2020 Summer Program Update

We here at The Hermitage are sending love to those affected by this pandemic—which is pretty much everyone at this point. It is a stunning reminder of how connected we all are—from invisible disease transmission lines to the intricate (and often fragile) interdependencies of our economic structures. Please be good to yourselves, and try to offer kindness and generosity wherever you are able. Our very interdependence is what will help us to get through this.
In order to honour our responsibility to help limit and slow the spread of the disease, the retreat center will not be hosting solo or group retreats, volunteers, or day visitors until at least the end of August. We are monitoring the situation and will post updates regarding our operations as things change.
Many of the teachers who were scheduled to lead retreats this summer have generously supported our community with online video conference teachings. The last scheduled online program with Dr Sean Pritchard will begin Friday, September 11. Please check the 2020 Schedule page for more information.
May all beings have happiness and the causes of happiness
May all beings be free from sorrow and the causes of sorrow
May all beings never be separated from the great happiness that is sorrowless
May all leave attachment to dear ones and aversion to others, and abide in perfect equanimity



Today the world is in ever greater need of sanctuaries committed to spiritual exploration and evolution. At the Hermitage of the Dharma Fellowship we believe that the path of meditation, the conscious practice of love, and the careful stewardship of our Mother Earth are the precious seeds for our planet’s future. Our hearts are Buddhist and our approach is Western and non-sectarian, in the tradition of the Ven. Namgyal Rinpoche. We foster an open, non-dogmatic spirit of inquiry.  

While our core values are deeply rooted in Buddhist Dharma, we believe that all spiritual paths seek the same source, and we welcome teachers from a variety of meditation traditions. As the Dharma Fellowship’s meditation practice centre, the Hermitage provides a quiet and nurturing sanctuary for the study and practice of meditation and yoga, and the exploration of art, philosophy, psychology, and the healing arts as a means of self-discovery.

Our focus is on practice and many retreats are silent. Following the tradition of Eastern “forest monasteries” accommodations are small, private meditation huts set among trees, sharing a central wash house. Guests are encouraged to take their cushions to a private spot and meditate in the midst of nature.

Small and rustic, the Centre is located on a 60-acre organic farm on Denman Island. It is quiet, surrounded by woods and fields, and populated by herds of deer, and other wild creatures. We are within walking distance of nearby ocean beaches.

Scheduled teaching and silent practice retreats are offered during the summer months and occasionally during the winter. With are currently forming the nucleus of what we hope will become a self-sustaining monastic community.

We invite you to learn more about the Hermitage as you explore our website. Please register online for all retreats. (See the retreat schedule).  Getting here from anywhere in North America is relatively straightforward.

The Four Messagers and the Coronavirus - a talk by Lama Sidney