Centre Retreats

Centre Retreats

What is a retreat?

During a retreat, we reduce our normal worldly activities and concentrate for a period of time on developing spiritual qualities and peaceful minds – finding happiness from within. Everyone is welcome to enjoy this special opportunity.

We offer two types of retreats:

Urban Retreats

Urban retreats are usually a half day or a full day. The format for these retreats are generally one-hour sessions with  a short teaching and two or more guided meditations. There are breaks between each session. The purpose of these retreats is to introduce us to Buddhist meditation.  These retreats are suitable for all levels.

Annual Retreats *

Our annual meditation retreats offer you the opportunity to deepen your meditation experience. “Retreat” means withdrawing into meditation. The focus is on essential meditations drawn from the Buddhist tradition.
Akshobya Centre offers annual retreats throughout the year and are usually longer retreats. These deeper retreats are led by our Resident Teacher, Kelsang Khacho,   They are open to everyone.

Urban Retreat: Relax & Refresh Your Mind

Saturday 8 January

Time: 10:00am – 12:15pm 

Cost: $20 (free for supporting members)

Tap into your potential to instantly relax and refresh your body and mind with simple Buddhist meditation practices that have stood the test of time.

Everyone welcome!

Urban Retreat: Inner Peace

Saturday 22 January

Time: 10:00am – 12:15pm 

Cost: $20 (free for supporting members)

“Without inner peace, outer peace is impossible.” Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

Discover the two main problems everyone must tackle every day, and how simple Buddhist meditation can take you from being stressful to successful in life.

Everyone welcome!

Annual Lamrim Winter Retreat

January 26 to February 1

Everyone is welcome to join in this Annual Lamrim Meditation Retreat, attending whichever sessions you choose. Each session will include a short teaching about the meditation, followed by Kadampa preparatory prayers for meditation, a guided contemplation, and twenty minutes of silent meditation.
Lamrim, or the stages of the path to enlightenment, includes 21 profound contemplations and meditations that are the causes for gradually transforming our mind into the mind of enlightenment, our fullest potential.  All of Buddha’s Sutra instructions for training our mind are included within this set of meditations, and each meditation can be used in sequence or stand alone, according to the capacity and disposition of each practitioner.

Everyone is welcome to enjoy this special opportunity.


Retreat Fees:

Full Retreat – $115

Introduction – $12
Per Session – $8

Full Retreat – $60

Introduction – free
Per Session – $5



Registration for the introduction and the full retreat is available online. In-person seating is limited to 12. Drop-ins on individual sessions at the Centre are welcome, space permitting. If you’d like to attend individual sessions online, please contact our admin director at admin@meditateincalgary.org at least 60 minutes before the session begins.