Tofino Retreat 2024 - Kadampa Meditation Centre Victoria



Tofino, BC | April 5-7

DATES:  Friday, April 5 to Sunday, April 7.

TEACHER:  Gen Kelsang Zopa

WHERE:  Middle Beach Lodge, Tofino BC

COST:  $450 for a one-person room with a queen bed.  $700 for two people in a room (2 beds or 1 queen).  Includes 2 nights accommodation, 5 meals (from dinner Friday to breakfast on Sunday) and all sessions.
$175 for Tofino area locals.  Includes 5 meals and all sessions.


Registration for the Wait List only will be open until March 31.

Living Joyfully with a Faithful Heart

Faith is the source of the attainment of happiness, because happiness is the result of virtuous actions, and all virtuous actions are motivated by faith.  If we strengthen our faith we perform only virtuous actions, and when we are rich in faith we experience pure, lasting happiness.

Faith enables us to see a pure and perfect world beyond the suffering world of samsara.  

“When the turbulence of distracting thoughts subsides and the mind becomes still, a deep happiness and sense of contentment naturally arise from within.”  – Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche

This retreat includes instruction, guided meditations, and group prayers. There will also be time to enjoy the spectacular beaches and ocean view. or just to contemplate and read.


Friday, April 5

7.00 – 8.15pm  Session 1

Saturday, April 6

6.45 – 7.30am   Morning Meditation
9.00 – 10.15am   Session 2
10.45am – 12pm   Session 3
Long Break
3.30 – 4.45pm   Session 4
7.00 – 8.15pm   Session 5

Sunday, April 7

6.45 – 7.30am   Morning Meditation
9.00 – 10.15am   Session 6
10.45 – 11.45am   Session 7



Gen Kelsang Zopa

A Canadian Buddhist monk, Gen Zopa has been presenting the profound and practical teachings of the Buddhist path for over 25 years.  Renowned for the clarity and depth of his teachings, his warmth and practicality bring to life the ancient art of meditation.


Spectacularly perched on 40 acres of secluded West Coast oceanfront, Middle Beach Lodge features almost a mile of quiet beach, rugged headlands, and two magnificent lodges. This tranquil, natural domain offers an ideal sanctuary for those seeking a quiet retreat to inner peace.  It is the perfect setting for enjoying the exceptional natural beauty of Vancouver Island and for getting away from it all.

Click here to go to the Middle Beach Lodge website.

Middle Beach Lodge on a headland in Tofino
Q. Do I need to be a Buddhist to attend?

No. Anyone can learn basic meditation and experience the benefits that come from having a peaceful mind.  We do ask that you come with an open heart and mind and with an intention to attend all the sessions.

Q. Do I need to have any experience?
No. Everyone is welcome, including beginners. All you need is the wish to improve yourself and the quality of your life.
Q. How should I dress? Is there physical exercise involved?

No special clothing is required for the retreat sessions, but you may want to bring appropriate footwear and outerwear for exploring the beaches and coastal areas at breaks.

Q. What is the schedule for the retreat?

You can arrive anytime after 3.00pm on Friday and check into your room.  Appies at 5.00pm followed by Dinner at 5.30pm.  The Introductory Session will start at 7.00pm on Friday.  There are 7 teaching/meditation sessions and 2 early morning meditation sessions.  The retreat end  at 11:45 am on Sunday. 

The Detailed Schedule Can be Viewed or Downloaded at this Link

Q. What are the accommodations like?

We will all be at the Lodge on the Beach.  The majority of rooms have 1 Queen Bed.  Here is a picture of a forest facing room:

 There are also two rooms with 2 twin beds and one with 2 double beds. 

If you need to avoid stairs or have other physical requirements for your accomodations, please indicate on your registration.

Q. What dietary restrictions can be accomodated?

All meals will be vegetarian. Vegan and Gluten Free requirements can be easily met.  

Please put your requirements into your registration and we will advise if there is an issue.

Q. Do I need to book in advance?

Yes, you must book in advance.  Registration opens on  Thursday, Feb 15 at 7:30am and will remain open until there is no space or March 20 at 9 pm, whichever comes first.  If you have questions, please email us at

Q. What is the cancellation policy?

Full Payment is due at the time of registration. Refunds, less a $50 per person booking fee, will be available until March 5. After that we will process refunds less the $50 booking fee if a substitute is available.  Generally we have a waiting list and are able to find a substitute, but the earlier you let us know the better the chance.  It is quite difficult for people to change their schedules in the last few days before the retreat.