Compassion Away Retreat

Compassion Can Heal the World – Country Retreat

September 21 – 23, 2018

With Gen Kelsang Rabgye, Resident Teacher of Samudra Kadampa Buddhist Centre in Hamilton, ON

and Kelsang Kunden, Resident Teacher of Avalokiteshvara Kadampa Buddhist Centre in Guelph, ON

Gen Kelsang Rabgye (left) and Kelsang Kunden (right)

away retreat

@ Hidden Acres Retreat Centre
1921 37 Line
New Hamburg, ON
N3A 4B5
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About the Retreat

Compassion is said to be our ‘Buddha nature.’ Our Buddha nature is our potential to attain the perfect state of consciousness of full enlightenment. If we nurture our seed of compassion sufficiently, it will definitely grow and gradually take us to the everlasting joy of enlightenment. However, the development of compassion by itself is like one wing of bird. In order to take flight a bird needs two wings. The other wing is wisdom. Wisdom and compassion are complimentary and this combination will swiftly take us to supreme joy of our highest spiritual potential. Therefore, this retreat will focus on how to unify these two powerful and indispensable causes of ultimate happiness.

This country retreat or “away retreat” or  in the quiet countryside of Southern Ontario is a special opportunity to gain  deep meditation experience and to enjoy a meaningful holiday in the company of spiritual friends.


Course fees (with on-site accommodation)
On-site accommodation includes all meals Friday eve to Sunday lunch. We regret there will not be any single rooms available for this retreat.

Double room – (twin or double beds) – $220 pp (Full–Waiting List Only)
Triple room – (twin beds and one double) – $175 pp
Quadruple room – (twin beds and one double) – $150 pp
Male dorm (quad room – twin beds) – $150 pp
Female dorm (quad room – twin beds) – $150 pp

(Two quad rooms–one male, one female)

On-site spaces are limited. Rooms will be booked on a first-come first served basis.
Pillows and blankets are provided. Please bring your own sheets and towel.

Course fees (with no accommodation)
Friday only – $20 (no dinner, add dinner for $5)
Friday, Saturday, & Sunday – $100 (no Friday dinner, but all other meals)
Saturday & Sunday only – $90 (includes Saturday lunch and dinner and Sunday lunch)
Saturday only – $60 (includes lunch and dinner)
Sunday only – $35 (includes lunch)

We ask that you follow your booking with a 25% deposit by cash or cheque (cheque payable to Samudra Buddhist Centre) by September for on-site bookings and September 15 for off-site bookings.

Please note that we will now have Offering to the Spiritual Guide prayers on Saturday evening to celebrate Buddha’s Return from Heaven Day. The schedule has been revised to reflect this change.

If you have any questions about this retreat, please contact the Samudra Admin Director directly.

Retreat Schedule

Friday, September 21
Registration 5 pm – 7:45 pm
Dinner 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Session 1 8 pm – 9:30 pm
Saturday, September 22
Breakfast 7 am – 8 am
Session 2 8:30 am – 10 am
Session 3 11 am – 12:30 pm
Lunch 1 pm – 2 pm
Session 4 3:30 pm – 5 pm
Dinner 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Offering to the Spiritual Guide Prayers 7 pm – 8:30 pm
Sunday, September 23
Breakfast  7 am – 8 am
Session 7 8:30 am – 10 am
Session 8 11am – 12:30 pm
Lunch 1 pm – 2pm
Clean up / Depart 2 pm – 3pm