Until such time as we can meet again in person, all retreats will be online. If you would like to join the next in-person retreat (July 2021), please see below.
Bringing Mindfulness Home: A Virtual Meditation Retreat: July 10-12, 2020
The goal of meditation isn’t to be good at meditation. We practice meditation so we can have tools to support us when we really need them. And right now, we really need them!
This three-day retreat will offer opportunities for participants to deepen their practice, integrate mindful awareness into their daily lives, and cultivate tools to stay balanced, brave, and compassionate amid so much uncertainty, anxiety, struggle, and change.
- There will be four daily sessions. Each approximately one hour.
- All sessions will be recorded.
- Sits will generally be about 30-45 minutes and will be lightly guided.
- After each sit, there will be time for questions, checkins, and/or discussion.
- Once the retreat is over, every participant will have an opportunity for a 20-30 minute one-on-one checkin with one of the teachers.
Schedule (all times are in PST)
- Opening Session/Introduction and Orientation: Thursday July 9th, 5:00 – 6:30pm Intro and orientation
- Three Days of Practice: Friday July 10, Saturday July 11 and Sunday July 12th.
- Session Times Each Day: 7:00am-8:00am , 9:00am-10:30am 1:00-2:30pm , 7:00-8pm
$250 CDN /$200 USD. Scholarships are available if this is a barrier. Please inquire with Christine at email@example.com for more details. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Please inquire.
How to Pay
For Our Canadian Friends: The preferred method of payment for Canadians is Interac/e-transfer to the email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. The security question/answer required is: What month is the retreat? Answer: July
For Our American Friends: You can pay with Venmo @Enrique-Collazo
Nourishing and Letting Go : A 5-day Mindfulness Retreat
Welcome to the Nourishing and Letting Go Mindfulness retreat. This intimate retreat is designed to offer space to reconnect with ourselves, train our minds, and open our hearts to our own care and needs. We have chosen a particularly lovely setting with incredible food, comfortable accommodations (each with its own bathroom), and a quiet, unplugged natural setting in order to allow participants to feel cared for and pampered.
The retreat will focus on silent meditation practice (including sitting, walking, and eating) as well as relational mindfulness and workshops to explore our own stories, richness, and how to release what might be getting in the way of our self-compassion and freedom. We will lean heavily on restorative justice practices with lots of opportunity for personal reflection and movement as well as connection to self, others, and nature. The chef will be preparing delicious, healthy, food so we all feel truly nourished. The maximum number of participants for the retreat is 28 so everyone feels seen and heard and has plenty of opportunity to work closely with the teachers.
Nestled within 145 rolling acres set along the picturesque Ghost River, the retreat location offers plenty of opportunity to savour this traditional territory of the Blackfoot Indigenous people.. Venture down to the riverside and try your hand at fly fishing, or relax fireside and watch those who would. Stay indoors and get lost in a novel while drinking a freshly brewed cup of tea, looking out onto the spectacular landscape. Strike off on your own and hike the peaks and valleys, or find stillness on a boulder and wait for wildlife to cross your path. This property is on the Stoney Nakoda traditional territory.
Where: The Crossing at Ghost River, outside of Cochrane, Alberta, approx. one hour drive north of the Calgary International Airport. The Crossing is known for its unbelievable food and comfortable rooms in addition to the beautiful setting. You can get a sense of the venue here: https://youtu.be/IDjT7pIKuwc.
When: July 9-14, 2020
Your Guides for this Retreat
Vinny Ferraro has been a practitioner of insight meditation (Vipassanā) since the mid-90s. He is a co-Founder of the Dharma Punx and he’s been the Guiding Teacher of a sangha in San Francisco for 15 years. He is also a nationally recognized leader in designing and implementing interventions for at-risk adolescents and is a Senior Trainer for Mindful Schools. In 2001, he began teaching for Challenge Day, a nationally recognized, social & emotional learning program, eventually becoming their Director of Training and leading workshops for over 110,000 youth on four continents.
Vinny is also a board member and former Training Director of the Mind-Body Awareness Project and is the principal author of the MBA’s mindfulness-based curriculum for incarcerated youth. His focus continues to be delivering direct services to folks that have limited access.
Christine Klaassen-St. Pierre
Christine has been an educator for over 28 years and school administrator for 12 years in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada. In retirement, she now teaches at Yukon University in their Faculty of Education, where she coaches new teachers on how to create mindful classrooms and schools where people feel safe, loved and celebrated. She has a Master’s in Education from the University of Ottawa and is a Certified Instructor with Mindful Schools where she has been a Guiding Teacher and Practicum Reviewer. She is also a Restorative Justice teacher and facilitator.
Dr. Nicole Libin is a certified mindfulness educator, adjunct professor, and author. She co-created the Mindful Schools’ Mindful Teacher Certification program and has been its Lead Teacher for the past two years, training and certifying the next generation of mindful educators. Nicole has been certified by both Mindful Schools and MBSR for teens, has trained with The Meditation Initiative, and has completed the UMass Center for Mindfulness Professional Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) training in Mind-Body Medicine with Jon Kabat-Zinn. Nicole has experience working with adults, adolescents and children; prenatal groups; sports camps; government agencies; university faculty and students, professionals, and anyone else who will let her stop and take a breath with them.
Nicole is the author of three books on mindfulness. Her children’s book Sticky Brains, a mindfulness and brain science picture book for children is now available! Her other two books, Mindful Parenting in a Chaotic World and 5-Minute Mindfulness Meditations for Teens are both published by Rockridge Press and available on Amazon.
Early bird date: March 1, 2020
Early bird price: $1980 CDN (by etransfer) or $1550 USD (direct deposit).
Regular price:$ 2230 CDN (by etransfer), $1750 USD (direct deposit).
Deposit of $250 CDN ($200 USD) holds your spot. Balance due by April 1st.
How to Pay
For Our Canadian Friends:
The preferred method of payment for Canadians is Interac/e-transfer to the email address: email@example.com. The security question/answer required is: What month is the retreat? Answer: July
If Canadians wish to pay by Paypal, there will be a 3% service fee added to the stated cost of the retreat.
For Our American Friends:
There are two options for payment method: Paypal and direct deposit. If paying by Paypal, there will be a 7.5% transaction fee for payments from the US, though we are currently working on eliminating this. (We would love to avoid extra fees on everyone’s behalf so we suggest using direct deposit if at all possible.) Contact Christine at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on the direct deposit procedure.
Scholarship fund: Please contact us for scholarship possibilities. Since this is our first year running this retreat, we have very limited scholarship opportunities but we will do our best to help as much as possible.
Once we confirm your application, we will contact you with more information on payment.
How do I know if I’m accepted into the retreat?
You will receive an email confirmation upon receipt of your registration form and deposit. We will inform you if you have been accepted to the retreat within two weeks of your application. If the retreat is full, you will be placed on the waiting list.
So, you’re telling me the retreat’s in Canada? I mean, technically I’m all for it but could you tell me important things I might need to know?
It’s pretty straightforward. The Calgary International Airport is a major hub with direct flights to and from most major U.S. cities. You will need a valid (not expired) passport to enter the country. All U.S. credit cards will be accepted here as will Apple Pay. Also, you will need to try Canadian chocolate because it’s better. Trust us, we know from experience.
We will be helping participants with travel to and from the airport, including a ride share list and info on how to reserve shuttle buses. The cost of transportation or transfer is not included in the price of the retreat.
Can I attend the retreat as a commuter?
Please contact us at email@example.com. It is possible to attend this retreat as a commuter though it is about an hour’s drive from Calgary.
What can I expect?
This retreat will offer two full days of silent meditation and two full days of workshop and relational practice. Silent days will include sitting and walking meditation, instruction, teacher-led talks, Q&A, and practice discussion with the teachers. Our workshop/mindfulness relational days will focus on authenticity, self-compassion, and personal wellbeing. We will explore how to truly care for ourselves and what might be holding us back. This retreat is suitable for both beginners and experienced practitioners.
What if I need to cancel or leave early?
Cancellations made before April 1 are subject to a cancellation fee in the amount of the full deposit.
We regret that any cancellations after April 1 are subject to a cancellation fee in the amount of 100% of the retreat cost, unless we can fill the spot from the waiting list.
Deposits and payments can be transferred to another person who meets the retreat criteria.
No refund will be given if a retreatant leaves a retreat early or arrives late. In considering others waiting and hoping to attend, as well as yourself, please make a commitment to attend the whole retreat.
There is no exception to the cancellation policy including weather or personal emergencies, flight cancellations or delays. We recommend purchasing Travel Protection Insurance.
If we must cancel a retreat, there will be 100% refund on all funds received to date. Thank you for understanding and respecting the cancellation policy.
What if I have more questions?
Please contact us! We are happy to answer any questions or address any concerns you might have. Plus, we love talking about the retreat and hope you are as excited as we are.