“For those who have the time and don't mind cloudy weather, I encourage you to consider a period of volunteering at Sea to Sky Retreat Centre as a way of connecting with the blessings of the Khyentse lineage. Even for those who are not so-called Buddhists, benefit will come from a period of residence in a place that encourages a simplified life-style and a reduced demand on the environment. As society becomes more materialistic, the need increases for wilderness sanctuaries of quiet and contemplation. Whatever can be done to support such sanctuaries is an act of compassion with great merit.”

Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche

Volunteers in Residence

For all fulltime volunteers, we provide private accommodations, vegetarian meals, a living allowance, and instruction in karma yoga practice.  A fulltime volunteer commitment includes ample time for personal meditation practice and study

Those who are not Canadian may require a visa as the basis of volunteering at SSRC.  However, Canadian law makes special allowances for foreigners committed to a period of volunteering for registered Canadian charities.   

For further information about volunteer programs at the Retreat Centre, please contact us as indicated below:

Contact information

Retreat Coordinator

Sea to Sky Retreat Centre

84 Retreat Road 

Whistler, B.C. V0N 1B1


E-mail: [email protected]

Cellular: 604-932-1677


The work of sustaining a sanctuary for contemplative practice includes an ever-changing medley of basic tasks such as cooking, cleaning, the setup of spaces, carpentry, gardening, wood splitting, building maintenance, and roadwork. With the following aptitudes and values listed below, you can be expected to enjoy a successful and rewarding experience of helping out at Sea to Sky Retreat Centre (SSRC):

·     Willing to learn

·     Flexible

·     Cheerful

·     Takes Initiative

·     Good communicator

·     Willing to engage in teamwork

·     No addictions (alcohol, nicotine, or any other drugs)

·     Good physical and mental health

·     Willing to live a life of moderation in a remote location in the wilderness (see SSRC's Sustainability Plan)

·     Appreciates the interdependence of personal needs, economic realities, and environmental balance

·     Dedication to work as a path of practice