The support to let go into deep Transformation
For those who already have a strong practice, have done meditation retreats before and know they can keep focused for eight hours or more without much guidance.
This package provides the support and flexibility to help you let go into a deeper practice.
In keeping with our Mission and Values, your health and wellness is our top priority. We are currently open for cabin retreats and are taking thorough precautions to ensure your wellbeing.
IMPORTANT: In keeping with alignment with the British Columbia Ministry of Health, we require that all participants have been in Canada and without any cold, flu or virus symptoms for at least 14 days prior to your retreat.
A supportive meditation practice is essential when navigating times of uncertainty. If you are unable to join us for a retreat at this time, we strongly suggest that you consider one of our online courses.
See the link below for more details about our COVID-19 response and cancellation policy.
Stay from three-nights to three-months.
We provide books and materials to create a supportive retreat. This package includes one hour of mindful activity (Karma Yoga) and optional group meditations.
This package helps you create a retreat that supports your practice and goes as deep as you’re ready.
Choose this package if you:
- Are comfortable meditating for at least eight hours a day.
- Or, are working with a teacher who has suggested you do a solitary retreat.
- If we haven’t met you yet, can provide references that support your experiential background.
- Have your own established practice and are seeking the space to deepen it.
- See the benefit of integrating one hour of mindful activities (Karma Yoga) such as gardening, harvesting or cleaning with your personal practice.
What to Expect
- A one-on-one orientation upon arrival and an exit-interview.
- Space to unplug: our 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. We adjust for dietary needs upon request.
- To facilitate a deeper retreat, enjoy to eating alone or in silence with other meditators.
- To facilitate transition in and out of retreat, your first and last meal will be with our 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. Our participants repeatedly tell us how their mindful activity sessions helped them stay grounded during that transition. This is why we include one hour per day of mindful activity (Karma Yoga) in this package. Learn more here.
- Orient yourself with the schedule for arrival, departure and daily practice.
- See what to bring, travel and accommodation here.
“Before enlightenment; chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment; chop wood, carry water.”
– Zen proverb
As busy Westerners, many of us are 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 our practice at Clear Sky because we believe that bringing mindful awareness into our activities makes us more more clear, compassionate and effective at work, at home and in our relationships. And from there we 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 our garden or food forest (spring & summer)
- Cleaning of cabins and common areas
- Administrative tasks (for example, filing, or laminating documents)
We’re in the East Kootenays B.C., Canada, an hour from the US border and four hours from Calgary by car. The nearest town is Cranbrook, and we are 40 minutes from the Canadian Rockies International Airport. Click here to see a map of our location.