Compassion in Action:
Inspiring Solutions for Challenging Times

Oct 27-29, 2017

Location: Cheakamus Centre (near Squamish, BC)


These days, even as technology is increasing in power so quickly, the world’s problems are getting so much more out of control. Buddha taught the exceptionally powerful meditation practices called ‘Lojong’ or ‘training the mind’, which are particularly helpful in times such as these. Learn meditative techniques to train our mind to respond to challenging situations in productive ways, gradually producing a profound universal compassion that makes even our simplest actions deeply beneficial for others.  

Gen Sanden will explain the essential practices of training the mind based on Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche’s book Universal Compassion and teachings from the International Kadampa Fall Festival in Germany.  This course will be a welcome treat to all those who want to do something to make the world better in these difficult times.

“Just as every part of a medicinal tree – the roots, trunk, branches, leaves, flowers, and fruit – provides medicine and is useful in curing disease, so every part of the instructions on training the mind can cure the mental disease of the delusions. Ordinary medicines can cure only physical disease, but the panacea of training the mind cures sicknesses of both body and mind.”

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, Universal Compassion



Gen Kelsang Sanden is a Canadian Buddhist monk, and the Resident Teacher of KMC Vancouver. He has been ordained for 17 years. He is well known for his ability to present Buddha’s teachings in a simple, practical and often humorous way, making them easy to put into practice in everyday life.


Cheakamus Centre – ‘Spakwus House’
2170 Paradise Valley Rd
Brackendale, BC V0N 1H0 Map

Cheakamus Centre is an overnight environmental education facility located on 420 acres of ecological reserve near Squamish, BC.  Here you can experience the benefits of the fresh mountain air, pure water and being in an environment surrounded by towering cedar trees and flanked by the Cheakamus River. The “Spakwus House” Lodge provide the perfect retreat conditions. Cheakamus Centre specialize in healthy, delicious vegetarian cuisine and can cater to most dietary requirements!

Nature Walks
Spakwus House
Spakwus House Twin Rooms




5pm onward: arrival & registration
6-7pm: dinner
7:30-9pm: retreat introductory teaching


7:30am: hot breakfast
9am: first session
Daytime sessions, lunch, & dinner times to be announced closer to the retreat
7:45-9pm: last session


7:30am: hot breakfast
9am: first session
11am: second session
12:30pm: lunch



Twin RoomSingle bed in a twin room within the main lodge of the Spakwas house.  Each twin room has 1 bunk bed.  Shared bathrooms.  You can specify your roommate or we will pair you with someone in a female twin room or a male twin room.

Single RoomSingle bed in a twin room in the main lodge. Each room has 1 bunk bed but you will be the only one to occupy the room.  Shared bathrooms.  


Vegetarian MealsVegetarian meals are included in the costs below.  This includes hot breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks.  There is a small fridge onsite if you would like to bring any snacks, however the facility is nut free.  

Special Dietary RestrictionsCheakamus centre is pleased to provide menu items to include special dietary restrictions.  Depending on the necessary changes to their menu and food substitutes, a charge of up to $3 per person per meal may apply, this will be confirmed after they’ve received your request.  Please note, Cheakamus centre is a nut-free facility.  If you have a dietary issue, please fill out the form below, under registration.      


The pricing below includes room, board, meals, refreshments and teachings

Twin Room (33 spots available)

Single Room (2 rooms available)



Off-site (please contact us about availability for daytime attendance only)

Register online by filling out the registration form (opens in August)

Register by Monday October 23.  No registrations will be taken after this date.  

Special Dietary or Medical Needs: If you have a dietary or medical issue, this form must to be completed and sent to the admin director at before Friday October 20th. Please note the entire facility is nut free.