In 1978, a group living on the West Coast incorporated Crystal Mountain as a registered educational, charitable society. The stated objectives were of, “ performing charitable works and promoting the study of religion and philosophy through the teaching and practice of meditation.” In November 1980, the members of the Society decided to buy some land for a Retreat Centre and purchased two 10-acre lots at the end of Devina Drive on Galiano Island.
The first summer kitchen, with its’ hyperbolic paraboloid roof, must have left more than a few observers scratching their heads in bewildered amusement. Gradually, however, enough was accomplished to make the centre capable of handling modest summer retreats.
While most of Crystal Mountain’s activities have had some connection with what might be called ‘the lineage’ of the Venerable Namgyal Rinpoche, the charter is purposefully non-denominational to reflect the universalist and eclectic flavour of this teaching.