Payments, Financial Assistance, Cancellations, DANA

Financial Assistance


The registration process on this website is NOT set up to receive your payments: these must be made by you separately at the time of registering. Without receipt of your payment, your place cannot be held. Your place will be confirmed by email, once we receive payment.

Payment may be made either online with an email interac transfer to, via PayPal, referring to the same gmail address, or by snail mailing your cheques to:

The Registrar,  SSIMC,
184 Hillcrest Drive,
Salt Spring Island, B.C. V8K 1Y4

If mailing cheques, please include your name and the dates of your retreat with your cheque(s). Please make cheques to: Salt Spring Insight Meditation Community.

If paying the total sum initially is challenging for you, you may make two payments, each being of 50% the total; one initially and the other no closer than one month (four weeks) before the start of the retreat.

Please register and pay for each individual retreat, and for each individual person. We cannot process combined payments.

Early application is suggested, as accommodations are limited.

Canadian/US Exchange Rates

All retreats are to be paid in Canadian Funds only. Payments made via PayPal will automatically make the currency exchange. However, if you wish to mail in your payment, please send either a cheque drawn on a Canadian Bank or send a Canadian Money Order.
Thank you.

Financial Assistance

Dana (the Pali word for generosity) is an essential part of the 2,600 year-old Buddhist tradition. Our teachers freely offer the teachings, and are supported in turn by donations from participants who value what the teachings have brought to their lives. In the spirit of this tradition, we are committed to offering scholarship assistance to those who are genuinely unable to afford the price of a meditation retreat.

The Salt Spring Insight Meditation Community has a policy of not turning anyone away from our retreats, due to financial necessity. We would like you to be able to attend this retreat, however, our scholarship funds are limited. Each scholarship request is carefully assessed in terms of financial need, prior scholarships received, and funds available. It is not always possible to provide funds for every request.

Please consider paying whatever portion of the retreat costs you can, and SSIMC will offer to cover the remaining amount, up to a maximum of$400.00 for each request.

To apply, before going through the registration process, please write directly to the registrar at, requesting financial support; naming the dates of the retreat in question; and offering a brief explanation of your situation. Let us know what figure you can pay, and therefore the amount you are requesting SSIMC to cover. Once your request has been granted, go ahead and register on this website, and make your payment.

The maximum amount we can offer is $400.00.

Financial support is offered to someone only once in each calendar year, so please let us know when you last received financial support.

Cancelling And Cancellation Fees

Should you need to cancel your place in the retreat, contact the Retreat Registrar. Please give us AS MUCH NOTICE AS POSSIBLE, so that we can offer your place to another retreatant.

If you cancel prior to 4 weeks before the start of the retreat, you will receive a full refund, minus a $25 administration fee. If you cancel within 4 weeks of the start of the retreat, there will be no refund, unless we are able to fill your place from a waiting list. Fees and payments for a retreat cannot be transferred to another retreat nor to another person. No refund will be given if a retreatant leaves a retreat early or arrives late. In considering others waiting and hoping to attend, as well as yourself, please make a commitment to attend the whole retreat.

DANA for Retreat Teachers

The Dharma Teachings of wisdom and compassion are considered priceless, thus Teachers offer their understanding freely, as it has been done over centuries. Teachers give enormously of their time, energy and understanding, but do not receive any payment for leading retreats. The livelihood of most western Vipassana Teachers depends wholly, or to a large extent, on the generosity of retreatants who value their guidance and wish to support the ongoing teachings of the Dharma through this traditional system.

The teachers receive no payment for the time and energy they put in to leading retreats at Stowel Lake Farm, or at many of the retreat centers in the west. At each retreat, participants are given the opportunity to offer a voluntary financial contribution to the teachers, if they wish to support them in being able to offer the service they provide. This is called “dana”.