Vancouver Retreat: Transforming the Heart

Two Special events in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh


I am delighted to announce that this coming August, Brother Phap Hai and Brother Hue Truc, two senior monks from Deer Park Monastery in California, will be coming to B.C. to lead a special Residential Retreat at Rivendell Retreat Centre on Bowen Island as well as two Days of Mindfulness in Vancouver.

“Transforming the Heart” – Residential Retreat at Rivendell, Bowen Island.

3 p.m. Tuesday August 23 to 12 noon Thursday August 25.

This retreat will be a special opportunity to dive deeply and experientially into the Buddha’s teachings of deep healing and transformation. We will be exploring together eight key practices that can help to transform our inner and outer worlds.

This Retreat is limited to 22 persons/pillows. Registration is $200 per person sharing a double room.    You will bring your own breakfasts and lunches and bring one Vegetarian Pot Luck Dinner item (ten-portion size) to share.

“Opening the Heart” – Two Days of Mindfulness at 1863 Alberni Street 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both Saturday August 27 and Sunday August 28.

Cost will be $60 per person for these two Days of Mindfulness.  You will bring your own lunch and drinks.

Please email me at to register for the Retreat or Days of Mindfulness.  Registration will be on a first come first served basis.  Full payment will be required upon acceptance of registration.

With loving kindfulness,


True Virtue and Gratitude.

Monies paid for both these Retreats will cover the costs of the residential accommodation, weekend room rental and the monk’s transportation from California.  Any remaining balance, after expenses, will be given to the monks for Deer Park Monastery.  DANA is also warmly welcomed.


Brother Phap Hai

Brother Phap Hai is a senior monastic disciple of the Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh. He was ordained as a monk in 1997 and formally authorized to teach in January 2003. Originally from Australia, he is an active meditation teacher who leads retreats, days of mindfulness and talks throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, South America and Asia.

Brother Phap Hai has the ability to offer a charming blend of ancient wisdom, Dharma scholarship, and contemporary applications, sharing deep teachings in a warm, accessible and humorous manner.

“Nothing To It: Ten Ways to be at Home with Yourself”. Phap Hai’s first book was published in 2015 by Parallax Press. He resides at Deer Park Monastery, Escondido, California.








Brother Hue Truc

Originally from Italy, Brother Hue Truc is a deeply insightful and empathetic monk with a strong background and interest in yoga, Pilates and psychology. He has taught in both Europe and the United States.  He resides in Deer Park Monastery, Escondido, California.







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