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Retreats + Meditation

Looking for a place to retreat or meditate to get a clear mind? Kamloops has retreats and to get your mind and soul back in check.


Vidette Lake Nature Retreat

Vidette Lake Nature Retreat

Vidette Lake Nature Retreat property lies on energy vortex ley lines. Tibetan monks believe that the centre of the universe is located on earth, in 1980 an apprentice monk in search of the centre of the universe arrived at Vidette Lake claiming he had found it. Many healers and spiritual people who arrive at the site claim to feel a connection to the land.

Vidette Lake Nature Retreat is located at the tip of Vidette Lake. The Resort 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

Retreats hosted at Vidette Lake Nature Retreat included meditation, healing, teaching, martial arts, yoga and reiki. Any other spiritual practices are also welcome.

Retreats include guided intro to the vortex of the Centre of the Universe, some conditions apply. Additional guided tours to the waterfalls, guided nature walks, use of paddle boats, canoes and rowboats can be arranged.


Centre of the Universe

Centre of the Universe

In the early 1980s, a mysterious man dressed completely in white robes arrived on a snowy day in November at Vidette Lake. He claimed to have found the Centre of the Universe and introduced himself to the then owner of the Vidette Lake Gold Mine Resort. Not knowing what was happening, the owner replied “Welcome my friend,” and invited him 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. 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. 

Once the apprentice monk had conducted a few tests and determined that this could very well be the Centre of the Universe, he returned to report back to his Master Teacher. The next visit was in 1984, this time the Master Teacher and an entourage of followers attended. They tested the grounds including the calming of spirits by burning aromatic fuel in a fire. It was then verified that the spot, on top of a grassy knoll with a commanding view of the valley and lake, was the Centre of the Universe.

Tests that passed when verifying the authenticity of the Centre of the Universe included geographic characteristics, shaped like the prow of a ship, pointed south, and sloping from north downwards to the south. Other tests include the spontaneous starting of a fire without an ignition source and the sounds of choral singing.

In 1988, a small, high-ranking group of monks arrived to try to convince the owner of the Vidette Lake Gold Mine Lodge to donate the land and even made initial arrangements to have the Dalai Lama visit. When a deal could not be reached to acquire the land and resort, the monks called off the visit. Since 1980, monks and others seeking to become enlightened continue to pay their respects, and/or satisfy their curiosity.

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.


Birken Forest Retreat

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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