Nov 22 2024 - Nov 24 2024

First Light Yoga and Meditation Retreat

Reconnect with yourself over this weekend retreat

Take 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.

Let this weekend be a gift to yourself

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.

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.

What to Expect this Weekend

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 moment to moment without needing to sit still to do it, taking mindfulness into daily living.

On Saturday evening we will enjoy drumming and storytelling at Sainte-Marie Among the Huron for the First Light Festival.


Friday November 22
Arrive and settle into your cabin
Introductions and dinner at 5:30
Gentle yoga followed by meditation
Saturday November 23
Breakfast & free time
Meditation - discussion & practice 
Guided Forest Hike (forest bathing) or sensory awareness workshop (weather dependent)
Restorative yoga - relax after the hike
Early Dinner
carpool to Sainte-Marie for the First Light Festival
Sunday November 24
Yoga class
Breakfast and free time
Sitting meditation & discussion
Lunch - You are welcome to stay and enjoy the trails, the ambience, and the new friends. Departing at your leisure.

Meet Your Facilitator

Jenny Jackson

Jenny Jackson has been immersed in Movement Education for more than 20 years. Jenny is a seeker of inner well-being, and she consciously aligns herself living with an open mind, an open heart and embodies joy & vitality which is reflected in her welcoming & inclusive style of instruction. She teaches with a strong anatomical influence while still deeply honouring the classical roots of yoga. Jenny believes that feeling vital and in harmony with others & within our own selves is the primary goal (in life and in our bodies), and practice should reflect this.

Book Your Retreat

Friday November 22
Sunday November 24
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From $565

This is a very popular retreat and is offered three weekends in a row!

Shared accommodation – up to 4 people sharing a cabin $565 + HST
Semi-private accommodation – 2 people share a cabin $645 + HST per person
Private accommodation – cabin all by yourself $825 + HST
Tuition includes accommodation, all meals & classes, admission to Sainte Marie and
a beautiful lantern to take home and celebrate First Light at home.

This retreat is also offered the weekends of November 24th – 26th and December 1st – 3rd.


Shared - Cabin will be shared with up to 3 other guests of the same gender. If you are booking for just yourself, depending on the retreat, we will match you with other guests of the same gender.

Semi-private - Cabin will be shared with the 1 other person you are registering with. If booking alone, we will try to match you with someone of the same gender.

Private - Cabin for one person, not sharing with others.

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The Centre

Welcome to Sugar Ridge! It is our mission to provide a space for you to be nourished in body, mind and soul. From completely silent to dip your toe, testing mindfulness, we have what you’re looking for!

22nd November: First Light Yoga and Meditation Retreat