A Free Solitary Retreat Center

In the wilderness of Nova-Scotia, Canada

Helping People
To Do

The Benevolence Retreat Center will provide free meditation retreats to successful applicants of any spiritual background with closely supervised programs of buddhist mindfulness meditation as it has been transmitted for the past 2,500 years.

For The Land
And Cabins

Beginning in the summer of 2015, we will begin to seek donations to build four retreat cabins on land to be purchased by the caretakers. This land will be transferred to the retreat center when enough funds have been raised.

The Very Venerable Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche

Every aspect of this very special project is under the oversight of the great Kagyü meditation master, The Very Venerable Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche, who is the senior abbot of the entire Karma Kagyü tradition of Tibetan Buddhism


The Ven. Thrangu Rinpoche wrote a traditional announcement letter proclaiming the foundation of The Benevolence Retreat Center. He continues to provide close guidance and spiritual support. From his letter:

“This is a project that needs to be accomplished.

Thus, on this occasion of the construction and foundation of the retreat house of The Benevolence Retreat Center, if one can assist those who have faith in Dharma according to their needs to whatever extent possible, then it will be of benefit both to oneself and to others. As regards the welfare of others, this will be a cause of inconceivable benefit for many who will practice the excellent Dharma in the future. As regards one’s own welfare, it is certain that a vast collection of merit will arise for oneself.   Therefore, I request everyone to help harmoniously in whatever way they can.”

The Ven. Thrangu Rinpoche

Satellite image of Nova-Scotia

Green and off the grid

The development of the project will be ecologically responsible, with the goal of complete self-sustainability

  • active and passive solar energy
  • ecologic & energy efficient materials
  • water collection
  • locally grown, pesticide-free food

Why Nova-Scotia ?

“When I see the coves and rocks, trees and mountains, for example when I visit my farm here in Nova Scotia, I find there is tremendous calmness and harmony here. We get our sanity from the land.”

–Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

In our target area there is already a large community of committed practitioners sensitive to long-term environmental sustainability issues.

“There is more merit in donating to someone’s retreat than in doing a retreat yourself.”


Jamgön Kongtrül The Great

the 19th century Tibetan meditation
master who created the very first
standardized three-year retreat