About This Center

Sakura-ji is a lay practice centre where anyone who wants to explore Zen training or Zen Writing Practice can do so. We have a regular weekly schedule, residential retreats and opportunities for individual retreats. Our Mission goes beyond formal Zen training in that we also host Yoga Classes, The Kootenay Mindfulness Centre and have an acupuncture clinic called Balance Point in the basement of our zendo. All teachers and professionals associated with Sakura-ji share our mission to offer services and courses that enhance the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual well-being of Kootenay residents. To realize that mission, we offer a variety of activities and courses.

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Why Retreat?

We asked people why they go on retreat, here's what they said:

Become a friend to myself. Scott

Retreat Guru's Vision

We believe human beings are innately wise, strong and kind. This wisdom, although not always experienced, is always present. Going on retreat is a beautiful way to reconnect to our basic sanity and health. Our aspiration at Retreat Guru is to inspire people to experience authentic retreats and reconnect with their innate wisdom, strength and kindness.