The monastery continues to be closed for Winter Retreat until April 1st. However, bookings are now open for Personal Retreats, Scheduled (Formal) Retreats, and Day Visits, for the period of April - December 2016.
Please consult the Birken website at http://birken.ca/visit for more information on how to book a Personal Retreat at the monastery:
This year, Ajahn Sona will be leading two Scheduled (Formal) Retreats at the monastery:
-July 15 - 17, 2016: Absolute Beginners Weekend Retreat (registration open until May 31st)
-Sept 30 - October 9, 2016: 10-Day Silent Retreat (registration open until June 30th)
Please see http://birken.ca/visit for information on how to register for one of these retreats.
Ajahn Sona will also be leading a few Offsite Teaching Events in Kamloops, Surrey, Cortes Island, and Victoria. Please see http://birken.ca/offsite_events for more information.
Our Upāsikā Program begins its second year - a structured program of spiritual training for dedicated lay practitioners. For more information, please see http://upasika.birken.ca/about/ for more information. To register or to find out more about this program, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org no later than March15.
For an overview of events for the coming year, please see the EVENT CALENDAR on our website at http://birken.ca/calendar
We look forward to welcoming you to the monastery sometime soon!