About This Event
Why do a meditation retreat?
Unplug and plug into nature, the outdoors and the nature of your own mind!
Our personal meditation retreats are crafted for folk who already have or are trying to re-establish a steady meditation practice. We offer structural support for newer meditators while also offering flexibility to accommodate your individual practice.
Stay from three-nights to three-months or longer.
Come meditate in the B.C. rockies. Our cabin retreat packages help you create a meditation retreat that meets you where you’re at.
We provide books and materials to support your retreat. This package also includes daily check-ins with an experienced guide, three hours of mindful activity (Karma Yoga) and optional group meditations.
You may want to meditate as much as possible or you may wish to include reading, journaling and walking with your practice.
This package is a good fit if you:
Have experience with meditation
Have a regular practice or are trying to build a regular practice
Can sit for at least 30 minutes comfortably
Are looking for a supportive structure during your retreat
Welcome a balance of formal sitting meditation and mindful activities (Karma Yoga) such as gardening, harvesting or cleaning
New to meditating?
We love that you’re curious to experience the benefits of meditation. To be of best service to you, all participants agree to be comfortable with meditating for at least 30 minutes regularly.
If you haven't meditated before or are just beginning, you may not be ready for one of our cabin retreats. Although there’s a daily check-in, our retreats are in solitude. We know that this can be unsettling if you haven’t experienced silence and isolation for extended periods of time.
Instead, you can connect with local groups near you or take one of our online courses to help prepare for a personal cabin retreat. Click here to connect with our local groups, learn more about our online classes or follow some of our guided meditations.
What to Expect
An individual orientation upon arrival, a daily check-in with an experienced guide and an exit-interview.
Space to unplug and connect with nature and your true self. Please note that our cabins do not have electricity or plumbing. Cabins are equipped with lanterns, wood stoves and propane heaters. Bathrooms, laundry and electricity are easy to access and in close proximity to cabins.
Local organic omnivore meals, that are mindfully prepared by meditators. We can adjust for dietary needs upon request.
To facilitate a deeper retreat for yourself, prepare to enjoy mindful silence. To be clear, this includes eating alone or in silence with other meditators.
To help facilitate transition in and out of retreat, your first and last meal will be with our Founding Teachers and community of residents. We are happy to provide this opportunity for you to ask questions and get to know the team.
Attendance at optional group meditations daily.
Going from busy daily life into silence can send you to a screeching halt. Our participants tell us again and again, how their mindful activity sessions helped them stay grounded during that transition. Dor this reason we include three hours per day of mindful activity (Karma Yoga) in this package. Learn more here.
Be sure to orient yourself with the schedule for arrival, departure and daily practice.
You can find what to bring, travel and accommodation information here.
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-hearted approach to their dealings with me. They also consciously work at helping each other blossom on the spiritual path. It created an entire atmosphere where I felt supported with such gracious and attentive care.I come back from my time there, rested, grateful, and ready to give back to the world.Thanks you all for your loving presence. Blessings! ROB RUTLEDGE, MD HALIFAX
Venue HighlightsWe 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
AccommodationsPrivate cabin without electricity or plumbing
- Free Wifi
- Free Parking
Menu/CuisineMany 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.
DirectionsWe’re in the East Kootenays B.C., Canada, an hour from the US border and four hours from Calgary by car. The nearest town is Cranbrook, and we are 40 minutes from the Canadian Rockies International Airport. Click here to see a map of our location.
Reviews To review this event, visit the page for the venue or retreat leaders (above).
Nishta Matarese February 25, 2020
"Clear Sky center is a wonderful place to step out of our daily habits and step into what is truly calling us. There one gets the sense of being supported to awaken more deeply - maybe it is the pristine natural environment or the extraordinary silence or a combination of a committed intact sangha of seasoned meditation practitioners who take great care of the details assuring a well appointed and luxurious experience but I, for one, left with a desire to return to explore a wealth of ancient teachings" ~ Nishta Matarese; Business Woman
Alex Tabler February 07, 2020
I found this place about 2 years ago. Its such a beautiful escape from the city, that is warm and inviting. I have completed the Becoming a Work of Art retreat 2x and have went for some karma yoga weekends since. Every time I have been there I come away feeling rested (always a great seep), nourished (the food is amazing and healthy), and connected. They have a great onsite team that are very supportive with any questions or needs you have.
Duncan Cryle January 13, 2020
This was my second personal meditation retreat at Clear Sky Center. It's a beautiful location in the BC Rockies, and one of my highlights was quiet walks around the 310 acre property. The views were spectacular and I enjoyed frequently seeing browsing deer. The cabin had everything I needed, and it felt very supportive having meals provided to me by the center. As a long-term meditator I appreciated how clearly everything has been set up specifically and mindfully to support a meditation retreat, so that I could simply relax into the space.
Michele Cherot December 11, 2019
Every time I arrive at Clear Sky the stillness and quiet results in a deep exhale. The teachers, Doug Duncan and Catherine Pawasarat provide Buddhist teachings that resonate with my life experiences. The residents’ support combined with the natural beauty of the location result in reflection and healing. Every time I leave Clear Sky I come away with new perspectives that generate increased understanding of my true purpose and therefore my personal growth. Michele Cherot
Cara Conroy-Low December 08, 2019
I started going to retreats at Clear Sky about 12 years ago. The teachers here are world class, the retreats are profound, coming from a strong Buddhist / Western Mysteries based lineage. I really enjoy the property - its 310 acres, under beautiful Bull Mountain. The air is fresh, the landscape is stunning and there's wildlife everywhere (deer, elk, big horn sheep, cougar, bear, birds, badgers). I feel protected and at home on the land, very supported. All in all, Clear Sky is a community of strong spiritual practitioners working together to make themselves and the world a better place. My experiences here have transformed my life. :)
Karen Scott November 29, 2019
My retreat experiences here have been numerous. And I plan to return again and again to receive study and practice the Wisdom Teachings. It really is a spectacular place with such natural peace and beauty. The culture is supportive to unfolding and going deep and the teachers are great guides. A very supportive Center that I recommend if you’re looking for something real.
Brendan Ries November 28, 2019
Clear Sky is an amazing destination for a priceless retreat. I had the opportunity to do a 1-month silent retreat in cabin Vega and it`s definitely one of the best experiences I`ve had as of yet in my life. As a retreatant, I was really taken care of by the on-site team during my stay and they made sure that all of my eating and dietary needs were met. They even prepared coffee just the way I liked! The food was always delicious and delivered on time to my silent eating space. I really liked the idea of just using a notebook if there were any needs or questions I had, it surprised me that they always answered the same day. WOW! It`s also pretty amazing to also be in retreat and be able to set-up interviews to ask questions about anything that arose at various times during the retreat with teachers Doug Duncan and Catherine Pawasarat, masters in the art of meditation and mindfulness. As someone who loves nature, everyday hikes on the various trails exploring the pristine 310-acre space and conversing with the deer, elk, birds, badgers and other animals and abundant fauna with appreciation was revelatory and connecting. In the first 5 days I saw 5 bald-eagles, just outside on the tree of my cabin, and I had never seen ONE in my life. AWEsome! And the land, space and precious opportunity of silence kept giving back. Be generous to yourself and RECEIVE the beauties of the practice and inner freedom that a personal retreat can bring. I`ll be going back, but hopefully for a 3-month retreat next time.
Ruth Levin November 27, 2019
My experience doing a two-week solo retreat at Clear Sky Center was of very deep healing. Logistics were totally smooth, speedily and professionally taken care of and supportive to my experience. The cabin was comfortable and the setting breathtaking. The guidance of resident teachers was expertly done.
Geoffrey Haynes November 26, 2019
I have been at Clear Sky for a number of retreats and other events. The learning there happens at many levels, and never stops - whether it's meditating in a cabin, eating at the dinner table or helping out on the farm. I always feel better (clearer) after spending a few days there, even if I am not aware of the process at the time. The staff is always supportive, and is ready to help you grow. Be prepared for an intense experience that includes interacting with a tight-knit community - this isn't a place for just having a getaway. You'll get out of it what you're willing to put into it. I should also add the food is excellent, and the small meditation cabins are very comfortable.
Cheryl Bate November 25, 2019
Clear Sky Retreat Center and the approach to meditation taught there have been enormous helps to me. Elsewhere, insight meditation such as MBSR have also been wonderful but I had simply hit a wall. The range of depth teaching at Clear Sky has allowed my meditation practise to go to a whole other level. Thank you to the teachers and community of Clear Sky.
Maureen Smith November 25, 2019
I was on a month long retreat in one of Clear Sky's cabins in May 2019 and it was a fantastic experience. I felt supported physically by the meditation, the food, the environment, and the sleeping and eating spaces. I was in retreat beside someone else in the cabin next to me and I didn't feel any intrusion into my space. I highly recommend Clear Sky personal retreat programs for you if you are a beginner meditator or an experienced one. The space, the staff, and the supportive circumstances all combined to allow me to go deeply into the practice that I had gone there for.
Elizabeth E MacLean November 25, 2019
I've done several retreats at Clear Sky and couldn't recommend it enough. It is run by a group of dedicated practitioners that 'walk the walk' and make you feel welcomed and cared for. The accommodations facilitate deep retreat work, the food is organic, local and delicious and the natural beauty of their location is stunning.
Bat Fung November 25, 2019
I have been doing at least one retreat per year at Clear Sky Centre over the last 10+ years. The centre is built to support people, i.e. meditators, retreatants, and centre's residents included, to awaken. The centre takes a no nonsense approach. There wasn't a single retreat I partook I didn't come out with more joy, deeper understanding and stronger connection with the people and the truth.
Tony Chavet November 24, 2019
Clear Sky is a beautiful meditation center where I love to go regularly. I find it necessary to go there and refresh and heal each year.
Maryline Fortier April 05, 2019
Spending time at Clear Sky is so rejuvenating. I think what makes a huge difference when I compare it to other centers is that the members of the staff are mindful and have a meditation practice. That brings a good vibe to the space and experience in general. Thank you for this week-end.
Irene Arriaza August 20, 2018
Clear Sky provides a peaceful and quite environment in the middle of nature. A great location for those who want to attend a retreat or just feel the need to get away to reflect or meditate.
Maryline Fortier May 31, 2018
Clear Sky Center is a real gem to learn about conscious community living. It is where I found through meaning and purpose, through the practice of Karma Yoga (meditation in action). A bunch of dedicated people, wanting to make the best out of this lifetime and helping each other to wake up to more love, awareness and mindfulness.
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