Salt Spring Vipassana Society

Salt Spring Vipassana Society
Salt Spring Island, BC

Type of Teacher: 

Guiding teacher(s) is a retreat teacher

Teacher/s Name/s: 

Heather Martin

Sangha Offerings: 

Sitting groups
Non-residential retreats (daylong)
Residential retreats (longer than 1 day)
Sutta study or other Buddhist study
Web-based resources (MP3s, readings, etc)

Sangha Contact Name: 

Lisa Lloyd

Contact Phone Number: 

(250) 653-4308

Sangha Description: 

The Salt Spring Vipassana Community is dedicated to practicing and studying the teachings of the Buddha as presented in the Theravadan tradition, and practiced throughout South East Asia, in such countries as Sri Lanka, Burma, Thailand, Cambodia and Laos.

We have a volunteer board of directors, and we rent the facilities at Stowel Lake Farm to host our weekly sitting group, and our growing calendar of meditation retreats. We meet weekly on Tuesday evenings to practice together in the Gatehouse.

We also host intensive practice periods (Retreats) from time to time throughout the year.   We are now offering three week-long retreats a year:  one in August, one over New Year’s Eve, and one in the Spring Break (for Experienced practitioners).

We also host three residential weekend retreats a year ­ in the spring, in June and in October, and some Practice Days  (always on a Sunday).

Heather regularly offers classes, introducing Mindfulness Meditation, and Basic Theravada Buddhism.

For social time, we hold pot luck evenings a couple of times a year. All our events are open to visitors and regulars alike, whether new to meditation or experienced practitioners. Instructions are given and plenty of opportunities arise for questions and discussion.