Retreat Guidelines

Right Conduct

During the retreat, we ask all the participants to follow the five precepts and the Bodhisattva vow as their constant practice. These disciplines, which are common to all schools of Buddhism, are standard for meditation retreats and are to help support the development of fluid, easeful presence, coupled with bright interest, awareness and compassion for each other.

Those who have not received these trainings are asked to practice a high level of moral and ethical conduct. This includes a basic understanding of the five precepts, even if you have not been given formal teachings:

  1. I take the precept to refrain from taking the life of any living beings.
  2. I take the precept to refrain from taking that which is not freely given.
  3. I take the precept to refrain from sexual misconduct.
  4. I take the precept to refrain from lying and unskillful speech.
  5. I take the precept to refrain from substances that cause intoxication and heedlessness.

If you would like teachings on the five precepts, please request them from Lama Mark Webber.


The retreat site is located on a remote island serviced by a small clinic and emergency ambulance service only. Please be sure you have adequate medical health insurance if you are from out of province. Please realize that a retreat is not psychotherapy. All participants need to be in a reasonably balanced emotional state. If you are on any medication, or were on medication immediately prior to the retreat, you are asked to disclose this information as this can help Lama Mark understand your situation. By attending the retreat you are agreeing to follow all public health measures and processes as set by the retreat organizers as appropriate. You are also agreeing to provide proof of full vaccination preferably with a booster and to complete a Covid screening prior to the teachings.