Update Regarding Covid-19

For us, as for many of you, these days of physically distancing have given us
pause to slow down, to find new ways of connecting, and to listen for the Spirit’s
wisdom in these uncertain times.

As we have considered how we may begin to re-open, we have paid close
attention to the directives of our provincial health officer. We do not anticipate
operating at full capacity until we enter into Phase 4 of BC’s Restart Plan (when
we have a vaccine, broad community immunity or successful treatments).

We do anticipate beginning to welcome returning retreatants on a limited basis
for the month of August. We are committed to adhering to the highest levels of
safety for each other and for our wider community. To that end, we have
established protocols for physical distancing, hand washing, use of the kitchen
and common areas and expectations for cleaning and disinfecting.

Please note that public transit is available on Bowen Island but there will be no
ride sharing or hitch hiking available. Each person is responsible for their own
journey to the Hermitage.

If you would like to book a retreat, please email your request and we will get
back to you within a few days.

Email Address:

The Rivendell Hermitage can only be contacted by email.

How to book a retreat:   

Step 1: 

Please ensure that you are at the right website.  We are the Rivendell Hermitage which is different from the main Rivendell Retreat Centre, located near Snug Cove.

Step 2:

Take time to look through our website.  It will answer a lot of questions you may have about doing a retreat at the Hermitage.

Step 3: 

Send us an email:   Include the information below:

Is this your first retreat at the Hermitage?… If yes, please answer these questions in your email:  Where did you hear about the Hermitage?  What is your experience with silence and solitude?

For your first retreat with us, the booking host has to book you during a time where there is a host in residence.    Let us know your preferred dates, and we will either confirm or give you alternate dates when a host is present.

-If this is not your first retreat at the Hermitage, please specify the dates you are requesting so we can check availability.

Step 4:

After we have confirmed availability, you will be asked to fill in the booking request form.   Once we have processed your request, we will email you a confirmation.

Retreat stays range from 2 days to 6 days.  If you are wanting to stay longer, you will need to submit a letter of intent and provide a reference.  

Interested in helping out?  You can participate by donating time or money.

Rivendell remains self sufficient primarily due to its model of a volunteer community. The Hermitage is likewise accessible thanks to volunteers and financial donations.

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We are always seeking volunteers to help tend the site.  Volunteers gather at the Hermitage every spring and fall to do a deep cleaning of the house and cabins, as well as to tend the garden, clear the paths, remove fallen deadwood and underbrush.  We provide gloves, guidance and a variety of tasks suited to any ability… as well as an opportunity to get to know some fellow hermits!

If you prefer to give of your financial resources, we also welcome financial donations.   Cheques can be made out to the RIVENDELL FOUNDATION and mailed to Box 402 Bowen Island, BC, VON 1GO. Please make a note that it is for the Rivendell Hermitage. All donations are tax deductible and will receive a charitable tax receipt.

If you would like to sign up as a volunteer or make a financial contribution, you can email us at: