One-Month Retreat with Douglas Veenhof

Kunzang Dechen Osel Ling (KDOL)

Salt Spring Island, BC  
July 19 -August 15, 2020

Registration $108 - to Hold a Spot
for the 2020 Month-Long Meditation Retreat.

Stilling the Mind and Seeing its Nature

Stilling the Mind and Seeing Its Nature


For more than a thousand years, the masters of Tibetan Buddhism’s Dzogchen and Mahamudra lineages have refined a progression of techniques for experiencing directly the empty, luminous nature of the mind. This direct approach relies on the moment-to-moment close observation of meditation to provide transformational insights that can eliminate the mistaken habits of perception at the root of all suffering.


This one-month retreat will provide instruction on those techniques, and the liberating view of reality they lead to, as well as provide an ideal setting of natural beauty for your own dedicated practice of discovery.


Drawing from the Dzogchen texts of Düdjom Lingpa, the Mahamudra texts of the Ninth Karmapa, and the teachings of B. Alan Wallace and Thrangu Rinpoche, we will begin by exploring a full progression of shamatha practices from breath meditation to merging mind with space. Then on the basis of the stable focus cultivated with shamatha, we will probe the nature of the mind itself with the precise investigation of vipashyana practice. 


The sources for these practices are considered to be advanced Buddhism, but this clear and systematic presentation is suitable for all levels. Long-time practitioners may find an exhilarating new approach, and even relative beginners will learn a comprehensive foundation and full spectrum of meditation skills to take home.


Doug Veenhof is a close student of B. Alan Wallace and travels widely to lead meditation retreats. Recent retreats he has led include the annual one-month retreat on Salt Spring Island, BC; a two-month retreat for the Buddhist nuns of Thosamling near Dharamsala, India, and a ten-day retreat for Kalachakra Centre in France. Doug has been selected to be a resident teacher along with B. Alan Wallace at the Center for Contemplative Research, a long-term retreat and research facility being developed in Tuscany.



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Registration ($108) holds your spot at the retreat.

Cost of the retreat is $2550 and the balance ($2442) is due prior to the retreat.

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After you have paid the REGISTRATION fee - or the FULL fee - you will receive an email

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If you have any questions please contact us.

We'll be pleased to answer any of your questions.

Info about the retreat

In preparation for getting to the retreat centre, I have outlined some important information that you may need:


  • Flights (two choices)

    • To Victoria International Airport (YYJ) 

      • only one ferry needed from Victoria (Swartz Bay) to Salt Spring Island (Fulford Harbour)

    • To Vancouver International Airport (YVR) 

      • two ferry rides needed from Vancouver (Tsawwassen) to Victoria (Swartz Bay) then to Salt Spring Island (Fulford Harbour)

Arrival – Sunday, July 19, 2020:


There is a booked charter bus that will pick retreatants up at Fulford Harbour on Sunday, July 19th at 9:35 a.m. which means taking either the 7:00 a.m. ferry or the 9:00 a.m. ferry from Victoria (Swartz Bay) to Salt Spring Island (Fulford Harbour).  


For planning purposes:

  • it is approximately a 15-minute drive from the Victoria (YYJ) terminal to the Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal.  

  • For the ferry: walk-on passengers should arrive 5 minutes before departure and driving passengers should arrive between 30 minutes and an hour (if you have a reservation 30 minutes before departure).

  • Also keep in mind that there are two ferry terminals on Salt Spring and the one you need is Fulford Harbour. 

  • It is a 35-minute ferry ride from Swartz Bay to Fulford ferry terminal


Departure – Saturday, August 15, 2020


For leaving on Saturday, August 15th the charter bus will pick up everyone at 10:30 so that we can catch the 11:50 Ferry from Fulford to Swartz Bay.  We will arrive in Swartz Bay at approximately 12:25 and then it is a 15-minute drive to the Victoria airport (traffic dependent).  


Ferry schedules, to assist you with travel planning, are available at 

If you are driving, I would highly recommend making a reservation as the ferries book up a lot during the summer and you will have to wait for the next sailing. 

What to Bring: 

Kunzang Dechen Osel Ling (KDOL) Meditation Retreat Centre is located in the wilderness preparation is a must. Temperatures vary greatly depending on the time of year, so please bring clothing that is appropriate for the season.  Below are suggested items to bring:

  • Sleeping bag

  • Flashlight and headlight

  • Clothing that can be layered to adjust to the temperature (prepare for warm and cool weather)

  • Rain jacket 

  • Comfortable walking footwear, if you wish to hike.

  • Slip-on footwear for indoors (shoes are removed at the door)

  • Personal hygiene items (toothbrush, soap, shampoo, towel etc.).

  • Alarm clock

  • Yoga Mat

  • Meditation cushion and zabuton (meditation mat)

  • All three meals are provided, but you might want specific snacks and tea to bring.  

    • Coffee and tea are available however you may want to bring extra caffeine sources if you drink a lot during the day


KDOL has some yoga mats, many meditation cushions and zabuton’s available for us to use.  So for those that are travelling long distances bedding, yoga mats, meditation cushions, and zabutons will be available.  Please let me know if you need help with any of these items.

Purchase the Audios of Doug Veenhof's 2020 

Month-Long Meditation Retreat for only $108  

Available again in 2020...

audios of Doug's Guided Meditations and Teachings (over 140 hours)

will be available for those who are unable to attend this year's retreat

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