Be Ceremonial

Legacy Planning Retreat

Live Your Values. Define Your Wishes. Create Your Legacy. 
Whistler, BC
May 10-12th 2024

What To Expect

Join Megan Sheldon (Be Ceremonial), Christa Ovenell (Death's Apprentice) and Sheryl MacKay (CBC's NXNW) as we curate a weekend retreat designed to explore our stories, our values and our legacy.

Whether you're curious about end-of-life topics, a care provider for others, or contemplating your own mortality, this retreat is for you. We will create a warm and supportive setting to approach these conversations with care and compassion, giving you the tools you need to create your own legacy while you're still living.

Who are your hosts?

This retreat is co-hosted by Megan Sheldon (Be Ceremonial) and Christa Ovenell (Death's Apprentice), who have thoughtfully designed the entire experience. We will be joined by Sheryl MacKay (CBC's NXNW) who will guide us in conversations surrounding storytelling and legacy in our lives and in our deaths. We will offer movement activities, art projects, mindfulness practices, and community rituals to connect us.

Where is the retreat?

This three day retreat will be held at The Brew Creek Centre, 1.5 hours from Vancouver, BC. Our home for the weekend is a secluded sanctuary on a 20-acre private property ~ an oasis of rainforest, fresh water, and meandering contemplation paths. The lodge is cozy, the rooms are luxurious, and the food will be thoughtfully prepared by a five star chef. The gathering space is designed to hold us as a community and the natural surroundings will inspire connections of all kinds.

What can I expect?

While we'll be exploring end-of-life topics, this weekend is focused on the life we're leading and the legacy we want to leave behind. We'll explore the importance of ceremony and ritual, both in life and in death, and we'll guide you through different conversations that cover a range of end-of-life topics. There will be lots of time to connect with yourself, with each other, and with the natural world.

An Overview

This retreat will offer you a container to ask questions, consider ideas, and connect with your legacy in a thoughtful and meaningful way. Together, we will learn about the importance of ritual and ceremony, the details of holistic advance care planning, and the things we all need to consider before we die. This retreat will nourish your mind, body and soul, leaving you feeling restored and replenished so that you can create and live your legacy.


The all-inclusive cost for the 3 day retreat is $1250 CAD for a shared suite and $1450 CAD for a private suite. This includes two nights accommodation, six delicious vegetarian meals, snacks, workshop supplies and more. This does not include travel to and from Brew Creek Centre. We have a few scholarships to offer, if finances are challenging. *See below for cancellation policy.


Nestled into the forest, Brew North offers 12 new loft-style double suites that have one ground level bedroom with a king-sized bed and one bedroom upstairs with a double bed. These rooms are perfect for groups that want shared accommodation with separate beds, allowing for privacy and luxury. There are also a limited number of private cottages available.

The Space

The Brew Creek Centre holds many unique spaces, including the main lodge and dining area, west coast modern cottages, a meditation hut, a green house, and 20 acres of forested property for our exclusive use and enjoyment. The grounds will inspire you with moments of awe and gratitude. We host our workshops in The Gathering, a breathtaking space with a vaulted post-and-beam ceiling, hushed acoustics and forest backdrop.


We'll have a phenomenal caterer on site, harvesting vegetables from the Brew Creek garden and green house and preparing our vegetarian meals. We can accommodate most dietary needs when given advanced notice. Meals include Friday dinner, Saturday all meals, and Sunday breakfast and lunch. There will be light snacks throughout the day.

Schedule of Events

We ask that everyone joining plan to arrive by 3pm on Friday, November 10th. We will begin our Opening Circle at 4pm, followed by dinner and rituals to release what we each need to let go of. We will spend Saturday in conversations, workshops and in nature, expanding the role of ritual in our own lives. We will hold our closing ceremony on Sunday with plans to leave the grounds by 3pm.

Guided Conversations

We will have different facilitators offering guided conversations surrounding topics such as telling your story, holistic advance care planning, planning your own funeral, and the role of ritual in legacy keeping.

Retreat Application

*Cancellation Policy

Due to the limited number of spaces available and the financial commitments incurred to book the lodge and caterer, we cannot make any exceptions to this no-refund policy, not even for personal emergencies. We recommend that you take out travel insurance to protect yourself against illness, emergencies and changes in your circumstances. In the unfortunate event you are unable to attend the retreat you may transfer your place to a friend, subject to our prior approval of the transfer. If we have to cancel the retreat, we will do our best to reschedule. If you cannot attend the new date, we will provide a refund, less a $100 administration fee.