Once every season, eight participants join with the Callanish team for a life-changing week. Each season brings its own sensual delights. In winter, all are welcomed indoors by the crackle of the vast wood-burning fireplace, wafts of hearty soups and fresh baked bread, and the gently falling snow outside. In Spring, the bursting creek rushes by banks of daffodils and blue hyacinths, hummingbirds compete for sweet nectar at the feeders, and fresh salads are topped with sprouted greens from the hydroponic growing dome. The quiet, comfort and beauty of the inside spaces provide a sanctuary in which to rest deeply and heal. You will find a glimpse of the retreat experience in the Callanish film "I’m Still Here."
"There has been a change in me, a peace and calm that I do not believe I would have arrived at, without you all."
— Callanish retreat participant
February 16-21, 2019
May 4-9, 2019
July 6-11, 2019
November 9-14, 2019
February 7-13, 2020
May 8-14, 2020
July 3-9, 2020
Nov 6-12, 2020
The retreat is a five-night experience of immersion into personal reflection and community engagement—emerging with a renewed connection with life. Participants experience a foundational shift towards inner peace and happiness, a new perspective that carries them forward.
For years now, our retreats have been held at the beautiful mountain lodge and acreage of the Brew Creek Centre. Participants all have their own bedrooms, with private or shared bathrooms.
All eight participants are adults diagnosed with cancer. Retreats are run by a compassionate team of professionals, all with extensive experience supporting people with cancer.
Anyone is welcome to apply to come on retreat at any stage of cancer, provided they can care for themselves independently.
Retreats are held once per season (every three months).
A Typical Day
Quiet and Contemplation (7:45 - 9:00)
A gathering for exploring a variety of contemplative practices, such as meditation and qigong.
Breakfast (9:15 - 10:30)
Group Session (10:30 - 12:30)
Theme-based reflection/sharing/listening on topics such as healing, hope, resilience, fearlessness, loss and change, death and dying, family dynamics, and creativity.
Lunch (1:00 - 2:00)
Individual Sessions (2:00 - 5:00)
One-on-one sessions including therapeutic massage, art therapy, music/sound, medical consultation and counselling.
Relaxation and Movement (5:15 - 6:15)
A time for restorative yoga, guided imagery and soothing touch.
Dinner (6:30 - 7:30)
Evening Gathering (7:45 - 9:00)
An end-of-day gathering for reflecting on moments from the day, to integrate thoughts and experiences before sleep.
After a Retreat
After the retreat, many people stay connected with the Callanish community, either remotely or by attending programs in Vancouver. From time to time, we also organize alumni retreats and retreats specifically for younger adults.
How to Register
Please call us if you would like to register—so that we can discuss dates and details before sending you a registration form. We will contact you again by phone after receiving your application to continue planning for and supporting your participation. Note: Due to limited space, Callanish can rarely accept applications from outside Canada. Please consult the Commonweal website for comparable retreats in the US.
$950 per person
Includes accommodation, meals and facilitation. Does not include travel expenses.
The cost to participants is approximately 50% of the actual operating costs thanks to the generous support of our donor community.
A limited number of full and partial scholarships are available through the Lotte and John Hecht Memorial Foundation. Please indicate at the end of your application if you are interested in applying for financial support with a short description of why.