Silent Meditation Retreat in Ontario (2, 5 or 7 nights)

Friday, September 8 – Friday, September 15, 2017

Celebrate Stillness

Sunflower

Whether you are in need of some space to think and reflect or are looking to nurture yourself in a spiritual and peaceful environment,
this silent retreat provides the setting to return to yourself.

In the stillness of silence you can reconnect with your inner wisdom and sort out the mental chatter of daily life, contemplate questions you may be avoiding or gain clarity of thought.

Taking a break from communication is a gift we give each other on retreat.  No need for small talk or wondering what to say.  The silence isn’t heavy and punishing, it’s welcome and light.

You will have the opportunity to meet other retreatants at the beginning of the retreat and we will go into the silence after dinner on the first day. 

Ways to communicate if necessary will be explained with the initial orientation session after arrival.

Do you wonder what the heck you do on a silent retreat – isn’t it boring?  Isn’t it difficult to be quiet? Yes, and no. 
With the silence comes clarity of thought, concentration and insights into motivation and attention.  Without distractions of communication, electronics and media you can focus on your own thoughts, become more self-aware and grow a little more, developing equanimity with all the background noise of the environment, other people, physical sensations.

  We will spend time with the following activities:

  • Meditate – sitting, walking, eating & working are all forms of meditation
  • Personal practice of movement such as yoga which is done in silence and without instructionforest valley - fall
  • Read spiritually uplifting books
  • Enjoy natural beauty  – walk from the Centre through forest trails
  • Connect with others in a deeper way – through shared experience without talking about it
  • Be nurtured by friendly staff and supportive teacher
  • Rest, recuperate and have time for reflection & napping
  • Enjoy delicious, organic vegetarian meals to nourish your body


    What are the benefits of being in silence?

  • Revitalize with fresh energy and deeply rest
  • Connect more deeply with your spiritual self, deepen or start your own practice
  • Access your own inner voice – gain insights and more clarity on life’s decisions, situations;
  • Spend time in nature and reconnect to the natural world
  • Clear blocks and open yourself up to greater creativity and inspiration.

    Morning_meditation.jpg 
    There is no religious focus on this retreat.  People from all paths and all walks of life come on retreat and benefit from the shared practice.  You could be Christian, Buddhist, Muslim, Hindu, Atheist, Agnostic or anything in between!  In silence we can recognize our similarities as beings of love, desiring peace.

    Private meetings are available with Liz during the retreat.  You will have a sign up sheet available to book a time that suits you. The meetings generally last from 20 to 30 minutes, and there are no formalities. You may bring a question you would like to share, or you may come just to be together in silence and see what comes up.

 

No experience is necessary.  The initial orientation session will provide an opportunity to ask any questions you may have and to explore various ways to sit comfortably using a chair, cushion etc.

Work meditation is a daily period of shared work to take care of the daily stuff of life:  washing dishes, preparing food, sweeping the floor, cleaning the washrooms, weeding the gardens.  As we take responsibility for a task. we have another opportunity to become more aware of our inner dialogue.

Retreat Schedule:

Friday arrival September 8th

5:30 pm     Dinner
7:00 – 9     Orientation, opening talk, & sitting
9:00     Tea & fruit

 

Other Days

6:30-7:30 am   Sitting
7:30-10:00   Breakfast, work meditation, and break
10:00-12:00 pm    sitting, walking and a talk by Liz
12:00-2:00    Lunch and break
2:00-4:30    Group inquiry followed by open exercise period
4:30-5:00    Sitting and private meetings
5:00-7:00    Dinner and break
7:00-8:00    Sitting
8:30    Tea and fruit

 

Departure Day – September 15th

Same morning schedule 6:30 – 9:30 am
9:30 – silence ends and group discussion
11am forest hike
12 pm   Lunch
Depart at your leisure or stay as long as you wish

   
   
   

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.

Facilitator

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

 

Registration Details

Date:
Friday, September 8, 2017 @ 3:30 pm – Friday, September 15, 2017 @ 12:00 pm
2017-09-08T15:30:00-04:00
2017-09-15T12:00:00-04:00
Cost:

This retreat allows for flexibility to suit your schedule

2 night stay:  Friday Sep 8 – 10  shared accommodation is $465 + HST
5 night stay:  Friday Sep 8 – 13 shared accommodation is $825 + HST
7 night stay:  Friday Sep 8 – 15 shared accommodation is $990 + HST

Private accommodation is available – please add $150 + HST.

 

Celebrate Stillness

Sunflower

Whether you are in need of some space to think and reflect or are looking to nurture yourself in a spiritual and peaceful environment,
this silent retreat provides the setting to return to yourself.

In the stillness of silence you can reconnect with your inner wisdom and sort out the mental chatter of daily life, contemplate questions you may be avoiding or gain clarity of thought.

Taking a break from communication is a gift we give each other on retreat.  No need for small talk or wondering what to say.  The silence isn’t heavy and punishing, it’s welcome and light.

You will have the opportunity to meet other retreatants at the beginning of the retreat and we will go into the silence after dinner on the first day. 

Ways to communicate if necessary will be explained with the initial orientation session after arrival.

Do you wonder what the heck you do on a silent retreat – isn’t it boring?  Isn’t it difficult to be quiet? Yes, and no. 
With the silence comes clarity of thought, concentration and insights into motivation and attention.  Without distractions of communication, electronics and media you can focus on your own thoughts, become more self-aware and grow a little more, developing equanimity with all the background noise of the environment, other people, physical sensations.

  We will spend time with the following activities:

  • Meditate – sitting, walking, eating & working are all forms of meditation
  • Personal practice of movement such as yoga which is done in silence and without instructionforest valley - fall
  • Read spiritually uplifting books
  • Enjoy natural beauty  – walk from the Centre through forest trails
  • Connect with others in a deeper way – through shared experience without talking about it
  • Be nurtured by friendly staff and supportive teacher
  • Rest, recuperate and have time for reflection & napping
  • Enjoy delicious, organic vegetarian meals to nourish your body


    What are the benefits of being in silence?

  • Revitalize with fresh energy and deeply rest
  • Connect more deeply with your spiritual self, deepen or start your own practice
  • Access your own inner voice – gain insights and more clarity on life’s decisions, situations;
  • Spend time in nature and reconnect to the natural world
  • Clear blocks and open yourself up to greater creativity and inspiration.

    Morning_meditation.jpg 
    There is no religious focus on this retreat.  People from all paths and all walks of life come on retreat and benefit from the shared practice.  You could be Christian, Buddhist, Muslim, Hindu, Atheist, Agnostic or anything in between!  In silence we can recognize our similarities as beings of love, desiring peace.

    Private meetings are available with Liz during the retreat.  You will have a sign up sheet available to book a time that suits you. The meetings generally last from 20 to 30 minutes, and there are no formalities. You may bring a question you would like to share, or you may come just to be together in silence and see what comes up.

 

No experience is necessary.  The initial orientation session will provide an opportunity to ask any questions you may have and to explore various ways to sit comfortably using a chair, cushion etc.

Work meditation is a daily period of shared work to take care of the daily stuff of life:  washing dishes, preparing food, sweeping the floor, cleaning the washrooms, weeding the gardens.  As we take responsibility for a task. we have another opportunity to become more aware of our inner dialogue.

Retreat Schedule:

Friday arrival September 8th

5:30 pm     Dinner
7:00 – 9     Orientation, opening talk, & sitting
9:00     Tea & fruit

 

Other Days

6:30-7:30 am   Sitting
7:30-10:00   Breakfast, work meditation, and break
10:00-12:00 pm    sitting, walking and a talk by Liz
12:00-2:00    Lunch and break
2:00-4:30    Group inquiry followed by open exercise period
4:30-5:00    Sitting and private meetings
5:00-7:00    Dinner and break
7:00-8:00    Sitting
8:30    Tea and fruit

 

Departure Day – September 15th

Same morning schedule 6:30 – 9:30 am
9:30 – silence ends and group discussion
11am forest hike
12 pm   Lunch
Depart at your leisure or stay as long as you wish