Cabin Retreats

  • Clear Sky Center Clear Sky Center
  • Fort Steele, BC, Canada
  • Ongoing
  • Just Practice Package - CAD $161.00 Practice and Integrate Package - CAD $140.00

About us

Why do a meditation retreat?

Whether you’re a beginner or you already have a regular meditation practice, giving yourself some dedicated practice time is essential to building energy and achieving the breakthroughs you’re looking for.

At Clear Sky you’ll get the quality meditation experience you deserve when you devote your precious resources to time in retreat.

Already convinced? Scroll down the page to go directly to our Retreat Package options.

A few things about retreats at Clear Sky:

We know this is something we’re very good at – providing the container for your practice to flourish. The well-being of our personal retreatants is something that really matters to us.

You’ll receive a warm welcome and full orientation when you arrive. We’ll find out your dietary needs – even to the point of how you take your coffee or tea in the morning.

Enjoy three delicious local or organic meals a day, served to you in a separate eating area. To minimise communication, each retreatant has a small notebook to send and receive messages about their needs.

Explore our 310-acres or stay close to your room. We have trails and outdoor meditation platforms around the property, and the cabins have balconies and valley views for when you wish to practice outside and prefer not to wander far.

Opt to join our group classes or daily meditation sessions. You can also check in with our well-trained and dedicated staff, with many years of meditation behind them, to support your practice.

We’d love to nourish your practice

Our kitchen consistently pleases the stomachs of everyone who comes to stay. This is even more true now that we have Stephen, our resident professional chef, running the show.

As one of our personal retreatants, you’ll be looked after well.

Stephen and Luciana in Kitchen

with fresh local or organic produce such as those pictured below:

Herbs

Fresh herbs from our garden – chives, mint & oregano

Beetroots

Roasted beets

Strip-loin steak and caramelised onions with asparagus

 


Retreat Package Options

There’s more than one way to retreat at Clear Sky.

We’ve listened carefully to what levels of support and structure different people need. We’re confident we can give you a world class meditation experience – whether you’re a seasoned meditator or you need more guidance and perhaps some mindful activity to balance periods of formal meditation.

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During your stay you’re also welcome to register for any programmed courses going on, or join our group sitting schedule at the main facility (the Sanctuary).

Sample Schedules

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 OR – if you’re not quite ready to book:

Click here to fill out a Personal Retreat enquiry form

We’ll aim to reply within a few days, or as soon as we can.

NOTE: Personal retreats are popular and we advise you to book early. If you’d like to book a retreat that starts within 7 days, please call to confirm we can take your booking.


Private Cabins

Cabin interior

Our new cabins Arrakis, Lyra, and Vega overlook a valley of pines and grasslands and offer stunning views to nourish the work of meditators in retreat. We designed them to provide solitude and spacious beauty in a prime location on the property.

Explore the varied geography of the property using our trails and outdoor meditation platforms, or retreat close to your accommodation.

View from Inside the Cabin
Window view from a cabin

NOTE: Our cabins are designed to minimize the opportunities for distraction. They are heated by small wood-powered furnaces and lit by battery-powered lanterns, which we provide.  You will have access to electricity, full washroom and laundry facilities at the Sanctuary where your meals are also served.


 Testimonials

The cabin is beautiful and the perfect size for one person. Very inspiring and supportive for practise! The fresh flowers and clean well prepared space were wonderful and really set the tone.

–  Karen Scott, Fernie, BC

It may sound contradictory, but I have had some of the greatest adventures of my life while in deeper retreat. There is no opportunity like it for learning the art of witnessing the beauty of each moment as it unfolds.

– Ruth Levin, Retreatant, Toronto, ON

It was amazing. It was long enough to recognize that my ‘original’ thoughts were actually recurring patterns and that they came and went, like ocean waves. Nothing new, just firings of the mind. That learning was profound for me.

– Helen Wirrel, Calgary

I just finished a solitary , silent 3 month retreat in a comfortable and beautiful cabin overlooking the valley and mountain at Clear Sky Meditation Centre. Having the opportunity to study with inspiring teachers Catherine Pawasarat and Doug Duncan is a truly changing experience.

I have been doing retreats for more than 20 years and it’s extremely important to have experienced teachers and well-trained residents to help you. The teachers and residents at Clear Sky have decades of experience.

The meals are delicious, prepared with attention, kindness and contentment. Only fresh and organic ingredients are used and the staff accommodate your dietary needs. This healthy and supportive community and the beautiful, quiet environment of the Kootenay are perfect for study, contemplation and retreat at any stage of your dharma practice

-Marco Reiter, Kingston, Ontario.


Click here to book now


 OR – if you’re not quite ready to book:

Click here to fill out a Personal Retreat enquiry form

Please use the link above to contact us about your personal retreat needs. We’ll aim to reply within a few days, or as soon as we can.


Looking for a long weekend retreat with others? Did you know we offer regular long weekend retreat packages?

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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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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