Northern Sky Meditation & Yoga Retreats 

This year we have two silent retreats: May 18-21, and Aug. 30-Sept 3. Both are held at the Hudson Bay Wilderness Ranch up behind the ski hill in Smithers.  

This is our 13th year of hosting rural, backcountry silent meditation and yoga gatherings in the Bulkley Valley.  Here’s what participants are saying:

“It was amazing! I feel like this whole experience will lead to a turning point in my life. Thank you so much!”

“The food was Outstanding. The Yoga – perfect. Meditation – deeply opening. This is the first retreat where I feel safely held. Thank you! Sign me up for next August please!”

“Such a beautiful venue… it is over the top. So much space. I have had the healing experience of this lifetime. Thank you!”

“What a beautiful setting. It was wonderful. I’d never done meditation, and I am very eager to continue and practice. The yoga was amazing. Thank you for the coffee and chocolate daily!”


Recharge – return to your life with clarity and energy….

unnamedEveryday life tends to disperse us, scatter our energy: During the Northern Sky Meditation & Yoga Retreat we bring together a small group of people to experience deep quiet and a beautiful setting.

These weekends are a time for gathering. They are held in silence, with guided meditation and yoga sessions, delicious vegetarian meals, and time for solitude.

Our skilled instructors lead you through time-tested practices that allow your body, spirit and mind to transform. “The quieter you become the more you can hear” 

Sample Schedule 

Day 1: Arrive to settle in by 5:30 pm.  (We arrange a car pool from Smithers Art Gallery at 4:30 pm.)  We’ll join for dinner at 6:30 pm. Opening Circle is at 7:30, then we go into silence.

Following Days: 7 am opening yoga, 8:30 am breakfast.  10 am meditation. 12:30 lunch.  2 pm solitude time.  4 pm Yoga.  6 pm dinner.  7:30 evening meditation.

Final Day: 7 am opening yoga. 8:30 am light breakfast.  10 am Closing Circle.  Noon: clean up & home.


This retreat takes place at Hudson Bay Mountain Wilderness Ranch, a spectacular setting on the west flank of the mountain.  Accommodation is shared – cabins (2 to 3 people per room) – or you can bring your own tent or trailer to camp outside.  All vegetarian meals are provided.

• YOUTH:  Young people (16+) who are able & interested to participate (sitting, silence, sustained meditative awareness) are welcome to join our retreats.

Participation and Organization

Our philosophy for this retreat is that it is community-based and participatory. We all share in the creation of an intentional event.  This means everyone helps, either with pre-cooking meals, or at the retreat with meal prep / clean-up and other needs.  A ‘Karma Schedule’ will be posted at the retreat.

Please note that the work is light.  It involves one shift per day and does not interfere with the programs.

What to bring

Bring clothes for yoga, inside sitting meditation, outside jackets and boots for hiking / snow / rain / sun… it all depends on the weather!  Sleeping arrangements inside are shared rooms, mattresses are provided.  Bring your own bedding, toiletries, and towels.  You are welcome to bring any journaling material, art supplies, relevant books.  Please leave pets, perfumes, electronics, and portable media at home.  Showers can be arranged on request.

This is a rustic, rural retreat in a mountain environment.  There are long walks between the cabins and meditation and dinner halls.  Elevation is higher than in town and temperatures can be colder. Please be prepared for a whole range of weather!


We arrange a car pool from Smithers that leaves from Smithers Art Gallery at the corner of Main Street and the highway at 4:30 pm.  If you are driving, please contact us directly about directions.  You may need a four-wheel drive vehicle.  It takes about 40 minutes to drive from Smithers.

To register

How to:  Register your name through this site and, also, forward your payment or deposit to  (A deposit is necessary to secure your spot).

Payment is cheque, cash, credit card, or email cash transfer to  Sorry, no debit cards.  Mail registration deposit to: c/o Phillipa Beck, Box 576, Telkwa, BC. V0J 2X0.

For further information or inquiries phone Jean Christian at 250-876-8373 or email

Registration deadlines: May 4 for the spring retreat, Aug. 16 for the summer retreat.  Registration is on a first-come first-served basis, space is limited.

A deposit of half the registration fee is due by registration deadline to reserve a place.  Registration fees paid in full are due one week before the retreat.  NB: No payments can be processed at the retreat as it’s off-grid.

Price  The cost for our 2018 residential retreats is:  May $400, August $500. Our single-day retreats are $75.

Cancellations:  prior to the registration deadline = 100% refund. Cancellation during the first week after the registration deadline = 50% refund.  Cancellation in the second week after the deadline or without filling your spot = zero refund.  



Contact us:

Phillipa Beck, (250) 877-3387 or

Jean Christian (250) 876-8373 or