The Work of Byron Katie: Deepening Your Relationship to Self, Others and Community – A Residential Retreat

“Human interaction can be a great spiritual practice… or it can be hell. When you receive whoever comes into your life at this moment as a noble guest, when you allow each person to be who they are, they begin to change. You may meet yourself and them for the first time…” Byron Katie

You’re invited to join Kathy White and Surati Haarbrucker, Certified Facilitators of The Work, at Vancouver Island’s OUR Ecovillage for a full weekend of mindful inquiry. This fully immersive retreat will begin on May 17th at 7:00pm and end on May 20th at 4:00pm.*

*See below for detailed schedule

Your relationships are a mirror. A playground where you can learn to be vulnerable, honest and responsible; free from grudges and resentments. We offer you concrete tools to expand the possibilities in all your relationships.

Whether it’s your relationship with yourself, your family, your neighbours or your community, you can use those relationships to grow, develop and learn. Be free no matter who you are relating to.

You will use The Work of Byron Katie (Inquiry) to look into your relationships and question the stressful stories you are holding on to. We will guide you in Mindfulness Meditations and Inquiry to bring to the surface those beliefs that contribute to creating “hell” in your relationships. With an open mind, you may discover how you compromise your own happiness and freedom in the pursuit of pleasing others.

What stories stop you from living honestly and in your own integrity?

As facilitators, we use our skills to support you in learning practical and powerful tools that will benefit you for the rest of your life. Stretch and grow beyond limiting beliefs, and enhance your ability to lead a deeply fulfilling life, here and now.

Prerequisite: Please read “The Little Book” available as free download: Click here to download The Little Book PDF

Cost (without food and accomodation): $175 plus applicable taxes

Cost (with 3 catered meals a day, plus shared accomodation in dorm* and fresh linens): $367.87 plus applicable taxes

*Private Room accomodation or Camping options available at checkout

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The Work of Byron Katie is a simple yet powerful process of inquiry that teaches you to identify and question the thoughts that cause all your suffering. It’s a way to understand what’s hurting you, and to address the cause of your problems with clarity. In its most basic form, The Work consists of four questions and the turnarounds. Turnarounds are a  way of experiencing the opposite of what you believe. And so The Work can allow your mind to return to its true, awakened, peaceful, creative nature.

Byron Katie, a business woman from California “woke up” in 1986 after years of suffering from depression, self loathing and  constant thoughts of suicide. Her life changing realization was the discovery that when she believed her thoughts she suffered and when she didn’t believe them she didn’t suffer, and that this is true for every human being. She found that suffering is optional. She found a joy in herself that has never disappeared, and  has been sharing The Work with people all over the world ever since. She says “this joy is available to everyone.”

You can find out more with this guide to The Work


The Work Facilitator Kathy White

Kathy White is a Certified Facilitator of The Work and has been using The Work in her personal and professional life for over 19 years.  She teaches Yoga and works as an Art Psychotherapist and Business Coach. She recently moved to Vancouver Island from the ecovillage in Findhorn, Scotland where she was based for 23 years.

Surati Haarbrucker is a Certified Facilitator and Trainer for The Work of Byron Katie with a deep practice in inquiry for 10+ years and meditation for 30+ years. She enjoys working with individuals and groups around the world and continues to marvel at the transformative power of inquiry. She holds a degree as Teacher for Dance and Movement Therapy; Conflict Resolution; and as Life Skills Coach.


“I feel a shift in me after Kathy’s workshop and I want to go on with The Work.  I want to do another workshop.  This is really helpful to free me up and be more real and happy.”

Eveline Netherlands

“The Work is useful for my personal development, social skills, developing communication skills and self awareness. The technique helped me expand my perspective and worldview, it also provided healing of some past experiences.”
Jane London

“Kathy has helped me understand The Work. Helped me become more focused and I look forward to experiencing the world from a seemingly new perspective that was always there but I hadn’t really noticed.”
RJ Scotland

“It has now been just over a week since I attended Surati’s beautiful get-together to explore Byron Katie’s Work and dive into some deeply rooted issues of my own existence. When I first arrived I didn’t know what to expect, yet the loving atmosphere within the group of strangers – who later became greatly appreciated companions on a journey of self-inquiry – was almost imminent and set a comforting tone for the entire weekend. And now, after having spent some days exploring Katie’s Work on my own, I still feel this new sense of peace that has been with me since the workshop. My most sincere gratitude to all. Thank you.”

Maximilian Waid, Victoria B.C.

“I only give 5 stars when I have a life altering experience. I certainly did, although I only realize it now as my life is unfolding since last Wednesday. Surati is an extremely kind, loving, generous, insightful, discerning person. It is a joy and pleasure to work with her. Everyone should be so blessed.”  

Chahna, Vancouver


Friday, May 17: 
7:00pm – 9:30pm Retreat start and open public event  Saturday and Sunday: 7:30am – 8:00am Morning Walk8:00am – 9:00am  Breakfast9:30am – 12:30pm group in session12:30pm – 1:30pm Lunch break1:30pm – 5:00pm group in session5:30pm – 6:30pm dinner break7:30pm – 9:30pm group in session Monday:7:30am – 8:00am Morning Walk8:00am – 9:00am  Breakfast9:30am – 12:30pm group in session12:30pm – 1:30pm Lunch break1:30pm – 4:00pm group in sessionRetreat ends We request that anyone coming from off site would attend all group activities starting with Friday evening session and including the morning walk at 7:30am and the evening sessions. 

If you have any questions you can also contact

Kathy: Tel: 250 416 9916 or

Surati:  Tel: 604 317 7323

Cancellation Policy: All cancellations prior to 7 days of workshop must be submitted by email for 50% tuition refund. If your cancellation is received less than 7 days in advance of the workshop your payment is non-refundable, but transferable to other workshops run by Kathy and Surati. No refund if you do not send advance written notice of your cancellation, if you do not attend, or if you leave the workshop early. Please inquire with OURecovillage about food or accommodation refunds at

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