Peace is the Breathing, Joy is the Walking

A Retreat with the Nuns and Monks of Blue Cliff Monastery

in the Tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh
May 10-13, 2018, Galilee Center, Arnprior, Ontario


Retreat Information

Monks and Nuns from the Blue Cliff Monastery ( will be on tour in Canada in the month of May 2018. Blue Cliff Monastery is a mindfulness practice centre in the tradition of the Venerable Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. As part of this tour, the six Monastics will be leading a weekend residential retreat at the Galilee Centre in Arnprior from May 10-13, 2018 to guide us in the practices and art of living mindfully.

The registration process for this retreat is at the bottom of this page.

Who Will Enjoy This Retreat

The retreat welcomes beginners as well as experienced meditators. Note that there is no separate program for youths; 12 to 17 year olds are welcome to register if accompanied by an adult.


The retreat will be held at the Galilee Centre398 John Street North, Arnprior, ON, K7S 2P6.


There is ample free parking at the Centre.

Arrival and Departure

Please plan to arrive at the Galilee Center between 3.00-5:00 PM Thursday May 10 for check-in.   Dinner will be served between 5:30-6:30 p.m. The retreat ends at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, May 13.

A guided meditation will be offered on Thursday between 4:00 PM and 5:00 PM. A teacher will be available at 3:30 PM to answer questions from those new to mindfulness meditation practices.


Healthy vegetarian meals with vegan and gluten free options will be provided and enjoyed in noble silence.

Ingredients used for preparation of the meals will be posted near the serving area. The chefs will be made aware of serious dietary allergies identified on registration form, but it is the responsibility of Retreatants to make appropriate choices.  Note that it may not be possible to accommodate every food intolerance.  Thus, a small fridge and microwave is available near the dining room for those that prefer to bring some of their own food to accommodate a special diet.


Residential retreatants will have a choice of a private room or a shared double room at the Galilee Centre. Bathrooms are shared. Shower facilities are available.

If you wish to share a double room with another retreatant, please indicate their name on the registration form.

For the purpose of room location and room-mate assignments not already arranged, please indicate on the registration form how you identify with respect to gender such as male, female, transgendered or gender diverse (e.g. gender fluid, gender queer, agender).

Cost of the Retreat

For the period beginning Thursday May 10 at 3:00 PM and ending Sunday May 13 at 2:00 PM including 9 meals:

Single room: $395
Double room per person: $335
Non-residential (limited availability): $210

Fees include taxes.

Payment is online via PayPal or Interac e-Transfer®. Instructions are provided at the bottom of this page in the section on the registration process.

Cancellation Policy

Full refund if request received by email by Friday April 27 2018.


The teachers and the members of the organizing committee generously offer their time and skills with no remuneration. The fee covers the costs of the retreat and includes a modest contribution to the Blue Cliff Monastery in addition to travel and accommodation expenses for the Monastics. The Nuns and Monks offer the teachings with a spirit of generosity and trust following ancient traditions.

There will be a donation box to offer dāna at the weekend retreat but for convenience, there is an entry on the registration form.

Financial Assistance

Some of the registrants are unable to attend if they have to pay the full registration fee; all registrants are therefore invited to contribute to allow those of limited means to attend the retreat.

For convenience there is an entry on the registration form for offering a small donation towards financial assistance.

For those who require financial assistance, please send request to Sheila Robertson The funds will be allocated based on donations provided.

What to Bring

  • Personal toiletries such as toothbrush, etc.
  • Alarm for morning wake-up
  • Indoor footwear
  • Meditation cushion (some cushions will be available; chairs will also be available)
  • Sweater or coat for outdoor walking meditation
  • Water bottle
  • Towels and bedding are provided by the Galilee Centre
  • Yoga mat for deep relaxation

Retreat Protocols

  • As some people are particularly sensitive to scents and chemicals, you are asked not to bring or use any perfumes or scented toiletries.
  • Please wear modest attire, i.e. simple dress that covers the shoulders and knees
  • Please arrive by 10 minutes before the start of morning sitting to help maintain a beautiful peaceful practice.
  • We will support each other in the practice of noble silence from evening meditation on Friday until after the Ceremony of the Transmission of the 5 Mindfulness Trainings on Sunday morning.

Retreatants are requested to refrain from smoking and drinking alcohol during the entire retreat and to practice the Five Mindfulness Trainings in order to support the creation of a safe and healthy environment. The Five Mindfulness Trainings are guidelines that support us in realizing our aspiration of living a meaningful and happy life in a spirit of nonharming.

Registration Process

Registration is limited; please register early. Note that there is no on-site registration.

The registration system we are using for this retreat requires that you select a quantity (“Qty”) of “1” for only one of “Single Room” / “Double Room” / “Non-Residential” selections below.

Please note the registration fee includes a contribution for Monastics’ travel and accommodation expenses and to the Blue Cliff Monastery.

If you wish to donate to either the monastics (“Dāna for Blue Cliff Nuns and Monks, with Gratitude”) or to the financial assistance fund (“Help with Financial Assistance for Retreatants”) please select one or more multiples of $10 in “Qty” to add to your invoice.


At the end of the registration process, you will be given the choice of payment via PayPal or Interac e-Transfer®. Registration will be confirmed after receipt of payment. The deadline for submission and receipt of payment is May 6 2018.


For questions and registration inquiries, please contact Sheila Robertson at or Brenda Vellino at


  • Monastic Retreat 2018
    May 10, 2018 - May 13, 2018
    3:00 pm - 1:00 pm