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Meditation Retreats

We host meditation retreats all year! 
From completely silent to dip your toe, testing mindfulness,
we have what you’re looking for!

At Sugar Ridge, quality time means me time.

A wise teacher, and a wise centre, needs to offer a whole range of skilful practices, because people come along at different stages of their inner development, with different temperaments, and with different sets of problems.
-Jack Kornfield

Mindfulness has a host of physical benefits, and it causes people to become nicer, improves mood and concentration, and find tp joy in the littlest of things in life.  Who doesn’t need more of that?

There are hundreds of meditation techniques and many ways to improve mindfulness as you go about your day to day activities.  No need to sit cross-legged on the floor or have your mind be a blank slate.  Our retreats offer a sampling of many techniques so that you can see what works for you and let go of the rest. 

We offer a variety of retreat schedules and formats so you can choose what will work for your schedule and your comfort.  Some people are nervous to be in silence and want a more social retreat, whereas others want extended silence to work through a deeper issue.  Both are valuable and you may find them helpful at different times.

The following list of retreats categorizes them by type of retreat, length of stay and retreat content.

One day meditation workshops: a longer getaway isn’t always possible, so we offer day-long workshops.  Usually, from 9 – 4ish and includes a yummy lunch.  Here’s a list of those that have a focus on mindfulness and meditation:

Mindfulness Meditation:  an Introduction with Liz Frost  October 10, 2018
Mindfulness Meditation:  A Day of Silence November 28, 2018
Mindfulness Meditation:  an Introduction with Liz Frost  January 16, 2019
Mindfulness Meditation:  A Day of Silence  February 13, 2019

Weekend Meditation Getaways: 
Thanksgiving Yoga and Meditation long weekend October 5 – 8, 2018
First Light Yoga and Meditation November 23 – 25, Nov 30 – Dec 2, and Dec 7 – 9, 2018

Week Long Retreats offer a deeper immersion into practice. Silent Week long retreats are held in September, December and over Easter every year.  Choose from 2 – 7 nights stay.  Everyone starts together at the beginning of the retreat and you leave after 2, 5 or 7 nights as you wish.  Being in silence isn’t oppressive, it’s a gift we give to ourselves and to each other.  Having precious time to think and reflect is a wonderful gift to yourself.  The schedule is the same every day, allowing you to rest into the format and observe yourself as you move through the day.  Noticing your reactions to moments can be fascinating, and it’s an opportunity for growth.  As you notice your reactions you build self-awareness.

Upcoming Silent Retreats dates are: December 9 – 16, 2018
                                                              April 18 – 25, 2019
                                                              September 6 – 13, 2019
                                                              December 13 – 20, 2019
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction is a wonderful introduction to using meditation as a stress reduction technique.  We offer it as a week-long intensive program.   Side effects include inner peace, ditching stress, personal growth, mental calmness and improvement with mood.  This week is offered three times a year with upcoming dates of:
October 14 – 19, 2018, February 3 – 8, 2019, July 21 – 26, 2019 and October 20 – 25, 2019

Facilitator:

Liz FrostLiz Frost, founder of Sugar Ridge shares mindfulness in every retreat she facilitates. Some have a bit more formal practice than others.  Often outdoor or offsite activities are included depending on the season or theme of the retreat.  Yoga is taught as a form of meditation, getting in tune with the physical body and noticing connections between emotion and mental states.  

 

Featured Guest Facilitators:

Jeff Warren facilitates an eclectic mix of mindfulness techniques moving in and out of silence through this 4 day, 3-night retreat.  December 20 -23, 2018

David Hickey and Liz Frost team up for a Mindful New Year’s Retreat December 30 – January 1, 2019