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Do you yearn for a place in nature that’s neither too corporate – nor too touchy-feely – to hold your next retreat or event?

A place where you and your team can really get away from it all, re- connect and engage deeply in what is meaningful to you?

 

Photo credit: Brian Clarkson © Clear Sky Center

 

We love sharing our space and 300+ acres with spiritual explorers, leaders and heart centered organizations. Whether you are looking for a spiritual home where you can lead your group in a retreat or you are seeking an alternative space and ways to strengthen you and/or your team, the atmosphere at Clear Sky is down to earth, nourishing and inspiring.

We can care for up to 15 people at a time in our main facility “The Sanctuary”. With Bull Mountain and a food forest in our backyard, it can really feel like you are far, far, far away from it all. The thing is, we are just 45 minutes away from the Canadian Rockies International Airport, one hour from the US border and have amenities nearby in Cranbrook, Fernie, and Kimberley.

Food Forest

Also, worth noting is that optional wireless internet provides the choice to enjoy the benefits of online access or unplug and reconnect with nature and each other.

Go ahead and reach out to us. Share more about what you have in mind for your retreat or event by selecting the “Contact us to find out more” button. A member of our team will get back to you by phone or email to explore options and discover the best fit.


Main Building at sunset

Additional experiences you can include in your event at Clear Sky:

There are many ways to tap into the elements of Clear Sky which can enhance the health of you and your group. In the embrace of Clear Sky, you will be supported to take a breath and refresh.

If you are curious to find out more about some of the wholesome explorations you can partake in at while you are at Clear Sky, see below.


Gettin’ Mindful Session!

Mindfulness is a tool that can improve your quality of (work) life, productivity and well being. Here at Clear Sky, our trained instructors can show you how to bring mindfulness into your daily activities and interactions. Through emphasizing how to apply intention and attention, we can all learn to reduce tension and increase the joy factor in everything that we do.

Nature Trail Walk

Clear Sky lies at the foot of majestic Bull Mountain and the 300+ acres property offers easy walking nature trails where you can unplug and rejuvenate with your team. Learn about the unique grasslands ecosystem, and precious wildlife corridor that connects Yellowstone to Yukon, as you enjoy the great outdoors.

Food Forest Tour

Clear Sky planted the first one acre cold climate food forest project in Canada in 2013. Come and discover this innovative approach to sustainable agriculture with our demonstration model tour. Delicious, nutritious and unusual fruits, nuts, herbs, medicinals, plants and insects will lead you down a path of discovery you can enjoy and share with your team and family.

Team building processes for greater work-life experience

Learn some holistic approaches and mindfulness tools that you can apply again and again when working with diverse team members and challenges. Learn how to engage all members and come to a collective statement for what the best workplace scenario would be. These simple techniques can lead to longer lasting results, greater collaboration and success for individuals and organizations.

Getting Results Together…. And Enjoying It Through Green Building

Explore the relationship between mindfulness and sustainability through the case study of Clear Sky’s green building project, “Sky Roots”. Learn effective tools for improved teamwork, including managing people’s different perspectives, planning, implementation and troubleshooting the inevitable challenges that arise. This session will review some simple mindfulness principles and techniques that will help things flow more smoothly.

 

Your event can either be self-catered or we can offer local/organically sourced and mindfully prepared meals.

 

The venue could not have been better in my opinion. I felt so welcomed by the staff. Knowing the Clear Sky Center is actively involved with environmental education was fitting for our symposium. I personally really loved the open simplicity and feeling of the place. Having so much light and the outdoors so present was wonderful.

-Janet Cook


Go ahead and reach out to us. Share more about what you have in mind for your retreat or event by selecting the “Contact us to find out more” button. We will get back to you by phone or email to explore options and discover the best fit for you. Once you submit this form, we’ll be in touch within 1-2 business days, often the same day.


How would I describe my 5 day ‘silent’ retreat at Clear Sky? In a word: Healing. My days started off with a 7am group meditation with the retreat organizers. The group energy was both very grounding and vibrant – and I quickly felt a deep sense of connection and peace in their company. I ate in silence three meals a day – the delicious food made it easier (but not easy!) to bring my wandering mind back to the pleasure of the wholesome offering. Twice a day I participated in ‘Karma Yoga’ which essentially means doing some chores in silence (I loved stacking wood, and making kindling). This activity offered me the opportunity to maintain a sense of awareness while being in the world, and watching the thoughts and emotions that come up. These duties added structure to the day – though I did sleeping a lot for the first couple of days. What really made Clear Sky special for me was the authenticity of the community running the retreat centre. They are committed to their spiritual work while taking a light

Venue Highlights

Clear Sky is a spiritual container that welcomes and supports spiritual groups devoted to personal and planetary awakening. We invite all traditions to come here to deepen their spiritual explorations.

What’s so good about Clear Sky as a space to do retreats?
- It carries the energy of a place dedicated to spiritual work
- We welcome diverse spiritual practices
- We can take online bookings and registrations for your retreat
- With fantastic food and a natural environment, you’ll feel nourished on all levels

Amenities

  • Free Wifi
  • Towels
  • Free Parking

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Pescetarian
  • Includes Meat
  • Organic
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Nut Free

Menu/Cuisine

Many folks are surprised that we serve meat every second day and that they will likely be asked to prepare and serve meat dishes during their stay. For this reason, we ask all participants to come with a mind of curiosity and non-clinging to preferences. For vegetarians and vegans, you can expect to be well fed, however there will be less options as we do cater mostly to omnivores. We are all encouraged to use our relationships with food for meditation and exploration. We source our food from our gardens, food forest, local suppliers, and eat organic as much as possible. Most people who visit rave about how nourishing the food is.

Accommodations

Accommodations are shared in our main facility, the Sanctuary. You will share with one, two or three others. Private accommodation is available in our eco-friendly cabins of which we have three.

Directions

FLYING
Pick-ups – We can pick you up from the Canadian Rockies International Airport (Cranbrook, YXC), which has regular flights from Vancouver and Calgary. It is a 45-minute drive to Clear Sky from the airport.

CAR RENTALS
You can rent a car at the local airport, or in nearby Cranbrook. Renting a vehicle in Calgary – Driving from Calgary may be cheaper than flying, depending on your length of stay and how many of you there are. It is a beautiful 4.5-hour drive. Contact us if you are coming for a program and would like to find rideshare partners.

DRIVING
Get driving directions from your location with google maps. Our address is 3567 Cockell Road, Fort Steele, BC, V0B 1N0.
Clear Sky is close to the US border, and about four hours from Calgary. We are ten minutes from the BC-93 S Highway and twenty minutes from Fort Steele, along the Wardner-Fort Steele Road.

Some navigation systems may not bring you to our driveway:
Coming from BC-93 S Highway on the Wardner-Fort Steele Road – look for Bull River Road on your right, about five minutes past the fish hatchery, which will be on your left.

Coming from Fort Steele – after about twenty minutes, look for power lines overhead, where the road will bend to the right. Bull River Road is right after this right bend, on your left. (If you see the fish hatchery on your right, you’ve gone too far).

Drive down Bull River Road for about three minutes, then turn left into Cockell Road. You’ll see our driveway on the left, at the end of Cockell Road.

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Why Retreat?

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

I teach yoga part time and am a mom of two toddlers full time. I love my life, but goodness do I need a break. My husband and I have been putting off our wedding ceremony for 4 years because life has gotten in the way. We haven't had a single night alone since our family has grown. I wouldn't change a thing about our lives now, but it would be so wonderful to remember what it's like to 'just be us.' Antrim
 

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.

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