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.


Refresher Retreat Day: April 4th 2020

The Refresher Retreat Days are 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. They also provide an often much needed.... pause..... from the fast pace of city life. The day includes sitting and walking meditation, yoga, a heart meditation, and a period for Q+A at the end.

Date: April 4 2020
Time: 9:45am - 4pm
Location: 80 Dundas St. E. (John Frank Place)
Cost: OHIP covered with a valid OHIP card for those who have done a Minding Your Inner Monkey workshop
Register: Email


Creative Awakening Retreat: May 2-3 2020


Cost: A registration fee of $75 covers the venue rental and administrative costs. A donation of $75-$275 for the teachers is suggested. Limited scholarships are available for those who cannot afford the lowest ticket price. Donations of more are 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 given for everyone involved.

Dr. Shira Taylor: In addition to Dr. Taylor's medical work, she is an avid photographer and had her first photographic exhibition in 1998 at the age of 18.  She has won several photography contests and teaches the Light on Life Photography course which incorporates mindfulness and insight practices into creative photographic exploration. Her passion is using photography as a medium to see the world in afresh and to find the extraordinary beauty in the ordinariness of life.

You can see her photographic work at

Sister HaiAn (Ocean) is a fully ordained Buddhist nun and a writer.  She received her novice ordination from Thich Nhat Hanh 2012, Order of Interbeing ordination in 2014 and full Bhikkhuni ordination in 2016, training at Plum Village Monastery in France and Blue Cliff Monastery in New York State.  She left the monastery in 2018 and now lives independently.  She continues to hold the teachings of Plum Village as her core practice, blending them with Theravada practices, mystical Christianity, and social justice teachings.

Hai-An loves supporting people in practical and creative ways to develop mindfulness, compassion, and joy in daily life. She is a musician and a poet with a BFA in Theater and has written for Tricycle Magazine, the Mindful Living series at Buddhist Door Global, and the Mindfulness Bell.  She is an active member of the ARISE Sangha, dedicated to bringing racial justice to the forefront of the Plum Village community. 

You can read her writing at



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