How to Grow Love – Weekend Retreat

Weekend Retreat

How to Grow Love:
Taking and Giving

Friday – Sunday, March 4, 5, 6, 2016
Honeymoon Bay Lodge and Retreat
10028 Park Drive, Honeymoon Bay, BC

This weekend retreat is open to everyone and will be led by the Buddhist monk and teacher Gen Kelsang Zopa.

We all wish for love in our lives, but our close relationships often suffer from misunderstanding, unrealistic expectations and conflicts. During this weekend retreat we will come to understand the real nature of love, and how to practically “grow” love in our life.

In particular we will focus on the profound practice of taking away others’ suffering by means of compassion and giving them pure happiness by means of love. Everybody is welcome to come along to enjoy this relaxing and uplifting weekend. This weekend retreat includes instruction, guided meditations, and chanted prayers.


3:00 – 5:45 pm Check In / Settle In
5:45 – 6:45 pm Dinner
7 – 8:30 pm Session One


7 – 7:45 am Morning Meditation
7:45 – 8:45 am Breakfast
9 – 10:15 am Session Two
10:15 – 10:45 am Break*
10:45 – 12 pm Session Three
12 – 1 pm Lunch
1 – 4 pm Long Break**
4 – 5:30 pm Session Four
5:45 – 6:45 pm Dinner
7:00 – 8:30 pm Session Five


7 – 7:45 am Morning Meditation
7:45 – 8:45 am Breakfast
9 – 10:15 am Session Six
10:15 – 10:45 am Break***
10:45 – 12 pm Session Seven
12 – 12:45 pm Lunch
1:00 – 2:00 pm Session Eight

*The two morning breaks include coffee and tea.
**The long break on Saturday gives you an opportunity for private meditation, exploring the grounds, contemplating, etc. Tea bags will be available in the secondary break room for you to make your own tea as you need.
****Please have all your belongings out of your room not later than 10:45 am on Sunday.

Gen Kelsang Zopa is a modern Buddhist monk and Resident Teacher at Bodhichitta Buddhist Centre.

Gen Zopa has been presenting the profound and practical teachings of the Buddhist path to enlightenment throughout Canada for over 20 years. Renowned for his clarity and depth of his teachings, his warmth and practicality bring to life the ancient art of meditation.

Included in this weekend retreat are 6 sessions of teachings/meditation, 2 early morning meditation sessions, 6 vegetarian meals (starting with Friday night dinner and ending with lunch on Sunday) and your accommodations.

These will easily be the plushest accommodations that we have had for a Bodhichitta Buddhist Centre sponsored event. We have room for 35 people to join Gen Zopa on this retreat. The accommodations are as follows:

  • 2 rooms have single beds for 4 people – so 8 people total. The price per person is $280 CAD*. These rooms are reserved for females unless a group of 4 men wants to book one.
    We have one of these rooms left and need at least 2 people book it.
  • 12 rooms have 2 queen size beds – so 24 people total. The price per person is $325 CAD*.
  • King Suites and the Accessible Single are sold out at this time

Pictures of the Accommodations and Common Areas of the Lodge are available here.

For questions,clarifications, or for assistance in registering: Please email our Education Program Coordinator, Julia Anderson at or call her at 855-752-9290 x2
*All prices in Canadian $. For US $ deduct about 30%

The Honeymoon Bay Lodge & Retreat is a not for profit health & wellness centre, nestled in the beautiful Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. Its mandate is to provide rest, renewal and growth through the use of its facilities and resources.

The facility is wheelchair accessible and has 17 beautifully appointed suites, a lovely dining room experience and versatile meeting spaces. The facilities include a saltwater hot tub, infrared sauna, fitness room, library, gardens, artisans gallery, gift shop and a labyrinth. The shores of Lake Cowichan are a short walk away.

We have reserved the ENTIRE facility for our weekend retreat.

Pictures of the Accommodations and Common Areas of the Lodge taken by us are available here.
Additional pictures are available on the Lodge and Retreat website.

For information on the room accommodations,look under the Cost Tab.

Getting To Honeymoon Bay Lodge and Retreat

The address is 10028 Park Drive,Honeymoon Bay, BC.

It is about a 1.5 hour drive from Victoria and about a 1 hour drive from Nanaimo. Ferry connections from the mainland are available to both Victoria and Nanaimo. (From the US drive to Tswassen and take the ferry to either place)

You can use the Google map below to get custom driving directions.

Online registration is closed. There are a few spots left. Please contact our Registrar – Julia Anderson – at or 250-800-2022 and she can tell you specifically what options remain and handle your registration.