Annual Winter Retreat - Maintaining Good Heart

with Hamish Tucker & Joyce Rankin

December 28th—January 3rd (2020)

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  • $245 Program Price
  • $275 Patron Price
  • $185 Reduced Price
Room: 1st Floor Meditation Hall

Meditation Retreat is a precious opportunity to take a close look at who we really are and what we care most about.  This city retreat is a unique opportunity to deepen one’s meditation practice without having to go far from home. Open to both new and experienced meditators, the "weekthun" will be held at the Victoria Shambhala Centre.

Participants will be guided through the practice of meditation, with each day including periods of sitting and walking meditation, a contemplative meal, short talks, exercises, discussion,  self study,  a short work period, and opening and closing chants.

The topic of this years retreat will be how we can maintain a good heart in such challenging times.  The length of the retreat will allow us to both examine how and when we loose heart and how we go about working with the fact of this challenge.

"Many of us who are engaged with the world experience discouragement regularly. If you’re concerned about the environment, social justice and equity, prison reform, the welfare of immigrants, or the welfare of people and the planet in general, it’s very easy to lose heart. But even though there are many situations that seem unfixable, I feel it’s important not to lose heart. The question then becomes: How? How do we not let ourselves spiral downward into a mindset of increasing hopelessness and negativity? Or, if we’re already finding ourselves going downhill, how do we pull ourselves up?"

Pema Chodron

We strongly recommend attending the full weektun.  There will be some spots for partial attendance. Partial attendance is welcome at the beginning of the retreat for 1 or 2 days (December 27 and 28). No new participants will be allowed to join the retreat after the third day (December 30). Everyone attending is asked to attend the orientation on the 26th.  Please indicate in the comments section of the online registration the number of days you plan to attend.  There is no field for a "day price", but you can indicate your day participation in the "comments" section at the bottom.

Practice requirements

No prior experience with meditation is required.  Instruction will be provided.


Space in this retreat is limited so it is recommended to register online (see link bellow) to reserve your spot.

Registration and orientation will take place the evening of Wednesday December 26th (7:00 - 9:00 pm).  

The schedule for Thursday, December 28th through Tuesday, January 2nd, 8:00 AM – 6:30 PM. will be from 8:30 am - 6:00 pm.  A light breakfast, contemplative lunch and afternoon tea will be provided daily.

Fee structure

If the “program price” is an obstacle for you, please consider paying the “reduced price”. If you are unable to afford the reduced price, please contact the coordinator as soon as possible. We may be able to offer a few spots at the pay what you can afford rate.   For those who can offer more than the program price, we have a “patron price”. Your generosity in offering the patron price helps cover the costs for others who are not able to pay the full program price. 

 Program price: $245 per week; $35 per day

 Patron price: $295 per week; $45 per day

 Reduced price (limited space available): $185 per week; $30 per day

Questions? Contact us at [email protected].