Retreats

Northern Sky Meditation & Yoga Retreats 

This year we held a day-long retreat at Telkwa Riverside Studio in February, a four-day spring retreat at Hudson Bay Wilderness Ranch over the May long weekend, and have just wrapped up the annual five-day silent retreat behind Hudson Bay Mountain.  

So far, the dates we have for upcoming retreats are the May long weekend 2018, as well as Labour Day weekend at the end of August, both up at the off-the-grid, rustic wilderness ranch.

Please watch this site for retreat dates this fall.

You can register by visiting our Schedule page, and following  the prompts.

 

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 home.

Accommodation

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.

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.

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

Directions

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 will need a four-wheel drive vehicle.  It takes about 40 minutes to drive from Smithers.

To register

Phone Jean Christian at 250-876-8373, Phillipa at 250-877-3387, or email phillipabeck@gmail.com.

Price

The cost for the multi-day 2017 retreats is:  May $400, August $500. Our single-day retreats are $75.

A deposit of half the amount is required to secure a space. Registration is on a first-come first-served basis, please register promptly to secure your spot.  Full payment is due BEFORE the beginning of the retreat. Payment is cheque, cash, credit card, or email cash transfer to phillipabeck@gmail.com. Sorry, no debit cards.  Mail registration deposit to: c/o Phillipa Beck, Box 576, Telkwa, BC. V0J 2X0.

Registration deadline / Cancellation policy

Payments: The registration deadline for each retreat is three weeks prior to the start date.  Cash, credit card, or a cheque for 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 will be processed at the retreat.

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.  

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Our seven-day summer retreat was at the end of the summer, Aug. 27-Sept. 2, 2015.  It was our largest, and longest, retreat ever, a fantastic celebration for hosting 10 years of silent meditation and yoga for northwest BC.

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!”

 

Contact us:

Phillipa Beck, (250) 877-3387 or phillipabeck@gmail.com.