Lightwork’s Summer Dharma Healing Retreat

Jacqueline // August 1st, 2018

Every summer, Lightwork hosts a 9-day meditation retreat at the Lightwork Ecovillage on Gambier Island. Here are some photos from this year’s retreat.








An Ode to The Lightwork Ecovillage

Tiffany // June 29th, 2017

Lightwork Ecovillage

I love being there

The stillness of it

How off-the-grid it is

How it supports letting go

Of all the racing around in the city


About the Lightwork Ecovillage

The Ecovillage is an 80-acre piece of land dedicated to having spiritual practice in daily life, in harmony with nature. It has a permaculture garden and we hand-build the shelter on the land.


One-Day Meditation Retreat

Julia W. // September 27th, 2016

November 5: Lightwork Ecovillage, Gambier Island

Prerequisite: Completion of Lightwork Level 1

21927586834_82349a449f_zMeditate, relax and recharge in the splendour of the pristine temperate rainforest. This is your chance to practice the Lightwork Level 1 meditation techniques in guided sessions with Tiffany Robinson. Bask in the spaciousness of a full day dedicated to kicking back in nature.

Lightwork’s One-Day Meditation Retreat is for students who have completed Lightwork Level 1. It’s an opportunity to take time for yourself, let go of worries and stress, and reconnect with yourself in a lush, natural setting.



The Lightwork Ecovillage is a bliss-filled land, set atop Hope Point on Gambier Island.

It is 80-acres of natural wonder on a bird migration route.

With stunning views of Howe Sound and the Sunshine Coast, the Ecovillage is just a 20-minute boat ride from Horseshoe Bay.


Retreat Facilitator
Lightwork Teacher, Tiffany Robinson

Lightwork Meditation: Tiffany

Tiffany has been studying meditation intensively for the past 9 years. She is a certified Lightwork meditation teacher and a graduate of Lightwork’s most advanced program, the three-year Level 7: Apprenticeship Program.

Tiffany sits on the Lightwork Ecovillage Board of Directors. She splits her time between Vancouver and the Ecovillage, along with her husband Scott and his daughter Cloe.



One-Day Retreat
The retreat will be a soothing mix of guided, indoor meditation sessions; guided walks around the 80-acre land; and lots of time to just be. You’ll have time for personal reflection, relaxation and journalling. The day will include lots of opportunity to soak in the natural, healing properties of the location. The retreat will take place rain or shine, so bring rain gear and be prepared to enjoy part of the day outdoors.


Bring your own easy bag-lunch to enjoy. Tea and light snacks will be provided. 

Things to Pack

Easy bag lunch
Rain gear
Comfortable walking shoes
Water bottle
Journal (or paper) and pen
Cell phone

Arrival and Departure

A water taxi will depart Saturday morning November 5th at 9am from Horseshoe Bay Government Dock.  A water taxi will be booked for participants to return to Horseshoe Bay in the early evening.


Depart Horseshoe Bay Government Dock at: 9am

Depart Gambier Island, Fircom Dock at: 4pm

You will arrive back in Horseshoe Bay by approximately 4:40pm.


$100: Tuition
$50: Return trip water taxi: Horseshoe Bay/Gambier Island

Total $150 (including GST)
Full payment is required by Thursday, November 3

Register Now

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For more information contact Lightwork at or 604-733-8776.

Full payment required at the time of registration. Fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.


Summertime at the Lightwork Ecovillage

Jacqueline // August 23rd, 2016

Check out this selection of photos from summer 2016. The Lightwork Ecovillage comes alive in the summer. This year a brand-new permaculture initiative is in swing, producing an array of fruit and vegetables. The Ecovillage is also the site of our annual 9-Day Dharma Healing retreat.













Lightwork Turns 20

Jacqueline // September 9th, 2015

Sacred Space Circle Group Shot


It all began with a meditation workshop on Hornby Island in 1995. And now, 20 years later, Lightwork is a vibrant meditation community. The anniversary was marked this summer during the 9-Day Dharma Healing summer retreat at the Lightwork Ecovillage on Gambier Island. You’ll find a series of photos below from that sacred event.

To everyone in the Lightwork community: YES to the brightness and consciousness you bring to the planet. Way to go, people.

Scott at Sacred Space

Sacred Space Mandala - #2

Victoria & Cloe

Sacred Space Mandala #1

The Lightwork Ecovillage: Why I Love It

Julia W. // May 12th, 2015

Julia WatsonSometimes I think the Ecovillage is the only real thing in my life. It helps me remember what actually matters.

In the city I’m bombarded with advertising that tells me clothes, hairstyle and exotic holidays are big priorities. At the Ecovillage, I reconnect to the natural world and I see none of that matters.

With fewer distractions I feel calmer. I sleep better. I need less stuff. Even if I bring a bunch of stuff with me, I end up using very little. Jewelry and makeup is forgotten.

Everything is simple.

I can just be me.

What I Learned from a Leaf

Julia T. // July 31st, 2014
JuliaT Tree

The Lightwork Ecovillage is a place I go to learn.On the face of it, there are many practical skills I’ve honed there over the years. Everything from how to strip bark off a post  to how to cook for large groups — and a million things in between.

But more than these skills, I cherish the spiritual learning the Ecovillage provides. As the home to Lightwork’s summer meditation retreats, it’s a place of sanctuary from the bustle of city life. It’s a place to turn inward and connect with myself.

Nature has an amazing capacity for teaching. Just watching a leaf fall last autumn brought a tear to my eye — it was the tree’s potent reminder to me that letting go is part of the spiritual process.

It’s these kinds of learnings that I really love about my time at the Ecovillage.


Scott Robinson

In 1995, after years of spiritual study, Scott founded Lightwork Spiritual Development, of which he is the Spiritual Director. Since 1995 he has been teaching intensively.

Scott believes that on a core level every spiritual teacher of integrity is teaching the same thing, because the core spiritual principles never change. However, there are unlimited ways to express these principles, and every spiritual teacher and practice has its own unique flavour. Finding a flavour that one likes is the task of the seeker.

Scott is also an artist, musician and poet, and has traveled the world extensively. He feels his purpose is to be on his spiritual path and to assist others on their path. His teaching is safe and supportive with amusement and integrity.

Alison Cretney

Alison has been practicing Lightwork meditation since 2007. As a certified Lightwork teacher, she offers classes suitable to first-time meditators or anyone who has practiced other meditation styles. You can attend her classes in beautiful Nelson, BC, or by phone or Skype.

Alison has found Lightwork's clarity, ease and potency to be transformative in all aspects of her life including parenting, work, relationships and stress.

She has a Masters in Strategic Leadership Toward Sustainability which she applies in collaborative projects seeking solutions for climate change.

Julia Watson

Julia offers meditation and consulting services for organizations and individuals.

She started her conscious spiritual journey in her mid-twenties but it wasn’t until she came across Lightwork in 2002 that she found a meditation practice that really worked for her.

Julia completed Lightwork’s seven levels of training in 2010. She has been joyfully teaching meditation classes and offering private energy readings since then.

She was previously the Program Director at Hollyhock (Canada’s leading educational retreat centre), the Director of Operations at Communicopia Internet, and a producer of the Web of Change conference.

Julia received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University in 1994. She received a permaculture design certificate in 2000.

Julia Thiessen

Julia started taking Lightwork classes by phone from Winnipeg in 2004. The classes rocked her world so thoroughly she moved to Vancouver to continue her meditation studies, eventually graduating from Lightwork's most advanced program, 'Level 7: The Apprenticeship' in 2012.

Her move to the West Coast allowed her to become involved in the Lightwork Ecovillage, where she continues to deepen her meditation practice and learn life lessons ( really can grow kale year round!).

Julia is a certified Lightwork Teacher. She offers Lightwork Level 1 and Level 2 classes for beginners, as well as private energy reading sessions.

She brings creativity to the Lightwork administration team, and manages two annual meditation retreats: the summer '9-Day Dharma Healing', and 'Winter Light Week'.

She has an intuitive and studied understanding of all things green, arising from her work in therapeutic gardening at BC Children's Hospital and other locations around Vancouver.

Cathy Belgrave

When Cathy signed up for her first Lightwork class, she entered brand new territory. Coming from a scientific background, meditation was well outside her normal repertoire but she felt compelled to try it.

Without even being able to describe how, she shifted perceptions in all parts of her life and began making decisions that decreased stress. Encouraged, she thought she would keep meditating until it no longer felt like a fit. That day never came. She’s now a committed Lightwork practitioner and teacher.

Cathy offers Lightwork Level 1, Level 2, private classes and energy reading-healings. She blends her passions for writing, teaching and meditation by offering creative writing workshops for children and adults.

Darci Rosalie

Darci discovered Lightwork meditation in her last month of nursing school. She realized she wanted a totally new way of coping with stress, rather than relying on old, unhealthy habits.

So she turned down a fancy job in California with a big signing bonus and season’s tickets to her favourite football team. Instead she registered for Lightwork's beginners class and never looked back.

Throughout her healing journey Darci has witnessed how meditation has the power to shift tough situations and heal what needs healing.

Her favorite thing about being a Lightwork teacher is the simplicity and presence of being in the moment. The big and small of the universe come into focus and make room for significant awareness and healing.

Darci graduated from the Lightwork Apprenticeship program in March 2014. She offers energy reading sessions and meditation classes in a loving, supportive environment.

Tiffany Robinson

Tiffany has been studying meditation intensively since 2007. She is a certified Lightwork meditation teacher and a graduate of Lightwork's most advanced program, the three-year Level 7: Apprenticeship Program.

Tiffany sits on the Lightwork Ecovillage Board of Directors, and splits her time between Vancouver and the Lightwork Ecovillage on Gambier Island with her husband Scott and his daughter Cloe.

Her classes are open to teens and adults.

Jacqueline Voci

Jacqueline first learned to meditate as an antidote to stress and a crazy-busy lifestyle in the tech and PR industries. As she gradually made it part of her daily routine, an entirely new way of experiencing life emerged.

In March 2014, she completed Lightwork’s two-year meditation teacher program and began its most immersive course, a three-year apprenticeship to founder, Scott Robinson.

Jacqueline teaches Lightwork's beginner classes (Levels 1 & 2) and offers meditation workshops for companies and organizations. She has hosted workshops for the Dalai Lama Center for Peace & Education, UBC Faculty of Medicine, BC Cancer Research Centre and BCIT Student Association.

She is also a writer and communications consultant.

Elizabeth Stevenson

Elizabeth decided to give Lightwork a try in 2010, after observing a friend's Lightwork journey. Deciding it was a fit, she took classes from her hometown of Victoria by phone for six years. She then packed up and moved to Vancouver to continue her studies, completing Lightwork's Level 6 Teacher Training Program in 2017.

Meditation has helped Elizabeth let go of fears and embrace all aspects of herself. She's excited that teaching now gives her the chance to offer the Lightwork techniques to other people.

Prior to Lightwork, Elizabeth completed a B.A. in anthropology, and certifications in community counselling and permaculture. Music has always been an important part of her life. She enjoys singing opera and jazz, and offering vocal improv classes.

Leslie Dickout

Leslie took her first Lightwork meditation class by phone in 2012 while living in the busy city of New York. She was awestruck by the simplicity of the tools she learned, and how they helped her let go of old patterns. She knew she wanted to learn more.

In 2018 she completed Lightwork’s two-year meditation teacher program, and she began a three-year apprenticeship to founder Scott Robinson that same year.

Now settled in Vancouver and enjoying a much simpler life, Leslie offers Lightwork Level 1 and Level 2 classes, as well as private energy reading-healings.

She also works in communications at BC Recreation & Parks Association.

Zhenya Andriyash

Zhenya started taking Lightwork meditation classes in the fall of 2012 while living in New York City and working for a bank. Meditation was his way of dealing with stress-filled workplace and hectic city life.

While taking Lightwork's Next Step program, he moved to Vancouver to lead a quieter, healthier life with a focus on his spiritual development.

As of now, Zhenya is a part of the Apprenticeship program at Lightwork. He offers beginner Lightwork classes(Level 1 and 2), as well as reading-healing sessions.

Having a job in the tech sector, Zhenya finds his meditation practice to be essential for having wellness and balance in his life.