Retreats | Bodhichitta Kadampa Buddhist Centre


Deepen your experience of inner peace

Victoria and Vancouver Island


Bodhichitta Centre offers guided retreats to allow people the opportunity to gain deeper meditation experience.  On retreat we stop all forms of business and extraneous activities in order to emphasize a particular spiritual practice.  This can just be one day, or a weekend, or longer if you have the time.


We offer urban retreats at Bodhichitta Centre in the heart of Victoria and away retreats at beautiful locations on Vancouver Island. Use the links below to see what retreats are available and to find out more about retreats and meditation.

Bethlehem Centre Retreat

The Emptiness of the Mind: Discovering our Boundless Potential for Change

April 24, 25, 26

with Gen Kelsang Zopa

‘All phenomena that appear to my mind are the nature of my mind. My mind is the nature of emptiness.’

We often feel stuck in painful habits of thought, such as anxiety, depression or feelings of hurt. Because we perceive our mind to be fixed and unchanging we feel trapped in these ordinary and painful emotions.  But this seemingly inflexible mind does not correspond to our reality.  By experiencing the mind’s actual nature, its emptiness, we understand that our potential for change is limitless, that freedom from unhappiness and indeed Enlightenment is possible, and we initiate a joyful process of profound transformation.

In this retreat we will emphasize gaining actual experience in meditation on both the conventional and ultimate natures of the mind, and then practically applying this experience to help in every facet of our life.  

Everyone is welcome. During the breaks enjoy meaningful conversation and the beauty and tranquility of the Bethlehem grounds.

Registration will open later this year.

There is no better way to give yourself a break from the daily routine and reassess your life than by engaging in a meditation retreat.  Everyone needs to discover and experience the inner peace and healing power that comes from concentrating on Buddha’s wisdom and compassion.


Restore and re-energize


Experience meditation at a deeper level


Create more positive mental habits

Retreat with Gen Zopa at Middle Beach Lodge in Tofino, April 2018



Q. Can I attend if I am a complete beginner?
Yes, retreats are beneficial for everyone, regardless of previous experience in meditation or familiarity with Buddhist teachings.

Q. Am I required to attend the complete retreat?
Although complete attendance is not mandatory, attending the entire retreat is highly beneficial, as each session builds on the next.

Q. Do I need to be a Buddhist to attend a retreat?
Our Purification Retreat is accessible to anyone who is simply wishing to explore meditation practice and Buddhist teachings but does not require you to be Buddhist to attend.  Some of our more in-depth retreats, such as the Refuge Retreat, are designed to help those familiar with Buddhism to improve their understanding and practice of the teachings through focused retreat.

Q. Will the meditation sessions be guided?
Yes, there will be a Centre Teacher guiding each session of the retreat.

Q. What do I need to bring to the retreat?
Nothing is needed for Day Retreats at the Centre, though some people like to take notes so you may wish to bring a notepad and pen.  For weekend retreats away from the Centre, you will receive detailed information on what to bring when you register.

Q. How should I dress?
Feel free to come however you are comfortable. We do ask that people remove their shoes when they enter the meditation room.

Q. Can I sit on a chair or do I have to sit cross-legged?
Yes, you can sit on a chair! There are also other seating arrangements for those who like to sit on the floor in the traditional cross legged style.