The Hermitage, a 60-acre retreat centre on Denman Island in British Columbia, is as close as most of us will ever come to what the Tibetan Vajrayana tradition calls a beyul. Beyul are hidden valleys protected by deities and blessed as refuges, places where the physical and spiritual worlds overlap and meditation practice is enhanced. For many practitioners The Hermitage, walking distance from the ocean and surrounded by forest, is just such an exceptional place.
While our roots are Buddhist, we cultivate a spirit of openness and welcome teachers from many diverse paths. The Hermitage provides a quiet and nurturing setting for the study and practice of meditation and yoga, for the exploration of movement, philosophy, psychology, and the healing arts as means of self-discovery.
We are committed to honouring the principles of ecological sustainability, believing that the conscious practice of love for our fellow beings and the careful stewardship of our Mother Earth are the precious seeds for any viable future.
Residential Program Closure
After having to cancel our scheduled 2020 summer residential programs due to COVID we decided to take advantage of the requisite pause to do a thorough assessment of the centre’s aging infrastructure. This process led us to the inescapable conclusion that major upgrades are overdue, and that the COVID hiatus provides us with an excellent opportunity to initiate them. Implementing the resultant development plan will require that The Hermitage remain closed to residential programs until upgrades are completed, possibly 2-3 years. In the interim we plan to focus on developing online programs for our wider community, as well as on local Denman Island initiatives.
Online & Community Programs
“Having no destination, I am never lost.”