Xenia House Retreats

Xenia hosts its own retreats throughout the year. Keep an eye on this section upcoming programs. You can also sign-up to our newsletter (at the bottom right of this page) to stay in the loop on what's happening!

Upcoming Silent Retreat Details



Program, shared accommodation, home-cooked  meals & snacks

For more information please contact us here.

Xenia Guest Retreats

These events are hosted by Xenia and run by outside individuals and parties. We have many skilled people that come through Xenia to share their experience, knowledge and wisdom. Below are upcoming programs and retreats.

This week-long retreat on beautiful Bowen Island is a unique opportunity to unplug from the busyness of life, and to plug into the spaciousness of Being! Join us at Xenia Retreat Centre, a magical and purposeful place for connecting with Nature, Spirit, and Self.

This retreat will be an opportunity for participants to connect with community, as well as their own authentic nature, through engaging and inspiring yoga and meditation practices each day. Bio-mechanical alignment and skillful action are ever the focus for honing the craft of asana -- yet these tools are also awesome techniques for creating greater awareness of the force of aliveness that is in all things.  Each practice will include intelligent sequencing, enlivening instruction, and trustworthy approaches that give practitioners the opportunity to taste what in Yoga is considered their innermost Presence.

For more information and to register




Monday, August 7th – Thursday, August 10th, 2017

(Early Bird Special: Register by June 22 and save $50)

Held on Bowen Island, British Columbia, Canada at Xenia Creative Development Centre —
The most idyllic setting for a writer’s retreat.
38 acres of forests and valleys nestled between two pristine lakes brimming with wildlife.


TO WRITE A BOOK, PLAY, BLOG, ONE-PERSON SHOW, ETC. THEN YOU DO NOT WANT TO MISS this opportunity to begin or renew your commitment to your written works with Author, Playwright, International Speaker, Psychotherapist and Writing Coach, Junie Swadron.

This particular writer's bootcamp is being led by one of the kindest, most non-judgmental instructors you will ever want to meet. However, rumour has it she's intending to once again crack her whip (of feathers) to make sure you go home with a manuscript you are delighted with, proud of, and chomping at the bit to go the next steps—whether that's writing your latest chapters or knocking at your editor's and publisher's door! 

(Angelyn Toth, Founder of Xenia Centre, speaks about her experience of working with Junie Swadron. Note: Angelyn mentions a five-day retreat, but the current retreat will be four days)


Yoga & Hiking. Vitality & Ease Vibrant Souls Yoga Retreat

Sept 15 - 17 2017

Join Maeve Jones on Bowen Island to feel the vibrance of your soul. Immerse yourself in a magical forest and clear the way for effortless being.

Rise up to meet your brilliant nature!

Explore lush forests and wandering trails on hikes that lead to hilltops, lakes, and a beach. Step into a wilderness paradise where you can see nature's incredible force in all things – and tap into that overflowing vital energy in yourself.

This journey will begin with morning yoga practice with Maeve Jones to clear your mind, move stuck energy, and tune your thoughts to the frequency of love.  At night, wind down and integrate through meaningful connection around the campfire. With day-to-day details taken care of, you can relax and enjoy the sweet company of your soul.

Emerge feeling lighter, at ease, and brimming with vitality. Become effortlessly brilliant -- it's your nature.

Find more details at maevejones.com/retreats .


Maeve Jones

Yoga, Play and Self-Realization
Whistler, BC

De-stressing and Embracing the Mind,  a Mindfulness Meditation Retreat

August 18-20, 2017

This Retreat is highly experiential and will involve the following:

  •  A variety of a guided mindfulness meditation practices (sitting, lying down, eating, walking, and loving-kindness practices).
  • Gentle mindfulness movement and stretching.
  • Extended periods of silence.
  • Mindful communication techniques to enhance learning.
  • Group discussions and activities.

In addition to Eastern teachings, the retreat draws on key components of the well researched and evidence-based Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program. The program was founded in the Centre for Mindfulness, in the University of Massachusetts Medical School.   MBSR was developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn in 1979 and has become a world-renowned program, which is highly respected in the Medical community.


Some of the topics covered include may include the following:

  • Root cause of stress
  • How to develop and establish a mindfulness meditation practice.
  • How to integrate mindfulness into daily life.
  • Learn the science behind mindfulness.
  • Explore new perspectives on patterns of reactivity and “autopilot” thinking.

No previous meditation experience is needed.  This retreat is open to everyone regardless if you are a beginner in mindfulness practices or an advanced practitioner. A supportive environment will be created to foster learning and nurture inner wisdom regardless of previous meditation experience.

About the facilitator, Dr. Kasim Al-Mashat is a Registered Psychologist, public speaker, Hatha Yoga and Laughter Yoga teacher. He is also a Certified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Teacher through the University of Massachusetts Medical School's Centre for Mindfulness (CFM).   Kasim has founded the Centre for Mindfulness Canada.  He has also completed a six-month retreat in Southeast Asia in silence, and appeared in various TV shows, publications, podcasts, and radio interviews.

For more information and to register please visit ww.drkasimalmashat.com.



Volunteers are a key part of the existence and continuing presence of Xenia.  People have come from all around the world to be at the grounds while offering their services, their skills and their hearts.  Often they leave us with tears and big hugs, having enjoyed the opportunity to be part of something that feeds everyone's souls.  Since the beginning of time we have been born with a desire and a need to be part of something larger than our individual selves.  It is ingrained in our genes to want to contribute something and to see the results of our efforts and most importantly to enjoy the relationships that arise from this opportunity.


Ways to Volunteer at Xenia



Through the organization WWOOF you can sign up to offer your many different services.  We will provide food and lodging.

Please visit their site for details:  http://www.wwoof.ca

If you have questions, contact us here.



Since the beginning of Xenia we have had countless volunteers dedicate their time, energy and passion to helping the retreat center become what it is today.  You may be looking to contribute to something meaningful in your life or maybe you just like the idea of helping out and making some new friends in a beautiful place.  Your presence is always appreciated.

To arrange a volunteer visit contact us here.



There are various little things that we can use around the grounds and in our spaces here.  Often times wear and tear and frequent usage from our guests create a need to replace things sooner than later.

For our current wish list please contact us here.

We particularly enjoy help with the following things:

Helping in the garden, miscellaneous yard work, renovations, building maintenance, cleaning and more...


Things to enjoy while you stay

The Lakes, Forests and Trails


Our Cozy Cottages

Exploring Bowen Island


The animals are always happy to keep you company


The opportunity to just be yourself and enjoy the simple most beautiful things in life.