For building and parking information, please see the map (Interfaith Chapel is located box 4A).

Hosted by the United Church Campus Ministry (Chaplain Henri Lock – hlock@uvic.ca), in association with The Contemplative Society. Register now!

For enquiries or questions, please phone Henri at 250-472-4159 or email hlock@uvic.ca.

17 Nov -
17 Nov
Labyrinth Workshop St. Philip Anglican Church, Victoria BC

Facilitated by Judith Slimmon, this workshop will define and explore the value and importance of symbolic life as represented by the labyrinth, provide a history of the labyrinth, give participants the opportunity to walk the St. Philip labyrinth, and reflect on and discuss this experience. This ritual can quiet the mind, engage the creative imagination and intuition, activate receptivity to deeper layers of our being/knowing and help us to experience our heart’s longing.


Cost: $40

Coffee and tea will be provided, but please bring a bag lunch. For more information and to register, please visit St. Philip’s website, or contact Karen Fenimore at karenf@stphilipvictoria.ca.

Also, walk a labyrinth at UVic all December! See the event calendar on the Interfaith Chapel events page for more information.

08 Dec -
08 Dec
Advent Silent Mini Retreat University of Victoria Interfaith Chapel, Victoria BC

Offered by the United Church Campus Ministry in association with The Contemplative Society, join fellow contemplatives and spiritual seekers for a transforming time of contemplation with a group of heart-centered friends. The day will include chanting in the style of Taizé, lectio divina, labyrinth walking mediation, and resting in the solitude of Finnerty Garden. Refreshments and a simple soup and bread lunch will be provided.


Cost: FREE. Donations gratefully received.

For more information, contact Henri Lock at hlock@uvic.ca or 250-472-4159.

While we encourage you to consider carbon-reducing modes of transportation, parking is available for a flat rate of $2.50 on Saturdays. If you need to drive, consider carpooling! For building and parking information, please see the map (Interfaith Chapel is located box 4A).

Please check back as this event calendar is updated regularly