Covid-19 Update

We are pleased to begin to open but continue to follow the BC health guidelines regarding Covid-19.


As of July 1, 2021, we have returned to full occupancy of The Lodge and The Hermitage cabins. The health guidelines recommend masks in public indoor settings and careful social contact. If you haven’t been vaccinated please continue to wear a mask. If you are feeling unwell, have been in contact with a COVID positive person in the last 14 days, or have travelled outside of Canada please wait before coming. Rivendell is not a place for quarantine or self isolation.


A New Vision for The Rivendell Way

Though we have not been able to welcome as many as usual during this pandemic, the community of Rivendell has not been dormant. We set our intentions to discover the evolving retreat needs and spiritual longings of the past, present and future retreatants. We have discovered the Spirit is breathing something beautiful into being that we would like to share.

The visioning process led us to clarify our purpose outlined in the document Making a New Thing which you can read here.

there is an invitation and an adaptation

You are invited to become a part of this vision as a Friend of Rivendell, remaining connected to the community and partnering with us contributing to our work in the world.

The adaptation will include increased offerings of Rivendell programs. We will continue to offer space for individual retreats however it will impact the number of group retreats that we will be able to accommodate at the Lodge.

We look forward to journeying with you into this new vision.



Rivendell Retreat is...                          

a place of peace and quiet away from the noise, distractions and pressures of the city, with magnificent views of mountains, forests and seas... 

a sanctuary with a network of trails that offer the opportunity for discovering  new intimacy with God while exploring forest
paths and the wonders of creation…

located on 6 1/2 acres atop Cates Hill on Bowen Island; a short ferry ride from Horseshoe Bay and West Vancouver...

hosted by a volunteer Christian community, rooted in the gospel values of Jesus and the practiced traditions of prayer, silence, simplicity and hospitality.  Rivendell offers a welcome to small groups and individuals who are seeking spiritual renewal, respite and growth, and is accessible to people with limited resources and special needs.