Past Retreat / Event

First Light Yoga and Meditation Retreat with Liz Frost

Friday, December 1 – Sunday, December 3, 2017

Reconnect with yourself over this weekend retreat.

Yellow Leaf Tree in FallTake time just for you, lose some stress, you can feel more centered and able to deal with whatever life presents. Just being in the Sugar Ridge environment is a peaceful experience.

Listen to the birds, the breeze, feel your heartbeat, your breath. Enjoy whole foods and nourish your soul at the same time.

Throughout the weekend you are invited to explore various forms of mindfulness meditations (vipassana) including sitting, walking and eating as well as mindful movement through yoga, keeping in mind that everything is optional. The word Vipassana means seeing things as they really are. It is the process of self- purification by self-observation. Basically we cultivate the ability to pay attention, while knowing that we’re paying attention. We begin by observing the natural breath to concentrate the mind. With a sharpened awareness we proceed to observe the changing nature of body and mind and the environment we’re in. Ideally we cultivate the ability to pay attention without needing to sit still to do it, taking mindfulness into daily living.

On Saturday evening our meditation will be drumming in the long house of Sainte Marie during the First Light festival.  After enjoying the long house, explore the rest of the grounds, find unique Christmas gifts with the artisans on site and enjoy herbal tea or hot chocolate by the outdoor fires.  Thousands of candles light the grounds and it’s a beautiful space to walk through mindfully.

No experience is necessary and this retreat is perfect if you’re curious about meditation but not sure how to start or what to expect.

Everything over the weekend is completely optional. If you need to sleep in then skip the early morning yoga session. If a massage is the nurturing you need, we can book that for you. Allow this weekend to be the kindest gift you could ever give yourself and honour your needs.

Schedule

FridayFirst Light Drum Circle

3 – 5 pm         arrive and settle into your cabin
5 – 5:30pm     introductions and dinner at 5:30
7:00 pm         Gentle yoga
8:30 pm         Meditation
                       
Saturday

7:30             Yoga
9:00             breakfast & free time
10:30           meditation – discussion & practice of mindfulness practices
12:30           Lunch
2:00             Guided Forest Hike or sensory awareness workshop
3:30             Gentle Yoga
5:00             early dinner
6:00             head over to Sainte Marie Among the Hurons for First Light celebrations – long house drumming meditationCandlelit Niche

Sunday

7:30                yoga class
8:45                breakfast and free time
11am              sitting meditation & discussion
12:30pm         lunch

You are welcome to stay and enjoy the trails, the ambiance, the new friends.Depart at your leisure

This retreat is perfect for you even if you have physical limitations to movement, little or no meditation or yoga experience. Beginners will discover how to sit comfortably and experienced practitioners can deepen their practice. No need to sit on the floor if that’s not comfortable – chairs are always available.

 

Liz FrostLiz Frost M.A. Ed, is a mindfulness coach, certified yoga teacher and psychotherapist in the Midland area. She has studied with Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli of the Centre for Mindfulness, Norman Feldman, Lee Lesser and most recently with Shinzen Young.

Liz began her yoga journey as a form of meditation, having found meditation before yoga, and she incorporates mindfulness into yoga practice. She is co-owner of Sugar Ridge and devotes her time and energy to making the world a more peaceful place.

 

Location

The Sugar Ridge Retreat Centre was created to provide a place for people to reconnect with a part of themselves that may be neglected or hidden, to connect with others or just getaway and have some fun! Whether you seek a much needed R&R break, a getaway from kids and family, romance, or a deeper spiritual connection, we will cater to your needs to make your visit a memorable experience. Read more about us or book your own retreat.

Registration Details

Date:
Friday, December 1, 2017 @ 3:30 pm – Sunday, December 3, 2017 @ 1:30 pm
2017-12-01T15:30:00-05:00
2017-12-03T13:30:00-05:00
Cost:

We have had guests switch to one of the other First Light retreat weekends which means we have a few shared spaces available for this weekend!  Contact us now to book!

There is space available for the weekend of December 8 – 10.

$445 + HST for 2 nights
Includes shared accommodation, all meals & classes, admission to Sainte Marie and a beautiful lantern to take home and celebrate First Light at home!

Private cabin (one person) – please add $175 + HST
Semi-private (2 ppl in your cabin) – please add $75 + HST per person

You can call Liz to discuss payment options using an e-transfer or personal cheque.

Other Details:

Register with a friend and each receive $30 off. Call Liz to take advantage of this deal.

Call Liz for more information or to register 866-609-1793 or email liz@sugarridge.ca

Reconnect with yourself over this weekend retreat.

Yellow Leaf Tree in FallTake time just for you, lose some stress, you can feel more centered and able to deal with whatever life presents. Just being in the Sugar Ridge environment is a peaceful experience.

Listen to the birds, the breeze, feel your heartbeat, your breath. Enjoy whole foods and nourish your soul at the same time.

Throughout the weekend you are invited to explore various forms of mindfulness meditations (vipassana) including sitting, walking and eating as well as mindful movement through yoga, keeping in mind that everything is optional. The word Vipassana means seeing things as they really are. It is the process of self- purification by self-observation. Basically we cultivate the ability to pay attention, while knowing that we’re paying attention. We begin by observing the natural breath to concentrate the mind. With a sharpened awareness we proceed to observe the changing nature of body and mind and the environment we’re in. Ideally we cultivate the ability to pay attention without needing to sit still to do it, taking mindfulness into daily living.

On Saturday evening our meditation will be drumming in the long house of Sainte Marie during the First Light festival.  After enjoying the long house, explore the rest of the grounds, find unique Christmas gifts with the artisans on site and enjoy herbal tea or hot chocolate by the outdoor fires.  Thousands of candles light the grounds and it’s a beautiful space to walk through mindfully.

No experience is necessary and this retreat is perfect if you’re curious about meditation but not sure how to start or what to expect.

Everything over the weekend is completely optional. If you need to sleep in then skip the early morning yoga session. If a massage is the nurturing you need, we can book that for you. Allow this weekend to be the kindest gift you could ever give yourself and honour your needs.

Schedule

FridayFirst Light Drum Circle

3 – 5 pm         arrive and settle into your cabin
5 – 5:30pm     introductions and dinner at 5:30
7:00 pm         Gentle yoga
8:30 pm         Meditation
                       
Saturday

7:30             Yoga
9:00             breakfast & free time
10:30           meditation – discussion & practice of mindfulness practices
12:30           Lunch
2:00             Guided Forest Hike or sensory awareness workshop
3:30             Gentle Yoga
5:00             early dinner
6:00             head over to Sainte Marie Among the Hurons for First Light celebrations – long house drumming meditationCandlelit Niche

Sunday

7:30                yoga class
8:45                breakfast and free time
11am              sitting meditation & discussion
12:30pm         lunch

You are welcome to stay and enjoy the trails, the ambiance, the new friends.Depart at your leisure

This retreat is perfect for you even if you have physical limitations to movement, little or no meditation or yoga experience. Beginners will discover how to sit comfortably and experienced practitioners can deepen their practice. No need to sit on the floor if that’s not comfortable – chairs are always available.

 

Liz FrostLiz Frost M.A. Ed, is a mindfulness coach, certified yoga teacher and psychotherapist in the Midland area. She has studied with Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli of the Centre for Mindfulness, Norman Feldman, Lee Lesser and most recently with Shinzen Young.

Liz began her yoga journey as a form of meditation, having found meditation before yoga, and she incorporates mindfulness into yoga practice. She is co-owner of Sugar Ridge and devotes her time and energy to making the world a more peaceful place.