Away Retreats

Away Retreats

The Healing Power of Compassion

November 26 - 28 | 2021


About the Retreat

This is a silent retreat.
Abide in an ocean of compassion. Join us with our Resident Teacher, Kelsang Khacho, for this weekend retreat of teachings and guided meditations on compassion. This retreat will give participants the space to deeply and profoundly taste the bliss of compassion that comes through meditation practice. Going on retreat allows the mind to become unusually clear and lucid so one can immerse themselves in meditation practice in a far more effective manner. 
Compassion has incredible power to heal our mind and to lead us to viewing our life in a completely different way. Compassion makes our life meaningful and our relationships healthier and more positive. Although we already have some degree of compassion, at present it is very biased and limited. When our family or friends are suffering we easily develop compassion for them, but we find it far more difficult to feel sympathy for people we find unpleasant or for strangers. If we genuinely want to realize our potential by attaining full enlightenment, we need to increase the scope of our compassion until it embraces all living beings without exception. 

Everyone is welcome.


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.

Details about the Retreat

The Retreat will be held at the Mount St. Francis retreat Centre near Cochrane, conveniently located just northwest of Calgary.
Mount St Francis is requiring ID and proof of double vaccination or a negative COVID test no more than 72 hr before the end of the retreat. (Earliest time for the test would be Thursday Nov 25 at 3 pm)  Also to further protect the health of everyone they are following all health protocols: e.g. mask use in the building, proper physical distancing and hand sanitizing. 
Cancellation Policy:
If you cancel your retreat before Nov 15 you will be refunded your retreat fee less $50.  After Nov 15 there will be no refund for cancellations. Some exceptions may apply such as for serious illness or bereavement. No refund can be given for coming without ID and proof of double vaccination or  negative 72 hr COVID test  as required by Mount St Francis.
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Bedding and towels are provided. Please bring your personal items. It’s a good idea to have good shoes and layered clothing for exercise and fresh air between meditation sessions. We will bring our meditation cushions from the Centre, but if you prefer your own please bring it.

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.

Everyone is welcome.



Friday: November 26

Arrival and Check-in – 5-6:00pm 
Dinner – 6:00pm 
Introduction 7:30-8:45pm 

Saturday:  November 27

Breakfast – 8:00am
Session 1 – 9:15–10:15am 
Session 2 – 11am–12pm 
Lunch – 12:00pm 
Session 3 – 3–4:15pm 
Heart Jewel – 4:30–5:00pm 
Dinner – 5:30pm 
Session 4 – 7:30–8:45pm 

Sunday: November 28

Breakfast – 8:00am
Session 5 – 9:15–10:30am 
Session 6 – 11am–12pm 
Lunch – 12pm
Session 7 – 1:30–2:30pm 
Clean-up and Departure – 2:30–3:00pm 

Registration and Cost

Includes guided retreat, two nights accommodation, six vegetarian meals* and snacks.

  • $375 Full retreat early registration discount, available until  Oct 31.
  • $395 Registrations accepted after early registration. The last day to register is Nov 22.

Beginning with dinner on Friday night at 6:00pm. Some dietary restrictions can be accommodated. Please advise us of your needs.

How to Register

  • Call Akshobya Centre at (403) 454-7595 (credit card only) 
  • Pay at the Centre at a drop-in class 
  • Click below.