Sanctum Retreat Centre

Away Retreat

Away Retreat

Spring Detox: Silent Meditation Retreat

April 21 - 23 | 2023


Meditations to Purify our Heart

Our daily life is filled with so much information, activity, technology, and competing demands. At the end of the day we can feel scattered, stressed, and worn down. Over time we can carry a lot of stress and may adopt unhealthy habits as coping mechanisms. Although we are more digitally connected than ever before, we are increasingly disconnected from our peace of mind. Perhaps it’s time for a mental and spiritual cleanse!

There are many ways to cleanse our mind. One of the most delightful practices that deeply purifies our mind is meditation on love and compassion for others. In this retreat, we will learn and practice contemplations that develop a pure and loving intention in our heart toward all other living beings. When we have consideration for others and wish no harm, only happiness, all of our actions will become pure. We will remove many obstacles to our own happiness as well.

As Geshe Kelsang Gyatso says,

“Learning to cherish others is the best method to solve our own and others’ problems. If everyone sincerely prays to be able to cherish living beings, then gradually, through the power of this prayer, everyone will actually cherish each other. The world would then be permanently at peace and pure and everlasting happiness will pervade the entire world.” 

This means that by developing a supreme good intention and keeping it in our heart all of the time, we will purify our minds of toxic negativity that prevents the bliss of our full potential. How wonderful is that?

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!

Carpooling can be arranged. If you have any questions, please feel free to call (403) 454-7595 or email us at

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


  • Elegant individual rooms with private bathrooms – Singles, Doubles, and Queens
  • Large enchanting meditation room overlooking the Raven River 
  • Solarium Dining Room 
  • A cozy library lounge with fireplace.
  • Several private breakout rooms 
  • linens provided (includes towel)

Meals and Dietary Concerns

All meals are vegetarian. Sanctum prides itself on its high-end meal service prepared by extensively experienced cooks and chefs. 

Special dietary needs can be accommodated, just let us know upon registration.


Nestled on 100 acres of rolling foothills near Caroline, Alberta, the retreat grounds are a blend of groomed trails and mature forest inviting exploration.

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, April 21

Dinner • 6:30pm

Session 1 • 7:45 – 9:00pm  (Introduction)

Saturday, April 22

Breakfast • 8:00am

Session 2 • 9:15 – 10:15am
Session 3 • 11:00am – 12:00pm

Lunch • 12:00pm

Session 4 • 3:00 – 4:00pm
Session 5 • 4:30 – 5:30pm

Dinner • 5:30pm

Session 6 • 7:00 – 8:00pm

Wishfulfilling Jewel prayers • 8:30 – 9:15pm (optional)

Sunday, April 23

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.

$455 Full retreat, if registered by March 31, 2023.
$495 Registrations accepted after  March 31 and up until April 14, 2023.

How to Register

Visit 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 March 21 . For cancellations from March 21 – April 7th  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