Today's world is in ever greater need for quiet contemplative sanctuaries committed to self-exploration, authentic spiritual practice and enlightenment. At the Hermitage of the Dharma Fellowship we have created such a sanctuary, where the path of yoga and meditation, combined with the practice of compassion, love and wisdom, and careful stewartship of Mother Earth, forms the guiding principles of our spiritual life.
At heart the Hermitage is a Buddhist Retreat Center, primarily focused on meditation as a way of individual self-development, but our approach is Western, non-dogmatic and non-sectarian, fostering an open, universalist spirit of inquiry according to the principles of our formative teacher the Ven. Karma Namgyal Rinpoche, following in the tradition of His Holiness the Gyalwa Karmapa and the Ka'gyu school of Tibetan Buddhism. While our core values are deeply rooted in the teachings of Buddhist Dharma, we believe that all religions and spiritual paths seek much the same aims, and we welcome validly recognized teachers from a variety of yoga and meditation traditions to guide meditation retreats at the Hermitage. As the Dharma Fellowship’s main retreat practice centre, the Hermitage provides a quiet and nurturing environment for the study and performance of meditation and yoga, along with an exploration of art, philosophy, psychology, metaphysics and the healing arts, as a means of human betterment or realization.
The Hermitage is centered on 'practice' and many meditation retreats are conducted in mindful silence. Gatherings are held in a large yurt, which doubles as our meditation hall and temple. Following the tradition and ideals of Eastern “forest monasteries,” accommodations consist of small, private meditation huts known as "kutis," set among trees, sharing a central wash house and eating area. Our kutis are clean and cozy.
Small and rustic, the Centre is located on a 60-acre organic farm on beautiful Denman Island. It is quiet, surrounded by woods and fields, and populated by herds of deer, and other wild creatures, and within walking distance of nearby ocean beaches.
Scheduled teaching and practice retreats are offered during the summer months and occasionally during the winter. With three monks at the present time, we are currently forming the nucleus of what we hope will become a self-sustaining Buddhist monastic community.
We invite you to learn more about the Hermitage as you explore our website. Please register online for all retreats. For other inquiries, please contact Linda at 250-203-7091. Getting here from anywhere in North America is relatively straightforward.