First Light Yoga and Meditation Retreat

Friday, December 2 – Sunday, December 4, 2022

Reconnect with yourself over this weekend retreat.

Yellow Leaf Tree in FallTake 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.

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

On Saturday evening we will enjoy drumming and storytelling with local First Nations drummers on site at Sugar Ridge.

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.

Please note: The scheduled visit to Sainte Marie will depend on gathering restrictions at that time. 

Schedule

FridayFirst Light Drum Circle

3 – 5 pm         Arrive and settle into your cabin
5 – 5:30          Introductions and dinner at 5:30
7:00               Gentle yoga followed by meditation
                       
Saturday

7:30             Yoga
9:00             Breakfast & free time
10:30           Meditation – discussion & practice 
12:30           Lunch
2:00             Guided Forest Hike (forest bathing) or sensory awareness workshop (weather dependent)
3:30             Gentle Yoga
5:30             Dinner
7:00             Drumming and story telling on site at 7 pmCandlelit Niche

Sunday

7:30 am          Yoga class
8:45                Breakfast and free time to pack up your cabin
10:30              Sitting meditation & discussion
12:00 pm        Lunch

You are welcome to stay and enjoy the trails, the ambiance, the new friends.
Depart at your leisure

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.

 

 

Registration Details

Date:
Friday, December 2, 2022 @ 3:30 pm – Sunday, December 4, 2022 @ 2:00 pm
2022-12-02T15:30:00-05:00
2022-12-04T14:00:00-05:00
Cost:

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  Nov 19 – 21 and Nov 26 – 28.

Meet your Facilitator

Meet Your Facilitator


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 to live 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.

Expect well-planned, responsible, creative & intuitive instruction within Jenny’s classes and retreats. Trust that your needs will be supported and a sense of inclusion & community will always be a focus. Jenny takes her offerings (but not herself) very seriously, so you can relax and be yourself as she leads with humour and vulnerability.

Jenny is a certified and experienced schoolteacher, yoga teacher, personal trainer, group fitness coach, and Health & Wellness coach. She is the founder of Body Balanced Wellness, which offers registered Yoga Teacher Training Programs, both online & in person.
Other Details:

Call us for more information or to register 866-609-1793 or email [email protected]

Reconnect with yourself over this weekend retreat.

Yellow Leaf Tree in FallTake 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.

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

On Saturday evening we will enjoy drumming and storytelling with local First Nations drummers on site at Sugar Ridge.

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.

Please note: The scheduled visit to Sainte Marie will depend on gathering restrictions at that time. 

Schedule

FridayFirst Light Drum Circle

3 – 5 pm         Arrive and settle into your cabin
5 – 5:30          Introductions and dinner at 5:30
7:00               Gentle yoga followed by meditation
                       
Saturday

7:30             Yoga
9:00             Breakfast & free time
10:30           Meditation – discussion & practice 
12:30           Lunch
2:00             Guided Forest Hike (forest bathing) or sensory awareness workshop (weather dependent)
3:30             Gentle Yoga
5:30             Dinner
7:00             Drumming and story telling on site at 7 pmCandlelit Niche

Sunday

7:30 am          Yoga class
8:45                Breakfast and free time to pack up your cabin
10:30              Sitting meditation & discussion
12:00 pm        Lunch

You are welcome to stay and enjoy the trails, the ambiance, the new friends.
Depart at your leisure

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.