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Joy of Being Retreat

5-Day Retreat

August 29 - September 2, 2024

An in-person Sangha Gathering in Northern BC, Canada

Held at the beautiful Anuttara Ashram, nestled amidst the serene landscapes of nature, this retreat invites you to journey back to the joy and simplicity of your being, in a beautiful off-grid setting. 



Immersive Experiences

Fire Ceremonies, Kirtan, Forest Bathing, Yoga Classes, & Guided Meditation.  


Inclusive Environment

Open to individuals and families, fostering a welcoming atmosphere for all.


Joyful and

A fun & light-hearted retreat designed to help you unwind and connect with yourself and others.


Serenity of the Forest

Allow the tranquil surroundings to calm your mind and rejuvenate your spirit.


Experienced Teachers

Sessions and classes facilitated by senior teachers, bringing their wisdom and decades of experience.

The Joy of Being

The Sanskrit word Ananda translates to "bliss" or "joy," embodying the profound sense of happiness and contentment that arises from within. At our retreat, Ananda represents more than just a fleeting feeling; it signifies resting in the pure, unadulterated joy of our being.

Away from the busyness of the world, we invite you to come together in nature, laugh freely, and simply enjoy the essence of existence. This retreat is a sanctuary for reconnecting with the inherent bliss that resides in each of us, offering a chance to unwind, bond, and immerse ourselves in the simple, yet profound, joy of being alive.


Download our Info Pack.

Learn the Retreat Philosophy, See the Schedule & Learn all of the details.


What to Expect

  • Engage in share circles, yoga sessions, meditation practices, and forest bathing.

  • Immerse yourself in thought-provoking philosophy talks and uplifting kirtan sessions.

  • Space to think and simply be in the quietude of 100 acres of old-growth forest. Hike to water falls, sit and look out over cliffs, spot a seal, or eagle.  

  • Embrace the communal spirit as we come together to cook and and clean together, working in harmony as a collective

  • Experience the guidance and facilitation of experienced teachers within the Anuttara School



Community Collaboration


We believe in keeping our retreat accessible and affordable by working together as a community. Our collaborative efforts in meal preparation and clean-up not only make the experience more affordable but also foster a sense of unity and shared purpose. Join us in this harmonious balance of relaxation and joyful cooperation, all set in the tranquil embrace of nature.

Free Joy of Being Meditation.

The Teachers

View the Retreat Schedule

Schedule a Discovery Call

Interest in learning more?
Book a call with Artemis.  

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