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Nonresidential Retreats Information

Further retreat details, registration options, and location information follow.



Nonresidential retreat weekends run Friday evenings 7:15 - 9:00 pm; Saturdays 9:00 am - 5:00 pm; and Sundays 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. 

What to Bring & What to Wear


  • You will be asked to remove your shoes prior to entering the meditation hall; you may wish to wear or bring socks.

  • Comfortable clothing; layers to adjust to the temperature in the meditation hall. Sometimes a light shawl or blanket is useful as the meditation hall can be drafty. Please wear clothing that doesn’t rustle.
  • Outerwear if you intend to spend walking periods outdoors in this beautiful location on the UBC campus.
  • Your own sitting gear if you wish to sit on the floor: a zafu (a firm, round, meditation cushion) which is usually set on a zabuton (firm mat) or folded blanket; or a meditation bench, which also is set on a zabuton or folded blanket. The floor is hard (a non-carpeted wood parquet floor).  Chairs are available if you prefer to sit on a chair.
  • a water bottle, a mug for the herbal and green teas offered at lunchtime, and a bag lunch on Saturday and Sunday.
  • In consideration of all participants, please do not wear fragrance or scented personal care products (soap, shower gel, shampoo, body lotion, etc.) (including "natural" products). This is part of our policy because those who are allergic to scented products cannot attend if others are wearing them.

Cost for Weekend Retreats and Weekend Workshops


Registration fees

  • $95 (plus dana)
  • $108 (plus dana) for late registration (payment received or postmarked within 2 weeks of the retreat, including at-the-door)
  • registration is free for young meditators (18 and younger)

Registration fees are used to cover retreat organizing costs.

See Financial Need for information on financial assistance to enable attendance at retreats. No one is turned away for lack of funds.


Dana is a Pali word meaning generosity. Since the time of the Buddha, there has existed an interdependence between those who offer the teachings and those who receive them. The teachings are given freely since they are considered priceless. Fees for this retreat cover room, board and administration costs. None of your registration fee goes to the teachers. The teachings are supported in much the same way they were 2,500 years ago, through donations. There will be an opportunity to give financial support to the teachers at the end of the retreat.



Registration Options


Register On-line

To register on-line with payment by credit card, click the Register On-line button for the appropriate retreat. This button for the particular retreat occurs in the Retreats Schedule or in the text about the particular retreat on the main Retreats page. Registration and payment online is completed via a secure server.

Register by Mail

To register by mail, print and complete the registration form provided here and mail it with your payment by cheque or money order.

If you can't open a pdf, you can download the free Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.

Retreat flyers are also available at Banyen Bookstore and at the Larch Street office at the left side entrance to 2224 Larch Street.



Retreat fees will be refunded (less a $10 handling fee) for cancellations on or before the Friday preceding the retreat. Retreat fees will NOT be refunded for cancellations made within the last week.



Westcoast Dharma Society weekend nonresidential retreats are held at the University of British Columbia Asian Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The Asian Centre is located at 1871 West Mall, behind the C.K. Choi building. Entry to UBC is via Gate 4 or 6. The closest parking is in the Fraser Parkade.

Opened in 1981, the Asian Centre was built to "provide a focal point for sharing information and ideas across the Pacific". Nestled among colourful azaleas and sculpted shrubbery, its beautifully landscaped surroundings and its multi-functional facilities make it a tranquil and serene site for meditation retreats.

The neighboring Nitobe Memorial Garden reflects some of the natural beauty of this setting.



On-campus accommodation near the retreat facility is available for out-of-town nonresidential retreat participants through the UBC Conference Centre.