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Daylong Sitting Retreats


  • Day of Mindfulness Retreats, led by Community Dharma Leader, Karen Lawrie
    9:30 am to 3 pm

at the Mountain Rain Zendo, 2016 Wall Street, just off Dundas between Nanaimo and Victoria, in Vancouver, BC;

Cost $15 registration fee, payable at the door.

Pre-register by emailing Karen at karenlawrie77@gmail.com or call her at 604-565-0379. 

The next Day of Mindfulness with Karen Lawrie will be on Saturday, July 7th.


  • Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation with Santa Aloi

    Wednesday Evenings - May 9th to June 6, 2018.  Five sessions.

    7:00pm to 9:00pm

    St. Paul's Anglican Church, 1130 Jervis Street, Vancouver

Mindfulness Meditation is a profound way of connecting with how things are in your life.   We often find ourselves disconnected to the body and hardly aware of what’s going on in our minds. Thoughts, emotions and reactions to events can pull us away into a world where we hardly keep track of ourselves! Paying attention with kindness allows for greater calm, clarity, and resourcefulness. In this series of classes we will work from a relaxed place to develop awareness of breath, body, feelings, thoughts and mind states. Drawing on the wisdom of the Buddhist tradition as it relates to our contemporary lives, sitting meditation will be augmented by simple mindful movement.

This course is designed for those new to meditation or those who would appreciate an opportunity to review the basics of Vipassana Meditation 

For more information and to register click here.


  • What are your priorities? Developing the perfections of the heart with Adrianne Ross and Rachel Lewis

Tuesday evenings - May 15 to July 17, 2018.  Ten sessions

7:00pm to 9:00pm

Mountain Rain Zen Centre

2016 Wall Street, Vancouver  

In Buddhist teachings, the paramis, or perfections of the heart, are qualities that all spiritual practitioners must develop to support their awakening to the truth. The word "parami" is also related to the word meaning "something of foremost importance", so we're envisioning this class as an honest exploration of how to bring our lives more in line with our own deepest priorities and values. Unlike with refined states of concentration, the paramis can be cultivated in the midst of all of the complication of our everday lives, and in this way all of life can be part of the path of practice.

For more information and to register click here.


Community Sitting Groups



  • Saturday morinings, 10:00 am, Burnaby Metrotown area also easily accessible to East Vancouver residents, hosted by Annie Newman.  For information and location, contact Annie at newmanannie0@gmail.com.

East Vancouver

  • Sundays, 7:00 pm, led by community Dharma Leader Judy Witheford at the Mountain Rain Zen Centre, 2016 Wall Street. For more information, contact Judy at judy.witheford@gmail.com or Kym Bohachewski at 778-241-7191. 
  • Tuesdays, 7:00 am, teacher-led with Adrianne Ross. For information and location, contact Adrianne: 604.873.0687 or adrianne108@gmail.com.
  • Wednesdays, 5:45 - 7:15 pm, led by David (Bodhi) Adam and others. Listening Post, 382 Main Street, newcomers welcome. Contact David: 604.255.9400 or davidadam@telus.net.
  • Thursdays, 7:00 pm, led by Water and Waves Sangha leader Bethan Lloyd, at the Mountain Rain Zendo, 2016 Wall Street, just off Dundas between Nanaimo and Victoria, in Vancouver, BC; please arrive by 6:45 pm.

    "On Thursday evenings we practice two periods of sitting meditation (20-25 minutes) and walking meditation (5-10 minutes) during the first hour. In the second hour we explore meditation and mindfulness practices including chanting, Touching the Earth, deep relaxation and Dharma study. The first Thursday of each month we focus on the Five Mindfulness Trainings and talk together about our practice."


  • Tuesdays, 7:30 pm, led by Community Dharma Leader, Karen Lawrie, at St. Mary's Church, 2950 Laurel at 14th.  For information, email Karen at karenlawrie77@gmail.com. 
  • Wednesdays, 7:00 am, teacher-led by Adrianne Ross,at St. Mary's Church, 2950 Laurel at 14th.  For information, contact Adrianne at 604.873.0687 or adrianne108@gmail.com.
  • Thursdays, 10:30 am, led by Community Dharma Leader, Karen Lawrie. For information and location, email Karen at karenlawrie77@gmail.com.

North Shore

  • Mondays, 7:30 - 9:00 pm, at the Unitarian Church. Contact Michelle: 604.985.4540 or 778.228.9312.
  • Second and fourth Thursdays, 10:00 am - 11:30 am, led by Jenna Jordison at the North Shore Unitarian Church (directions at www.nsuc.ca/how-to-find-us/ ). Contact Jenna: jennaj@telus.net.

Sunshine Coast

  • Thursdays, 7:00 - 9:00 pm. For location, contact Trisha: 604.886.3227 or Denis: 604.886.2262 or email dfafard@dccnet.com.


  • Thursdays, 7:00 pm. For location, contact Jude: 604.584.0140 or judec@telus.net.
  • Tuesdays, 7:00 pm at the Buddhist Vihara Society, 13871 – 64 Avenue.  Contact Kirthi: 604.582.7592 or kirthi@aol.com.
  • Simple Sits – Community-Led Meditation Group, South Surrey
    2nd & 4th Thursday of each month. 7:15-9:15pm

(Sitting starts at 7:30pm)
Contact Jenn: simplesits@gmail.com, 604-889-3751, Twitter: @SimpleSits
Join us for stillness, connection, tea and shared inspiration.

University of British Columbia

  • Changing times and locations, usually at the Student Union Building (UBC Campus), under the guidance of UBC Professors and long-time meditation practitioners Pierre Zakarauskas and Brad Murray. For information, visit www.ams.ubc.ca/clubs/meditation.

West End / Coal Harbour / Downtown

  • Every 3rd Sunday of the month at the Vancouver Friends For Life Society, 1459 Barclay at the corner with Nicola. 10am to 12noon. Led by Craig Matsu-Pissot. For more info contact Craig: craig@friendsforlife.ca
  • Sunday evenings, 7:00 p.m. - 8:25 p.m., led by life coach/photographer Wendy Lotosky. For location, contact Wendy: 604.780.8565 or wendylotosky@yahoo.com

Mindfulness & Meditation fun. Come inhabit your body & transform your relationship to your thoughts.

Local Vipassana Web Sites

BC Insight Meditation Society - www.bcims.org

  • Classes, sitting groups, and retreats led by local Dharma teacher, Adrianne Ross and Community Dharma Leaders, Karen Lawrie, Rachel Lewis, James Lowe, Pari Ruengvisesh, and Judy Witheford.

Vipassana Metta Vancouver - www.vipassanamettavancouver.org

  • Classes, sitting groups, and retreats taught by local meditation teacher, Linda McDonald and guest meditation teachers.

Westcoast Dharma Society - www.westcoastdharma.org

  • Nonresidential and Residential Retreats taught by local and visiting experienced Dharma teachers, with a new emphasis suitable for experienced meditators.