Barry H. Gillespie

Barry Gillespie lived and taught in Ottawa for 26 years. He was a co-owner of Santosha Yoga from when it was founded in the 90’s until he moved to Boulder, Colorado in 2004. He was introduced to formal meditation practice in 1978, through the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Ashram.
In 2003 he began exploring Theravada Buddhist practice, sitting many long retreats at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA and Spirit Rock in Woodacre, CA. His principal teacher is Guy Armstrong. He is an affiliated teacher with the Insight Meditation Community of Colorado.

He teaches because he loves to share Buddha Dhamma with others. The more people there are living mindfully, the better the world will be.


“I love teaching at the Galilee Centre. It is quiet, peaceful, out in nature; perfect for a meditation retreat.”

Breakfast N’ Learn

Breakfast N’ Learn – both a social and education program offered by Arnprior-Braeside-McNab Seniors at Home Program Inc. (ABMSH).
Takes place the fourth Wednesday of each month (no program for August and December).
Features a full buffet style breakfast for $6.00 at 9:00am followed by a guest speaker at 9:30am (topics vary but are related to the needs of Seniors).
Open to those age 55 and over.
Advanced registration is required by contacting ABMSH 613-623-7981 the Monday prior to the Wednesday date.
Payment required morning of.
The Breakfast N’ Learn is hosted by ABMSH, sponsored by Tierney Stauffer LLP, Arnprior and held at the Galilee Centre, John Street, Arnprior.
More information: Liz Wall, Development Coordinator – 613-623-7981 or


Arnprior-Braeside-McNab Seniors at Home has been hosting their Breakfast N’ Learn program close to two years at the Galilee Centre. The word ‘hospitality’ may not come close enough to best describe the professional and caring service we receive. Not just myself, as the coordinator of the program, but the clients we serve as well. The hospitality could not be any better from my first point of contact with Debbie to book the dates, times and special requirements; to Alan, as he greets each visitor upon arriving and making all individuals feel welcome; to Mickey, Ellie, Bridget and Katherine, who together serve up a delicious hot breakfast each time.
Each member of the Galilee staff greet and treat each of us like family. Even while parking our vehicles we feel the personalized service as Daryl is always quick to offer up a smile and his assistance.

Thank you everyone for all you do. It is most appreciated.
Liz Wall, Development Coordinator

Interfaith Christian Women’s Fellowship

Women from the Upper Ottawa Valley began meeting for a period of springtime fellowship more than 30 years ago. The program allows time to relax, share laughter and song, meet new and old friends and to learn more about some aspect of living a Christian life. Women of all ages are welcome, the structure is informal, the meals nourishing and delicious, and the fellowship continuous throughout the weekend.


The Galilee Centre, anchored by its Georgian style house with the addition of modern facilities, is a perfect place for communities large and small to come together.
Just walking among the giant trees in the grounds brings tranquility to your soul. There is a strong spiritual aura there.
M. Barry

I have felt comfortable, welcomed, relaxed and refreshed while at both of the retreats I’ve made with this group, and I look forward to future retreats. Each time gives me renewed fervour and understanding of “Faith” and all its Blessings. It is also a re-affirmation of how well warm and fervent Christians interact with each other, in prayerful reflection, and as a general rule, in Faith and in Fun.
D. McDonald

What I found at the Galilee Centre were women who welcomed me with open arms.
No one was preaching to me, that was what I was afraid of. The accommodations were reminiscent of an old college dorm and food was super delicious. I have gone now for two years and am looking forward to my third year.
L. Deschamps

Ottawa Mindfulness Clinic

Since 2003, the OMC has provided Mindfulness-based Symptom Management and Mindful Self-Compassion programs in the Ottawa Region designed to help ease the distress of psychological difficulties.

It’s mission is to make available ways to cultivate and sustain mindfulness skills which are the foundation of compassion for self and others.
It’s vision is that when we develop clarity about our core values, we are better able to meet our needs and, in turn, more available to connect with others with compassion and intimacy.


The OMC has been the beneficiary of the beautiful surroundings and supportive staff of Galilee Centre for our annual silent retreat. Our retreats have been a deeply healing process for retreatants because of the quality of care and attention they receive. Most of our retreatants are new to silent retreats and usually arrive feeling tentative about the weekend. The gentleness of the greeters, kitchen staff, and managers is reassuring to them and so necessary for a newcomer to practice. More seasoned retreatants come to replenish themselves in the beautiful landscape and the steadiness of the staff. Whether it is for the annual weekend retreat or longer 5-day sessions, we at the OMC are deeply committed to keeping Galilee as the place to cultivate our practices of mindfulness and compassion

Retreats for healing after abortion for women & men

For the past number of years, Galilee Centre has sensitively hosted weekend retreats twice yearly for healing for women and men touched by abortion.
These confidential retreats are a beautiful opportunity for any person who has struggled with the emotional or spiritual pain of abortion.
The weekend is a chance to get away from daily pressures to focus on the buried emotions of the past in light of present symptoms and to begin healing through a supportive trauma sensitive process, that is designed to help you experience the mercy and compassion of God.


Galilee is an ideal place for this life changing retreat. We were immersed in beauty – the view, the forest, peaceful, private, relaxing. The food was wonderful, the bedroom had everything I needed..

True North Insight / Voie boréale

True North Insight (TNI) is a charitable organization offering a full schedule of Buddhist insight (vipassana) meditation retreats and courses in English and French. The vision of True North Insight sees peace, well-being and liberation of heart and mind as innate in all people, no one excluded; our service is to support the inner realization and the outer expression of this reality.


True North Insight loves holding its retreats at Galilee Centre. The grounds are beautiful, the accommodations are clean, and the staff is always welcoming and supportive. The contemplative atmosphere of Galilee is a perfect fit for our meditation retreats, and our participants always say they feel like they are coming home when they arrive at Galilee.