Retreats + Meditation

Looking for a place to retreat and get a clear mind? Look no further as Kamloops has places to get your mind and souls back in check.

Centre of the universe

In the early 1980s, a mysterious man dressed completely in white robes arrived at Vidette Lake in Deadman Valley. 30 kilometres east and 50 kilometres north of Kamloops he claimed to have found the Centre of the Universe. The Monk had run into the owner of the Vidette Lake Gold Mine Resort and introduced himself and was invited into his cabin, a former 1860’s Fur Trading Post.

The mysterious man turned out to be an apprentice monk who had been sent from San Francisco to verify the existence of the Centre of the Universe. Tibetan monks believe that the Centre of the Universe is located on the earth and using a series of tests, it can be verified. The Rinpoche, or Master Teacher, in San Francisco, had simply pointed to a location on a map that he had never seen and claimed that it was the spot. He then sent the apprentice to the Kamloops area and on to Vidette Lake to conduct a series of tests.

The site is said to emit power from at least three spots within a seven-meter diameter and many feel it could be a much larger area. Ironically, unbeknownst to the monks, this site had been a special place for the local First Nations people to visit.

Spiritual Connections

On the Vidette Lake property, there exist an energy vortex leylines the earth’s Shakra. In 1980 an apprentice monk in search of the centre of the universe arrived at Vidette Lake. Tibetan monks believe that the Centre of the Universe is located on earth and using a series of tests can be verified, which is exactly what this monk did. Many healers and spiritual people who arrive at the site claim to feel a connection to the land.

Vidette Lake Nature Retreat Rental

Vidette Lake is perfect for groups wishing to experience and utilize the unique energy available at this site and its spectacular natural beauty. There is an abundance of birds and flora, and many hiking trails and nature walks are available.

Retreat rental includes guided intro to the vortex of the Centre of the Universe. A guided tour to the waterfalls can be arranged as well as a guided nature walk, use of paddle boats, canoes and rowboats.

The 28 beds are spread among seven cabins. Recommended groups of up to 20 with 8 additional beds for facilitators. All linens provided for all cabins with full retreat rental.

Book the resort for your next retreat! Previous successful retreats have included meditation, healing, teaching, martial arts, yoga and reiki. Any other spiritual practices are also welcome.

As the retreat organizer, you book the resort and organize the activities, supply the food & beverages and set the per person fee that you wish to charge for your retreat. Cooking facilities and equipment are included. Arrangements for meals can be provided for an additional fee, please contact us for details.

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Birken Forest Buddhist Monastery

Birken Forest Buddhist Monastery is a Canadian Theravada Buddhist monastery following the Thai Forest Tradition of Ajahn Chah.  Also known by its Pali name, 'Sitavana', the monastery is located in the tranquil and secluded forests of British Columbia's interior region, approximately 40 kilometres south of Kamloops.  Under the guidance of its founding Abbot and spiritual leader, Venerable Ajahn Sona, the monastery provides a peaceful refuge for monastics and laypeople seeking to deepen their practice of the Buddha's teachings.

A visit to Birken is a valuable experience for anyone interested in spiritual matters.  A journey through the magnificent mountains and valleys of British Columbia brings you to this quiet place.  Once here you will spend your time with people dedicated to a peaceful, tolerant and virtuous life.  

Birken Forest Monastery offers Day Visits & Dana Meal Offerings, Personal Retreats, Scheduled Retreats and Silent Winter Retreats

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