Mount St. Francis Retreat Centre

Away Retreat

Away Retreat

Keep Cool – The Art of True Patience

About the Retreat


Keep Cool – The Art of True Patience

guided by Kelsang Khacho

You’ve always wanted to meditate, but didn’t know how to start? Or would you like to deepen your meditation experiences? Then this away retreat  is just right for you.

Dive into your own clarity and depth of mind through skilful meditation instructions based on Buddhist philosophy.

Escape the busyness of daily life and experience a short meditation retreat. Learn meditation techniques that will relax, refresh and re-energise you, as well as equip you to deal more effectively with the everyday stresses and challenges of modern day living.

The Art of True Patience
In difficult situations, we tend to become easily angry and frustrated. We believe that anger helps us “win” our battles. However, dealing with anger always leaves a trail of painful emotions and leads to difficult relationships with ourselves and with others.

During this retreat, you will learn skillful methods to remain calm, flexible, and peaceful amidst difficult situations and conflicts. Through meditation, you will learn how to keep cool and respond to any situation in a constructive and positive manner.

During retreat it is always quiet and our meditation sessions are as silent as possible beyond the usual chanted prayers and guidance. Outside of sessions people have the freedom to choose to be silent if they wish or to talk quietly and meaningfully with each other if they prefer.

Please join us in simple but profound contemplations and meditations that will start us on the path to complete purity of intention. We dedicate this retreat so that “All living beings think only of benefitting one another.”

This retreat is suitable for everyone. We guarantee your enjoyment!

About the Teacher

Kelsang Khacho is the Resident Teacher of Akshobya Kadampa Buddhist Centre. She is a modern Buddhist nun who has been a devoted student of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche for many years. She is known for her loving and compassionate nature, as well as her practical presentation of Buddha’s teachings.

She is an inspiring example of modern Buddhism in practice and is dedicated to helping everybody discover Buddha’s wisdom and find real, lasting happiness.

General Information

About the Venue
  • Private rooms are provided although there are a few rooms available upon request with double or twin beds.

  • Bedding and towels are provided

Meals and Dietary Concerns
  • Vegetarian meals will be prepared by the retreat centre’s kitchen staff.
  • Please tell us about any special dietary needs when you register, and we will let you know the extent to which they can be accommodated.
Handicap Access
  • The facility is equipped with wheelchair access, washroom facilities and sleep accommodations to assist you in your stay with us.  Please identify your special needs when registering so as to ensure accommodation availability.

Retreat Schedule

Friday, Nov 24

Dinner • 6:30pm

Session 1 • 7:30 – 9:00pm  (Introduction)

Saturday, Nov 25

Breakfast • 8:00am

Session 2 • 9:15 – 10:15am
Session 3 • 10:45am – 11:45pm

Lunch • 12:00pm

Session 4 • 3:00 – 3:45pm
Session 5 • 4:15 – 5:15pm

Dinner • 5:30pm

Session 6 • 7:00 – 8:00pm

Sunday, Nov 26

Breakfast • 8:00am

Session 7 • 9:15 – 10:15am
Session 8 • 11am – 12:00pm

Lunch • 12:00pm

Session 9 • 1:00 – 1:30pm (time for questions)

Registration and Cost

Includes guided retreat, two nights accommodation, six vegetarian meals.

$395 Full retreat, if registered by Oct 31, 2023.
$445 Registrations accepted after Oct 31 and up until Nov 17, 2023.

How to Register

To avoid extra fees (Eventbrite fees), please register at the Centre or Call Akshobya Kadampa Buddhist Centre at (403) 454-7595 or Register below

Cancellation Policy

Our cancelation policy reflects the deposit and cancellation  policies of Sanctum Retreat Centre:

Full Payment is due at the time of registration. Refunds, less a 25%  per person booking fee, will be available until Nov 1, 2023 . For cancellations from Nov 1 to Nov 17, 2023, we will be able to refund you 50% of the fees. After that time no refund is available. In the case of serious illness or bereavement please contact us.

Any questions or registration issues please contact us at