In-Person Dharma Retreats & Training

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In-Person Training

Roll up your sleeves and jump in.

While we love online learning, it can’t compare to in-person dharma teachings. Experiential learning, especially for longer periods, is where wisdom can deepen and develop, taking you beyond surface level knowledge.

We invite you to meet with us, come to one of our public classes, join one of our meditation retreats or sign up to be a Karma Yogi (practicing service as a spiritual path) in the three month intensive program at Clear Sky Meditation Centre.

Registrations Open Dec 2021

2022 In-Person Schedule

Pārami: Practices for Freedom

Weekend Retreat | In-Person & Online

We launch 2022, the Year of Integration with a weekend online retreat on the Pāramis. How do you act in the world with compassion, clarity and kindness? Discover the ‘Pāramis’ or ‘Pāramitas’, ancient qualities or ‘perfections’ to cultivate over a lifetime.

Jan 14-16

Sādhana: Practices for Power

Weekend Retreat | In-Person & Online

In Vajrayana Buddhism, initiations, empowerments or wongkur (Tib. དབང་, wang) are considered the spring from which all blessings flow.  This weekend online retreat focuses on how to properly practice the vajrayana methodologies of mantra and visualisation. 

Feb 18-20

Private Retreats

Solo Meditation Retreats

Many students undertake several week or month-long retreats under the guidance of Qapel and Sensei each year.

Deepen your meditation practice with an invaluable supported stay in Clear Sky Center’s personal retreat cabins.


All Year

Hua Yan Meditation

Meditation Retreat | In-Person & Online

Join a two week in-person retreat on the profound Hua Yan teachings from Chinese Mahayana Buddhism.

According to Hua Yan philosophy, any phenomena exists only as part of the total nexus of reality.  Like Indra’s web all things are equally connected to each other and also contained within each other.

Mar 18- Apr 1

Breathing Meditation

Meditation Retreat | In-Person & Online

This one week meditation retreat on breathing covers the core and fundamental practice in dharma – awareness of the breath, and through that the body, feelings, mind states and contents of mind.  Highly recommended for beginners and experienced meditators alike.

May 20-29

Baltic Dharma Trip

Travel with the Teachers | Postponed

Take your dharma exploration to the seas – with a 12 day dharma trip through the baltic region by boat.  Cancelled.

Sep 4-13

Tree of Life: The Essence of Kabbalah & the Tarot

Weekend Retreat | Online & In-Person

Join us for an introduction to the ‘Tree of Life’, a map of reality from Western Mysticism and the Kabbalah tradition. From the tree we can understand the energy relationships between different areas of life.  The tarot archetypes within the tree show us our potential and growth.

It’s creative, it’s powerful, it’s magic.

Aug 12-14 

The Hero’s Journey

Meditation Retreat in Europe

The journey up the mountain of awakening is the journey every hero must undertake. How do you embrace your hero and conquer your monsters? The hero’s journey retreat must be taken in-person, live in Europe. Location (UK or Germany will be announced soon).

Sep 18-27

16 Buddha Body Practice

Meditation Retreat in Canada

Getting tired of the routine of daily life? Journey to new lands of the mind.

Using self-arising symbology as deepening layers of penetration, open greater mind space doors to journey the far reaches of inner space. This practice is a door to past and future lifetimes.

Dec 16-30

3-Month Intensive Program

Clear Sky Meditation Centre, BC Canada
Our Three Month Intensive Program brings spiritual awakening into the modern context – by integrating karma yoga, meditation, psychology, environment, career, and community.

This program is for those who appreciate that the most challenging experiences are also the most rewarding. Located at our home meditation centre, Clear Sky.

Private Retreats and Stays

Retreat and Hybrid Program

Deepen your meditation practice with an invaluable supported stay in Clear Sky Center’s personal retreat cabins.

Or, apply to join the Clear Sky residential community to train daily with the Teachers and sangha via the full time 3 month intensive karma yoga program (for new students). For established students contact us to ask about the hybrid karma yoga program.

Affiliated Dharma Communities

Our Dharma community extends internationally, with students of Doug Duncan and Catherine Pawasarat teaching in urban settings. If you are so lucky to live near one of our sangha centers, or Clear Sky Centre itself, we highly recommend you immerse yourself in their local programs.

Local communities are teaching in locations including UK, Brasil, Toronto, Calgary, Germany, Paris and the East Kootenay.

Awakening today.

We offer an ever-evolving modern spiritual path for committed, courageous seekers.
Explore the teachings three ways below:




Ryan Gies

This retreat was right on the mark – a perfect blend of focused inner work along with space for reflection in a trusting and comfortable setting. The teachers were wonderful, insightful, humorous, and extremely attentive to our individual needs for understanding. This unique experience cultivated a bond within the group and fostered an energy that amplified each lesson.

Ryan Gies
Manager of Software Engineering
Renata Drtinova

The teachings always speak directly to me. It is uncanny. It is like hearing a language that I spoke in some other life form and suddenly it rings a bell. And bell after bell. Like a universal language that we all used to speak but have forgotten. It is as if new pathways in the brain open up – directly from the cosmos via Qapel and Sensei.



Renata Drtinova
Psychotherapist (Gestalt therapist)
Maya Lewandowsky

Studying the hero’s journey with master Dharma teachers Qapel and Sensei, I discovered my own journey of transformation and the unknown. While walking on this path with the quest to awaken in this lifetime, I learned to bring the gift of wisdom and service to others. This retreat has impacted my artistic statements and performances since. It has allowed me to bring other artists and collaborators on this journey. It is a brilliant course both for artists and those who want to experience life as art.

Maya Lewandowsky
Lisa Feder

The retreat provided me with the intensive experience of finding and maintaining energy in the central channel of my being. We worked on loosening and letting go of the pervasive thoughts that one may describe as our deep attachments and aversions. This work deepened my practice toward awakening. I have more tools and deeper experience toward that end. These are invaluable benefits.



Lisa Feder
Jenai Lieu

These are ancient teachings that I feel are important to understand if someone is serious about meditation. I appreciate Qapel and Sensei’s unrelenting perseverance to teach about the roots and traditions of these life changing practices. They explore the rich history with us and also deliver the material in a very understandable and relevant way.

Jenai Lieu
Psychology student, Canada
Dave Basu Roy

During this week in retreat, I have been recognizing how often I’m actually in bliss while at work! It’s so easy for me to burn up a lot of energy resisting work (not wanting to get up in the morning, not wanting to be there, etc) but then… if I’m actually there and present then I’m in the “zone” most of the time, which is bliss!

Dave Basu Roy