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Silent Meditation Retreat with Jenny

Sunday, March 20 – Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Celebrate Stillness

Whether you are in need of some space to think and reflect or are looking to nurture yourself in a spiritual and peaceful environment, this silent retreat provides the setting to return to yourself.

 

In the stillness of silence you can reconnect with your inner wisdom and sort out the mental chatter of daily life, contemplate questions you may be avoiding or gain clarity of thought.

Taking a break from communication is a gift we give each other on retreat.  No need for small talk or wondering what to say.  The silence isn’t heavy and punishing, it’s welcome and light.

You will have the opportunity to meet other retreatants at the beginning of the retreat and we will go into the silence after dinner on the first day.

Ways to communicate if necessary will be explained with the initial orientation session after arrival.

Do you wonder what the heck you do on a silent retreat – isn’t it boring?  Isn’t it difficult to be quiet? Yes, and no. 
With the silence comes clarity of thought, concentration and insights into motivation and attention.  Without distractions of communication, electronics and media you can focus on your own thoughts, become more self-aware and grow a little more, developing equanimity with all the background noise of the environment, other people, physical sensations.

  We will spend time with the following activities:

  • Meditate – sitting, walking, eating & working are all forms of meditation
  • Personal practice of movement such as yoga which is done in silence and without instruction
  • Read spiritually uplifting books
  • Enjoy natural beauty  – walk from the Centre through forest trails
  • Connect with others in a deeper way – through shared experience without talking about it
  • Be nurtured by friendly staff and supportive teacher
  • Rest, recuperate and have time for reflection & napping
  • Enjoy delicious, organic vegetarian meals to nourish your body


    What are the benefits of being in silence?

  • Revitalize with fresh energy and deeply rest
  • Reduce stress 
  • Connect more deeply with your spiritual self, deepen or start your own practice
  • Access your own inner voice – gain insights and more clarity on life’s decisions, situations;
  • Spend time in nature and reconnect to the natural world
  • Clear blocks and open yourself up to greater creativity and inspiration.

    Morning_meditation.jpg 
    There is no religious focus on this retreat.  People from all paths and all walks of life come on retreat and benefit from the shared practice.  You could be Christian, Buddhist, Muslim, Hindu, Atheist, Agnostic or anything in between!  In silence we can recognize our similarities as beings of love, desiring peace.

    Private meetings are available with Jenny during the retreat.  You will have a sign up sheet available to book a time that suits you. The meetings generally last from 20 to 30 minutes, and there are no formalities. You may bring a question you would like to share, or you may come just to be together in silence and see what comes up.

 

No experience is necessary.  The initial orientation session will provide an opportunity to ask any questions you may have and to explore various ways to sit comfortably using a chair, cushion etc.

Work meditation is a daily period of shared work to take care of the daily stuff of life:  washing dishes, preparing food, sweeping the floor, cleaning the washrooms, shovelling snow.  As we take responsibility for a task. we have another opportunity to become more aware of our inner dialogue.

Retreat Schedule:

Sunday

3pm                arrival & settling in

4:30                optional gentle yoga (guided by Jenny)

6:00                dinner

7:00                introductions to one another & the program; sitting meditation

Monday & Tuesday

6:30am           sitting

7:30-10:00      breakfast/working meditation/ break

10:00-12         talk by Jenny & sit or walking meditation

12-2                lunch & break

2-4:30             group inquiry/ guided journalling/ open exercise

4:30-6             private sessions & free time

6:00                dinner

7:30               sitting

Wednesday

6:30-9:30am    same morning schedule

9:30                 silence ends and group discussion

11:00               forest hike

12:00              lunch & prepare for departure

Registration Details

DATE:
Sunday, March 20, 2022 @ 4:00 pm – Tuesday, March 23, 2022 @ 2:00 pm
COST:

Retreat Tuition includes 3 nights accommodation, all meals from Sunday dinner until Wednesday lunch and retreat classes

Shared accommodation $600 + HST
Semi-private (2 people in your cabin)  $725 + HST
Private accommodation $800 + HST

With social distancing protocols in place, you will need to book semi-private or private accommodation if you are attending as a single.  If you are coming with someone you can share with please book semi-private (2 ppl) or shared (3 – 4 ppl) accordingly.  Max group size will be determined by the gathering limits allowed at the time of the retreat.

For more information about our COVID-19 protocols click here.

If you have any questions please be in touch 866-609-1793 or email [email protected]

 

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 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.

 

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. Jenny finds her own sense of centering while mountain biking in the forest and enjoying her stand-up paddleboard. She is the founder of Body Balanced Wellness, which offers registered Yoga Teacher Training Programs, both online & in person.
 

 

 

 

Registration Details

Date:
Sunday, March 20, 2022 @ 3:00 pm – Wednesday, March 23, 2022 @ 2:00 pm
2022-03-20T15:00:00-04:00
2022-03-23T14:00:00-04:00

Celebrate Stillness

Whether you are in need of some space to think and reflect or are looking to nurture yourself in a spiritual and peaceful environment, this silent retreat provides the setting to return to yourself.

 

In the stillness of silence you can reconnect with your inner wisdom and sort out the mental chatter of daily life, contemplate questions you may be avoiding or gain clarity of thought.

Taking a break from communication is a gift we give each other on retreat.  No need for small talk or wondering what to say.  The silence isn’t heavy and punishing, it’s welcome and light.

You will have the opportunity to meet other retreatants at the beginning of the retreat and we will go into the silence after dinner on the first day.

Ways to communicate if necessary will be explained with the initial orientation session after arrival.

Do you wonder what the heck you do on a silent retreat – isn’t it boring?  Isn’t it difficult to be quiet? Yes, and no. 
With the silence comes clarity of thought, concentration and insights into motivation and attention.  Without distractions of communication, electronics and media you can focus on your own thoughts, become more self-aware and grow a little more, developing equanimity with all the background noise of the environment, other people, physical sensations.

  We will spend time with the following activities:

  • Meditate – sitting, walking, eating & working are all forms of meditation
  • Personal practice of movement such as yoga which is done in silence and without instruction
  • Read spiritually uplifting books
  • Enjoy natural beauty  – walk from the Centre through forest trails
  • Connect with others in a deeper way – through shared experience without talking about it
  • Be nurtured by friendly staff and supportive teacher
  • Rest, recuperate and have time for reflection & napping
  • Enjoy delicious, organic vegetarian meals to nourish your body


    What are the benefits of being in silence?

  • Revitalize with fresh energy and deeply rest
  • Reduce stress 
  • Connect more deeply with your spiritual self, deepen or start your own practice
  • Access your own inner voice – gain insights and more clarity on life’s decisions, situations;
  • Spend time in nature and reconnect to the natural world
  • Clear blocks and open yourself up to greater creativity and inspiration.

    Morning_meditation.jpg 
    There is no religious focus on this retreat.  People from all paths and all walks of life come on retreat and benefit from the shared practice.  You could be Christian, Buddhist, Muslim, Hindu, Atheist, Agnostic or anything in between!  In silence we can recognize our similarities as beings of love, desiring peace.

    Private meetings are available with Jenny during the retreat.  You will have a sign up sheet available to book a time that suits you. The meetings generally last from 20 to 30 minutes, and there are no formalities. You may bring a question you would like to share, or you may come just to be together in silence and see what comes up.

 

No experience is necessary.  The initial orientation session will provide an opportunity to ask any questions you may have and to explore various ways to sit comfortably using a chair, cushion etc.

Work meditation is a daily period of shared work to take care of the daily stuff of life:  washing dishes, preparing food, sweeping the floor, cleaning the washrooms, shovelling snow.  As we take responsibility for a task. we have another opportunity to become more aware of our inner dialogue.

Retreat Schedule:

Sunday

3pm                arrival & settling in

4:30                optional gentle yoga (guided by Jenny)

6:00                dinner

7:00                introductions to one another & the program; sitting meditation

Monday & Tuesday

6:30am           sitting

7:30-10:00      breakfast/working meditation/ break

10:00-12         talk by Jenny & sit or walking meditation

12-2                lunch & break

2-4:30             group inquiry/ guided journalling/ open exercise

4:30-6             private sessions & free time

6:00                dinner

7:30               sitting

Wednesday

6:30-9:30am    same morning schedule

9:30                 silence ends and group discussion

11:00               forest hike

12:00              lunch & prepare for departure

Registration Details

DATE:
Sunday, March 20, 2022 @ 4:00 pm – Tuesday, March 23, 2022 @ 2:00 pm
COST:

Retreat Tuition includes 3 nights accommodation, all meals from Sunday dinner until Wednesday lunch and retreat classes

Shared accommodation $600 + HST
Semi-private (2 people in your cabin)  $725 + HST
Private accommodation $800 + HST

With social distancing protocols in place, you will need to book semi-private or private accommodation if you are attending as a single.  If you are coming with someone you can share with please book semi-private (2 ppl) or shared (3 – 4 ppl) accordingly.  Max group size will be determined by the gathering limits allowed at the time of the retreat.

For more information about our COVID-19 protocols click here.

If you have any questions please be in touch 866-609-1793 or email [email protected]

 

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 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.

 

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. Jenny finds her own sense of centering while mountain biking in the forest and enjoying her stand-up paddleboard. She is the founder of Body Balanced Wellness, which offers registered Yoga Teacher Training Programs, both online & in person.