Janie McGiffin   Site Manager   I have volunteered at a number of retreat centers over the years: Tara Mandala in Colorado, Sea to Sky near Squamish,  KDOL on Saltspring Island, the Krishnamurti center in Metchosin, as well as a 10-month cooking job at Gampo Abbey on Cape Breton Island. I am so happy to be living at The Hermitage here on Denman Island, and I look forward to contributing to the community through the influence of this beautiful land. Growing up on Vancouver Island, living on Hornby and Denman Islands, raisng a family with the influence of the nourishing West Coast have all contributed to my immersion and appreciation of the Dharma in my life. Being part of the Hermitage family enriches me.

Sebastien Bellerive   Retreat Manager    I came from a technical support/networking IT background, from living in the busy noise of downtown Vancouver for 10 years. An opportunity arose to make a change in my life, things just fell into place and I moved to The Hermitage. Embracing a life of simplicity here has allowed me to really focus deeply on trying to understand this great mystery of selfhood. Over the 8 years of my residency I had the chance to be of service in various supporting roles, eventually becoming the centre’s chief cook. The need now arises for a facilitator for our online retreats, so with humbleness will I undertake the wearing of this hat!