Today's world is in ever greater need for quiet sanctuaries committed to spiritual exploration and Awakening. At the Hermitage of the Dharma Fellowship, we believe that the path of yoga and meditation, the conscious practice of compassionate love and wisdom, combined with a careful stewardship of our Mother Earth are the precious seeds required for our planet’s future.
Our heart is Buddhist, primarily centered on meditation as a way of individual self-development, and our approach is Western and non-sectarian, according to the principles of the Ven. Karma Namgyal Rinpoche, following in the tradition of His Holiness the Gyalwa Karmapa, spiritual head of the Ka'gyu school of Tibetan Buddhism. We foster an open, non-dogmatic, universalist spirit of inquiry. While our core values are deeply rooted in the teachings of Buddhist Dharma, we believe that all spiritual paths seek much the same aims, and we welcome 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 the exploration of art, philosophy, psychology, metaphysics and the healing arts, as a means of self-improvement.
Our focus is on 'practice' and many retreats are silent. Gatherings are held in a large yurt, which doubles as our meditation hall and temple. Following the tradition 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 silent 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 Ka'gyu 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.