Island Retreat

on Bowen Island

Join us for this peaceful 2-day retreat set in the tranquil grounds of Rivendell Retreat Centre in Bowen Island.

Not far from the Lower Mainland, nestled in the forest with spectacular ocean views, this retreat offers two days to relax, restore and explore inspiring, insightful and life-changing meditations.  

Using the book Eight Steps to Happiness by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, we will be guided into some of Buddhism’s best-loved teachings, giving us clear methods for transforming all life’s difficulties into valuable spiritual insights, for improving our relationships, and for bringing greater patience, empathy and compassion into our life. 

Leave inspired and take home ancient wisdom that will help you find greater happiness and meaning in your busy, modern life. 

It is suitable for those new to meditation as well as experienced practitioners. The retreat schedule allows plenty of time for quiet relaxation, enjoying delicious vegetarian meals and walking in the beautiful surroundings.


Gen Kelsang Delek is the Resident Teacher of Kadampa Meditation Centre Fraser Valley. Her extensive experience and excellent example are well appreciated by her students. With her practical approach and clear explanations of even the most profound of Buddha’s teachings, Gen Delek inspires us to put Dharma into practice in our daily lives.

Gen Kelsang Sanden is the Resident Teacher of Kadampa Meditation Centre Vancouver.  Born and raised in the Lower Mainland, he has been a long time student of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, the founder of the New Kadampa Tradition. He is well loved for his compassion, sense of humour and the clarity of his teachings.

  • When

    Saturday 25th – Monday 27th March

  • Schedule

    Saturday 25
    5:00pm Registration
    6:00pm Dinner
    7:30pm Introduction

    Sunday 26 
    7:30-8:30am Breakfast
    9:00am-10:15am Session 1
    11:00am-12:15pm Session 2
    4:30pm-5:45pm Session 3
    7:30pm-8:45pm Session 4

    Monday 27 
    7:00-8:00am Breakfast
    8:30am-9:45am Session 5
    10:15am-11:30am Session 6
    11:15am-noon Clean up

  • Cost

    Cost includes all sessions, ensuite accommodation, 2 dinners, 2 breakfasts and 1 lunch 


    Shared 2 twins or queen bed room
    $280/person for members.

    Single occupancy twin bed room
    $430 for members

    Single occupancy queen bed room
    $470 for members

    OFFSITE (includes food)

    $180 non-member
    $110 for members

  • How to get there

    We will liaise with all registrants to organise ferry times and car sharing.

    Click here for detailed directions to walk from the ferry to The Lodge on Cates Hill.

  • How to register

    Registration is closed.

    This retreat is currently sold out. We are planning future retreats on Bowen Island; please check back for further information. Thank you!

    If you have any other questions, please phone 604-853-3738 or email


The best way to take advantage of our courses and classes.

KMC Fraser Valley has 3 levels of membership. Find out more here.


The catchment area for our classes includes the Fraser Valley, Surrey, the Okanagan and the Shuswap.

If you live in the Vancouver area, you’ll find classes at KMC Vancouver

If you live on Vancouver Island or surrounding islands, you’ll find classes at Bodhichitta KBC

If you live elsewhere, please click this link for your nearest meditation Centre.