Eight-Day Silent Meditation Retreat on Salt Spring Island

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  • August 22, 2016 - August 29, 2016
    1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Join us for an 8-day silent meditation retreat on Salt Spring Island. Silent retreats provide an opportunity to drop deep into silence, mature your meditation practice, and touch your awakened nature.

This retreat integrates the techniques of Vipassana with the schedule and basic forms of Zen. It is organized to give new students plenty of support in establishing a meditation practice. Experienced meditators will learn how to drop into deeper levels of practice. Silent retreats are where most students experience breakthroughs in their practice.

Each day, Suniti Dernovsek will be teaching movement classes that aim to embody meditative awareness for students of all levels.

Meals are vegetarian, there will be afternoon dharma talks and opportunities for one-on-one meetings with Michael. Limited to 35 students.

As we strive to be an open and inclusive community, accepting and supporting diversity in age, race, physical and mental abilities, as well as sexual orientation and gender identity* we welcome requests regarding accommodation.

*Our sangha is inclusive of trans and gender nonconforming people. We recognize that gender is not dependent on how someone looks and can be something other than male or female. One’s gender is often inferred by the pronoun used as reference (he/she/they). We encourage mindfulness around pronouns.


In-house $800 plus tax
Camping $500 plus tax
Includes food and lodging for 7 nights
Plus dana to Shôken Michael Stone

On retreat, as our minds and bodies settle and open, the natural world begins to open up as well. Camping is a great way to be on retreat. It also reduces the costs slightly if that is a concern. Please consider bringing a tent and sleeping bag and take the camping option.

The cost of the retreat is the actual cost of food, lodging, and administration. The cost of the retreat does not include dana to Shôken Michael Stone. Please consider the meaning of the retreat to you and pay online or bring cash or cheque (made payable to Michael Stone) to offer as dana for his teaching. Please give generously and honestly in a way where you have no regrets. Dana has been part of Buddhist practice since the time of the Buddha. The teachings are offered freely and in response your generosity supports Shôken’s ability to continue teaching. Recommended dana is between $50 and $100 per day.


Stowel Lake Farm (190 Reynolds Rd, Salt Spring Island, BC)

Stowel Lake Farm is an organic farm, community, and wellness centre on Salt Spring Island. They have simple and comfortable accommodation for 26 people in-house plus additional space for camping. Stay in the Barn building, the Bath House, sleep in one of their Yurts, or camp out. For more details about Stowel Lake Farm, please visit their website.

What to bring

Loose-fitting clothing for meditation, dark or muted in colour, work clothing for indoor and outdoor work (outdoor shoes or boots are handy), inside shoes or slippers, toiletries, towel, flashlight, extra pillows or blankets if needed, and your own meditation cushion or bench. If you don’t have a cushion please let us know and consider purchasing a proper zafu/zabuton set.

Do not bring musical instruments, journals, books, cell phones, radios, alcohol or illegal drugs.


AUG 22

1:00pm – Arrive
2:30pm – Orientation
4:00pm – Sitting, walking and bowing instruction
5:30pm – Dinner
7:00pm – Sitting meditation
7:30pm – Walking meditation with instruction
7:45pm – Sitting meditation
8:15pm – Walking meditation
8:25pm – Sit followed by evening chant
8:45pm – Rest or optional sitting/walking

AUG 23 – 28

6:00am – Wake-up
6:45am – Sitting and chanting
7:30am – Breakfast
8:30am – Work meditation
9:15am – Stop work, clean up
9:30am – Alternating sitting/walking meditation
10:50am – Prepare room for movement class
11:00am – Movement class with Suniti
12:30pm – Lunch
1:30pm – Rest or work period for afternoon kitchen crew
3:00pm – Alternating sitting/walking meditation
4:10pm – Dharma talk
5:00pm – Sit or outdoor walking
5:30pm – Dinner
7:00pm – Alternating sitting/walking meditation
8:50pm – Chant then rest or optional sitting/walking

AUG 29

6:00am – Wake-up
6:45am – Sit and chant
7:30am – Breakfast
8:30am – Work meditation
9:15am – End of work period, clean up
9:30am – Talk: bringing the practice home
10:30am – Closing council
12:00pm – Lunch and ending of silence
1:00pm – Clean-up
1:30pm – Home