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Meditation and Yoga Retreat Canada

Clear Sky Meditation and Study Centre’s personal meditation retreats are intended for those who already have or are trying to re-establish a regular meditation practice. They offer structural supports for newer meditators with the flexibility to accommodate your individual practice.

Highlights

  • Daily meditation session
  • 3 hours of Karma yoga a day
  • Optional group meditations daily
  • Daily guidance and instruction with onsite meditation instructors
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Daily delicious meals

Skill level

  • Intermediate

Yoga styles


4 days with instruction
Airport transfer available:
Cranbrook/Canadian Rockies International Airport (US$97 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
15:00
Check-out Time:
10:00

During this retreat, you will stay in a private cabin in Clear Sky Meditation and Study Centre. The cabins overlook a valley of pines and grasslands and offer stunning views to nourish the work of meditators in retreat. Clear Sky Meditation and Study Centre has designed them to provide solitude and spacious beauty in a prime location on the property. Equipped with a wood stove and propane heat if needed, you can stay warm year-round. Lanterns are provided as the cabins are electricity-free. A shared washroom is accessible at the sanctuary, the main facility, within a gentle two to five minutes’ walk at most.

Program

Choose this package if you:

  • Have experience with meditation
  • Have a regular practice or are trying to build a regular practice
  • Can sit for at least 30 minutes comfortably
  • Are looking for a supportive structure during your retreat
  • Welcome a balance of formal sitting meditation and mindful activities (Karma yoga) such as gardening, harvesting, or cleaning

What if you are brand new to meditating?

Clear Sky Meditation and Study Centre loves that you’re discovering the benefits of meditation. To best serve you, they require that all participants are comfortable meditating for at least 30 minutes regularly, with minimal support. If you’ve never meditated before or are just beginning, you may not be ready for a cabin retreat with Clear Sky Meditation and Study Centre. Although there’s a daily check-in, these retreats are in solitude. This can be unsettling for those who haven’t experienced silence and isolation for extended periods of time. They suggest connecting with local groups near you or taking one of their online courses to help prepare for a personal cabin retreat.

What to expect

  • A one-on-one orientation upon arrival, daily check-in with an experienced guide, and an exit-interview
  • Space to unplug: the cabins do not have electricity or plumbing. Cabins are equipped with lanterns, wood stoves, and propane heaters. Bathrooms, laundry, and electricity are in close proximity to cabins.
  • Local, organic, omnivore meals, mindfully prepared by meditators. Clear Sky Meditation and *Study Centre can adjust for dietary needs upon request
  • To facilitate a deeper retreat, prepare to enjoy mindful silence. This includes eating alone or in silence with other meditators
  • To facilitate the transition in and out of retreat, your first and last meal will be with their founding teachers and residents. This gives you an opportunity to ask questions and get to know the team
  • Optional group meditations daily
  • Going from busy daily life into silence can be jarring. The participants repeatedly tell them how their mindful activity sessions helped them stay grounded during that transition. This is why they include three hours per day of mindful activity (Karma yoga) in this package
  • Orient yourself with the schedule for arrival, departure, and daily practice

What is Karma yoga?

As busy Westerners, everyone is used to “doing” and simply doing nothing can be challenging. Karma yoga is the practice of bridging mindful awareness with your actions. It is central to the practice at Clear Sky because they believe that bringing mindful awareness into your activities makes you more clear, compassionate, and effective at work, at home, and in your relationships. And from there, you can change the world! During your retreat, you will be given simple tasks. Your practice is to bring awareness to the feelings, sensations, and thoughts that arise while doing the task. This will help you apply mindful awareness in your daily life after the retreat. Your mindful Karma yoga may include:

  • General maintenance on the property (for example, chopping firewood or shoveling snow in the fall and winter)
  • Gardening, weeding, and harvesting in the garden or food forest (spring and summer)
  • Cleaning of cabins and common areas
  • Administrative tasks (for example, filing, or laminating documents)

What can you expect from your guide?

  • Mentoring is when an experienced meditator meets with you on a set schedule each day, and may include:
  • Guidance on techniques and tools
  • Information on wisdom traditions and teachings
  • Direction to books from the Clear Sky library
  • Questions and answers

The guide

  • Provides a supportive container to you in your practice, as someone with years of experience who has been there too
  • Is a practicing awakening being (a practicing meditator)
  • Is trainer and teacher of buddhadharma, wisdom traditions, Clear Sky’s five principles, conscious living, shadow work, and Karma yoga

The mentoring is given freely by a Clear Sky resident or senior student and follows the practice of dana which may be paid on registration or when onsite.

Daily schedule

Arrival day

  • 15:00 - 16:30 Arrival and orientation
  • 16:30 - 18:00 Personal practice
  • 18:00 - 18:30 Dinner
  • 18:30 - 19:00 Check-in/Guidance
  • 19:30 - 20:30 Group meditation or personal practice
  • 20:30 Self-care and bed

Regular day

  • 06:30 - 07:15 Optional group meditation
  • 07:45 - 08:15 Self-serve breakfast
  • 08:15 - 10:00 Personal practice/Self-care
  • 10:00 - 11:30 Mindful activity (Karma yoga)
  • 11:30 - 12:30 Personal practice
  • 12:30 - 13:00 Lunch
  • 13:00 - 15:00 Personal practice
  • 15:00 - 16:30 Mindful activity (Karma yoga)
  • 16:30 - 18:00 Personal practice
  • 18:00 - 18:30 Dinner
  • 18:30 - 19:00 Check-in with guide
  • 19:30 - 20:30 Optional group meditation*
  • 20:30 Self-care and bed

Departure day

  • 06:30 - 07:15 Group meditation (Optional)
  • 07:45 - 08:15 Breakfast
  • 08:15 - 10:00 Personal practice/Self-care
  • 10:00 - 11:30 Pack and clean
  • 11:30 - 12:30 Pack and clean
  • 12:30 - 13:00 Lunch and departure

Note

Some nights may not include a group meditation.

Retreat location

Nestled in the Rocky Mountains of Eastern BC, Clear Sky Meditation and Study Centre is conveniently located near Cranbrook International Airport (YXC). They are also an easy four-hour drive from Calgary, AB, and close to the US border.

Food

During this retreat, you will be served three daily meals. One of Clear Sky’s many projects is the Clear Sky Farm, dedicated to innovative sustainable agriculture and permaculture. All of the produce is organically grown in their one-acre cold-climate food forest, located on-site. With mindful adherence to permaculture principles, they focus on perennial crops that are designed to become self-sustaining over time.

As such, they use no chemical farm products, and minimal organic inputs are used, if any. Everything is tended and picked by loving hands. The Clear Sky menus are based on a balanced omnivore diet. Please let them know of any food allergies and strict dietary requirements well before your visit so that they can properly accommodate your needs.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Organic
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Daily meals
  • Daily meditation session
  • 3 hours of Karma yoga a day with daily guidance and instruction with one of the onsite meditation instructors

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Tax

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Canadian Rockies International Airport. Clear Sky Meditation and Study Centre can pick you up from the airport for 60 CAD for one-way transfer and 120 CAD for two ways transfer. Canadian Rockies International Airport has regular flights from Vancouver and Calgary. It is a 45-minute drive to Clear Sky from the airport.

Airport: Cranbrook/Canadian Rockies International Airport Airport transfer available: Cranbrook/Canadian Rockies International Airport (US$97 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 40% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 14 days before arrival.
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Availability

This retreat is available all-year-round with arrival days on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

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