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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 Days of Mindfulness with Karen Lawrie will be on Saturday, March 3rd and Saturday, April 7th.


  • None currently available.


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.