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Pyramid Retreats

Travel/Getting Here
What to Bring
Pre-Retreat 1:1 Session

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Getting Here

Passport

If you are traveling to us from outside of Canada, please take into consideration that you will need a valid passport to come here (even if you are traveling from the U.S.).

Arrival & Departure

Arrival is 3:00pm - 5:00pm on Wednesday. Departure is 9:00am on Sunday (after breakfast).

Our address

The Pyramid House
1404 Beddis Road
Salt Spring Island, British Columbia
v8K 2C9 Canada

Getting here is easy/not easy. There are numerous ways to get here, including sea plane if you wish! Below are the best options we have found. Feel free to dig around yourself.

 
 

 

Driving

Two options (which is best will depend on where you are coming from).

  1. Drive to Vancouver and ferry from the Tsawwassen Terminal to Long Harbor on Salt Spring Island (3 hours, Reservations are recommended). Then, it’s a 20-minute drive to our house.

  2. Drive to Port Angeles, WA and ferry to Victoria (90-minutes). Then, drive to Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal (30 minutes) and ferry to Salt Spring Island (35 minutes). Then, a 20-minute drive to our house.

Flying (to Victoria)

  • From the Victoria airport (sometimes there is a direct flight from the Bay Area to Victoria), you drive (or taxi or shuttle) to the Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal (15 minutes).

  • Take the ferry to Salt Spring Island (35 minutes).

  • Drive (or taxi) to our house (20 minutes)

Flying (to Vancouver)

  • From the Vancouver airport, you drive (or taxi or shuttle) to the Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal (30 minutes).

  • Take the ferry to Salt Spring Island (3 hours, Reservations are recommended if you have a vehicle).

  • Drive (or taxi) to our house (20 minutes)

OR

  • From the Vancouver airport, take a seaplane directly to Ganges, Salt Spring Island (30 minutes). While this is a more expensive option, it’s super easy and saves a bunch of time.

  • Take a taxi to our house (15 minutes).

 

 

Links to taxi & ferry schedules

Please note – reception is bad at Fulford Harbor (where the ferry from Victoria drops you off), so have directions pulled up ahead of time! Also, Ferry reservations are strongly recommended in the summer months (only if you have a vehicle). Vehicle reservations are particularly important if you are traveling on the Tsawwaasen--Long Harbour route.

Carpooling – about 1 month before retreat, we will send an email to everyone requesting travel plans. You will be able to offer or request a ride according to peoples’ plans and availability. On most retreats, people have been able to car-share from the airport or do pick ups at the ferries.

Directions from Fulford Harbor Ferry to Our House

Although getting from the ferry to our house is not too complicated, the directions that Google and Apples Maps give are slightly confusing. Here are simplified directions you can use instead. Cut and paste them into your phone before you get to Fulford as cell reception is not the greatest there.

  • As you drive off the ferry, you will automatically be on Fulford-Ganges Rd. Drive up Fulford-Ganges past the small village of Fulford (about 300 meters).

  • Take a right onto Beaver Point Rd. (the first right-hand turn after you leave Fulford). Stay on Beaver Point Rd. for 2.5 km/1.5 mi.

  • Take a left on Stewart Rd. (this is easy to miss.) Take Stewart about 3.5 km/2.2 mi until it ends at Cusheon Lake Rd.

  • Take a right on Cusheon Lake Rd., which ends at Beddis Rd. in about 800 meters. Take a right on Beddis and continue for about 1.5 km/1 mi. Our house will be on the left. You will see a Pyramid!

 

What To Bring (Essentials)

  • Passport!

  • Check the weather! Winter is cold, rainy and possibly snowy, Summer is warm ;)

  • Clothes and shoes according to weather.

  • It’s a short walk between the pyramid and the house, so slip on shoes are nice but not necessary. House slippers are nice in the winter.

  • Clothes for sitting and easy movement indoors.

  • Sleeping Bag (please check with me if you cannot bring a sleeping bag – we do have some bedding.)

  • Any special cushions you need for sitting practice (we have chairs and zafus.)

  • Toiletries

  • Towel (we have some)

  • Journal and pen

  • A time piece other than a cell phone is suggested

  • Water bottle

  • Flashlight or headlamp for short walk between pyramid and house at night.

  • There is a sauna. Bring a bathing suit!

 
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1:1 Session with Megan or Chris

It is not required, but if you’d like us to have a sense of how practice and life are going for you, it will help us be more nuanced and specific on retreat.

If you’d like to have a 1 hr session before retreat, they are $125 and can be scheduled by clicking the button to the right.