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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 skillful 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 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:

Emptiness with Sifu James Foo-Qi Gong Day Workshop

Wed, Oct 16






Mindfulness Meditation an Introduction 

Thurs, Oct 17







A Creative Journey: Meet Your Soulmate with Gaia Orion  

Tues, Oct 29





Weekend Meditation Getaways: 

Thanksgiving Yoga and Meditation Retreat with Liz Frost

Fri, Oct 11-Mon Oct 14, 2019

Mindfulness – Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Week Retreat

Sun, Oct 20 – Fri, Oct 25, 2019

Rebalance Weekend Retreat 

Fri Nov 1-Sun, Nov 3,2019


First Light Yoga and Meditation Retreat with Liz Frost

Nov 29 – Sun, Dec 1, 2019


First Light Yoga and Meditation Retreat with Liz Frost

Dec 6 – 8, 2019

Silent Meditation Retreat in Ontario (2 or 5 nights)

Sun, Dec 8 – Fri, Dec 13, 2019

Week Long Retreats

Longer 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

Winter Silent Meditation Retreat – 2 or 5 Nights
Sun, Dec 8 – Fri, Dec 13, 2019


Autumn Retreat with Yoga and Mediation–Escape the City!

Celebrate the stillness of Autumn! The Beauty of the colours as the trees prepare for winter!This retreat is an opportunity for you to create whatever you need. Park the car and just relax or venture out and explore the area. Take the time to enjoy the season!


Autumn Retreat with Yoga and Mediation 
Mon Sept 23- Fri Sept 27,2019


Reclaiming Your Self Reboot

This is a week to get on track with healthier habits for your body, mind and spirit and set goals for the rest of your life. This is a FEEL GREAT week!  We make healthy and delicious food, that your friends will want the recipes for!

Reclaiming Your Self Reboot Retreat
Sun, Sept 29- Fri, Oct 4, 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:

Mindfulness – Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Week Retreat
Sun, Oct 20 – Fri, Oct 25, 2019

Mindfulness – Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Week Retreat
Sun, Feb 2 – Fri, Feb 7, 2020


Liz Frost

Liz Frost

Liz 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.