Retreats, whether one day or several days, are a wonderful opportunity to step out of the fast pace of urban living and turn our attention inwards. Through periods of retreat, we begin to see more clearly the habitual thought and feeling patterns and distorted beliefs that we bring to our lives. This can help us to live more compassionately and consciously when we return to our busy schedules. Beyond this, through the silent practice of dwelling in present moment awareness, we may gain insight not only into our minds and lives but also into the fundamental nature of our being.


Online Half Day Retreat: 

The Online Half Day Silent Retreat is a wonderful way to reconnect with your practice if it has lapsed, and to go more deeply into your practice for those who are steady in their practice. It also provides an often much needed.... pause.... and opportunity to be with what you are experiencing during these tumultuous times. The retreat includes sitting and walking meditation, mindful movement and a period for Q+A at the end.

Date: TBA
Time: 2pm - 5pm
Location: Online
Cost: OHIP covered with a valid OHIP card for those who have done a Minding Your Inner Monkey workshop
Register: Email


Creative Awakening Retreat: August 7-9 2020

Suitable for beginners and experienced practitioners alike.   All are welcome.


- deepen your meditation practice
- find your voice through writing
- see the world differently
- find more creativity in your photography
- connect with others around a creative practice
- unblock areas of creative stuckness

SCHEDULE - Note all Times are in EST

Friday, August 7 - 7:30-9pm - Meditation and Welcome

Saturday, August 8 - 8-8:30am - Optional Meditation
9:30-12pm - Morning Workshop
Lunch Break and Rest
2-4:30pm - Afternoon Workshop
7:30-8:30pm - Meditation

Sunday, August 9 - 8-8:30am - Optional Meditation
9:30-12pm - Morning Workshop
Lunch Break and Rest
2-4:30pm - Afternoon Workshop and Closing

Dr Shira Taylor and Sister HaiAn will guide you on this journey of the heart - full bios below.

A donation of $150-$350 for the teachers is suggested with a Pay-What-You-Can option. Donations of more are also welcome.  We chose this system to honour the traditional system of generosity from Buddhist cultures call dana where teachings are offered freely and students support the teachers to be able to continue sharing the teachings.  Feel free to reach out to us if you'd like to learn more about this ancient practice designed to awaken the joy of giving for everyone involved.


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