About Dharma Retreats

How it started

Since Dharma Retreats was founded by Dr. Kate Partridge in 1998, this small non-profit venture has been providing annual meditation retreats in Ontario for people wishing to learn and deepen their practice of Vipassana / Insight Meditation and Metta / Loving-kindness Meditation.

In July 2016, Laurie Morrison, Leslie Morgan & John Lovas happily joined Kate to help run Dharma Retreats. Despite health challenges, Kate remained actively involved until a month before she died peacefully at home, with her family by her side, on March 5, 2018.

A Unique Experience     

Each year, Dharma Retreats offer a week-long silent meditation retreat. This retreat is held at the Guest House of the Sisters of St. John the Divine, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The retreat is lead by an experienced teacher from the Insight Meditation Society. This is a unique experience in two aspects. First, the setting the Sisters provide is intended for people seeking a quiet and contemplative environment with private single rooms for each person. Secondly, the retreat kept small for a maximum of 25 people. This creates an intimate atmosphere for deeply engaging in the practice of meditation. 

Dharma Retreats Organisation

 As a non-profit organisation, the registration fee covers participants' accommodation & meals; the teacher's travel expenses, accommodation & meals; and administrative costs such as website maintenance etc.


Our teachers do not charge for the teachings, so in addition to the registration fee participants voluntarily support teachers by way of dana.


Dharma Retreats is run by unpaid volunteers who pay the same registration fee & dana as other participants. The retreat manager is also unpaid though the cost of their registration, accommodation & meals are covered. 

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