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
The Hermitage will be closed for residential programs until planned extensive infrastructure upgrades are completed (see below). During this two-to-three year period we will focus on developing online programs for our wider community, as well as on local Denman Island initiatives.
Online & Community Programs
Obliged to cancel our scheduled 2020 summer residential programs due to COVID, we decided to take advantage of that break to commission a thorough, professional assessment of the centre’s aging infrastructure. This process led us to the realization that major upgrades are overdue, and that the COVID hiatus has provided us with an excellent opportunity to initiate them. The resulting three-phase development plan will require that The Hermitage remain closed to residential programs for up to three years. It also requires a more ambitious fundraising campaign than any we’ve previously attempted. For more information please download our fundraising brochure here.
“Having no destination, I am never lost.”