The Healing Practice of Taking and Giving - 
Away Retreat

A few on-site spaces have opened up!! 

A retreat for everyone
The Healing Practice of Taking and Giving -  Away Retreat
with Resident Teacher Gen Kelsang Thekchen
Friday April 26 - Sunday April 28

at the Manoir de la Forêt in Cantley, Québec

During this inspiring retreat, we will be learning the meditations on taking others' suffering and giving happiness, with practical teachings and straightforward guided meditations suited for beginners and more experienced practitioners alike.

The Buddhist meditation practice of taking and giving is one of the most powerful methods for opening our hearts and for healing mental and physical illness.  This ancient healing technique has the power to improve mental peace and happiness, and is especially beneficial in situations where we may feel powerless to help others or to overcome adversity.  When we purify our mind through this practice, every spiritual realization will grow easily in our mind.

Everyone welcome!


Retreat Schedule

Friday April 26

Introduction to the retreat - 7:30-9pm


Saturday April 27

Breakfast - 8-9am (for those who are staying onsite)

Session 1 - 9:00-10:15am, Teaching & Meditation

Session 2 - 11:15am-12:30pm, Teaching & Meditation       

Lunch - 12:30-1:30pm         

Session 3 - 4-5:30pm, Teaching & Meditation plus Q&A

Dinner - 6-7pm

Session 4 - 7:30- 8:45pm, Teaching & Meditation

Sunday April 28

Breakfast - 8-9am (for those who are staying onsite)

Session 1 -  9:00-10:15am, Teaching & Meditation

Session 2 - 11:15m-12:30pm, Teaching & Meditation 

Lunch - 12:45-1:30pm

Gen Kelsang Thekchen, Buddhist Monk & TeacherThis retreat will be led by Resident Teacher Gen  Kelsang Thekchen, who is a senior Teacher in the New Kadampa Tradition. He has been a Kadampa Buddhist monk and Teacher under the guidance of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche for more than 25 years. He is well known for his ability to present Buddha's teachings in a simple, profound, practical and often humorous way, making them easy to put into practice in everyday life. 

The venue: Le Manoir de la Forêt Retreat Centre is located at 32 Chemin River in Cantley Québec - an idyllic, private centre in the heart of a 29 acre maple forest. Le Manoir is a short 20 minute drive from central Gatineau and Ottawa. Delicious & healthy meals will be provided,  and you'll have a choice between vegetarian & vegan options. Most dietary restrictions can be accommodated with advance notice. 

Participants will have the opportunity to enjoy guided meditations, teachings, reflective reading in the cozy library, quiet time in the forest, strolls along farm-lined country roads, stunning views from the deck, snuggling up by the indoor fireplace & sleeping accommodations in either a private or a shared room.

We offer 3 main options to participate in this retreat. You have the choice of:

  • Stay on-site which includes all meals. A few spots have recently become available. 
  • Attend the retreat sessions with lunches or dinner but without overnight accommodation.
  • Attend the retreat sessions only, without meals or overnight accommodation

Retreat options and pricing

Onsite: *Roommates may be requested but not guaranteed, otherwise will be matched by KMC Ottawa

Retreat + Private Room - $485 Only 3 female & 1 male rooms left 

Retreat + Double Room - $410 Only 4 female & 2 male spots left 

Retreat + Triple Room (3 people sharing) - $360 Only 4 female & 2 male spots left 

Commuting: 

Retreat only (no accommodation) + 2 lunches & Saturday dinner  - $275 per person

Retreat only (no accommodation) + 1 lunch & Saturday dinner -  $255 per person

Retreat only (no accommodation)  + 2 lunches -  $240 per person

Retreat only (no accommodation)  + Saturday dinner -  $235 per person

Retreat only (no accommodation)  + 1 lunch -  $220 per person

Retreat only (no meals, no accommodation) -  $200 per person

Check out the comfy rooms at Le Manoir: https://www.manoirdelaforet.com/english/rooms 

Free parking onsite.




Please register early to save your spot. Cancellation/ Refund policy described in link below.

Away Retreat Le Manoir

$60- $485

Register now





In the beginning of our practice the most essential thing is to tame our mind, for only this will enable us to benefit all sentient beings.

Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche
Meaningful to Behold