Jan 12 2024 - Jan 14 2024

Welcoming Winter: Mindfulness Meditation Weekend Retreat

Dive into Mindfulness!

Join this weekend to deepen your meditation practice or begin one. The stillness of winter, surrounded by snowy forest is a perfect time to delve within.

This retreat covers the complete course detailed in the book, Toronto Method Mindfulness Handbook: Six Lessons in Embodied and Compassionate Meditation by Ari Kaplan, and you will be led by the autour himself.

You will learn theory and practices to balance present-moment awareness with self-compassion, be able to notice embodied bias and conditioning, and learn practical tools to alleviate suffering and improve relationships.

No one can juggle everything without dropping a ball occasionally.  This getaway lets you rest from the stress of all that you do and allow yourself to be nurtured.

This weekend escape is an opportunity to take a break and recharge.  If you’re busy taking care of everyone else, you need time to yourself to step away and rest, reboot your system and take a couple days to think of no one but yourself.  Winter is time to get quieter, reflect, and germinate.

Connect to Peace Within

This time away from routine is an opportunity to connect to peace within through gentle healing yoga, mindful breathing, and meditation practices.  You’ll have opportunities for self-reflection and quiet connection with others. Lunch Saturday will be offered in silence to deepen your connection within.


A variety of classes are offered but they’re all optional.  Participate in whatever you feel like, sleep in if you want, or book a massage.  Let this be time just for you!

If you are a lawyer and attend all sessions with Ari, you will receive 3 CPD hours inclusive of EDI.


No experience with yoga or meditation is required. All levels of physical ability are welcome.


Friday, January 12
Arrive and settle in to your cabin
5:00 pm
Introductions, Review the retreat agenda, and opening talk with Ari
6:00 pm
7:30 pm
Sowing Seeds of Mindfulness + Deep Guided Relaxation (Yoga Nidra)
Saturday, January 13
7:30 am
Gentle Hatha Yoga - optional - sleep in if that suits you better!
9:00 am
10:00 am
Guided practices with Ari: Celebrating Your Festival of Emotion + The Valence Paradox
12:30 pm
Lunch – Mindful Eating in Silence
Free time to nap, read, book a massage
4:30 pm
Trauma-sensitive mindfulness practices (optional)
6:00 pm
7:00 pm
Q & A & open discussion
Sunday, January 14
7:30 am
Gentle Yoga
9:00 am
Breakfast & pack up your cabin
10:30 am
Mindfulness practice: Natural Awareness + Retreat closing circle
12:00 pm
Depart at your leisure or stay and enjoy the stillness of winter a bit longer.

Meet Your Facilitator

Ari Kaplan

Ari Kaplan is a lawyer and dispute mediator pursuing a PhD in law and emotion at Western University. He is a certified mindfulness meditation teacher trained by Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield. He is the creator of the course and author of the book Toronto Method Mindfulness Handbook: Six Lessons in Embodied and Compassionate Meditation. This course is accredited by the Law Society of Ontario for three CPD hours inclusive of EDI. visit torontomethodmindfulness.com for more information

Book Your Retreat

Friday January 12
Sunday January 14
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Tuition rates are per person and include all meals, classes, a copy of Ari’s book, and the accommodation you choose:

$575 + HST for shared accommodation (up to 4 people of the same gender in a cabin)

$645 + HST Semi-private (just 2 people in your room – some cabins have 2 rooms)

$835 + HST Private cabin (just you in a room – some cabins have 2 rooms)

For help to register, or answers to questions, give us a call 866-609-1793 or email [email protected]


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.

Book now

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!

Please Note: This Retreat has now finished. See our upcoming retreats here.