Callanish Society is a non-profit organization providing retreats for people living with cancer and their families.
Frequently Asked Questions about Retreats
Who comes to the retreat?

Any person 18 years or older who has had a diagnosis of cancer. The person may be undergoing treatment for cancer, may be in remission, may be living with recurrence, or may be at the end stages of life. Participants must be able to take care of their own daily needs, medications, treatments etc. during the retreat.

How many participants attend?

Eight to ten people are accepted for each retreat.

How long are the retreats?

The retreats are six nights, starting mid-afternoon the first day and ending around 11 a.m. on the last day.

How often are the retreats held?

Four retreats are held each year, click here for upcoming retreat dates.

Where are the retreats held?

At the Brew Creek Centre ( A beautiful mountain lodge on a creek situated on 12 acres between Squamish and Whistler.

Who runs the retreats?

The retreats are facilitated by a team of health care professionals with extensive experience working with people with cancer, who are committed to their own emotional/spiritual work. Click here to learn more about our team.

How do I register?

An application form must be completed. Please contact our office if you would like application forms; this gives us an opportunity to discuss dates and details with you before you fill out the paperwork. Forms can be sent by e-mail, regular post or fax. All applications are reviewed and then participants are contacted for a phone conversation.

How much does the retreat cost?

$950 per person which includes accommodation, meals and facilitation. Participant fees are approximately 50% of the actual operating costs and are subsidized through the generous support of our donor community.

Is there any financial assistance available?

Scholarships and partial bursaries are available through the Lotte and John Hecht Memorial Foundation. If you would like to apply for financial support, please make note of this at the end of your application forms.

How long has Callanish been in existence?

We began running retreats in November 1995, based on the Commonweal Cancer Retreat Program offered in Bolinas California.

What is a typical day like at a Callanish retreat?
Time of Day Activity
7:45 - 9:15 Qigong and meditation
9:30 - 10:30 Breakfast
10:30 - 12:30 Group sessions may include reflections on healing, loss, end-of-life issues, family, strengthening resilience and fearlessness
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Lunch
2:00 - 5:00 p.m. Individual sessions may include massage, art, music, medical consultation, Therapeutic Touch/sound, nutrition
5:00 - 6:15 p.m. Group session
6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Dinner
8:00 – 9:15 p.m. Evening Council
What are some of the benefits to participants?

After more than 60 retreats we have developed great confidence in the long-lasting benefits of attending a weeklong retreat. Evaluations from retreat participants and feedback from families have consistently informed us that the retreat profoundly affects the participants’ quality- of- life after retreat and enables many to face life and/or death more peacefully and consciously.

Do you take applications from outside Canada?

At this time because Callanish can only provide four retreats each year, we can rarely accommodate participants from outside Canada. Please click on the link below to learn about similar retreat programs in the U.S. Thank you for understanding.

Contact info: 2277 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver BC Canada V6K 2J1 Ph: (604) 732-0633 Fax: (604) 732-0689